All of us at St Martin’s would like to wish Revd. Canon Stewart Jones all the best in his new role as Priest in Charge at St John the Baptist Church, Barlaston. Thank you Stewart and Julie for all you have done, God Bless you both in your new Adventure . . . Thanks also to everyone who made Stewart’s final Sunday as Rector of St. Martin’s so memorable. To all who participated in and helped with the organising of the festivities, you gave Stewart and Julie a joyous and grace filled send off to pastures new in Barlaston. The “Best Wishes” book will be around at St. Martin’s for a couple of weeks so please write your message for them if you haven’t had the opportunity over the last few weeks.
Sunday 13th Music and Meditation service will have a theme of “Summer Blues” and feature “Revealed” who play Latin, jazz and light pop music, led by guitarist and trumpet player, Nigel Beer. Next week 20th August – The Music and meditation service will feature classical guitarist and composer, John Gerighty. His music is simply beautiful, tranquil and meditative. If you long for a moment this summer just to “Be still and know” then this will be an evening not to miss.
‘Songs for the Summer’ will consist of songs by Jobim, Some Jazz Standards and some light pop. It should be ideal for attracting passing shoppers.” Saturday 12th concert is a woodwind trio: Beth Underwood, Hannah Wrieden and Helen Green. They will be playing some beautiful classical music on flute, oboe and bassoon Saturday 19th Rhythm & Bone /Jazz Corporation – The Saturday concert features Rhythm & Bone, headed up by Clive Allsop on the trombone. Rhythm & Bone is a trio playing easy listening Jazz in a variety of genre from swing to Latin. You can also catch them at the Harbour Café, High Street, Erdington every 3rd Friday of the month from 11:30 am.
Our Parish Boundary walk last Sunday was great fun. The sun shone as we walked and stopped at various places to pray. The picnic was a most welcome end to our time together. A big thank you to Christina and Mike for organising it. If you missed it, hope to see you the next time!
A year ago I wrote this in our feedback: Many more prayers were said on that day. We left with the assurance as Sue (one of our team members) said ‘God wants to do far more than we can imagine – so we are encouraged to ask for more!” A year later we can see God has done just that. Our team continues to grow with many Iranians joining us as they seek to continue their journey in the Christian faith while they are applying for asylum in England. Last month we encouraged everyone whose English is limited to look for a short prayer in English during the month and learn it. We also gave them a card with Bible promise or blessing for them to read as they prayed for passers-by. This is an account of one of the team members: “A woman sat down to be prayed for. She had been suffering from depression caused by problem neighbours. Partner had taken matters in his own hands and police were involved. She was separated from her partner whilst having care for depre
Our HOTS team has multiplied in numbers such a great deal that we had to divide the team in 3 groups. Each group takes turns to Distribute the leaflet’s and pray for passers-by Stand at the back of the chairs and silently pray for the team who is distributing leaflets and silently pray for passers-by to hear God’s invitation to be prayed for. Go inside St Martin’s church and pray. This can be an opportunity for the team to pray for each other and also to pray for St Martin’s for its protection, for its leaders, guidance and faithfulness to promote the Gospel of Jesus. This worked well and we hope to follow this pattern or adapt it if necessary. It seemed to be that each group felt they were taking part in all aspects of this ministry. An Iranian team member was keen to pray while it was her group’s turn to be at the back of the chairs. Because her English was very limited we encouraged her to pray ‘God, send your Holy Spirit on this place’ as she walked up and d
Come and see the new Craigie Aitchison Window in the Prayer Chapel of St Martin in the Bull Ring . . for more information visit here : http://rainbowglassstudios.co.uk/work/craigie-aitchison-window-at-st-martins-in-the-bull-ring/ http://www.commission4mission.org/2015/12/members-update-richard-paton-emma-horsfield/
On April 2nd we had our first bilingual Healing on the Streets training course. We had about 50 people attending and the majority had Farsi as their first language. We were fortunate to have some team members who speak both English and Farsi so the translation was shared amongst them. In the afternoon we went out onto Edgbaston St to pray for passers-by. As the team was very large we divided it into three separate teams. One would give out the leaflets. The other would pray for passers-by as and when required. The third team would go into the church to pray for the teams outside. After a while the teams would rotate to give a chance for everyone to participate in all three activities. In the feedback of last month we talked about people who keep coming back to HOTS for more prayers. Below is an account of one of those prayers. The team pray for a lady from Worcester. She wanted prayer by proxy for her mother who has heart problem and her father who has lung cancer
In March as we gathered together to pray before we went out on Edgbaston St, we read Psalm 23.I managed to download a copy of it in Farsi! So our Iranian brothers and sisters were able to follow it more precisely and meaningfully. I suggested that they learn this Psalm by heart if they didn’t know it already. Knowing this Psalm by heart is our inheritance for the future and assurance for the present. This Psalm had such an impact on one of the team members on that day that he gave a testimony in his church on the following day. He showed the copy of the psalm to the congregation and explained how true it was that we needed to hold onto the promises of scripture and memorise it. He gave a very moving account of his afternoon at HOTS. One of the team members was prayed for by proxy for her mother how has severe knee problem and is in constant pain. After that, quite a few passers-by came for prayer who were having problems with their knees! It was amazing seeing this
Wet wet wet. It rained all day including between 2-4pm when we normally go out on Edgbaston St to pray for passers-by. On a rainy day, usually the pattern is that the rain stops between 2-4pm when we are out praying – not on Feb 6th! Despite of the wet, wind and cold we went out with plan A – We would put the chairs under cover and all would be well. No, it didn’t work. Plan B – half of the team would be out on the streets inviting folks to go inside the church for prayers. The other half of the team would be there to pray for them. It didn’t work either. Plan C – All 42 of us from the team took shelter in the church and we prayed for one another. It worked perfectly and we realised then how much we all benefited from such an encouragement from one another. This encouragement was passed on to the congregation on Sunday morning at the church where some of the team members attend. This is the email I received from the church pastors. We got the group who came in the wet to