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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……
Photo by Nutmeg Designs – Flickr
St Martin in the Bull Ring
12:00 – 1:00pm
Free, All are Welcome
Oksana Poleshook, piano
Jack Cooper, clarinet
Jonathan Warburton, trombone
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major (“Les Adieux”), Op. 81a, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Valse de Mephisto, Episode 2, “Faust de Le au”, Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Musical Moment No. 4, Op. 16, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
Dance Preludes, Witold Lutoslawski (1913 – 1994)
Warzone, Stan Sulzmann (1948 – )
Fri 12th July, 12:30 -1:00pm
Jonathan Warburton, Trombone
Steve Sykes, Trombone
Phillippa Done, Piano & Trombone
Photo: esc861, flickr
Due to ill health of the Lord Mayor, the Civic Service due to take place at St. Martin’s on Sunday 16th June at 6pm has been postponed.
The service will be rearranged and the new date will be announced when we are aware.
St Martin’s Healing on the Streets team is well established on Edgbaston St. Passers-by have now started approaching us to pray for them instead the other way around. We still give out leaflets inviting them to sit on chairs and receive prayers.
This last session even before we finished setting up the banner, chairs and so on, some folks were there waiting for us to pray for them. The queue started forming from then on with just a few periods of quietness.
At the end of the session it happened again. We had already packed up most of our stuff when someone came rushing to us and said, ‘Oh. You’ve finished already. I came here to ask you to pray for me.’ Of course we prayed for him – standing up and all.
Another lady came by and said to one of the members when she was offered prayer, ‘You have already prayed for me and I am healed’.
All of this is good encouragement but above it is all for the great glory of God.
Here there are more accounts for God’s glory:
Many came for prayer for depression, anxiety and other related problems. Others had problems about accommodation, seeking asylum, exams stress, and medical treatment. This is reality out on the streets and people are crying out for help. In the Psalms we find this about God:
‘He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy. He will rescue them from oppression and violence.
Praise be to his glorious name forever. May the whole earth be filled with this glory. Amen and Amen. (Psalm 72:12-14, 19)