To Donate online please visit the below link: https://www.givey.com/payitforward St Martin in the Bull Ring 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
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 re
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: A girl from Ethiopia – a Christian refugee with much trauma and HIV- She was stunned that we stopped her and offered her a prayer. She realised God spoke to her and hasn’t forgot her. Do you remember N who has been coming to HOTS for more than one and a half years, who lost his wife, became homeless, was to the point of committing suicide and the team helped hi
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.
HOTS March 2015 Every time we go out onto Edgbaston St, before we start distributing leaflets offering prayers for passers-by, we kneel down by the chairs and pray asking for God’s presence and his power to be manifested in that area. On March 7th we experienced his presence like a tangible wave of God’s Spirit. Despite of the business and noisiness of the place there was a sense of awe and reverence in the atmosphere as if every knee had indeed bowed down to Jesus. In this atmosphere we offered prayers for the following people: A lady with alcohol and substance abuse problem. Her son had the same problem – After she received prayers she said she felt lighter and in a happier frame of mind. A man who attends church and wanted to be assured of God’s presence in his life. A lady with kidney problems and losing her hair. She was also hurt from an abusive neighbour who was bullying her constantly. ~As she was prayed for we could see her face expression changing and becoming relax
St Martin in the Bull Ring are pleased to be working with the very talented Photographer Verity Milligan to provide photographs for the Website and other church communication. Verity’s work can be seen here http://www.veritymilliganphotography.com/ And her wonderful pictures of Birmingham http://www.veritymilliganphotography.com/#/birmingham/
HOTS February 2015 We were greeted with good news in 2015. I never cease to be amazed of God’s faithfulness and unfailing love. Just read these two stories sent to me by email about who God is and what he does. 1. ‘I am the ‘lady with the long-term hip and back pain’ whose leg grew out in the training that day in December 2014 at St Martin in the Bullring. Three weeks on and my grown-out leg means I am so much more comfortable which is wonderful. Not quite pain-free yet but trusting the Lord for my complete healing. I have further news to share with you. Last weekend I was ‘down South’ seeing my family and felt I should go to my ‘sending church’ on the Sunday morning. I’ve kept in touch with them but no-one knew I was coming that day. The priest/leader and the people are always very welcoming and on arrival I shared that I had a testimony I felt Jesus was asking me to share with the church. I didn’t know that it was an evangelistic Carol
SILENT VOICES 9th March to 6th April Open 10.00 to 4.30 daily St Martin in the Bull Ring, Edgbaston St, B5 5BB A thought-provoking photography exhibition showing everyday life in the village of Bil’in in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine as seen through the eyes of the children who live there.
Friday Lunctime Concert Diary 2015 Friday Lunchtime Concert Diary 12.30 – 1.00pm (some concerts may run to 1.15pm) St Martin in the Bull Ring Admission is FREE and all are welcome 13th February 2015 Ting Ting Yao Piano Solo 13th March 2015 Ting Ting Yao & Friends Piano Solo 20th March 2015 Lucy Morton Quartet 10th April 2015 Hannah Woollacott Classical Guitar 17th April 2015 Ruta Labutyte Unaccompanied Violin 24th April 2015 TBC 15th May 2015 Simone Damiani Piano 22nd May 2015 Alastair Wright Piano Trio 5th June 2015 Alison Loram Piano Trio 19th June 2015 Benjamin Hill Saxophone 10th July 2015 Anna Downes and Tony Bridgewater Violin Recital 17th July 2015 Clare Jones Piano *Concert in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University For more information contact the Parish Office Photo: Crazybobbles, flickr
St Martins is one of 7 churches taking part in The Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter, which sees each church open up its building to 12 men each night to stop them sleeping rough on the streets. This is running from 18th January until 8th March. All the guys that come are given a hot meal as well as the opportunity to talk and make friends with all those who are volunteering. We believe this is a great opportunity to show the love of Jesus to the people of Birmingham. If you would like to volunteer to help out at the night shelter please email email@example.com or call the parish office on 0121 600 6020. If you know someone who wishes to be referred to the night shelter, they are welcome to come along to our drop in coffee morning on Monday 10am-12pm to refer themselves or visit SIFA Fireside in the mornings during the rest of the week. Please pray that our guests will be renewed and refreshed during their time with us. Please thank God for our volunteers and for equipping us
