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The latest sermons from the series Take Another Look – Stories of Jesus You Think You Know are up on the website. These can be found on our recordings page by visiting the link or they can also be found the drop down menu of ‘Prayer and Worship’ at the top of the page.
You are able to hear them online or visit our Sound Cloud page to download them.
There will be an archive section on our Sound Cloud page so you can hear past recordings.
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We are looking to recruit bank staff to provide cover for our Event and Hospitality Team and Facilities Team roles. Please see the attached job descriptions for an overview of what the roles involve, and the types of activities that would be covered. If you would like to apply, please download and complete the application form, and return to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can return the form via post marked FAO Event and Hospitality Manager, St Martin in the Bull Ring Church, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 5BB. The closing date for all applications is Monday 14th September and interviews will take place from Friday 18th September. Contract Type: Zero-Hours Pay: £7.50 per hour
A testimony following July HOTS
A gentleman (who has also been on the team) came to be prayed for at the July HOTS for the pain in his leg and also the difficulty he had been having breathing. He’d spent all day sitting in front of a fan during the hot weather. The following Monday morning, he sent this message:
“I’ve been praising God this morning my leg is still pain free and my breathing is good. This is the best my breathing has been since 4pm the 5th of June 1998.That’s 17 years 1 month 15 hours and 39 minutes. Jesus loves me so much. I just can’t hold back the tears any longer”.
Another testimony following July HOTS
Several months ago, a student visited HOTS on Edgbaston Street. On that occasion he revealed that he was unable to attend lectures because he could not sit down for long due to burning sensations on the underside of his legs. His left shoulder was also in pain. Hospital tests had not detected anything so he’d come to us for prayer. He was also worried about his progress on the course.
The student also mentioned that he was worried about the possibility of a curse linked to a witchdoctor several generations back. A team member led the student in a prayer to liberate him from any curse which led him also to make a commitment to Christ.
In June, the student returned to HOTS and it was an occasion for giving thanks as he had no more pain in his shoulder. Also the burning sensation under his legs had been reduced. The student was concerned about an assessment he was required to do for his course. We prayed for continued release from the symptoms and for favour with his tutor.
When the student returned in July, we discovered that he had not told his tutor about his condition but that his tutor had backed him fully anyway and that he was now able to attend most of his lectures.
In August we gathered as usual for prayer before going out on Edgbaston St. During the prayers one of the team members shared with us how he thought someone would come to the chairs saying they were feeling hurt and abandoned. Now it is not uncommon or even difficult to come across someone feeling hurt and abandoned especially somewhere like the Bull Ring market place. However, we felt this was a specific word from God for a specific person. So we said that when that person came for prayer saying they were feeling abandoned and hurt we would know that was the person God appointed for that time. It was almost like the story about Jesus surrounded by a multitude of people being touched by many. A woman desperate for Jesus’ healing touched him. Jesus immediately asked: ‘who touched me’. Everyone was touching Jesus as it was pretty crowded but one person was seeking his healing. Jesus knew it was a different touch. (Luke 8:43-47). So we too knew that many were probably feeling hurt and abandoned but we believed one person was going to come seeking healing and we would know who that person was.
So we went out to pray for passers-by. For the first 2 hours we did not have many people coming to the chairs. In fact, the only thing that came was the rain. It rained so hard we had to take the chairs under the cover.
After half hour or so of heavy rain a lady dripping wet and with some difficulty in walking approached us and said: ‘I’ve come to you today because I need a miracle.’ We gave her a chair to sit down under the cover and we prayed for her. She was seeking God for her healing. After we prayed for her she got up and said: ‘I know now I can go and visit my sister. I can now travel to Norwich.’
As this lady left the rain stopped – almost like a mark of another miracle. The sky was blue and it felt like a new day. We put the chairs out again and prayed that God would bring people to sit on them. He did. We were back on business.
At four o’clock we started putting the chairs away. When we were about to put the last one away a lady came to be prayed for. She sat down and said she needed prayer to find a job. Then she added: ‘I was training to be a teacher but I failed my teaching practice. I feel hurt and abandoned’. Immediately we knew this was the person that would come to seek Jesus’ healing. This was the person that touched Jesus from amongst the crowd as it were and Jesus recognised the touch. We spend some time praying with her and she left with hope knowing she could to start again.
As we put the last chair away these words of Jesus resounded in our minds: ‘Someone touched me. I know that power has gone out from me’ (Luke 8:46)
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
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Pay it Forward: Building St Martin’s
The Church community of St Martin’s has over the years witnessed to the love of Christ in many different ways. There have been many people helped in practical and spiritual ways through the community of faith in this place.
For some people this has been a one off visit; while for many others it has been a blessing over many years.
We have been fortunate to have a church building that is open to all and can provide such help.
Of course a building like St Martin’s doesn’t stay open without investment in its fabric. It is a working church community that needs upkeep, maintenance, repair and innovation. Thankfully there have been very few major building needs over the past 10 years.
However we do need to spend money on many smaller items which when taken together do cost us around £12,000 each year. We have been fortunate to be able to draw on budgeted income and a specific reserve fund for these essential costs. But we have some extra costs arising in 2015-16 which will need us to consider supplementing this income. For example a recent electrical inspection (a legal requirement) will mean work costing at least £10,000 will need to be carried out.
Hence the ‘Pay it Forward’ appeal.
Pay it Forward
This appeal is a very simple one.
