During the last year, a few strategic meetings have taken place between Christian leaders from Birmingham, the Black Country and Staffordshire. The reason for this is the re-emergence of Mercia, the historic kingdom of the midlands of England, in the form of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Current government policy is to create a strong economic and political midlands powerhouse (https://westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk). We are acutely aware that no socio-political entity exists in a spiritual vacuum and are, therefore, eager to strengthen regional spiritual networks at this time. We take great encouragement from the fact that, coincidental with the development of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, the Gospel of Christ was planted throughout the kingdom by Christian pioneers, of whom St Chad is the most well-known. Convinced that ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,’ the story of ancient Mercia provides a powerful testimony of what God can do to change a nation and an expectation of what he will do again as we stand together in prayer.
To continue this journey, we have decided to hold a joint ‘Mercia’ retreat in November. This initiative will replace our normal North Staffs’ leaders’ retreat at Shallowford House and will be supported by the ‘Love Black Country’ leaders’ retreat, which is also normally held during November. We will also open the invitation up to friends in all areas of Mercia - Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. The outline plan would be to meet from late morning on Tuesday 8 November to lunchtime on Wednesday 9 November 2016. The retreat would be a mixture of worship, prayer, relationship-building and spiritual conversation. We are pleased to say that our friend Martin Scott, now based in Spain, will be giving input during the gathering. Our venue will be Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, located on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border in the heart of Mercia.
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