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house blessing liturgy
June 18, 2018, 8:41 pm
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Debbie Collins from Holy Cross, Billesley has provided us with this resource

House Blessing2


June 17, 2018, 4:18 pm
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Walk to learn.

I and Path.

Long one is Camino.

Camino is one long path and I learn to walk.

That is the name of my story forward and backward.

– Barbara Kingsolver (adapted)


After the Fire
June 13, 2018, 10:34 am
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This is extremely good

Fuller review and reflections to follow, but essential reading for all involved in estate ministry

June 13, 2018, 9:18 am
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“It would have been the slow crumbling of the conscience that goes on to corrupt the soul.”

“All that stands between him and evil is a wall of thin air.”

– Roberto Constantini

June 9, 2018, 8:30 pm
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the way ahead, early June


resting warm below the ridge


and a visit from a hare as we drank our water

postcards – reflective exercise
June 4, 2018, 5:22 pm
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Ruth Atkinson at St Michael’s, Bartley Green has provided us with this excellent resource.  Collect postcards or the pictures from Christmas Cards and use them in the attached reflective exercise either with children or adults.

A reflective exercise of the Nativity Questions you might ask the children

Ruth writes:

I keep several boxes of cards and postcards which I use in a variety of contexts.
With a Bishop’s Certificate group as a warm up exercise i gave them a box of general postcards and religious ones.  They had to choose 2 and then tell the rest of the group why they had chosen them.  At the end of the course in a time of reflection over half went back to mention the cards from the first session with one man saying to me – ‘You have taught us the value of image’.
I also have a box of Sieger Koder images which you can buy online and find the Holy week images particularly useful.
I also look for images on Christmas cards and now have several sets of the Nativity story in cards which I lend to the church school for them to use for a reflective exercise before our final Christmas service.  The attached is a copy of the questions which I supply with the cards to help those staff for who lack confidence in reflective exercises.
Cards are relatively cheap and can be built up over time.  Different paintings and images often show the emotion that the artist maybe considered whilst completing the work.
This and a growing set of estate church resources are on the NECN Toolkit – have a browse, and let me have anything you want to share with other churches

estate baptism liturgy
June 2, 2018, 12:00 pm
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This is the Baptism liturgy we ‘tweaked’ at St. Peter’s Church, Balkwell.
baptism a5 final cover
We decided that:
  • We would have as little in the ‘booklet’ as possible for the service, just the general flow and the answers the guests would make.
  • We would include prayers on the inside cover to encourage the family to keep up with their promise to pray for their child.
  • We would add services and events of possible interest at the back of the sheet together with contact details etc/
  • We would ‘personalize’ the service sheet (which wasn’t too costly as the inner sheet with the service on was re-usable should people leave their copy behind.  We asked for a photo of the candidate, which always went down well.
  • We got the family, godparents, parents etc. to a meeting shortly before the service in our cafe and began with a game, chat, video etc. At that meeting (I can send a ‘running order’ if anyone is interested) the family chose a Bible verse for their child which we printed onto the service sheet (10 short sentences – I’ve sent the fuller version of each (in the version we used) and we would read and reflect on the one chosen by the family at the service.
Think that’s all!  Hope it’s useful to someone.  Please would you acknowledge the fabulous people at St. Peter’s Church, Balkwell, as it’s something we worked really hard on together to make this sacrament more welcoming and affirming for the families from the estate who came to us.
Frances Wilson