Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are writing to invite you to a Consultation on Urban Ministry at Bishop’s Lodge on Thursday 3rd October at 10 am finishing with lunch. In recent years, we have had an Estates Group and an Inner City Group. This has worked well, but there is no longer capacity from inner city colleagues to continue convening that Group at the present moment. Also a number of colleagues come to both, and national CofE estates strategy makes no distinction between inner city and outer estate parishes.
Therefore this might be the appropriate and opportune time to merge the two groups. There are obvious benefits in working and gathering together as larger group bringing together as large a number of sharp end parishes as we can. The Consultation will be an opportunity to look at the missional needs and opportunities we face, to think through how best we serve one another, and to build relationships. You are also warmly invited to the following events:
Saturday 28th September, Birmingham Urban Congress, 10am – 4pm, Balsall Heath Church Centre. You can book your place by clicking on this link:
Wednesday 16th October, Birmingham National Estate Churches Network Group, 12.15 – 2.00 pm, St George’s, Newtown.
Wednesday 22nd January – Thursday 23rd January, Urban Residential, Cropthorne.
With prayers and thanks for your ministry,
Fr Douglas Machiridza Canon Andy Delmege