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Restore: supporting those seeking sanctuary.

As we look ahead to Christmas, there’s one part of the Christmas story that gets glossed over or edged out of many nativity plays.  It’s a bit gory and not glitzy like the angels and of the wisemen’s gifts.  But it’s an integral part and an element that  resonates with our world today: the persecution … Read more

The Year of Prayer

In preparation for the Jubilee Year ‘Pilgrims of Hope,’ which starts on Advent Sunday, 1 December 2024, the year beginning on Advent Sunday, 3 December 2023 has been designated by Pope Francis the ‘Year of Prayer’ in the Roman Catholic Community. The particular emphasis of the Year of Prayer is the ‘Our Father’ (known as … Read more

Award for Matilda

Eight-year-old Matilda Willis, who attends Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church, is October’s recipient of the Lundie Memorial Award. Inspired by the church’s Messy Church meetings, Matilda approached the organising team with ideas of her own, including making daisy chains to decorate the cross, and creating bug hotels and making seed bombs for a session entitled … Read more

Chaplaincy Commissioning Service

The Annual Thanksgiving and Commissioning Service of the ‘Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull’ (CIGB) will take place at Solihull Methodist Church, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1LG, at 3.30pm on Sunday (26 November). At Sunday’s service, the work of CIGB’s chaplains will be celebrated, and ten new chaplains (Helen Barton, Paul Burden, Winnie Flanagan, Lorna Kitchen, … Read more


Thrive Together Birmingham is joining forces with the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham PlayCare Network in response to a plea from Birmingham’s Children’s Centres to help collect gifts to keep Christmas special for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham this year. Last year the organisations worked together with residents, organisations, and … Read more

West Midlands Faith Alliance

The West Midlands Faith Alliance is a multi-faith and community-led network, now consisting of over 430 members, that is working to equip, enable and empower communities of all faiths and none to better understand and prevent violence. The Faith Alliance, supported and facilitated by the West Midlands Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP), is the first regional … Read more