St Martin’s Healing on the Streets – August and September 2014 In September the team experienced God working in a way we haven’t experienced before – not in what God did but how he did it. We normally hand out leaflets inviting passers-by to come and sit on the chairs to receive prayer. Well, we hardly needed to give out leaflets – folks would come to us and ask: ‘What are you doing?’ We would tell them we were praying for people. They would say ‘I want that, please! The team did not stop praying for the two hours we were out on Edgbaston St. when it was time to pack things up we had to leave some chairs out because people were still coming for prayer. During our prayer meeting before we went out to pray we read a story from a book called ‘Outrageous Courage’ by Kris Wallotton and Jason Wallotton (ISBN 978-0-8007-9554-2) The book is a true story about Tracy Evans. Tracy was a medical worker in South Africa. One day she was driving an ambulance from South Africa to a clinic in M
In June we did a prayer walk from St Martin’s to Centenary Square. Despite being a wet day it did not rain continuously and we managed to stop several times to pray for the area, for various events and activities happening on that day and for folks as they walked around. Our first stop was at the top of stairs leading to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre from St Martin’s. There we prayed for St Martin’s. Before we left the church we read the passage in Isaiah 2 about the mountain of the Lord. Verse 2 says: “the mountain of the Lord will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills and all nations will stream to it”. As St Martin’s stands right in the heart of Birmingham where many nations stream through it we felt appropriate to dedicate that place as the ‘Mountain of the Lord.’ Our second stop was by the Council House in Victoria Square. There we prayed for our councillors and other employees in the House. We prayed for events happening at tha
Lots of schools come in to visit us here at St. Martin’s. Here is a blog post from one group who visited recently… Students from 3.2 and 3.3 visited the parish church of St Martin’s in the Bullring on Wednesday 11th June. The day began with a special welcome from Ollie Preston, education officer at the church, who asked students to be still as soon as they came in to the building and then write down or draw what they felt. Students were amazed by the size of the church, the quietness inside despite the busyness outside, the sound of running water inside a church and a calm stillness. Then went on to learn about who St Martin was and how his example of helping others is part of what the church does today. It was a great trip and students also learned about the importance of prayer, how Christians celebrate holy Communion and Mr Moss even played the organ for them! The students asked some great questions and really gave Ollie a thorough test of his knowledge. The visit ended with a quie
Last month we had our Annual Parochial Church Meeting at St Martin’s. All those in charge of church activities are requested to write an annual report about the work. This is what I wrote about HOTS: Healing on the Streets Annual Report 2013 A group of us from St Martin’s and other churches in Birmingham go outside on Edgbaston Street to pray for people each first Saturday of the month. The ‘Healing on the Streets’ model is a simple way to reach out to the lost and hurting on the streets. It enables us to connect with our community expressing God’s love in the market place. We simply invite people to sit on the chairs so we can pray for them. Over time we build relationships, creating stepping stones for people to come to Jesus and be healed along the way. An account of one of the prayers A lady who is a regular member of the Saturday service since we did Alpha Course in 2013 has been coming to HOTs since then. This is what she said to us: ‘I went for a check-up and tests and inflam
By popular demand our next Craft Fair will be Saturday 10th May, 10am – 4:30pm We have more stalls than ever booked in this time, some who will be (hopefully) enjoying the sunshine on our terrace. We’ll have live music and refreshment throughout the day. They’ll also be quiet places for prayer and contemplation in our chapels. All stalls are fully booked, but crafts people are welcome to join our waiting list and/or our mailing list. Stalls include: Mango Mosaics, Cath and Jenny, Flutterpetal, Victorious Cakes and Cookies, Kashmir Art, Back-in-the-Day, The Mindful Beader, Platten Design, Jazzy Beads, Lifelites, Foxglass, Clardel Designs, Mommy Bears Soy Wax Melts and Candles, Maidens Fayre, Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory, The Beaded Phoenix, Poppy’s Stall, Sue Sews, Designs by Ceri, Bubblicious soaps, ULC Photography, Franks Pots, Photo Digital Art, Arts with Hearts, PK Hats, Joans Dolls and Childrens dresses and knits … and of course St Mar