Noone will forget how the Covid virus spread in a global pandemic during 2020. During that year many people including churches developed their use of online technology to keep in touch with one another and to pray together even when we could not meet in the same place. Did you know that we meet twice a week on Zoom to pray? The times are Wednesday evenings at 9pm and Friday lunchtimes at 12.30pm. If you would like to join in, please get in touch.
Over recent years our Christingle celebration has become a very popular and important part of our Christmas worship. We look forward to joining together for this celebration at 11am on Sunday, 18th December. At 1pm, after the service we would like to sing carols outside church and distribute Christingle kits to families passing-by. This was very well-received by shoppers last Christmas. Would you consider staying after church to join in singing carols and helping to distribute the kits? If you would like to help please speak to matt – Matt@bullring.org Also on Saturday morning on 17th December we will need a team of people to help prepare the Christingles ready for the Sunday. If you would like to help then please let me know – Jeremy@bullring.org
Did you know that the word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’? The focus of the Season of Advent is to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Advent. We anticipate the return of Jesus Christ in his Second Advent. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ that is marked by prayer. You are welcome to come and pray with us at the services listed in the poster below. If you are not able to be with us at the church, the services are available online. If you want to watch the service live on Sunday the link is: http://smitbr.shor.tn/Sunday-1030 If you want to watch the service at another time the link is: http://smitbr.shor.tn/ServiceRecordings
Remember, Celebrate, Hope World AIDS Day, Thursday 1 December 2022, 4.30pm St Martin’s-in-the-Bull Ring, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 5BB The unveiling of the Birmingham AIDS and HIV Memorial will be preceded at 4.30pm in St Martin’s in the Bull Ring by a community gathering marking World AIDS Day. This is an opportunity for people to remember those who have died, give thanks for medical advances, celebrate the Birmingham AIDS and HIV Memorial unveiling and offer hope for the complete eradication of the disease by 2030. This moving and uplifting service will include music, readings, reflections and an opportunity for members of the congregation to participate actively in a meaningful act of remembrance. Led by St Martin’s Rector, the Reverend Jeremy Alcock, the service will feature Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Principal Dancers Céline Gittens and Brandon Lawrence performing an extract from The Nutcracker, and a performance in song by The Choir With No Name, a local choir whose members
No one should be alone and homeless. Christmas is a particularly harsh time of year to be sleeping rough. To help spread hope, Crisis, the charity that works to end homelessness, are putting on a Carol Concert here at St. Martin’s on Tuesday 6th December at 6pm. If you would like to join us for an evening of singing and mince pies please reserve your tickets by following this link: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/crisis-christmas-carol-services/events/birmingham-carol-service/
Join University Hospitals Birmingham Charity at St Martin’s Church for an evening of festivities at the annual Christmas Carol Concert on Wednesday 15 December. We will be joined by a children’s choir to welcome in the festive season. Doors open at 7pm, with the concert starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for NHS staff and are free for under 16s. Tickets are also available to purchase at the door on the day. (Please note you will still need to order your free ticket for under 16s who must be accompanied by at least one adult) We look forward to seeing you for an evening of festive fun! Tickets can be purchased through the link: https://www.hospitalcharity.org/shop/product/christmas-carol-concert
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1990, more than 186 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. An amazing 265,975 shoebox gifts for children in eight countries across Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia in 2020! (samaritans-purse.org.uk) We are delighted to say that we were able to collect 95 boxes this year which have been passed on to the depot in Oldbury ready for distribution to children around the world. We pray that each shoebox will bring some joy and excitement to each child who receives one. At their warehouse in Oldbury they are very much in need of additional volunteers – if you think you might be able to give some time to help then go to: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operati