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advent journey – “success”
December 22, 2017, 4:57 pm
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Christmas (and in terms of season I am solidly in both Christmas and Advent for these days) is a beautiful and strange time for clergy.  For myself there are the wonderful, huge number of services, assemblies, opportunities to share with people something of God.  But there is also the challenge of having time and energy for my family.  And, as we all know, there is a shadow side to the season.

We can find this a bit in social media, which (if you follow the same people as me) can be full of clergy who are justly proud of the numbers attending their services.  Now, I am fully in favour of having as many people in Church as possible (part of my ministry is a missioner), but I am also aware that many of us in urban housing estates and other places will be ministering as hard and imaginatively and faithfully as possible, but may have very few visitors and regular congregation in Church this weekend.  This can be crushing, especially when you are exhausted.

So, maybe we might think before we tweet or facebook our numbers.  And, to be honest, it might be best to stay off the computer for a bit.  Spend time with family and friends, watch a film, read a book.  Much more healthy.

My prayers for you all over the next days.

(and Sarah Schofield says similar things much better here).

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advent journey – 2

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Advent began for me a week ago with the Urban Congress in Birmingham.  80 people coming together for the day from our inner city and outer estate parishes to reflect together on Staying in the City: Stories of Hope and Holding On.

The pictures of the day are here

Reflections on how this day helped map the Advent Journey to follow.



Urban Congress


Final preparations for Saturday’s Urban Congress. Very excited …

Praying for all the parishes from Church of England Birmingham who will be there



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urban congress 2017

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I’m really excited about the 2017 Birmingham Urban Congress on Saturday 2nd December.  This is for people from inner city and outer estate parishes in Church of England Birmingham.

It is a day where we will be sharing stories of hope and holding on as we reflect on Christ’s challenge to us to stay in the city.  We have some great speakers.  The day is free, but you need to book to make sure of your place.  You can do this through your Vicar or direct at https://www.cognitoforms.com/Cofebirmingham/UrbanCongress2017

I look forward to seeing you there.



necn october news
October 26, 2017, 8:48 am
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Dear Friends,

I would like to update you on two important pieces of Estate Church News:

1. NECN’s next Conferences will be on April 16th in Blackburn and April 18th in Birmingham.  The theme is Tooled Up: The Craft of Estates Ministry.  We will be launching a toolbox of resources that we know work to strengthen and support Estate Churches in their ministry and mission.

Booking will open at the end of November.  Please save the date.  If you know any organisations that should be in the Marketplace at the Conferences, please let Andy or Lynne know.

2. Estates Evangelism Conference.  The Estates Evangelism Task Group, which NECN is a partner of, recently convened a Conference to build an ambitious agenda and alliance for ministry on estates.  This was excellent and hopeful.  There is a full report on Andy’s blog here.  There will be more news on the actions coming out of the Conference soon.  Please keep all those involved in your prayers.

With love and prayers,

Andy