Guided tours of St. Martin in the Bull Ring with explanations of the stained glass windows, including those by Burns-Jones and Craigie Aitchison; the Guild Chapel; Birmingham’s oldest monument; the contemporary font and prayer sculpture; and several quirky and unexpected features…. Thurs 12 September: at 11am , 2pm, 3pm Fri 13 September: at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Sat 14 September: at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Sun 15 September: at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Visits to the Bell Ringing Chamber including the history of bell ringing at St. Martin’s; an explanation of the ringing tradition; a demonstration of ringing; and an opportunity to participate with hand bells. Tours on the hour and half hour Thurs 12 September: between 11am and 3pm Fri 13 September: between 11am and 3pm Sat 14 September: between 1.30pm and 3pm Please note: the tour of the bell ringing chamber requires walking 50 uneven steps up a spiral, stone staircase. Appropriate footwear needs to be worn.
St. Martin’s has the very great privilege of hosting an evening with the highly acclaimed and award winning writer and speaker Philip Yancey. During an evening that honours the legacy of famous leprosy surgeon Dr Paul Brand, Philip will reflect on how their friendship became the single greatest influence in his life and career, and consider what can be done to shine a light on leprosy today. Philip Yancey and Dr. Paul Brand Philip Yancey’s life was profoundly affected by his time with the renowned Leprosy Mission surgeon Dr Paul Brand, who pioneered the tendon-transfer techniques that make it possible for people affected by leprosy to once again use their hands and feet. Philip cites Dr Brand’s faith as a milestone in his own spiritual journey. Observing the self-sacrificial work of Dr Brand, Philip was amazed that his life and experiences were not shared about more widely. Taking the initiative, the two of them embarked on what turned into three co-written books, offering reflections