Last February, during his visit to Birmingham, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, took part in a special event at St Martin's in the Bull Ring featuring a Q&A with young people alongside baking and conversation with Bake Off Contestant Martha Collison. We are now excited to have the films ready for viewing! Grab yourself a coffee and a cake and enjoy looking back at this great event:
“Opportunities for Birmingham are infinite,” Archbishop tells young people
Archbishop Justin Welby and British Bake-off contestant Martha Collison dished up inspiration and challenge as well as a delicious pudding for guests at a local night shelter as an initiative to grow the church younger was launched in Birmingham.
Around 300 young people, aged between 16 and 30, joined Martha and the Archbishop at St Martin in the Bull Ring church on Sunday 22nd February. The Recipe for Life event was part of a four day visit by the Archbishop to the Church of England in Birmingham.
As well as watching the TV baker teach the Archbishop to make sticky toffee pudding, the young people at the event had the chance to text questions to the Archbishop about life, faith and the Church.
When asked what he loved about the city, he said; “There is a growing sense of confidence in the city which is very exciting. The opportunities are almost infinite. Birmingham has the opportunity to renew itself economically and remain a real community – the Church is crucial to this.”
The Archbishop also brought a global perspective to the evening by reminding participants that the average Anglican probably lived in danger of losing their life and faced serious poverty.
18-year-old Martha Collison talked about her recent trip to Cambodia and her work to stop child trafficking in the region. A collection was taken for Tear Fund’s campaign ‘No Child Taken’ during the evening.
When asked about the future of the Church of England the Archbishop replied that he had no fears for the Church of God and that he didn’t worry about the future of the Church of England as that was in God’s hands. He said he thought in 30 years’ time the church would have more people involved in its life, it would have a moral vision for society, it would be a reconciling force, it would still be educating loads of people and it would be a place of deeper prayer.
“The Church when it is fully alive is above all a place of generous, gracious, joyful hospitality,” the Archbishop concluded.
A Recipe for Life was hosted by Tim and Rachel Hughes who will lead a new church in Birmingham close to Broad Street and aimed at younger worshippers. This part of the Church of England Birmingham’s Growing Younger initiative which was launched at the end of the evening by both Archbishop Justin and the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt. Revd David Urquhart.