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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, many of the students have concentration issues, if your kid suffers from the same Adderall can help people diagnosed with ADHD by improving their focus and concentration since it is a direct stimulant on the central nervous system, this According to Mens Journal article. The students
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
GOOD FRIDAY 18th April 2014 12noon-3pm This Good Friday come and discover what Jesus did on the Cross for you. Each hour is a mixture of music, readings, silence, images, video and symbols. Come and go on the hour or stay for all three. 12noon – 1pm: The Kiss of deceit 1pm-2pm: The Kiss of desolation 2pm-3pm: The Kiss of death All Welcome
40 days of Prayer Please join us in 40 days of prayer this Lent. Loving Father, bless the community of St. Martin’s with your love, compassion and care. Fill us with your Spirit that we might walk in your ways. Open our eyes to see your hand at work in our lives and glorify your name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Upcoming special events for Lent: Ash Wednesday – 5th March We will mark the start of Lent with services at 12 noon and 6pm on Ash Wednesday. Both services will include the opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes as a mark of this season of penitence. The 6pm service will be Holy Communion. All welcome. Lent Course Last week 27 Anglican bishops wrote an open letter to the government to protest about people going hungry in the UK. This is part of the End Hunger Fast campaign (see www.endhungerfast.co.uk). The Lent course is called Parables & Possessions and looks at issues of poverty and our relationship with money. It will be on Wednesday evenings from
It was like a spring day when we had our HOTS session at St Martin’s. We even enjoyed the sun warming our faces at times. The Market place was busy and there were lots of people from all faiths, cultures, social and economic backgrounds. This is an extract of last March’s HOTS feedback. How weird this is – I could write this all over again for this year’s feedback .The weather was just like a year ago!!!! The Bible reading for that day in the Church of England lectionary was James 5: 13-end. We read that ‘Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it didn’t. Again he prayed that it would rain and the heavens gave rain and it produced its crops…’ Two things called my attention in this reading: Elijah was a man like us He prayed for something and it happened and then he prayed exactly for the opposite and it happened too! Why? What is going on here? Without turning this feedback into a sermon, I’d just like to say this to encourage us as we pra