Prayer meeting for racial equality and Christian unity

Since the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in the Spring, a group of Birmingham Christian leaders has been praying and talking together to address issues surrounding racial injustice in the midlands. The online meetings have involved significant leaders from the city’s historic Churches, its new Churches and its Black-majority Churches. The title ‘Time4Change’ has been chosen … Read more

Bishop Dr Joe Aldred to retire

Well-known midlands-based Bishop Dr Joe Aldred is to retire on 31 October. After some years of pastoral and oversight ministry with the Church of God of Prophecy in South Yorkshire, Joe and his family moved back to Birmingham in 1996. He spent six years at the Centre for Black and White Christian Partnership, and the … Read more

End of an era for Cornerstone House

After almost 50 years, Cornerstone House, situated on the corner of Ethel Street and New Street, Birmingham, will cease to be a home to Christian charities at the end of this month. From its time as the ‘Jesus Centre’ in the 1970s until today, Christians have used the city-centre building as a place of prayer, … Read more

Developing leadership and championing prayer

Pastor Sarah Whittleston moved to Kingstanding ten years ago in order to join the leadership team at Kingstanding Elim Church. Prior to her arrival in North Birmingham, Sarah had trained at Regent’s Bible College at Nantwich, Cheshire. Ten years on, she leads what is now ‘Elim Life Church North Birmingham,’ a church with Community Hubs … Read more

Consecrations of two new Roman Catholic bishops

Canons David Evans and Stephen Wright were consecrated bishops by Archbishop Bernard Longley at St Chad’s Cathedral on Friday 9th October. The consecrations were originally to have taken place in June, but were postponed in response to the lockdown restrictions at the time. Following the consecrations, Bishop David Evans take pastoral responsibility for the four … Read more

Healthcare Sunday carries extra significance in 2020

‘Healthcare Sunday’ is an annual opportunity for churches to acknowledge, affirm and support the work done by members of their congregation and local community who work in health and social care. Most Christian congregations will include doctors, nurses, care assistants, social workers, social care workers, occupational therapists, hospital administrators, porters, cleaners, ward secretaries, laboratory staff … Read more

Harvest at the Birmingham City Mission Foodbank

Each autumn, the Birmingham City mission relies on the generous donations of food given at Harvest Festival services to its foodbank. The restrictions on congregational gatherings in 2020 have made it difficult for local churches to hold Harvest Services and collections, so BCM has set up a Harvest Appeal webpage to enable donations to be … Read more

New campaign to ‘Reset the Debt’

The Joint Public Issues Team (of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church), in liaison with Church Action on Poverty, has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Reset the Debt.’ During the lockdown, millions of families in the UK were forced to borrow money to make ends meet, … Read more

Saltmine Theatre Company offers a Christmas film

Apprentice angels looking for a shepherd, a shepherd searching for a lost sheep and a disguised king hunting for a special baby. Confusion reigns, identities are mistaken and loyalties are betrayed. Will things ever get sorted out? ‘Hark! A Nativity Story’ is the Dudley-based Saltmine Theatre Company’s innovative re-telling of the Christmas story, leading to … Read more