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HAVE YOUR SAY …
We have begun our search for a new Rector for St Martin’s Church.
Our consultation process began at services today, and continues until Sunday 22nd October 2017.
We’d love to hear the thoughts of as many people as possible who are involved with the church, to inform our ‘Parish Profile’ which is sent to all potential applicants.
We have paper slips that can be picked up at Church, where you can answer a few questions to give us your opinions on St Martin’s Church community.
Alternatively you can send your responses to the questions below by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What brought you to St Martin’s?
What keeps you here?
What could we do better?
What would you like to see in the future?
Describe St Martin’s Church community in 3 words:
Describe 3 qualities you would like to see in our next Rector:
At the very start of the Great War, in August 1914, the city of Birmingham asked for a thousand volunteers to form a battalion for the coming conflict. Within days, enough men stepped forward to form 1st, 2nd and 3rd City of Birmingham Battalions, 14th, 15th and 16th Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. They were known as the Birmingham Pals, and their handsome memorial is on the north side of the nave.
All three battalions took an active part in the war, in France and Flanders. Each took part in all the major battles, including the Third Battle of Ypres, often known as Passchendaele, being fought exactly a hundred years ago. It was during that terrible battle, in the morning of 9th October 1917, that the 16th Battalion suffered its worst losses.
In the five days before they were in the front line, mainly a series of water- and mud-filled shell holes, in relentless rain and often under accurate artillery fire. Lieutenant Colonel Grahame Deakin, the Commanding Officer described them as ‘in a deplorable condition…it rained heavily, soaking everybody, and it was quite impossible to get them any hot food.’
However, they were set the task of capturing Polderhoeck Chateau, a key position in a ruined house on a rise that had been heavily reinforced by the German army. It was a formidable place, too well defended by artillery and machine guns. Although members of the Battalion briefly reached the objective they couldn’t hold it, and had to withdraw, exhausted and with very heavy casualties.
More than half the 514 soldiers that started the day were casualties – 52 killed, 28 missing and 213 wounded – and of twenty officers, thirteen were killed, wounded or missing. As a result the battalion had to withdraw to rebuild. Soon afterwards, 16th Battalion was moved to the Italian front before returning to France and Flanders in 1918.
On the hundredth anniversary of this heartbreaking event, please pray for the souls of the dead, and for their families.
Come and celebrate with us as we thank God for his gifts to us and pray for those in need.
Join us for our all-age Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 24th September 2017.
All of us at St Martin’s would like to wish Revd. Canon Stewart Jones all the best in his new role as Priest in Charge at St John the Baptist Church, Barlaston.
Thank you Stewart and Julie for all you have done, God Bless you both in your new Adventure . . .
Thanks also to everyone who made Stewart’s final Sunday as Rector of St. Martin’s so memorable. To all who participated in and helped with the organising of the festivities, you gave Stewart and Julie a joyous and grace filled send off to pastures new in Barlaston. The “Best Wishes” book will be around at St. Martin’s for a couple of weeks so please write your message for them if you haven’t had the opportunity over the last few weeks.
Bring your rucksack, your lunchbox or your pencil case and join us for prayers and a special blessing for all pupils and teachers for the new academic year.
Sunday 13th Music and Meditation service will have a theme of “Summer Blues” and feature “Revealed” who play Latin, jazz and light pop music, led by guitarist and trumpet player, Nigel Beer.
Next week 20th August – The Music and meditation service will feature classical guitarist and composer, John Gerighty. His music is simply beautiful, tranquil and meditative. If you long for a moment this summer just to “Be still and know” then this will be an evening not to miss.
‘Songs for the Summer’ will consist of songs by Jobim, Some Jazz Standards and some light pop. It should be ideal for attracting passing shoppers.”
Saturday 12th concert is a woodwind trio: Beth Underwood, Hannah Wrieden and Helen Green. They will be playing some beautiful classical music on flute, oboe and bassoon
Saturday 19th Rhythm & Bone /Jazz Corporation – The Saturday concert features Rhythm & Bone, headed up by Clive Allsop on the trombone. Rhythm & Bone is a trio playing easy listening Jazz in a variety of genre from swing to Latin. You can also catch them at the Harbour Café, High Street, Erdington every 3rd Friday of the month from 11:30 am.
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