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.
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
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: Creche Coordinator Volunteer_Role_Description If you would like an application form please email email@example.com. Closing date for applications: Sunday 1st September 2013.
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
Hi, 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
Concert Series 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) Adagio Andante Expressivo Vivacissimamente 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 – ) Next Week: 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: A man who had previously had