Whether you're a fresher or a seasoned academic, new to Birmingham or familiar with the area, it's good to share some of your spiritual journey with other students in a safe, welcoming, encouraging environment. Here are some key churches and support available to you.
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham (Five Ways/City Centre)
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham (IGB) is a great option for students looking for an inclusive, affirming, justice-seeking church near the uni. IGB has recently moved its regular meeting location to Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House, just 500m from Five Ways train station.
Join IGB at Five Ways on the 1st, 4th & 5th Sundays at 3pm for music, food, stories and honest questions. We also meet online EVERY week at 3pm, so you can still do church in your PJs when you want to.
Find out more at www.inclusivegathering.org.uk or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @newchurchbrum.
Selly Oak Methodist (Selly Oak)
Rev Farai Mapamula and the whole Selly Oak team welcomes you. We are a diverse family church with around two hundred members along with our many children and young people. If you're a first year or newly looking for a church, please do introduce yourselves on a Sunday morning.
We meet Sundays at 10.30am.
We are located on Langleys Road in Selly Oak about fifteen minutes walk from the University of Birmingham and about ten minutes walk from Selly Oak railway station.
Find out more at www.facebook.com/SellyOakMethodistChurch
The Church at Carrs Lane (City Centre)
We are an open hearted, broad minded, inclusive and affirming city centre church. We are pleased to welcome students. We have a regular online group, and hope to set up some in-person socials for students so you can get to know each other and get to know the students who are already part of the church community.
We meet on Sundays at 10.30am for worship. The service is live streamed on Facebook/carrslanelife. After church we informally to chat and often eat together then.
Find out more at www.carrslane.co.uk
We are also very happy to signpost you to other local churches if you’re looking for something a little different – we all know each other from city centre churches together and want you to find a church where you’ll feel at home!
Chaplains for Students
University chaplains offer all students an inclusive space for prayer, meditation, relaxation and worship, among other activities. You are invited to drop by, see what we have going on, introduce yourself, and have a tea/coffee.
Jan Scott is one of the Free Church Chaplains at Aston University. Jan is also a member at Carrs Lane and part of their student ministry team. More about the Aston Uni chaplaincy here.
University of Birmingham
Rev. Mindy Bell is the Methodist Chaplain and a member of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team. As such she works closely with Student Christian Movement Birmingham, a Guild Society.
The Chaplaincy and SCM are both places you can bring your faith, your doubts and your questions. In addition, they are good places to find friends with whom you can explore what faith and spirituality looks like in today’s world. Life with God is a journey, and one which sometimes has big surprises, and it is good to have companions on the way. More about Mindy and the UOB Chaplaincy here.
Mindy: I get to accompany students and staff as they ask big questions of life, the world, and faith. I don’t have all the answers but I am willing to journey with you on your quest for purpose, meaning, and hope. I personally find meaning in Jesus’ life story, but I’m happy to explore life questions with those of any faith, background, and culture.