All of us who consider St Martin’s to be our church are being asked to give a one off gift to help invest in the building. By spending this money now we are helping to ensure this place will remain open for future generations and enable the mission of the church to continue.
We pay it forward to help others discover the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Please pray and give as generously as you can. Place your donation in the envelope provided and return it to church as soon as possible (We would like to tell the whole community what we have raised at our services on 26th July so please return your gift by Tuesday 21st July. This will give us time to count the total amount raised).
If you are a UK tax payer please do gift aid your contribution. This means we can claim 25% tax back on your donation at no extra cost to you. (A £20 gift from a UK tax payer becomes £25! This can make a huge difference to what we can raise. To do this simply completed the details on the front of the envelope. Thank you)
Many of us can testify to God’s amazing blessings in our lives through the ministry of St Martin’s. Please give generously to this appeal to ensure many others are blessed. We are the stewards of this place at this time. It is our responsibility to build for future generations.
Pay it forward and let us glorify God through our sacrificial giving.
Thank you and may God continue to fill you with his grace.
We started our prayer meeting with two of our team members, Sue and Maggie, giving their testimony on how God is working in this land and abroad.
Sue wrote this
“God is doing some extraordinary things with the many asylum seekers who attend a local church in Birmingham. We are seeing people being transformed by the love of God. Many from a different religious background are coming to faith as they discover the wonder of the Gospel of Jesus and encounter His grace and healing power through prayer.
I run an allotment project, and we often pray for one another there, or even other tenants, and have seen the power of God released there, bringing instant healing on several occasions. This not only encourages those being healed, but also increases our faith as we put simple trust in Jesus and His word. God wants to do far more than we can imagine – so we are encouraged to ask for more!”
This is from Maggie
A team of 6 ladies were invited to take part in a ladies conference in May at a remote outpost not far from the Congo and Angolan borders. The last part of the journey was by M.A.F 6 seater plane (including the pilot!)
The conference was attended by 1,250 ladies who were very excited to be there for 5 days having travelled many miles by lorry or bus. The presence of God was very tangible and the African speaker was very touched by the spontaneous hug received by our leader on the platform and confessed she did not really like white people and asked God’s forgiveness and ours. This was followed by black and white people having a massive hug- in session which was truly awesome and broke down a lot of barriers.
Many people received prayers for healing and deliverance. A significant healing took place as the conference prayed for a lady on oxygen in hospital who later joined us to testify of her amazing healing
On the last weblink we ended with an outbreak. God’s joy which was very contagious and even some rather frosty looking older ladies that came with their care assistance’s were noticeably released.
The last but one evening which had been very powerful ended with an incident in which we saw God’s hand overruling as when we got back to our accommodation we noticed a small cobra sliding into a bedroom. It could have had serious consequences as even babies carry the same strength of venom as the adults. The snake was killed by a night watchman and 7 other boys and we all agreed God’s timing is perfect.
I wonder if Maggie’s testimony on God’s joy which was very contagious reached out to us on that Saturday session. Read this account about one of the prayers on that day.
A lady who comes regularly and has seen significant improvement in her condition was prayed for again. The team prays not only for her physical condition but also for her to increase her knowledge of God as Father. I said knowledge because this lady is a matter of fact kind of person. This time, however, we prayed that this knowledge would extend to her deepest feelings and would realty to God as Father in that way.
We prayed for the Holy Spirit to come and minister to her. Nothing appeared to be happening. We eventually ended our prayers and said good bye. After a few minutes I saw her talking to another member of the group she knows and I went to join in with them. I looked at her. Her face was radiant and she could not stop laughing! (honestly we never told her any joke). I wish you could see the joy this lady expressed with sounds of laughter and radiance on her face. God’s joy indeed releases us to have a deep relationship with Him.
Here are other prayers our team offered to God
Many more prayers were said on that day. We left with the assurance as Sue said ‘God wants to do far more than we can imagine – so we are encouraged to ask for more!”
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
At ST Martins on 4th April during our Healing on the Streets session, a young man with no English and chronic pain in his upper arm was so astonished to be healed that he shouted in amazement, causing quite a disturbance! Only God could have done such a miracle…
As you can see Healing on the Streets on Easter Saturday was encouraging to us all. I think there is no better day to pray for people than the day before we celebrate the resurrected power of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has risen indeed and we can say that many testified and experienced his power on Easter Eve.
Here are more stories and prayers on that day:
In May, we continue to pray for people to know Jesus and his resurrected power to save and to heal. Also, many came for prayer for their physical needs: arthritis, vision problems, leg pain, diabetes, IBS, MS and cancer. Some other people were suffering from depression, aimlessly being in need of guidance and feeling guilty. A man who was converted in prison, asked us to pray for guidance as he looks for a church that has a community where he can develop his gift of evangelism.
I’d like to finish this feedback showing you a card with a Bible verse I distributed to the team.
This is the testimony of each one in the team. When they are praying each one has a word to give that sustains the weary.
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
Called to Care
One of the three main thrusts of our vision strategy is to ‘create a culture of care within the congregation’, so we all help to “take care of each other”.
The Care Forum recently organised a training course which was attended by 24 members of the church. Mark and Stella Doggett of the Centre for Life Management in Dordon presented seven evening sessions exemplifying Christian pastoral care as demonstrated by bible passages.
The course also included a Day of Healing Prayer lead by a team from the Harnhill Centre for Christian Healing attended by 64 people from St. Martin’s, the Healing on the Streets Ministry Team and other Churches in Birmingham.