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St Martin’s is again joining with 4,700 properties throughout the country to celebrate our rich heritage, and is inviting people to discover more of our Christian faith and Birmingham history and culture.
Regular guided tours will take place. There will also be a unique opportunity to see the Bull Ring from a different perspective by going up the church tower!
Guided Tours: 10.30am-3pm (1pm-2.30pm Sun)
Bell Tower Guided Tours: 11am-3pm (1pm-2.30pm Sun)
During St Martin’s HOTS in August we had the chance to use our umbrellas. They were very useful as we used them to shelter us from the rain and from the sun! The weather was just a mixture but that it didn’t stop us to pray for passers-by.
A few weeks ago I visited the Harnhill Centre of Christian healing. The model they use to help people to overcome hurts and brokenness in their lives is a model called the Circle of God’s love. They explain to all who go there that as we position ourselves within the circle of God’s love, we see God continually ministering to us with his forgiveness, healing, redemption and renewal.
From the moment of creation to the very end of the book of Revelation we see God loving us. One verse in the Bible that is used a lot at Harnhill is Isaiah 43:4. God says to his people, ‘Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.’
We find a remarkable statement in this verse: ‘You are precious and honoured in my sight and I love you’. These three truths of God’s attitude towards us – precious, honoured and loved underpin the giving of Jesus in exchange for us.
That’s why we have the motivation to go out and pray for folks we don’t know but who are known by God who loves them and sees them as precious and honoured people.
Here they are:
These were the requests from people who are precious, honoured and loved by God who gave them Jesus to live and die for them.
To finish I want to write this entry in our book from July:
A lady who had glaucoma came for prayer. She thinks is getting worse and is worried about going blind. The team prayed and told the condition to leave in Jesus’ name. She also mentioned that she had an operation for cataracts and that the anaesthetic machine had failed. She felt everything and was in horrendous pain. The team prayed against shock and trauma. She said she felt much better afterwards. The team asked if she could read and she said she needed magnifying glasses. One of the team members gave her a bible to read and this is what the team member wrote: ‘She read out a passage from my Bible- tiny print’ Praise God’.
Because I know this lady in question well I phoned her to know how she is getting on. She said she felt much better after she received prayers. She went to see her specialist and he said her condition has not deteriorated and does not need to see her until January. She was a bit surprised, shocked, concerned and not so sure what to think as he usually sees her every other month!
I think I know what we should think and say:
Thanks be to God
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
Starting this Sunday (25th August) St. Martin’s is participating in collecting items that are desperately needed for women and children in Syria. The charity (Hand in Hand) is organising an aid convey in early September.
The items that are needed are: Baby milk (up to six months); nappies and baby wipes; Children’s school materials (e.g. pencils, writing pads); women’s hygiene products; bandages and dressings; non-prescription medicines (e.g. pain killers, laxatives); children’s winter boots; baby clothes (new only); winter blankets or duvets.
Please leave your items in the church with a member of staff or a volunteer by Sunday 1st September at the latest.
Here is an update on a new venture that we started a couple of weeks ago called “Cuppa and Chat”. This is a coffee morning held in the church every Monday from 10am-12pm for people that might be feeling isolated, lonely, struggling with life and need someone to talk to.
So far we have made contact with 40 or so different people over the two weeks with many people from all walks of life coming to sit down and enjoy a free hot drink and an opportunity to have someone listen to them talk if that is what they want. The majority of the people we have seen have various practical needs however have mentioned that what they most need is someone to talk to about aspects of their life that are hard.
We have the privilege at St Martins of giving our time to helping these people and hopefully seeing change begin to happen in their lives. We pray that God will continue to bring people along and that we can love them as Jesus would.
If you would like any more information about this or think that you would like to volunteer in this area of church work then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provide a crèche area (for children aged 0-4years old and their parents) during the Crossing Service (Sunday at 11am). Children using this space are supervised by their parents.
