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Birmingham Churches Together Enews December 2016

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Birmingham Churches Together
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With our best wishes for Christmas

As this is our last enews of this year, we wish you every blessing for Christmas and the New Year. May the light of Christ shine upon you and all those near to you.

Looking to early next year, we want to remind you of the opportunity to join together with others in unity to pray for our city and for our world through the 24 hours of prayer at St Chad’s Cathedral on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January. Thank you to the different churches and groups who have offered to lead one of the hours.

If you are interested in leading one of the remaining hour slots please go to this link or email Stephanie Neville: stephanie@carrslanelivedcommunity.org.uk

All are welcome to attend and join in, whatever your prayer tradition. Please feel to come and go as time permits on the Friday and Saturday. 

Friday 20st January: 7.00am to 10.00pm or 

Saturday 21nd January: 7.00am to 4.00pm

Thank you to those who already have offered to lead, including Chaplaincy Plus, St George/St Chad Primary Schools, Northfield Churches Together, Aston University Chaplaincy, St Chad's Sanctuary, The World Prayer Centre, Salvation Army, Taize, Active Christians, CIGB, Restore, St Martin's and The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham Vineyard Church and CAFOD. A full programme will be available in early January.

The programme includes a time of open worship on Friday evening between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.

The Presidents of Birmingham Churches Together are joining us for a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning from 7.30 to 9.00am when we will explore how we can pray together throughout 2017. 

The address for the Cathedral is St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU

Deadline for contributions to the next enews is 10.00am, Monday 9 January. It will include an events listing to the end of February.

The deadline for inclusion in the next publication of BEN is Tuesday 24 January to be posted on 1 or 2 of February.

Send contributions for the website, enewsletter and BEN to: enquiries@birminghamchurches.org.uk

With best wishes

Revd Colin Marsh
Ecumenical Development Officer
& Abi Nicholls
Communications and Admin Officer
Birmingham Churches Together

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Christmas Day Volunteering and Events

Our vision is that no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. As part of trying to achieve that vision we offer a free website listing to events and activities happening on Christmas Day where older people are welcome.

Register information here



Birmingham Christmas Shelter

We offer a warm, friendly welcome to anyone homeless, lonely or in need of company this Christmas.  No charge.

We open 24 hours a day from 10am on Friday 23rd December 2016 until we close at 10am on Tuesday 27th December 2016.  Just turn up any time.

For more information visit www.birminghamchristmasshelter.org



A Very British Nativity

A Very British Nativity is a brand new campaign video highlighting the injustice present in the UK asylum system.

Watch the video here



Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter

The Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter is a community of individuals, churches and organisations that work together to provide emergency accommodation, food and support to homeless people in Birmingham during the coldest winter months.

The shelter is a partnership project and relies on an army of volunteers and churches, but it has some financial costs which are necessary for it to run effectively. 

For information on how to donate



HOPE's Vision Towards 2018

HOPE’s dream is a growing church, showing Jesus’ love and telling the Jesus story, at the heart of every community – and there’s a sense, across the UK, that it’s time for a spiritual harvest.

The HOPE 2018 vision is presented in a new 16-page brochure. 

More information can be found on their website



Recycle your Christmas Tree

The weekend of Saturday the 14th & Sunday the 15th of January 2017, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice’s Christmas Treecycling campaign will be returning to 13 post codes within Birmingham and Solihull.

More information



Crossing Barriers: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place Wednesday 18th - Wednesday 25th January 2017.

Information and resources here 



Student Sunday 2017

On 19 February 2017, student groups, churches and other Christian communities will come together to celebrate Student Sunday and pray for students around the world. The theme next year  is ‘All Are Welcome’, and we would love to have your church or community involved!

More information



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Christmas Dinners

Christmas dinners begin on Monday 1 December and run every Monday-Saturday until 21 December. Lunchtime or evening are both available.

Community for Reconciliation, Barnes Close, B61 0RA

For more...



Midlands Hospitals Choir Christmas Concert

2:15pm & 7:00pm, Friday 16 December

The Town Hall, Birmingham

Proceeds go towards Clic Sargent.

For more...



YMCA Birmingham Christmas Carol Service

2:00pm, Friday 16 December

YMCA Chris Bryant Centre, 300 Reservoir Road, Erdington, B23 6DF

A free event with refreshments after the service.

For more...



Carol Singing with Central Sutton Coldfield Churches Together

11:30am, Saturday 17 December

Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield

Half an hour of carol singing to remind people of what Christmas is really about.

For more...



Carols by Candlelight

7:30pm Saturday 17 December AND Monday 19 December

Emmanuel Parish Church, Wylde Green, B72 1YG

For more...



The Marriage Course

Thursday evenings starting 5 January

Winter “date nights” with your spouse while learning how you can enrich your marriage

7 sessions delivered in the home of a host couple from Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church

For more...



West Midlands Counselling with Spirit here

9.30 am - 12.30 pm  Saturday 14 January

John Lewis Community Room, 4th Floor, John Lewis Department Store, Grand Central Station, Birmingham, B2 4AU

Theme:  Aspects of Love:  Exploring the light and shadows of aspects of love in helping relationships.

For more information, details and to book email: 

jmcounsellingwithspirit@yahoo.co.uk



Christian Aid Sponsored Swim

12:00 - 4:00pm Sunday 15 January

Erdington Leisure Centre

Christian aid are hoping to raise £10,000 through team sponsored swims.

For more...



Social Enterprise Workshop with Jericho Foundation

10:00am - 3:00pm, Thursday 26 January

Jericho Foundation, 196 - 198 Edward Road, Birmingham, B12 9LX

This interactive, inspiring workshop by Jericho Foundation aims to connect, equip and empower churches leaders and Christian community workers with the knowledge and resources to engage in social change through social enterprise by sharing their wealth of experience.

For more...



Taster Missional Training Day

Saturday 28 January

Rowheath Pavilian, Heath Road, Bournville, B30 1HH

Forge has been specifically designed to equip Christians with practical skills and tools, developing them to thrive in whatever context to which they are called.

For more...




A reminder: the contents of this enews do not necessarily reflect the considered views of BCT Trustees or all its member churches. Events are shared in good faith on the basis they are open to Christians of all traditions.


Click here to see more events on our website
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Vacancies

The following are listed on the vacancies page of our website.

  • Primary Teacher: Lamb's Christian School
  • Mission and Outreach Worker: The Beacon Church Centre
  • Administrator and Communications Manager: Christian Music Ministries


Volunteering opportunities

Sawiyan: looking for two volunteers to help deliver a Creative English Programme Course.

Carrs Lane Counselling Centre: are seeking someone to join the board of Trustees.

They Also Served Get involved with a HLF funded project by Churches Together in England that will bring alive the contributions of African and Caribbean servicemen in the First World War.

Thrive Together Birmingham offers a range of volunteering opportunities with churches/organisations in Birmingham/Solihull.


See more vacancies

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Birmingham Churches Together, St. Georges Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham B19 3JG • Telephone: 0121 236 3966 • Charity No: 243931

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