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good things for estate churches

Just to catch up on a few things that are well worth reading or attending if you are involved in estate churches.

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sunset, estates South Birmingham

Malcolm Brown has written a good blog piece here that explains well the recent energy the Church of England has found for estate churches and begins to set out what might happen as a result.  I am very proud to be playing a part in this – and would be more than happy to hear any ideas or comments about this.

Here in Birmingham, the Inner City and Outer Estate Groups are holding our first Urban Congress on Saturday 5th November, Faithful People, Faithful City.  The congress will hear stories from around the Diocese and with the aid of our guest speakers will share some of the challenges and opportunities parishes experience in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in their communities.  There are full details here.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do now – there are a few places left.

The National Estate Churches Network, which I am about to start Chairing, has it’s Conference in London on November 7th and in Rotherham on November 9th.  This year, Gillian Ahlgren will be helping us to think about Practical Spirituality: Transforming Lives and Communities.  It offers the opportunity to visit again the joy of estate church life and present important challenges to help us refresh our connections with the traditions of Christian spirituality and consider how they help make a practical difference to our loving our estates and communities.  It will be a practical day with the sharing of the wisdom in the room as we seek to unlock, and share, our own, and other stories and experiences to gain fresh insight and discover new ideas.                                                                                      Click here for more information and to register.

Exciting and creative times.  Love and prayers.

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We really must meet! The various names you mention in recent posts, Laurie Green, James Woodward, Malcolm Brown are all people with whom I have shared parts of my life with as well as once being involved with ministry on a social housing estate not far from where you are now. And now I dream of becoming some kind of hermit while being a husband, father and a priest and learning how to write. I feel like a mass of contradictions the resolution of which are far beyond me.
If that doesn’t put you off then my email address is mail@stephenwinter.net and I look forward to hearing from you.

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