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February 22, 2018, 11:58 am
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… from the sickbed.  Have a nasty flu-ey bug.  Contemplating sky and silver birch


February 14, 2018, 4:08 pm
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ash wednesday
February 13, 2018, 5:34 pm
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Some thoughts from Pope Francis to ponder as we enter Lent tomorrow.


  • Fast from Hurting Words and say Kind words.
  • Fast from Sadness and be filled with Gratitude.
  • Fast from Anger and be filled with Patience.
  • Fast from Pessimism and be filled with Hope.
  • Fast from Worries and Trust in God.
  • Fast from Complaints and contemplate Simplicity.
  • Fast from Pressures and be Prayerful.
  • Fast from Bitterness and fill your heart with Joy.
  • Fast from Selfishness and be Compassionate to others.
  • Fast from Grudges and be Reconciled.
  • Fast from Words and be Silent so you can listen.

birmingham estate church news
February 8, 2018, 9:18 pm
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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

it was good to be with so many of you at our recent residential.  Thank you for the depth of sharing and mutual support.  I will work on the Strategy in the light of your comments and share the final version with you as soon as it is ready.

Here are some estates events coming up:

The Group for anyone from your Church who is involved in childrens’ work meets at 3pm on Saturday 17th February at St Boniface, Quinton.  We meet termly to share experiences, good ideas and practice, and to encourage one another.  Please invite anyone from your Church who would benefit – and, of course, come yourself.

Janet Knox and I will also be running a seminar at the Growing with God Conference on 3rd March on Working Creatively with Children and Families in Outer Estates.  It would be great to see you there.

A reminder that the National Estate Churches Network Conference is at Birmingham Cathedral on Wednesday 18th April.  Full details and booking is here.  I am looking forward to sharing this event with as many of you as possible.  It is going to be good.

The Ecumenical Estates Group meets on Wednesday 23rd May at 12pm at Yardley Wood Baptist Church – more details soon.

The 2018 Urban Congress will be on Saturday 6th October.  More details soon, but please put it in your diary.

Our 2019 Residential will be at Holland House on 22-23 January.  We were full this year, so please save the date.

Many prayers for you as we near Lent


February 5, 2018, 8:40 pm
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February 4, 2018, 5:23 pm
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the secret garden?
February 4, 2018, 3:58 pm
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