Carrs Lane Fair Trade AGM


Agenda for the


to be held on Monday 15th March 2021 at 10.30am

on Zoom (link to be circulated via email)

All are welcome


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of AGM 2019 for approval and signature.
  3. Matters arising from minutes.
  4. Final Annual Accounts for year to Dec 31st
    Treasurer, Joan Duffield, will present the independently examined accounts, together with the examiner’s report.
  5. Chairperson, Joan Davies, will give her final annual report.
  6. To report that Carrs Lane Eco Group has taken over responsibility for support of Fair Trade and Traidcraft activities.
  7. Any other business.

Click to download the Agenda for 15.03.2021

Click to download the minutes of the 2019 AGM

Click to download the Accounts to 30.12.2020

Click to download the Examiner’s Report on the Accounts

Click to download the Chair’s Report

Click to download a letter of thanks from Traidcraft Exchange


Eco Lent and Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 22 February to 7 March 2021. The focus this year is on Climate Change.

Visit the Fairtrade Foundation to read more about Fairtrade Fortnight, the issues and what you can do to make a difference

Church Eco Group – Eco Lent

The Church Eco Group has also updated its Eco Lent flyer.

Download a jpeg of the flyer below 

Open to God – Open to Justice

Worship for Lent and Easter 2021:

Ash Wednesday, Feb 17th, service 6.30pm on Zoom: link in notices

Fridays in Lent, starting Feb 19th to April 2nd: Compline 8.15-8.45pm with themes of Racial Justice, Ecological Justice & social engagement

Sundays in Lent, at 10.30am:
Feb 21st and 28th: ‘Racial Justice, Equality , Diversity & Inclusion’
March 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th: ‘Open to God, Open to Justice’

Good Friday: 10am on facebook/carrslanelife

Easter Day: 10.30am on facebook/carrslanelife

Morning prayer at 8.30am every weekday on

Download the poster with these details

In the moment – exploring Mindfulness in a Christian context

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 10 am – 12 noon

Jan Scott invites those who have some experience of Mindfulness and those who have none.

This is a follow up to the sessions in June, September and December, but you are welcome whether or not you attended those sessions

Venue: Online via zoom, in a quiet room with a comfortable chair

The zoom session will be no more than 2 hours, but Jan will leave you with ideas and activities to pursue afterwards, either the same day or during the following days.

Download the flyer

You will need to book in advance so that Jan can send you the zoom link and other information.

There will be no cost, but you may like to consider an extra donation to your local church which will have a reduced income at this time.

For more information or book a place, please contact Jan Scott using reference ITMonline 060321 by 2 March 2021, 12 noon.


New catalogue 2021

The Carrs Lane Fair Trade shop has now closed.   The Church at Carrs Lane continues to be a Fair Trade Church which encourages support of Traidcraft.

The new ‘Make the Switch to Fair Trade’ catalogue for 2021 is now available from Traidcraft. Sign up to receive your catalogue on a regular basis, FREE OF CHARGE, at Request the latest Traidcraft Catalogue | Traidcraft Online Shop (

The catalogue features all the latest news about stock and producers from around the world.



Listening Together

Story time!
Listening Together … to a short story that Julie and Cristina will read for youStory time! Book worm with a rocket on its back that says 'zoom' and the words Book Club

We’ll be ‘meeting’ again on Monday 1st March at 11am.

You don’t need a book… just a quiet hour and your listening ears!

How to join in

Join us by phone or online on Zoom.

For details, please email

To learn how to join a Zoom video/telephone gathering, click to watch a video showing you how.


Birmingham Churches Together

#Pray24Brum 2021

Pray24Brum – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity#pray24Brum logo 24 hours of prayer 22-23 January 2021, 8am-8pm

This Friday and Saturday is #pray24brum. It is all a bit different this year. Most of the content will be online but we are also emphasising an invitation for individuals / households / churches to simply set aside 24 minutes at some point during the two days for personal prayer to pray for the city.

It is an invitation to pray for whatever communities and concerns someone has, in whatever way or style suits them: and an invitation to know they are united in prayer with others across the city, across many different traditions.

Download the programme

This year there are two main ways to participate:

  • throughout Friday and Saturday, you are invited to join with prayers being lead online. All the videos or links will be shared on Birmingham Churches Together’s Facebook Page ( and Twitter Feed (
  • you are invited to set aside 24 minutes (or even 24 seconds!) to pray in and for the city in whatever way suits your own personal style of prayer. Use words, or sit in silence; go for a walk in your local area praying for those you pass or sing praise to God from the privacy of your shower! If you wish, use the hashtag #pray24brum on your social media feeds to share when, where, how and for what you are praying and join a community united, albeit virtually, in creating a patchwork quilt of prayer to cover our city.

The event’s schedule is below, subject to last minute changes. Birmingham St Philip’s Cathedral, the first ever hosts of the event, will launch this year’s with morning prayer at 7.40am on Friday. We are delighted that many of our church leaders from different traditions have joined in prayer and invite you to pray with them at 10am each morning.

