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Open the Book began in 1999 and now regularly reaches over half a million children with classic Bible stories during Collective Worship (often referred to as assemblies). Open the Book teams are made up of members of the local church or from several churches working in partnership who go into primary schools to deliver a 10 minute Bible story assembly. Some Birmingham schools are asking for Open the Book and more volunteers are needed to meet the demand.
Birmingham City Mission is facilitating an urban pilot scheme, whereby Open the Book are making subtle changes to their original programme in order to meet the needs of schools in urban areas where school communities are drawn from a variety of faith backgrounds. A series of training opportunities are being made available. The sessions are open to anyone interested in sharing Bible stories with children in Birmingham and the surrounding area.
Training sessions are from 9.15am to 3.15pm (with a 30 minute lunch break). Completion of this training is sufficient for an individual to register as an Open the Book story teller. Forthcoming training dates are:
• Weds 19th September
• Mon 1st October
• Thurs 25th October
• Thurs 15th November
• Mon 10th December
All courses take place at BCM HQ, 2 Langdon Street, Birmingham B9 4BP
Christmas at Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips) on Colmore Row will include an outdoor market and grotto in Cathedral Square this year. The cathedral’s Clergy Team will officially open the market and bless those who visit at a special launch evening 6pm Thursday 15 November.
The unique location will lend itself to a festive array of locally sourced crafts, gifts, food and drink and will run from Thursday 15 November until Sunday 22 December.
Families will be able to book in for a very special visit with Father Christmas and to enjoy the events and services happening inside the cathedral. The market will be home to one of the largest Christmas trees in the city.
You’re invited to be part of the Big Conversation. Your voice could shape their campaign.
Shelter are holding a big campaign and the national meetings are about helping to shape the future of Shelter’s social housing campaigns.
The Birmingham event will take place on Tuesday 20 November 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30 at The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre, 40 Bull Street, B4 6AF Birmingham.
The event is free but you will need to register. For further information please click on link below.
“All over the world, this Gospel is bearing fruit”
This service will take place on Sunday November 25th at 3.00pm at Acocks Green Methodist Church, 1 Botteville Road, Birmingham B27 7YE.
This annual service is an opportunity for CIGB Chaplains, Trustees and friends to worship together. We celebrate new chaplains including (Methodists, Sue Ford and Fiona Joseph) who have started with us, and give thanks for the ministries that have been exercised this year.
This year we look forward to commissioning:
Fiona Joseph - Chaplain to Webster and Horsfall
Sue Ford and Sharon Jenner - Chaplains at NEC Group
Irene Lees - Chaplain with Longbridge Residents
Atonya Sims, Dolvis Ferdinand, Melissa Ncube, Douglas
Ambrose and Sue Ambrose - Chaplains with
Birmingham City Centre Retail team
and we will be welcoming:
Sandra Dryden - Associate Chaplain at YMCA
‘Death Before Birth: understanding, informing and supporting choices made by people experiencing miscarriage, termination and stillbirth’
A talk by Jeannette Littlemore and Sarah Turner of Birmingham University at Selly Oak Methodist Church in conjunction with St Mary's CoE Selly Oak on Thursday 29th November 2018 at 7:30 pm. Refreshments from 7 pm. There will be chaplaincy arrangements to offer pastoral support, where needed, before and after this interactive talk.
Full research team: Jeannette Littlemore, Danielle Fuller, Sheelagh McGuinness, Jeannette Littlemore and Sarah Turner Karolina Kuberska, Meera Burgess and Helen Williams.
This concert will be held on Saturday 1st December, 7.00p.m. Adults £7.50, Children half price includes tea/coffee/squash and cakes in the interval.
They were excellent 2 years ago so don’t miss them this year. Tickets from 01213082251 or firstname.lastname@example.org or pay on the door. All monies donated to Nkanfoa Methodist School, Ghana to reduce class sizes and improve education. Come and do your bit.
Church is opposite Four Oaks Station or buses stop outside.
You are invited to "Letters from Bethlehem, a talk on life in the West Bank and Gaza" by Rev John Howard. This will take place at 4.00pm, Sunday 2nd December at Villa Road Methodist Church. Rev John Howard is serving at the Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem.
The Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem is a partnership of the World Methodist Council, the Methodist Church of Britain and The United Methodist Church. Its purpose is to increase international awareness and involvement of the Methodist community in the issues of Israel/Palestine.
This talk will then be followed by a bring and share tea and Circuit Service at 6.00pm when the young people will be sharing their experiences of their time at 3Generate. All are welcome.
The Cat Lane Players Drama Group at Castle Bromwich Methodist Church present a Pantomime Humpty Dumpty on:
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December at 7.30pm and
Saturday 8th December at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
Ticket prices are £5.50 Adults, £4.50 Concessions with a Family ticket for 2 Adults and upto 3 Children £19.00.
If you would like tickets please see Caroline or Mark or call on 0121 730 1463.
Please click on flyer for further information.
You are invited to follow the Christmas Tree trail at Dorridge Methodist Church on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December.
In aid of Acorns Children's Hospice and "Make Lunch".
Follow the Christmas tree trail at Dorridge Methodist Church on:
Friday 7th December 9.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday 8th December 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 9th December 09:30, Gift Service
All donations will go to Acorns Children's Hospice and "Make Lunch"
For further information, please click on flyer.