We trust you all had a good Christmas and were able to receive and give many blessings during this time. The passage from Isaiah 2 was very much part of our encouragement as we went out on Edgbaston Street in December. As it was expected the town was crowded with people and there were activities of all kinds to mark the Christmas festivities. We were one of them. However, the verse we had on that day from Isaiah affirmed us we stand in a different position from all others: ‘In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s Temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills and all nations will stream to it… ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord……He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths’ ( Isaiah 2:2-3) The Land on Edgbaston Street were occupied by many and yet we had the sense that we owned the land. We thank God that he establishes his presence amongst his people. Here are some of the effects of God’s presence amongst his pe
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
‘The Kingdom of God is among you’ – that was the answer Jesus gave to Pharisees when they wanted to know when the kingdom of God would come. (Luke 17:21) Now read the following testimony and see for yourself if what Jesus said is true even today. During our HOTS session on October 5th a young man asked us to pray for him as his course fees were due at the end of that week and he did not have any money coming into his bank account. We prayed for him and we gave him the ‘Why Jesus’ booklet. On October 26th after the 2pm Saturday service at St Martins, while I was talking to some of our regular members of that service, a young man approached me and said he would like to talk to me. I recognised him and thought we had prayed for him in church but he said we had prayed for him outside on Edgbaston St. He wanted to tell us that he had received an answer to prayer. These were his words (I have his permission to write): ‘I was in a bad situation as my course fees were due at 11 o’clock a
Exhibition until 25th Nov 2013; 10:00am – 4:30pm Following on from a dark period in her life where illness and a failing Relationship were weighing Ruth down, she began using her drawing skills on a very personal basis to express feelings and her hopes and doubts about the future. The original pencil drawings were very personal and were largely hidden from view for five years before Ruth was persuaded to turn them into paintings and began to share her thoughts, first through working with small groups and mediating and later through wider exhibitions. Ruth has now given her paintings to Westhill Charity so that they may have a wider viewing nationally. The exhibition is a series of 19 paintings, with a booklet to guide you around. On Tuesday 19th November Ruth Goodheir will be joining us all the ay from the Isle of Skye to led us in a workshop: Art Retreat Workshop; 2:30 – 4:00pm; A 30 minute reflection on four of Ruth’s paintings followed by 60 minutes working with pastel
Who will become the ‘brains of St. Martin’s’ for 2013? It could be you! Find out by attending the Quiz on Friday 22nd November in the Tea Lounge @ St. Martin’s. Door Open at 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30. Fish and Chip supper (or pre-order the vegetarian option when buying tickets), prizes and a raffle. Teams of 4 (or we will make up teams on the night). Tickets £5.50 each from Tom & Yvonne Thompson or from the Parish Office (0121 600 6020). [Image – Gerogie R, Flickr]
After careful, prayerful discussion and consultation, listening to what God is call us as a church to do, we have recently launched our new Vision Document. There are many challenges here but with the power of God through the Holy Spirit, a willingness on our part to serve and give sacrificially we can and will see God in his grace and mercy do amazing things through the life of St Martin’s. Three clear priorities have emerged out of the comprehensive consultation and discernment process that we followed between May and July 2013. They are: Welcome Pastoral Care Discipleship (Learning to be a follower of Jesus) For further details of what we mean by these terms and how we will work on them over the next three years are laid out in the document that you can download by visiting Our Vision Page. Please do read through this document prayerfully and carefully asking God to show you how you can help to see this vision become a reality in your life, the life of St Martin’s and the life of th
On Saturday 19th October, the Rector, Stewart Jones, undertook a Stationary Sponsored Walk – walking from 10.00 to 16:00 hours on a treadmill, outside the Church doors. Funds were raised by sponsorship, competition entries (guess how far he would go) and donations. So far, £2,100 has been raised, although further sponsorship monies are still to be collected. The competition was won by Serephine Nyiramimani, who is shown receiving the £100 BULLRING gift card. Well done to Stewart and many thanks to all those who supported him. If you would like to donate, please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/events/howfarwillhego/105305 To view more pictures of the day please visit our Dropbox page.
‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’. This is what we saw on Oct 5th during Healing on the Streets on Edgbaston St by St Martin in the Bull Ring. This is what happened. I’ll start with this one. A gentleman came sat on the chairs to be prayed for his hernia. He said he had been before. First time he was prayed for his ‘reflux’. He was unable to swallow properly and he was healed. The second time he came he had both knees in pain and MRI scan had shown they were really bad. He was prayed for and the pain went and then the doctors could not understand it as the knees were fine. A lady came back for the second time and said that the first time she came she was healed of a ‘thing in her past’. Now she wanted a prayer for a physical condition. As the team prayed she and the team could see an improvement. A lady asked for prayer for her knees which were in pain. She was due to have an operation. She was in tears when she left not because of pain but because of joy
It is time to not just sit back and watch! For two thousand years there has been a church in Syria. But now its very survival is threatened by violence, conflict and persecution. The church is on its knees. Open Doors has been active in Syria since before the war. We are helping the church in Syria to care for thousands of families in desperate need. “I believe the Lord has been preparing the church for this day,” says Pastor Edward in Damascus. “Who else can give hope and really spread peace other than our Lord?” The church in Syria is asking for your help. Please join us to speak out, provide emergency relief and pray for our brothers and sisters in Syria. Please visit www.opendoorsuk.org and sign the petition that will be taken to meetings with the UK government, the EU and the UN over the next few months. We urge, on behalf of the Christians of Syria, that all those with influence and power do everything possible to: Protect the lives, livelihoods and
Are you passing by? I think it’s time for a cuppa! From Tuesday 20th August the Tea Lounge is changing its range of teas to that most famous, independent tea merchant: Taylors of Harrogate. On sale will be a variety of teas from the more traditional blends such as Earl Grey, to flavoured and fruit teas. On a lovely afternoon what’s better than a slice of cake and a pot of tea on our terrace?!
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
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.