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Birmingham Churches Together Enews January 2017

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Birmingham Churches Together

Happy New Year

This enews comes with our best wishes for the New Year along with the most recent news from our website and an event listing to the end of February.

As well as inviting you to join our 24 hours of prayer, can you please share this information with your church/fellowship on Sunday? Thank you.

All are Welcome: 24 Hours of Prayer for Birmingham 2017

Please join us at St Chad's Cathedral on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January to pray with others in unity for our city and our world.

From 7.00am to 9.00pm on Friday and 7.00am to 4.00pm all are welcome to call into the Cathedral to join in, whatever your prayer tradition.

A full timetable is shown as the first news item below.

Please feel free to come and go as time permits, whether for a few minutes or a longer time. 

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

Can you lead an hour? A leader is required to lead prayer for an hour on Friday 20th at 4.00pm, if you are interested please email Stephanie Neville:


The deadline for the next printed edition of BEN is Tuesday 24 January at 3.00pm.

The deadline for the next enews is 9.00am on Monday 27 February.

Send contributions for the website, enewsletter and BEN to:

With best wishes

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


All are welcome: 24 hours of prayer

Timetable with the names of groups/churches leading prayer during the 24 hours of prayer at St Chad's Cathedral:

Friday 20 January

7am     Newman Association
8am     Urban Devotion
9am     Chaplaincy Plus
10am   St Georges and St Chad’s Primary Schools
11am   Northfield Churches Together
12am   Aston University Chaplaincy
1pm    Local Secondary School
2pm    St Chad’s Sanctuary Religious Literacy Group
3pm    Central England Quakers
4pm    tbc
5pm    Salvation Army
6pm    Taize
7 - 9pm World Prayer Centre: open worship
9pm Compline – St Chad’s Cathedral

Saturday 21 January

7am Morning Prayer – Archbishop Bernard Longley

7.30am Prayer breakfast - Praying through 2017

Join the Presidents of Birmingham Churches Together to share ways of praying together during the year, including Thy Kingdom Come, Hidden Treasure (Taizé), world prayer centre and other opportunities. Revd David Ellis will lead us in worship and prayer.

9am    Active Christians
10am  CIGB
11am  Restore
12am  St Martin in the Bullring
1pm   Church at Carrs Lane
2pm   Birmingham Vineyard Church
3pm   Cafod
4pm   close

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 

St Basil's text service for young people

We’ve recently launched a new free text service meaning young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of homelessness in Birmingham can text ‘Need St Basils’ to 62277 for free and will get a phonecall in return from a trained housing advisor based at St Basils Youth Hub in Digbeth, Birmingham.

More information here

Streetlink: help for those sleeping rough

Concerned about someone who you see sleeping rough on the streets? Get in touch with Streetlink at 0300 500 0914 or or download the app.

This service ensures rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.

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

Who is fleeing persecution and seeking sanctuary?

Please join Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together, for training sessions for those interested in refugee issues or befriending.

Monday evenings: 13 & 27 February and 6 March 2017

from 7.15pm to 9.15pm

at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham city centre, B4 7SX

Training is offered free of charge but donations towards costs are welcome

To book a place please contact:
Jeremy Thompson, Befriending Co-ordinator: 
0121 236 0069 or email:


You can RUN4REFUGEES 2017 on Saturday 11th March in Cannon Hill Park and help raise money for refugees in Birmingham and abroad.

It costs £10 for people to take part & your can choose to run 5km, 10km or 15 km.

For More information 

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

Theological Reading Group 2017

Study Course on “Faith in the Public Square” by Rowan Williams

It is a collection of articles and addresses under seven main sections, covering eg: Secularism, Multiculturalism, the Environment, The Economic Challenge, Justice, Human Rights and the Rediscovery of Religion.

Beginning on 25 January, we meet on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 13.30 in the TTS room at the Queen’s Foundation, Somerset Road, B15 2QH

For more information

Thy Kingdom Come

Join the global wave of prayer 25 May - 4 June 2017
praying for more people to come to know Jesus Christ

For more...

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


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Standing in the Gaps

A website of Birmingham Churches Together to help you connect with others across the Christian community.

Follow Standing in the Gaps on Twitter: @StandingInGaps

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West Midlands Counselling with Spirit

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:

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...

Jubilee Debt Campaign AGM

7:00pm Thursday 19 January

1 Colmore Row, B3 2BJ

There will be a bring and share buffet and a talk by Sarah Clifton, Director of JDC, about the current campaigning aims of JDC and the specific role of a local group like ours.

For more...

24 Hours of Prayer

7:00am - 10:00pm Friday 20th January & 7:00am - 4:00pm Saturday 21 January

St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU

Different groups will lead each hour of the 24 hours of prayer, to mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity.

For more...

Effective Prayer for the 21st Century

2.00pm Saturday 21 January

Deloitte Room, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham B12 9QH

Join international speaker Lindsey Taylor for a free one hour talk entitled 'Love - the healing answer to prayer'.

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...

ESOL Forum

10:00am – 12 noon, Saturday 28 January 

The Church at Carrs Lane, B4 7SX

An opportunity to share ideas and resources. Meet with others interested in providing English activities for refugees. Discuss plans for the future.

For more...

Quaker Quest Lunchtime Events

1.15pm for half an hour Thursdays 9th, 16th & 23rd February 2017

at the Quaker ‘Peace Hub’ adjacent to the Priory Rooms Conference Centre, Bull street

An opportunity for visitors to hear Quakers speak about ‘Quakers and Worship’, Quakers and Faith in Action and ‘Quakers and the Environment’ respectively and to ask questions.

For more...

Birmingham Ecumenical Outer Estates Group

2:00pm, Tuesday 14th February

Yardley Wood Baptist Church, B14 4QA

An open invitation to church leaders who work on outer estates to join with others to have a conversation about how our work, ministry and churches can be best supported.

For more...

Birmingham City Mission's Sponsored Sleepout

Friday 17 February

Spend a Friday night in a cardboard box to raise funds for BCM's work with homeless people.

For more...

Carrs Lane Players present: The Ghost Train

7:30pm Thursday 23 February & Friday 24 February & 6:30pm Saturday 25 February.

The Church at Carrs Lane

Tickets available from

For more...

Urban Church Planting & Strategy Training

10:30am - 5:00pm Saturday 25 February

Wesleyan Holiness Church, Wolverhampton WV3 9RD

With special guest speaker Pastor Troy Evans.

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


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

  • Director: Changing Tunes Midlands
  • Female Youth Worker: Narthex Sparkhill
  • Bank Staff for St Martin's Tea Lounge

Volunteering opportunities

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

This newsletter was sent by:
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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