Restore supporting refugees through challenges and opportunities….

We are all horrified by the war in Ukraine that now appears daily in the news and the devastating impact on millions of people there.  It’s been extremely heartening to hear of the response to the Homes for Ukraine scheme where British people are taking up the opportunity to generously host Ukrainian refugees.  There’s a … Read more

Jubilee Debt Campaign to become Debt Justice

John Nightingale, Chair of Jubilee Debt Campaign Birmingham shares his reflections ahead of the name change from Jubilee Debt Campaign to Debt Justice on May 16th.  As a visiting preacher I often ask congregations whether they remember the Human Chain of May 16th 1998, when seventy thousand people held hands around the centre of Birmingham … Read more

Commonwealth Games Burn: 336 hours of prayer and worship

Burn 247 are a global worship prayer and missions ministry with over 300 locations around the world. They are coordinating 336 hours of prayer and worship with outreach for the duration of the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham (with a few events taking place in Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Warwick) … Read more

Betel celebrates 25 years in the UK

Over the weekend of Friday 20/Sunday 22 May, ‘Betel UK’ will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of its first British base at Windmill House in Alvechurch. Betel centres now also operate around the UK in Nottingham, Derby, Watford, Manchester, Hexham and Motherwell. A large multifunctional space has been created in Chester Street, Aston, … Read more

Christians Against Poverty

Kristal Kierstenson, CAP Church Partnership Manager for the Midlands and East of England, writes about CAP’s much-needed ministry in the context of the debt crisis facing many people: ‘The cost-of-living crisis is very real and is significantly impacting people in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Unemployment is rising and many families are left unable to … Read more

Science and Faith in the Second City

When did you last hear someone say ‘…of course Science has disproved the existence of God’. It’s a popular view, widely held, but it is not true and as Christians we need to challenge the rather lazy assumptions that lie behind it. The argument goes that once upon a time we turned to God to … Read more

Workplace chaplaincy 

Workplace chaplaincy group ‘Churches and Industry Group Birmingham/Solihull’ (CIGB) is seeking to appoint an energetic Development Director to take forward its chaplaincy ministry in a variety of workplaces, as well as building the links between its work and local churches. The role is based in central Birmingham (with hybrid home working) on a flexible 21-hour … Read more

Funding available

St Peter’s Saltley Trust funds and supports creative projects in three main areas: 1) school religious education; 2) faith and the further education sector; 3) Christian learning, discipleship and theological education. Each year, the Trust’s small grants fund offers around ten grants of approximately £500 each for one-off, time-limited projects in any of the three areas of work listed above. This … Read more

The Green Shoots of Ecumenism

I attended the recent Churches Together in England Forum, an opportunity for those from the 52 national member churches and 71 member organisations to come together for collaboration and fellowship. As the newest staff member at Birmingham Churches Together, it was an in-depth dive into the ecumenical world with all its blessings and challenges. The … Read more