Restore campaign for increase in Asylum Support Payments

‘Restore,’ a project of Birmingham Churches Together, aims to welcome, include and assist the integration of refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution. Restore works to achieve this through, befriending, social activities, equipping refugees for work, advocacy and awareness-raising. The Restore staff team (Jeremy, Rachel, Andy and Geraldine) is celebrating that, since the launch of … Read more

‘Love never fails’

The annual Christian Aid Week starts on Sunday (10 May). For decades, Christian Aid has relied on the generous donations of the general public to fund its overseas aid-and-development programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and addressing crisis situations. Last year, around 57,000 volunteers engaged in door-to-door collections during Christian Aid Week, raising a total in … Read more

United World Week 1 – 7 May “In time for peace”

The worldwide, ecumenical Focolare movement is celebrating its annual United World Week from 1 – 7 May, with the 2020 theme, ‘In Time for Peace.’ A global Focolare video conference was held on Saturday, 2 May, and many more online regional events continue through the week. The Focolare movement, which originated in Italy in 1943, is … Read more

VE Day Picnic for Hope

Cathedral communities are picnicking for hope on VE Day (Friday 8 May) in order to raise funds for those in need and to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad who sacrificed so much to bring peace to Europe 75 years ago. Birmingham Cathedral is among more than 20 Church of England … Read more

Daily Hope Phone Line

The Church of England has launched a free phone line. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly … Read more

‘Loss and HOPE’ website launched

Care for the Family, Hope Together, At a Loss and the Church of England have developed the Loss and HOPE website, with the aim of equipping churches to support the bereaved. The website, which was launched at Lambeth Palace on 5 March 2020, features numerous resources and helpful links. The project’s new website is intended to … Read more

DNA launches a three-month online personal development course.

DNA (DIscover, Nurture, Action), a collaboration between Alpha, Baptists Together, the Pioneer Network, Fresh Streams – and more – has launched DNA:LITE, a three-month, interactive, online personal development course. The course is structured for personal spiritual growth, enabling people to recognise and realise potential, while identifying possible areas of weakness. DNA:LITE is a rolling course, which can … Read more

Links to advice and support during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Churches of Birmingham and Solihull are each and all providing advice and support during the Covid-19 pandemic. To access the list of Roman Catholic parishes streaming online services, plus other helpful resources, visit the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s website page HERE. For information from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, click HERE. A comprehensive … Read more

Workplace Chaplaincy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Peter Sellick, Development Director for ‘Churches and Industry Group Birmingham – Solihull’ (CIGB) reports that its Workplace Chaplains are busy providing emotional and wellbeing support for staff across the city during the Covid-19 pandemic. For businesses like National Express Buses, Birmingham Airport, NEC Group and Birmingham City Council, CIGB Chaplains continue to help staff (of … Read more

Live prayer from Carrs Lane Lived Community

Carrs Lane Lived Community is a small group of people attempting to live together as a Christian Community at the heart of a busy city. Community life is built around a rhythm of daily prayer, a shared life together, openness to others in hospitality and service to the city in which we live, pray and … Read more