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NECN March Update

Dear Friends,

there are lots of good things happening:

Our Conferences – Tooled Up: The Craft of Estate Ministry – are on April 16th in Blackburn and April 18th in Birmingham.  They are going to be very well attended.  There is still room, but it would help us if you could book quickly – please press this link for full details and to book your place in Birmingham and here for Blackburn.

We will be launching an online toolkit of resources that work for estate churches at the conferences.  If you have any suggestions for it, please let us know.

There are a few places left in the Conference Marketplace for organisations supporting estates ministry.  Please contact us if you would like a table.

I am updating my list of Estate Church Groups – if you would like yours added to the list, please let me know – it is wonderful that there are so many springing up.

With prayers for you and your Church in Holy Week and Easter,

Andy Delmege


diary of a country priest


I am summoning up the courage to read Georges Bernanos’ The Diary of a Country Priest again.  Proper reading for Passiontide.

Why does it need courage to read?  It cuts to the heart:

“To cultivate clever people is merely a way of dining out, and a priest has no right to go out to dinner in a world full of starving people.”

‘Noche oscura’, exposición de Díaz-Castilla — Teresa, de la rueca a la pluma
March 16, 2018, 7:35 pm
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La Fundación Las Edades del Hombre inauguró ayer, 13 de marzo, Noche Oscura, una exposición del pintor abulense Luciano Díaz-Castilla (El Soto de Piedrahíta, 1940), en la que muestra, a través de una decena de óleos sobre lienzo, una reinterpretación de los textos de San Juan de la Cruz en torno a la experiencia de la […]

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simnel cake
March 12, 2018, 8:41 am
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I have stumbled across the true and only Simnel Cake recipe:


March 10, 2018, 12:05 pm
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emerging from a bad bout of flu and feeling a bit like this rhubarb in the garden

necn update 2

Dear Friends,

as well as our April Conferences and Toolkit,  there are a couple of other exciting developments for estate churches I want to let you know about.

Leading Your Church into Growth is a resource that many churches have found very helpful in their life and mission.  There is going to be a LYCIG Course especially for estate churches from 25th – 28th June at Swanwick this year.

This is a unique opportunity, and it is wonderful to find the LYCIG team so enthusiastic about inculturating their material so it fits our contexts.  Booking details are here.  I hope to see you there – please come if you can.


The Urban Theology Union has been a wonderful resource for urban churches for many years and is now ably led by our good friend Keith Hebden.  If you don’t know it, it is well worth checking out – it will resource you.

If you join UTU and indicate you are a member of NECN (you are a member of NECN if you are reading this), then UTU will generously donate half of your membership fee to NECN.
Membership details are here

Half way there and back again …
March 1, 2018, 10:49 am
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for St Davids Day – not quite as bad weather as today, but a storm made me turn back to shelter

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My plan was to spend a day and a half walking to St Davids, visit the Cathedral and the site of the Shrine, and then get the bus back here before rejoining the Cistercian Way.

I set off this morning thinking I would camp near Newgale. The weather forecast was good and I was walking in sun.

The sun has stayed for the day, the problem was that a gale blew up. After three hours I got to the coast. The winds were throwing me around as they caught my pack. I looked again at the weather forecast – it now said 40mph winds overnight. Camping was out of the question. I.thought about going on to St Davids YHA but I was being thrown around by the wind as it caught my pack. I decided it was best to turn round back to the cottage I have been staying in…

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