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Birmingham Churches Together Enews May 2017

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Birmingham Churches Together
E-Newsletter

Thank you Taize

A huge thank you to those involved in hosting the Taize International Conference, especially city centre churches and neighbourhood groups. I hope you agree that it is good being Churches Together.

Thy Kingdom Come

Birmingham Churches Together is encouraging you to participate in Thy Kingdom Come, the national initiative of prayer between 25 May and 4 June. There are plenty of resources and ideas on Thy Kingdom Come website to help you find creative and imaginative ways of praying as part of this initiative. There are resources for individuals, churches, families and young people.

You are encouraged, if you use twitter, to share your own ideas and plans online using the hashtags #Pledge2Pray and #ThyKingdomCome

Many events will happen locally in communities across the city, including St Philip's Cathedral (see below).  

The deadline for the next edition of BEN is 5.00pm on Thursday 25 May for distribution in the first week of June.

The deadline for the next enews is Monday 26 June at 9.00am.

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

E-Newsletter

St Philip's Cathedral: Thy Kingdom Come

Between 25th May and 4th June, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. 

“We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nation and in our world by responding to his call to find a new unity of purpose in prayer.” Justin Welby

Many prayer events will happen locally in communities across the city. St Philip's Cathedral are hosting events daily in partnership with the World Prayer Centre.

To see the full programme...



God Loves the NHS

NHS Prayer Walk is being organised to take place during the 10 days of Thy Kingdom Come.

It will be passing through Birmingham from Walsall to Solihull on Friday May 26th. Details of services at City and Solihull hospitals are here



General Election: holding a husting?

With the General Election coming up many local churches and Churches Together groups hold hustings where candidates meet and present their policies to be questioned on neutral ground.

Information and advice about Hustings are provided by
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and will shortly be available from a link on their website: https://ctbi.org.uk/general-election-2017/



Taize Gathering Birmingham

Did you enjoy the Taize International weekend 28th April - 1st May when over 500 young people gathered in the city to pray and explore the theme of Hidden Treasure?

If so, you may enjoy viewing some of the pictures

Also www.facebook.com/taizebirmingham



Birmingham Taizé Pilgrimage

Saturday 29th July – Monday 7th August 2017

Did the Taize weekend inspire you. Consider joining the Birmingham Taizé pilgrimage. For young adults aged 18-29, it is an ecumenical venture involving Christians from several different denominations. The Pilgrimage will be accompanied by Bishop Anne Hollinghurst (CofE) and Bishop David McGough (RC).

For more...



Take part in the Great Get Together 16-18 June

Near Neighbours is joining with the Jo Cox Foundation in inviting you to hold a Great Get Together in your community.

All across the country people are joining together to take part in the Great Get Together. This is a national street party being organised by the Jo Cox Foundation in honour of Jo Cox.

For more...



LEGACY: The Story of Martin Luther

Saltmine announce a new 20-minute dramatic presentation celebrating the life and work of a true Faith Pioneer. Available for bookings to perform in the Autumn. For more...



Moving Stories: The Bible and Migration

This Bible Study resource has contributors from South Asia, Caribbean, Central Asia and African reflecting on the theme of migration from different perspectives.

For more and to download for free



Birmingham City Mission

Could you hold a cake sale in June 2017 in aid of BCM?

At work, home or school?  At your parents and toddlers group or at church?

For more...



Heaven on Earth Musical with Russell Watson

Read about an offer of discounted tickets to all churches with groups of 20 or more to see this show which starts a national tour beginning in Birmingham in December.

For more...


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United for Peace: Unity through Poetry

6:00 - 9:00pm, Wednesday 10 May

Muirhead Tower Room G15, University of Birmingham

United for Peace is a national initiative by The Oxford Foundation that draws United Kingdom’s diverse communities together to affirm the values that unite us.

For more...



A Moral Economy

6:30pm, Wednesday 10 May

Carrs Lane church Centre, B4 7SX

Ann Pettifor will speak on "A Moral Economy"

For more...



The Soul in the Machine

8.00pm Wednesday 10th May

St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham

George Williams is a country boy who comes to the city to find his place in the world. Appalled by the spirit-crushing rhythms of the Worker’s life he fights to spread the light of God, and create a place where the soul can be nurtured.

For more and for a link to book...



Birmingham Ecumenical Outer Estates Group

2:00pm, Wednesday 10 May

Yardley Wood Baptist Church

Please note this meeting is cancelled. A new date will be arranged for 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...



Restore Training Sessions

7:15 - 9:15pm Thursday evenings: 11 & 25 May and 8 June

Carrs Lane Conference Centre, B4 7SX

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

For more...



The Feast Spring Dinner

6:45pm Friday 12 May

Digbeth Banqueting Hall, 111-115 New Canal Street, B5 5RA

Halal meal by The Real Junk Food Project

For more...



Counselling with Spirit Network Meeting

9:30am - 13:30pm, Saturday 13 May

Carrs Lane Church Centre, B4 7SX

Theme: identifying and working with pathological spirituality.

For more...



Ignition volunteer training workshop

10.00am – 16.30pm, Tuesday 16th May

The Jericho Foundation, 196-198 Edward Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9LX

The FREE workshop session summarises our two day Ignition course into one day and will equip your staff and volunteers with tools, resources, knowledge and confidence to talk to clients/service users about their unemployment and offer help, practical support, signposting advice and encouragement as additional support for your clients.

For more...



CIGB Annual Meeting

5:30 - 8:00pm, Tuesday 16 May

Unison Birmingham, 19th Floor McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, B4 7LR

"Brexit for Birmingham Businesses"

For more...