Thus we are looking for a volunteer Creche Coordinator to help us to make sure that the facilities we are making available for parents with young children are maintained to a high standard (at least once a month around the Crossing Serivce). This is both for health and safety reasons, and to demonstrate our and God’s love to parents and children – showing that we care.
You must have been part of the worshipping community for at least 6 months.
For more information please download the PDF file of the volunteer role description:
If you would like an application form please email email@example.com.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 1st September 2013.
We are currently updating the Volunteer web page, letting you know what volunteers do and how to get involved.
Please watch this space!
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After careful consideration, it is with great regret that the decision has been taken to postpone Catalyst Culture, due to take place in the Cathedral Square THIS Saturday (20th July).
Catalyst Culture will be rescheduled to a day. To be kept up to date please keep an eye on this website or visit www.b-inspired.net.
St Martin’s HOTS in June reached a record so far this year. We had again a blessed time reaching out to passers-by with a wonderful team. The team was great in number and as usual in quality too.
I’d like to start with this testimony a gentleman sent to me on his email:
‘Last Saturday I was in church at St Martin’s as usual, and my priest asked me to come especially the next day on Sunday as his sermon would be on baptism. I knew the HOTS team was outside on Edgbaston St so I went there for prayer. Whilst outside chatting to two of the team members, one of them asked me ‘why don’t you just get baptised tomorrow.’ As I sat there I was holding a water bottle and I replied ‘ here’s some water why don’t you just use this…’ When she heard this she asked me to repeat what I had just said. I did, and she stepped back amazed as she said this situation was similar to something that happened in the Bible with Phillip and the Ethiopian. When I got home I looked it up and it comes from Acts 8:36…
As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized? “
What made it amazing was that I have NEVER heard this story before and this was the theme of the next day’s sermon, which I also knew nothing of. In fact this was the verse on the screen in church on Sunday…..weird!! I don’t know if I was to be baptised there and then but I have invited some University mates to my imminent baptism and it would not be fair on them if I had’
Here is another amazing story from June’s HOTS:
A Christian lady with a frozen shoulder was due to have steroid injection but he was not very keen on this. She wanted and prayed for God’s healing – that morning she said she had a sort of vision where she saw herself sitting on a chair and being prayed for. (That’s how we pray for folks – we invite them to sit on the chairs) The team prayed for her and she said she felt better. We await her return to tell us more of her condition and healing…!!
Here is an email I received from one of the team members who was there in June:
‘There was this man whose wife had gone missing. We prayed she would contact the family soon even on that very same day. This man naturally seemed quite upset and he said that when we offered to pray for him he was about to go to the Fortune Teller who has a caravan parked on Edgbaston St. When we finished praying for him he looked more relaxed and peaceful. He said would like to come to church. We gave him the service details and he thanked us. Hope he will come back with good news about his wife.
One man who felt he had nothing to live for as his parents had died and he has no family. He believes in God but does not read his bible very much so we gave him a new one (The Message) which might be easier for him to read.
Another man who loved his work but was stressed at times seemed happy to receive prayer.
A man who is a believer, not in pain at the time, who suffered various pains that all seemed to stem from his heart was prayed for – that his heart would recover strength and that the worries that seemed to make it worse might be reduced’
Here are some stories of other prayer requests
Many more prayers were said on that day. We left with the assurance that God’s work on the lives of each one we prayed for will never cease.
My name is Joy Cairns and I’ve just started working at St Martins as Community Lay Minister. I love travelling the world, swimming, Ballroom and Latin dancing and watching American TV series! My husband and I moved to Birmingham 4 years ago having previously been studying at the University of Durham. Since living in Birmingham I have worked with many different people including those with substance abuse issues, mental health issues and those who are homeless, to name a few. I am passionate about caring and supporting those people who for whatever reason have had a hard life. I am looking forward to using my new role to show the love of God to the people of Birmingham and seeing what happens!
Watch this space……
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