We are well underway with our search for a new Rector for St Martin’s Church. Our consultation process has now closed. We received an amazing 230 responses to our consultation to inform our ‘Parish Profile’. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Our Parish Boundary walk last Sunday was great fun. The sun shone as we walked and stopped at various places to pray. The picnic was a most welcome end to our time together. A big thank you to Christina and Mike for organising it. If you missed it, hope to see you the next time!
There is now the latest sermon recordings on our website! The latest sermons from the series Take Another Look – Stories of Jesus You Think You Know are up on the website. These can be found on our recordings page by visiting the link or they can also be found the drop down menu of ‘Prayer and Worship’ at the top of the page. You are able to hear them online or visit our Sound Cloud page to download them. There will be an archive section on our Sound Cloud page so you can hear past recordings. Image – Esparta (Flikr)
Friday Lunctime Concert Diary 2015 Friday Lunchtime Concert Diary 12.30 – 1.00pm (some concerts may run to 1.15pm) St Martin in the Bull Ring Admission is FREE and all are welcome 13th February 2015 Ting Ting Yao Piano Solo 13th March 2015 Ting Ting Yao & Friends Piano Solo 20th March 2015 Lucy Morton Quartet 10th April 2015 Hannah Woollacott Classical Guitar 17th April 2015 Ruta Labutyte Unaccompanied Violin 24th April 2015 TBC 15th May 2015 Simone Damiani Piano 22nd May 2015 Alastair Wright Piano Trio 5th June 2015 Alison Loram Piano Trio 19th June 2015 Benjamin Hill Saxophone 10th July 2015 Anna Downes and Tony Bridgewater Violin Recital 17th July 2015 Clare Jones Piano *Concert in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University For more information contact the Parish Office Photo: Crazybobbles, flickr
St Martins is one of 7 churches taking part in The Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter, which sees each church open up its building to 12 men each night to stop them sleeping rough on the streets. This is running from 18th January until 8th March. All the guys that come are given a hot meal as well as the opportunity to talk and make friends with all those who are volunteering. We believe this is a great opportunity to show the love of Jesus to the people of Birmingham. If you would like to volunteer to help out at the night shelter please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office on 0121 600 6020. If you know someone who wishes to be referred to the night shelter, they are welcome to come along to our drop in coffee morning on Monday 10am-12pm to refer themselves or visit SIFA Fireside in the mornings during the rest of the week. Please pray that our guests will be renewed and refreshed during their time with us. Please thank God for our volunteers and for equipping us
40 days of Prayer Please join us in 40 days of prayer this Lent. Loving Father, bless the community of St. Martin’s with your love, compassion and care. Fill us with your Spirit that we might walk in your ways. Open our eyes to see your hand at work in our lives and glorify your name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Upcoming special events for Lent: Ash Wednesday – 5th March We will mark the start of Lent with services at 12 noon and 6pm on Ash Wednesday. Both services will include the opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes as a mark of this season of penitence. The 6pm service will be Holy Communion. All welcome. Lent Course Last week 27 Anglican bishops wrote an open letter to the government to protest about people going hungry in the UK. This is part of the End Hunger Fast campaign (see www.endhungerfast.co.uk). The Lent course is called Parables & Possessions and looks at issues of poverty and our relationship with money. It will be on Wednesday evenings from
14th-19th April 2014 A stranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the biggest festival in its history begins. The events of the next few days will turn the world upside down. A Passion For Birmingham is a new promenade play retelling the Passion story in modern-day Birmingham. An event for the diocese and beyond, the promenade production will lead its audience around three venues: Birmingham Cathedral and grounds, The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre, and the Wellington Pub. In each new location, a new scene unfolds. Tickets are available now from the Old Joint Stock Box Office or on their website www.oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk. Monday 14th April 6:30pm & 8:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2pm Wednesday 16th April 6:30pm & 8:30pm Thursday 17th April 2pm Friday 18th April 8:30pm Saturday 19th April 1pm & 6:30pm & 8:30pm Running time: 1hr 15 approx. Please wear suitable footwear. We apologise that due to the nature of the promenade style, the production is unfortunately not w
Excited Obadiah passes his overseer exams and is now able to do everything an angel is gifted to do. But he misunderstands these gifts and has a hard lesson to learn in how to use them. Amazingly, he does this, and God Almighty is so impressed that Obadiah is chosen to take one of the most important messages ever to earth. But he doesn’t do the task in the expected way, and so discovers something about himself and God’s plan. A great gift for children This story is the prequel to ‘Albert the forgetful Angel’ and tells the story of how Obadiah became the kind overseer of that book. Oh and look out for Albert in this book too! To find out more, order an e-book version of this book or to buy Albert the Forgetful Angel visit St Martin’or www.stewartjonesbooks.co.uk. This book is written by the Rector of St. Martin’s, Stewart Jones and the sale of the books goes to support the work that the church does for the vulnerable. Amazing Kindness of Obadiah flyer
REVISED – Please note the opening and closing times of the church during the Christmas and New Year period: Mon 23rd Dec: Open as usual. Tues 24th Dec: Church Offices open till 1pm. CHH closed. Tea Lounge closed. Church open to include Midnight service. Wed 25th Dec: Closed except for Church service at 11am. Thurs 26th Dec: Closed Fri 27th Dec: Closed Sat 28th Dec: Closed Sun 29th Dec: Church opened for the 9.30am and 11am services but closed after. Mon 30th Dec: Closed. Tues 31st Dec: Closed. Wed 1st Jan: Closed. Thurs 2nd Jan: Open as usual. If you have any questions please contact the parish office. Image Flickr – v1ctory_1s_m1ne