Religion and foreign policy: A Brussels perspective

5:30pm - 7.30pm Tuesday 16 May

Muirhead Tower, Lecture Theatre G15, Birmingham University

The lecture is part of The Cadbury Centre Occasional Lectures Series, organized by The Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion.

For more...



Free To Be

7:30 - 10:00pm, Wednesday 17 May

Mount Zion community Church, 70 Thomas Street, B6 4TN

Free to Be: An event for Christian Women. Cathy Madavan and Bekah Legg would love you to join them to explore together what freedom in Christ really looks like.

For more...



Theological Reading Group, Summer 2017

12.30 to 13.30pm on Wednesdays May 17, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28

TTS room of the Queen’s Foundation, Somerset Road, Birmingham B15 2QH. Members may bring and eat their own packed lunches. All are welcome.

For more...



Idea Exchange Conference

9:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday 20 May

Life Community Church, Lodge Road, B18 5PW

How can we effectively engage the youth in this generation?

For more...



Craft Fair at St Martins in the Bullring

10:00am - 4:30pm, Saturday 20 May

St Martins in the Bullring

Proceeds to support St Martins work helping the vulnerable and homeless in Birmingham.

For more...



Weekend Retreat 'Meeting Jesus'

6:00pm Friday 19th - 4:30pm Sunday 21st May

Shallowford House, Staffordshire, ST15 0NZ

With guided Gospel meditations and optional individual interview, exploration of the labyrinth and art facilities.

For more...



Helping people from prison into employment

10.00am – 12.30pm, Monday 22nd May

The Jericho Foundation, 196-198 Edward Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9LX

Training for all Job Club Leaders and Coaches supporting people with convictions into employment.
 

For more...



Healing the Land Conference

10.15 to 4.30pm Tuesday 23rd May

Network House (Vineyard Church), 174 – 178 Barford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 7EP.

Organised by the World Prayer Centre

For more...



Faiths, Health and Wellbeing

9.30-3.30  Wednesday 24 May

Postgraduate Centre, QE Hospital (opposite hospital main entrance)

Birmingham Council of Faiths supported by QE Hospital Chaplaincy 

Main Topic – End of Life Care

For more...



Made in God's Image

9.30am – 3.30pm, Sat 27th May

West Midlands Hub, 8-10 Duke Street, Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 1BJ

The West Midlands Hub of Westminster Theological Centre invite you to our Kingdom Theology Day with Principal, Dr Lucy Peppiatt.

For more...



Big Church Day Out South

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 May

Wiston House, West Sussex

Two days of world class music, fun, relaxation and celebration.

For more...



Hope in the midst of Hopelessness

6.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 6th June

The Cafe, St Martin in the Bull Ring, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 5BB

Hear from Omar Haramy, one of the leaders of Sabeel Jerusalem and a driving force in sustaining Hope in a situation that to so many seems hopeless.

For more...



Faith in our Families Leaders Event

2:00 - 4:00pm, Tuesday 6 June

Carrs Lane Conference Centre

Please join us for a discussion exploring how churches can equip parents to nurture their children’s faith at home.

For more...



Lou Fellingham in Concert

7:00pm Wednesday 7th June

Woodgreen Church, Worcester, WR4 0SR

This will be a night of worship, suitable for all. Whether your thing is singing along or just listening, come and enjoy some inspiring melodies, wrapped around God-exalting lyrics, and performed by a first-class band.

For more...



Training for Church Treasurers

9:30am - 4:00pm, Wednesday 7th June

St Luke's Chuch Centre, Great Colmore Street, B15 2AT

An Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers Training Workshop.

For more...



Diabetes Awareness Day

9.30am – 4.30pm Saturday 10th June

Church of God of Prophecy, Aberdeen Street, Winson Green, B18 7DW

For more...



Christian Music Ministries present "Jail Break"

7:00pm Saturday 10 June, St Hilda's Church Warley Woods B67
7:00pm Saturday 17 June, St Germain's Church Edgbaston B16
6:00pm Sunday 25 June, St Bernard's Church Hamstead B43
7:00pm Saturday 1 July, Holy Trinity Church Lickey B45

The Choir of Christian Music Ministries will be performing Roger Jones’ musical “Jail Break” at four Birmingham venues in June and July.

For more...



Edgbaston Reservoir Dragon Boat Race

Saturday 10 June

Edgbaston Reservoir

This is an opportunity to raise funds for participants’ chosen charities and, at the same time, to attend a great fun event.

For more...



BCM's Summer Barn Dance

7:00pm, Friday 16 June

Rowheath Pavilion, Bournville, B30 1HH

With live band & caller, a Ploughman’s supper, home baked cakes and a fun charity auction, it’s always a great evening of music, dancing and good food.

For more...



They Also Served

5:00 – 7:00pm Sunday 2 July

The New Testament Church of God, Lozells Road, Birmingham B19 1NP

A service and exhibition to solemnly remember and reflect upon the contributions of African and Caribbean servicemen to WW1.

For more...



Saturday 23 September: St Chad Pilgrimage

A walk of friendship to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham to St Chad's Cathedral, Lichfield. This ecumenical pilgrimage will be led by senior Church Leaders on Saturday 23 September.

Details of the walk and services to mark the occasion will be available soon.




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.

  • Operations Team Leader: St Martin's in the Bullring
  • National Ecumenical Officer: Council for Christian Unity
  • Project Co-ordinators: Tabor House Night Shelter
  • Chief Executive Officer: The Feast
  • Part-time Casual Verger: St Martin in the Bullring 
  • Part-time Bookkeeper/Accounts Assistant: Betel UK
  • Fast Track Internships: TLG


Volunteering opportunities

Springfield Project Sparkhill are looking for allotment gardening volunteers and a volunteer for the play & stay group.

Acacia Family Support are seeking new 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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