Headline News

EMAILING CfR – please note our new email address cfrpeace@gmail.com

New on CfR East Africa page – report on Burundi from Jan Scott. Click here

The Community Coordinators blog has been re-activated. Click here to see it

General Information

The future of Barnes Close

The Trustees have decided to sell Barnes Close. Read all about in the letter linked here Letter for general circulation March 2018 FINAL

At a Trustees meeting on 14th May we agreed to treat an interested party as preferred bidder and negotiate with them alone. It is our hope that a seamless transfer will take place and that Barnes Close will continue to be used for Christian purposes.

Meanwhile at Barnes Close

We are still taking bookings for individual and small group retreats, our summer cream teas and other bookings

New Possibilities at Barnes Close

This summer as well as our Cream Teas we are offering churches and groups the chance to come for a picnic at Barnes Close. We will provide the venue and hot & cold drinks, you bring your cold food. This offer is available from mid-July to early September

What’s Currently Happening

Details of all the events we run at Barnes Close prog 2018




Newslink 2018 June



Prayer Calendar 2018 June to Sept



Personal Retreat Booking Form

Membership Renewal 2018 Personal Become a Personal Member of CfR

Membership Renewal 2017 Partners For Churches and Organisations who wish to partner CfR in its work

Coming up at Barnes Close


Summer Reflection 2018



Members Week Brochure 2018




Cheese & Wine




Cream Teas 2018




CfR is a network community of people committed to:

  • Praying and working for peace and justice,
  • Supporting work in East Africa, Croatia, Romania, India, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom
  • Operating Barnes Close, a conference centre near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

Information about our international projects can be found on the “Internastional Work” menu.

The “Barnes Close Conference Centre” menu has details about facilities, events and bookings.

General information about CfR can be found on the “About CfR” menu

When did you last come to Barnes Close?

Do you remember Barnes Close? Have you visited us in the past? We invite you to come along and see the improvements we have made.  And if you never been before, drop in anyway.

Please email cfrenquiry@aol.com or phone (01562 710231) us first so we can put the kettle on!

The Community for Reconciliation is an ecumenical network community of Christians committed to working and praying for peace and reconciliation. CfR is based at Barnes Close near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire and it is here that it runs its programme of events.

CfR’s patrons are

Major Peter Forrest, Divisional Commander, Salvation Army

Rev Steve Faber, Moderator West Midlands Synod, United Reformed Church

Rev Ian Howarth, District Chair, Methodist Church

Vacant, Heart of England Baptist Association

Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, Catholic

Rt Rev John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, Church of England

Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham Church of England

Rev Michael Davies, former Moderator, United Reformed Church

Rev John Johansen-Berg, Founder of Community for Reconciliation

Rev Joan Johansen-Berg, Founder of Community for Reconciliation

Rev Joe Aldred, Bishop, Council of Black Led Churches