Urban Presence to close as a charity

We are planning to close Urban Presence as a charity in 2020. This has come about through a year-long process of thinking, reflecting and prayer. Here's why we have come to this decision.
  • The associates now have their own accountability (though informal relating and mentoring would continue).
  • Our Refurb meeting has stopped, in part due to other networks which overlap.
  • Derek is mostly involved locally now in North Manchester.
  • Paul is part of a number of local and national networks and charities and will continue with these, though is making some changes in commitment levels in 2020.
  • It is some time since we used the Urban Presence charitable status to incubate another group (e.g. Carisma, Street Pastors).
  • We’re* getting old! (*except Hannah!)
  • The trustees feel they can continue their advisory role informally.

But we're not going out without another tilt at the windmill called urban mission by making a clear statement about the continuing need for mission in urban/inner-city/overspill/estate deprived areas. We are proposing a final series of meetings through 2020 (see below), and planning to make a video which will capture the essence of what we have been about and continue to see as a challenge to the church. The passing on of a baton. We will still continue to do what we do but as individuals and without the structure of a formal charity.

UP baton

  • There will be two Refurb meetings. 11:45am to 2pm with a buffet lunch and the chance to view and comment on the Urban Presence video. Come to the one that is most convenient (or come to both if you want). Please book so we know how much food to get.
    • Refurb 1: Thursday February 27 at Longsight Nazarene Church. More details and booking here.
    • Refurb 2: Wednesday March 4 at Church of the Saviour, Collyhurst. More details and booking here.

  • “Urban Mission, another tilt” will be a joint day with the Nazarene Theological College on June 20 looking at aspects of urban mission and ministry, such as calling, context and training. More details and booking here.

  • In September, on a date to be confirmed, as the final official Urban Presence event, we will be hosting a meal for everyone who has supported and walked with us over the years. Further details will be available at the above 3 events and on this website.

More details and information about what each of us will be doing next (clue: more of the same) can be found on our newsletter available here.