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Unlock Appointment in Birmingham
Adam North has been appointed as the new Unlock Worker for Byker Birmingham with a particular focus oin exploring the use of social media to facilitate Bibel engamenet in urban communities. Adam will begin his induction in December and his work will be launched in Birmigham early in 2018.

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Resources

Resources

 

Latest Resources

  • Popcorn and Nachos
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • God Finds Us (2013 update)
  • The Veronica Sessions
  • Unlocking the Prodigal
  • What Now?

Unlocking the Prodigal Event and Resource.

This took place at Windy Nook in Gateshead.

> Unlocking the Prodigal poster with details >>
This is some of the feedback we received after the event:-

In December I chatted to the people who came and got overwhelmingly positive feedback. The gist of it was that it had taken a story they were very familiar with and helped them see it with fresh eyes - that it had helped it move from something they knew with their heads, to something that touched their hearts, and that it had provoked some deep and helpful conversations, arising out of the themes of the parable and the way it connected with their own lives and experiences.They saidit had been a lot of fun as well, and that the lunch was good!

I was asked some really good questions by church members, such as, "How can we do more of this, for ourselves?" and "How could we draw in those on the edges of the church, who don't already know the stories in the Bible, for something a bit like this?" I look forward to exploring what the answers to those questions might look like, in the months to come!

Our Lent course has had a very strong Unlock influence and it's been such a great experience.We are a church full of very practical, down to earth people who tend to be quite private about what goes on inside them and not have huge amounts of confidence.Unlock hasenabled usto share our experiences of prayer and God in a much moreopenway.That, in turn has led to a new courage and willingness to pray for and with one another, which makes me a very humble, grateful, happy Vicar indeed.

Projects

 

Current Unlock Partnerships

Unlock Sunderland (Town End Farm) - Jaqueline Atkinson

Unlock Hastings - Lynette Golnaraigh
Unlock Byker & Walker - Phill James
Unlock Hull -Currently vacant

Unlock Woodhouse, Sheffield - Siggy Parratt-Halbert
Unlock Queen's Foundation - Volunteers from Queen's Foundation
Unlock Birmingham - Social Media - Appointment pending

See Our Workers Page >> for up-to-date details of local projects

Unlock Local Partnerships

Next . . .  We always interested to hear from new places who would like to develop some Unlock work. We focus on deprived urban commiuties. Contact the National Office if you want to know more.

Working with Theological Colleges

Unlock is now working in partnership with the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham and the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership, and is willing to explore the possibility of partnerships with other Theological Colleges and Ministry Training Programmes in the UK, particularly in regions where we already have local projects established.

Walk

Walk

The next Unlock London Walk will be on Saturday 28th April 2018 in Tottenham and Harringay.

 

The next Unlock London Walk will be on Saturday 28th April 2018 in Tottenham.

‘Together in Tottenham’

The 35thUnlock London Walk, 28th April 2018.

The 2018 London Walk is revisiting a corner of north west London which was on the 21st Walk ‘Palace and Peacemakers’.  Fourteen years later much has changed and much has stayed the same in Tottenham.  Our 7½ mile route around Bruce Grove, Tottenham Hale, the High Road, Seven Sisters and West Green will go along a canal towpath and an old Roman Road, several green parks as well as by a retail park, and past interesting buildings old, new and in-between.  The very new includes the site of a skyscraper planned for Hale Village and a world class football stadium being built by Tottenham Hotspur.  The very old includes a 12th century church and 16th century manor house.

The churches we visited before are still going strong but will are going to new ones (except one which is now in a different location); two of the churches we’re visiting this time are very new. One is the first new build Church of England church in London for 40 years, ‘St Francis at the Engine Room’ in the Hale Village development.  We heard about the dream/vision for the other new church, when we visited the big Broadwater Farm Estate and its community centre in 2004.   Since then prayer and perseverance has led to ‘Church on the Farm’ in the heart of the estate.

What hasn’t changed over the years is the commitment and love in action that the local churches have, reaching out to their multi-cultural and vibrant community through often tough conditions and difficult events; as the ‘Pray Haringey’ website (www.prayharingey.org.uk) puts it “one church, many congregations…together transforming Haringey.”

I remember Bishop Peter Hall (Unlock’s former chairperson) telling me in the run up to the 21st London Walk how impressed he was by how the churches in Tottenham work together and that the leaders knew each other well.  It meant a lot from Bishop Peter who visited many churches and planned lots of Unlock Walks. As I have been putting together this coming London Walk, I too have been encouraged and inspired by the churches in Tottenham.  Hope you will be too.  Come on the 35th London Unlock Walk – Saturday 28th April 2018.

Sarah W.I. (part of the Unlock Walk planning team).

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The 34th Unlock London Walk took place in fine weather on Saturday April 29th 2017. Over 700 people took part.

> Walk 34 2017 map side >>
> Walk 34 2017 brochure cover >>
> Sponsor form >>
> Walk Quiz >>


More details on our London Walk Page >>

Prayer
Prayer

 

> Current Prayer Needs>>

Training

Training

You do not have to be a student at Queen's to attend this training day; it is open to anyone. Please contact the Unlock Office to book a place.

An Unlock Training day takes place in Birmingham annually, usually in December and sometimes at other times and places too. For information on the next event please contact the Unlock Office.

Training can also be arranged for a local group; see this leaflet for details.
> Unlock Training Leaflet >>

Midlands Urban Mission Training

The brochure below gives details of Urban Mission Training available in (or from) the Midlands and has been produced by a partnership of agencies brought together by the Urban Mission Development Project.
> Equipping Urban Christians>>

 

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Unlock Urban Mission Training Available -

Any organisation which places Christian workers in Urban Mission contexts is welcome to approach Unlock to provide training for its workers.

Unlock has provided training events for:-

  • Groomes-Shaftesbury (now Livability)
  • Jesus In The City
  • Blackburn, Liverpool, Peterborough & Chester Dioceses,
  • Queens College, Birmingham
  • Mirfield College,
  • Yorkshire Methodist Trainers
  • World Wide Scripture Engagement Congress
  • CPAS Falcon camps
  • Church Urban Fund
  • European Adult Educators Conference
  • Greenbelt
  • Message Trust/Eden
  • Birmingham Outer Estates Group
  • PCAN
  • Exeter University/Bible Society
  • Bristol Church Leaders
  • West Midlands Church Leaders
  • York Diocese

 

Unlock T Shirts and baseball caps, which are on sale at Unlock London Walks, in a range of sizes and colours priced £6, are now available from the National Office (0114 293 9060, office@unlock-urban.org.uk) for £6 plus P&P. Please specify size and colour required.

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Unlock T shirts available from the Unlock National Office

 


Donations from our supporters fund 87% of our work - they are vital to help us continue to develop local projects, & produce Bible study materials, workshops and consultancy.

 

Pictures from Unlock London Walks

olympic stadium under construction

unlock walkers outside church

fabric shop

cobbled roadway and old brick buildings

Photography by Tim Watkins-Idle, Andrew West & Steven Lonsdale.