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Who are we?
Unlock is a Christian charity that was founded in 1972. It exists to help urban churches of any denomination to respond to the challenges in their areas. We are especially concerned with Bible engagement
with 'traditional tabloid' ('non-book', 'oral learners', or 'text-shy') cultures.
What do we do?
As well as deploying our team of Unlock Local Partnership workers to enable local Christians reach and engage their communities, we publish a variety of group
Bible study packs, and provide training. 'Unlock more than you
think' and 'Unlock DIY' will give you more ideas about using Unlock’s methods.
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Back in February 2020 (which seems like such a long time ago now!) Unlock' Chief Officer, Dawn Lonsdale, was interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk by Kirsteen Thorne. The interview expains what Unlock does and how we do it. You can listen to it here.
What don’t we do?
We don’t offer pre-packaged answers. Each group has to
work creatively within its own unique situation, and we offer to assist in that process.
What we do will depend on the need being felt. We’ll try to find someone from
our team of workers to help you!
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|Unlock, by various names, has been around since 1972, trying to help (mainly) urban Christians to understand and share their faith appropriately. Our life experience matters; our stories; our joys and sorrows. The Bible has plenty to say - more than we'll ever know - about our lives if we know how to read it and apply it... if we know how to UNLOCK it!
Evangelism is social action because it is changed people that change the world - John Stott.
A story from Liverpool:-
title: Water into Lost Coin
I have learnt from others that have been involved in Urban Non-book Bible group learning the importance of listening to the group's stories and adapting sessions to their experiences rather than sticking rigidly to planned outlines. That was true with a pre-Christmas session. The planned session was around the theme of 'Celebration' but in response to the opening question the participants told stories about expense, debt and trying to make ends meet. The Bible story I had prepared, the Wedding at Cana, didn't resonate very well, so we talked about the widow's lost coin instead.