A unique series of Christian retreats are being launched in 2015 in Northumberland.  ‘Even Sparrows’ weekends start on Holy Island from 6 March and 8 May, and they involve the unusual combination of worship, biblical reflection and birdwatching.  They take their name from the teaching of Jesus who told his followers that God loves even sparrows.

Birdwatching on Holy Island

Birdwatching on Holy Island

Organiser, Mark Winter says, “Each weekend will be a highly enjoyable mix of reflections on birds found in the Bible, Celtic Christian worship and guided birdwatching walks around Holy Island.  We hope these enriching weekends will help introduce Christians to the joys of birdwatching and develop an appreciation of what Christian writer, John Stott has termed as ‘orni-theology’.”

The first weekend retreat on 6-8 March focuses on Owls, since short eared Owls are a wintering speciality of the island.

The second weekend on 8-10 May focuses on Doves – held at a time when breeding Collared Doves and Woodpigeons are seen and heard around Holy Island village.  More details of both weekends can be found at http://www.even-sparrows.co.uk.

Mark Winter has been a birdwatcher in Northumberland for over 30 years.  He is an active member of his local church in Northumberland and has led retreats that appealed to Catholics and other Christians alike.  ‘Even Sparrows’ is a new development of his guided birdwatching business, Birdwatch Northumbria.  For more information contact Mark on 07594 592684 or 01670 787028, email: evensparrows@gmail.com.