I am still working hard to live the Advent season at home, every day. Have a look at one of the things I’ve been up to recently on my blog: It seems as if it was just yesterday that the season of Advent was beginning, and yet here were are, almost at its end. It would be easy for me to relax now and get caught up in all the excitement of last minute preparations – Christmas is so close, isn’t it? And I’ve been blessed to have already attended a couple of Christmas gatherings with friends or family. It’s often at this time of year that I get to spend extended time chatting and doing quizzes with those who are important to me. But, I have also been aware of moments of creeping panic. There has been panic about presents, (what do you buy for an Uncle who doesn’t need anything?), about cards (I missed the second class post deadline, yet again!) and about food (what if nobody likes my cooking, will it ruin their day?) I know in my head that these things a
A record bellringing performance is being attempted at St Martin’s on Friday 28th December. This will be the longest ever peal rung on14 bells and will comprise over 10,000 changes (different orders of the bells). It will take around seven hours, and the 14 bell ringers will ring non-stop without refreshment! A team of umpires will be checking the performance for verification. As well as being a long peal, this particular performance is technically complex in terms of the changes being rung. It is by no means assured of success, but the ringers havepracticed using shorter periods of ringing. St Martin’s is one of only five places in the world with 14 change ringing bells and so we are delighted to be able tohost this performance. It is being conducted and composed by our own bellringers, and includes a number of other members of our regular team. There have only been two bellringing performances of this duration before since thecurrent ring of bells was installed at St Ma
Join us as we host The Choir with No Name Birmingham on Tuesday 18th December when they return to St Martin in the Bull Ring to celebrate Christmas. Friends old and new, we welcome you to celebrate Christmas with Birmingham’s one and only homeless choir. Christmas cheer, a warm glow and mince pies guaranteed! No ticket necessary – donations gratefully received! Full details on the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/706729546361412
Join us as we host The Alzheimer’s Society and Unite in Song this Christmas and support Carols at Christmas at St Martin’s Church in Birmingham on Thursday 14th December. All funds raised will go the Alzheimer’s Society and support the work they do for people affected by dementia. Join us for an evening of sing-along carols, festive treats and readings by some very special guests. Performers include: Magic Voices Choir, Redditch CommunityGospel Choir and Eternal Taal Bhangra Drummers. Doors open at 6:30 and the concert will start at 7pm. All proceeds raised will go to Alzheimer’s Society and make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. Buy your tickets today at: alzheimers.org.uk/carolsbirmingham or on the door. For further enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 333 0804.
Come and join us on Sunday 23rd December at 5.00pm for our Christmas Carol Service. Join us for the following choral pieces: “This is the truth sent from above” (Herefordshire words) . arranged by Richard Lloyd “Behold that star!” (Spiritual) – arranged by Bob Chilcott “E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come” – Paul Manz Mary’s Magnificat – Andrew Carter “In a stable” (Esta noche) Spanish carol melody – arranged by JFH “Silent night” – arranged by JFH Appalachian carol – arranged by JFH
Now that it’s Advent, I am officially getting excited about Christmas. I’ve started to purchase the presents and my sparkly tree is standing proudly in my living room. Don’t tell anyone, but there is also a pile of wrapping paper and ribbon hiding in the corner of another room. Clearly, I am excited. The thing is though, it’s not time for Christmas just yet, so I’ve got to wait to celebrate. I’ve got to wait until I can open my presents, wait until I can have my family round for dinner and wait until the time I can stay up very, very late without feeling too guilty. Unfortunately, waiting is something I’m not very good at. I seem to expect everything, now! But, maybe I am missing something. Maybe there is something wonderful in not having it all immediately, in looking forward to the future and what is still to come- just like I take pleasure in all my preparations for and anticipation of the coming Christmas celebration. Way back in histo
Join us as we host Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Christmas Concert! Taking place here St Martin in the Bull Ring on Wednesday 12 December their Christmas Concert is the perfect start to your festive season. Hosted by former BBC WM presenter Pete Morgan, the night will feature performances from The School of Theatre Excellence and Birmingham Community Gospel Choir as well contributions from our brave patients and medical staff. Join us for this very special evening of classic Christmas carols, mince pies and mulled wine. This is one not to be missed. More details on their website www.bch.org.uk/concert or Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/741243152905070/