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  • Beryl Moppett Awarded MBE
    3 July 2017 Beryl Moppett Awarded MBE

    A Reader at St Helen's church, Solihull Parish, has been awarded an MBE. Beryl Moppett was named in the Queen's Birthday honours list for services to the community; from working locally with the homeless and ...

  • Ordination Stories 2017: The Deacons
    30 June 2017 Ordination Stories 2017: The Deacons

    Ben CookI was born in Paris but grew up in (very different) Walsall and Sutton Coldfield! I joined a Christian youth group when I was 11 and through the perseverance and patience of the youth ...

  • Ordination Stories 2017: The Priests
    30 June 2017 Ordination Stories 2017: The Priests

    Siobhan BridgeI grew up in the church as a server and choir member. By the time I was 14 I was questioning whether it was faith or duty that kept me in the church. I ...

  • More In Common
    20 June 2017 More In Common

    "We have far more in common than that which divides us..." This famous quote from late MP Jo Cox's maiden speech in Parliament has never had more resonance. Brexit, Trump, terror attacks, elections and the Grenfell ...

  • Using gardening to change lives
    15 May 2017 Using gardening to change lives

    Charity coffee morning at St Peter & St Paul, Water OrtonCaroline Newman-Belshaw is shown viewing the plants on sale at the coffee morning on Saturday 13th May organised by Joy Newman and the committee of ...

  • A New School for Church of England - Birmingham
    13 April 2017 A New School for Church of England - Birmingham

    We are pleased to confirm that the Department for Education has announced that our application to open Christ Church, Church of England Secondary Academy in the parish of Christ Church Yardley Wood has been successful. ...

  • ​Priority Parking at Kings Norton
    27 February 2017 ​Priority Parking at Kings Norton

    St Nicolas’ Church in Kings Norton has been at the very heart of its community for over 900 years and this ancient building has been, and continues to be, a very visible and active symbol ...

  • All Are Welcome
    8 February 2017 All Are Welcome

    Jewel and Frances are members of St John’s Church in Sparkhill and both volunteer at Narthex, a charity based at the church. Jewel runs a lunch club for the elderly and Frances supports asylum seekers and ...

  • Junk Nativity
    7 December 2016 Junk Nativity

    Making angels, suitcases and baby mobiles out of junk was one way in to exploring themes around the Christmas story with a group of children from Woodhouse Primary Academy. The club, called 'Junk Nativity' was ...

  • Eco clothes swapping party
    16 November 2016 Eco clothes swapping party

    The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, 30% of which has not been worn for a year - so have a clear out and join us at Holy Cross Church for an Eco ...

  • New Growing Younger Library
    10 October 2016 New Growing Younger Library

    “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books” - Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThere’s nothing quite like a book – the feel, the smell, the opportunity to make it your own and keep it ...

  • 'Ultra Marathon' Sponsored Hike
    10 October 2016 'Ultra Marathon' Sponsored Hike

    On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October, Paul Bracher, Vicar of St Richard’s Lea Hall, walked a total of 92 miles in 2 days! 92 miles is the length of the Two Saints Way, a ...

  • Rise and Shine: Breakfast is Served in Bournville
    28 September 2016 Rise and Shine: Breakfast is Served in Bournville

    By 8:40, families were already beginning to arrive. By 9:00, all 60 chairs we had set out optimistically were filled and by 9:15 we had welcomed over 80 people in to our brand-new breakfast service.Having ...

  • Narthex Sparkhill awarded £450,000 to combat poverty
    15 September 2016 Narthex Sparkhill awarded £450,000 to combat poverty

    Birmingham charity Narthex Sparkhill, based at St John's Church, has been awarded nearly £450,000 by the National Lottery to continue running a food bank and help local people in crisis.Since 2011 the charity has been operating Sparkhill ...

  • Archdeacon of Aston at Water Orton Parish Church
    11 September 2016 Archdeacon of Aston at Water Orton Parish Church

    Sunday 11th September saw the Venerable Simon Heathfield, Archdeacon of Aston visiting St Peter & St Paul’s, Water Orton to recommission five people in the Parish who have been selected and trained to share in ...

  • Rabiyah Latif: Near Neighbours Co-ordinator
    5 September 2016 Rabiyah Latif: Near Neighbours Co-ordinator

    What does a Near Neighbours Co-ordinator do? The Near Neighbours programme is part of a national initiative that runs in eight urban areas. The role involves building local relationships in communities, advising grant applicants and supporting ...

  • Every Object Tells a Story: dog bowl at Yardley Old Church Place of Welcome
    3 August 2016 Every Object Tells a Story: dog bowl at Yardley Old Church Place of Welcome

    That’s right, it’s a dog bowl. I visited Birmingham’s first ever conservation area on Friday - with its beautiful 12th century church and preserved Tudor schoolhouse - and all you get is a bowl of ...

  • St George’s, Edgbaston, receives £35,600
    26 July 2016 St George’s, Edgbaston, receives £35,600

    St George’s Church in Edgbaston will benefit from £35,600 to address urgent roof repairs.St George’s Church successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.The church is listed Grade II ...

  • Claire Reid: Children's and Families' Missioner
    25 July 2016 Claire Reid: Children's and Families' Missioner

    What does a Children’s and Families' Missioner (CFM) do?  In a nutshell the CFM does the work of an evangelist, especially amongst children and families not yet engaged in church life. They also manage, train ...

  • Bishop Anne: the view from six months in
    28 June 2016 Bishop Anne: the view from six months in

    In December 2015, Revd Anne Hollinghurst was officially installed as Suffragan Bishop of Aston - one of the UK's first female bishops. Here, we catch up with Bishop Anne to find out how the first six ...