Friday 22 January
7.40am – 8.04am St Philip’s Cathedral – Morning Prayer
8.30 – 8.54am Carrs Lane Lived Community Morning Prayer
10am Church Leaders Part 1
10.30 St Chad’s Cathedral
11am Aston University Chaplaincy
12pm World Prayer Centre
1pm (Prayer 1.06pm – 1.30pm) Chaplaincy Plus – Prayers for the Business Community
2pm The Church at Carrs Lane
3pm Central England Quakers
4pm St Martin in the Bullring
5pm Urban Devotion
Saturday 23 January
8.30am St Nicholas, Boldmere
10am Church Leaders Part 2
10.30am Northfield Churches Together
11am Restore
12pm Student Cross
1pm Active Christians
2pm The Church at Carrs Lane
3pm Workplace Chaplaincy CIGB / Retail Chaplaincy
4pm Movement in Worship (TBC)


Time4Change – The Birmingham Charter

Time4Change – The Birmingham Charter

Time4Change is a group of Churches and Christian organisations across Birmingham that have been meeting together regularly since the tragic death of George Floyd took place in June 2020. The heart and passion of the group is centred around Christian unity, harmony, speaking with one voice regarding racism, injustice and racial inequality. The group has discussed how the church, the body of Christ, can unite around the issues of racial disharmony and injustice.

At The Church at Carrs Lane, we are encouraging each other to read Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book, “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” as we begin to engage in conversations, creating the spaces for open, honest and frank dialogue. We celebrate Racial Justice Sunday in February and continue with this theme to enhance our activities and worship during Lent. It’s Time4Change!

  1. We the churches, Christian organisations and followers of Jesus, acknowledge the issue of racial injustice and its systemic and institutional nature.

  2. We commit to  challenge racism confidently across Birmingham and see it removed from the church and society.

  3. We commit to an honest and open look at ourselves and our churches and where we are in relation to the issue of racial injustice.

  4. We will pray: actively encouraging prayer as a group and within and across our churches and neighbourhoods over the issue of racial injustice and disunity.

  5. We repent – we have caused or ignored hurt and we pray for a deep healing in our city.

  6. We will engage in conversations – creating the spaces for open, honest and frank dialogue. We will listen to the voices of our black and all ethnic communities, across the generations and the different parts of our city.

  7. We commit to relationship building  with church and city leaders modelling strong supportive relationships across the city. We will build a culture of honour, openness and support within our churches, neighbourhoods and workplaces.

  8. We will bridge the knowledge gap, building a shared understanding of what it is like to be black, or of other ethnicity in Birmingham today, understanding the historical context and the damage to their psyche by sustained and systemic racism.

  9. We aim for truth, reconciliation and healing through open discussions across the city, that understands and acknowledges the hurts of the past and hopes for the future. We will Identify actions to bring healing.

  10. We will advocate; using our influence and understanding to speak up for racial equality and equity in the church and the city. We will inspire changes in structures and cultures to remove racism. We will engage the city’s civic leaders as they address this issue. 

  11. We will build and strengthen representative leadership: Creating systems, structures and processes that encourage representative leadership in our churches and organisations. We will actively mentor and encourage young and emerging leaders.

  12. We will take practical action, developing short, medium and long term plans to equip the wider church to strengthen unity and collaboration and engage the wider community.

  13. We will equip and engage the wider church with material on theology, and key principles around justice, equity and equality, testimonies and events. We will ensure our actions and narratives are centred very clearly on Jesus, rooted firmly in the word of God and inspired by the Spirit.

  14. We will communicate and dialogue regularly and clearly, in an engaging and accessible way to ensure the wider church is kept up to date.  We will inspire Christians engaged in business, health, education, arts and media and other spheres to be champions for equity, equality and builders of unity.

  15. We commit to being a welcoming city, a super diverse community where all peoples, whatever their background or ethnicity, see that God’s people will always provide a home, a community and a generous welcome. We commit to strengthening unity and harmony across the church that we might be one just as the Father and Son are one.



Coloured light box with the words 'Make this world better'

Church Meetings 2021

Dates of regular Church Meetings on the third Sunday of the month


17 January
  • Minutes available upon request from the congregation
21 February – Minutes available upon request from the congregation
  • Minutes available upon request from the congregation
21 March

18 April

16 May

20 June

18 July

(August – no meeting)

19 September

17 October

21 November

19 December

Church Meetings are usually held monthly on the third Sunday and are open to all. As far as possible, they will always be inclusive of all expressions of church. A quorum of 25% of church members is required for the meeting to be properly constituted.

Decision making at this meeting is generally by consensus. However, the Church Meeting retains the right to take formal votes of church members present, especially in the case of the call of the United Reformed Church minister. According to sections 9-21 of the Constitution, there is also provision for a Special Church Meeting, called as necessary to deal with any single issue.

Latest advice from the denominations

#StayHome It could save livesRev Ian Howarth, Chair of the Birmingham Methodist District and Revd Steve Faber, Moderator of the URC West Midlands Synod, have written to churches at the start of Lockdown 3.

Read the letter from Ian Howarth

Read the letter from Steve Faber