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New FE Chaplaincy Support for West Midlands Region
7th March 2018
The West Midlands region has a new part time chaplaincy development worker from 1 January 2018. Phil Metcalf has recently worked as an FE college chaplain. His brief is to develop chaplaincy in FE colleges in the West Midlands region where there is
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Commonwealth Big Lunch
5th March 2018
The Big Lunch is the UK's annual get together for neighbours. Since 2009, millions of people have joined in together with their neighbours in a nationwide act of community and friendship.This year we're inviting people across the Commonwealth to joi
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Warm homes support available for vulnerable households
5th March 2018
During the bitterly cold weather, some of the most vulnerable people in our communities may struggle to heat their home. Birmingham City Council’s ‘Stay Warm Stay Well’ initiative can offer help to those with long term illnesses, t
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Bishop's Comment: ​Reimagining Britain
5th March 2018
Freezing weather in Britain is temporary. We endure it in the hope that Spring is just around the corner. Archbishop Justin Welby's new book, 'Reimagining Britain', is subtitled 'Foundations for Hope'. In it he describes our national dilemmas and dis
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​Campaign to reclaim Easter launches as Easter bunny closes in on Jesus
22nd February 2018
Churches in the UK are planning to distribute more than quarter of a million Easter stories inside Easter eggs this year as part of a national campaign to plug a gap in knowledge about the religious festival.Despite Easter being one of the most impor
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​Historic Church Delighted with Roof Repair and Exhibition Centre Grant
22nd February 2018
St Edburgha’s Church, parts of which date back over 800 years, making it one of the oldest churches in the Midlands has received initial support* of £29,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Roof Repairs and creation of a Permanent Commu
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​Hidden heritage and wildlife of Burial Grounds to be revealed thanks to National Lottery cash
22nd February 2018
A major new project, the Beautiful Burial Ground, has been given the go-ahead thanks to a £586,700 National Lottery grant.The project, developed by Shropshire based conservation charity, Caring for God’s Acre, will put burial grounds
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When words fail...
13th February 2018
I love words.I love beautiful sounding words that dance off the tongue like soliloquy, ineffable, salubrious and mellifluous. I also love less beautiful, stodgy words such as gloop, gooey, dollop and plop. I love rhyme. I love alliteration. I love me
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Asking the difficult 'What if...?'s
13th February 2018
Every good story starts with a ‘What if..?’. So here’s mine: What if we youth workers started with questions instead of answers?You may have heard the analogy that children and young people are like empty glasses and we as thei
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'Broken' - A six week study course for Lent
8th February 2018
The TV series, 'Broken', written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean is set in an estate parish somewhere in the UK. The church used at the centre of the series is in Liverpool but the series never explicitly states that this is where the narra
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