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  • 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 ...

  • Blog: A Noble Task
    29 August 2016 Blog: A Noble Task

    At the beginning of July, I was ordained by the Bishop of Birmingham for a second time. It wasn’t because something had gone wrong the year before. Instead this time I was being ordained as ...

  • 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 ...

  • Why I Welcome Ramadan
    27 June 2016 Why I Welcome Ramadan

    At ten to ten at night on the first day of Ramadan I walked into my house and my youngest son shouted from his bedroom – there are samosas on the table. And there were. ...

  • Every Object Tells a Story: the seal at St Giles, Sheldon
    27 June 2016 Every Object Tells a Story: the seal at St Giles, Sheldon

    It’s midday on a Saturday and I’m in Sheldon, drinking beer with a bishop. It’s not my usual Saturday afternoon, I have to admit, but I’m enjoying the novelty. Not to mention the warm welcome ...

  • Anne Hollinghurst: Bishop of Aston
    27 June 2016 Anne Hollinghurst: Bishop of Aston

    What does a Bishop (of Aston) do?I take seriously the words from the ordinal that are used at the consecration of a bishop and which speak of what the calling of a bishop is all about. ...

  • Bishop's Delight
    21 June 2016 Bishop's Delight

    Since the first century A.D. religious orders across Europe have been producing beer. The long love affair between the brewing industry and religious institutions continued on Saturday 18 June 2016, when Bishop Anne Hollinghurst pulled the first ...

  • Tanworth-in-Arden CofE Primary School supporting education in Malawi
    15 June 2016 Tanworth-in-Arden CofE Primary School supporting education in Malawi

    Tanworth-in-Arden CofE Primary School came up with a creative and fun way of raising funds and awareness to make a real difference in education across Malawi. Pupils have been working hard making and selling heart-shaped items to ...

  • A giant tea party
    13 June 2016 A giant tea party

    A giant tea party attended by 200 people was held at the Springfield Project in Moseley to share tea traditions from around the world and celebrate different cultures. The event was part of the Connecting ...