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.



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)


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

Chaplaincy: ‘Come and sit over here!’

Sometimes I wonder, what on earth am I doing? Not just regarding chaplaincy! But here I am, rushing out to a pub foodie night, after promising the manager that I would turn up.Revd Elaine Hutchinson, Retail Chaplain in Birmingham

I’m late (as usual) and feeling really guilty and trying to be inconspicuous as I arrive at the event. ‘Good intentions’ a great name for a pub and it’s holding a foodie night, trying to encourage people to enjoy food while socialising at the pub. “It’s a new initiative. Hopefully we’ll get more people into the pub”, explains Roz, the assistant manager, who just happens to also be an excellent chief and has been serving up amazing dishes and catering for all sorts of events. Roz thinks it might just be good for business given the times we’re in.

So, I hang around thinking maybe I could’ve been better off at home, I feel a bit out of my comfort zone. I chat to Roz’s partner who is also helping with the event, but they’re both busy so I order a drink and sit outside.

I’m really tempted to go home. I’ve shown my face, ordered a drink, will buy some food then leave, that’s what I’m contemplating and still feeling guilty for having missed most of the event as I sit and sip my cider.

There’s a couple sitting outside, and they shout over to me, come and sit over here!

Now, maybe it’s my collar or maybe they feel sorry for me. Whatever the reason, they invite me over and I’m not one for refusing an invite so I’m intrigued and go over.

Shirley and Justin (name changed for obvious reasons) both work at the Law courts and they’ve heard of the foodie event.

Shirley has just finished a bottle of wine and orders another. “It’s been a busy day” she sighs and Justin is sipping what smells like whisky. They both look tired. “Are you a real minister?” Justin asks.

“No, I’m just pretending!” I reply. We all laugh and then the conversation ranges from faith to Black Lives Matter to favourite meals. Phew! Now I really want to go home. Justin goes to the bar, and I’m left alone with Shirley.

She asks “does it make you happy?” I’m puzzled, not sure what she means. “Does God, your faith, make you happy?” she speaks quietly and I realise that we’ve got until Justin returns. I pause. It depends on what you mean by happy. If you mean do-I-get-everything-I-want ‘happy’ then no, God doesn’t make me happy –  in fact God can make me very unhappy. I wonder if that was the right thing to say.

Shirley continues: “I’ve tried everything, Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses. My mom’s very religious but I’m not sure.” I’m digging deep to find something profound to say, but that’s really about me, not about Shirley so I continue to listen. “Do you have a contact number? I would like to continue this conversation”, Shirley asks. I give her my card, Justin returns and that’s it, the conversation moves on to other things.

I still wonder at times what I am doing, but felt that at this particular moment, listening to Shirley grapple with faith was the right place to be chaplaincy, holy ground… sipping cider.

’Nuff, blessings!

Revd Elaine Hutchinson
be.friend Team Leader and Chaplain to the Great Western Arcade

Read our Chaplaincy page


Living in the church during Lockdown

Steph Neville is interviewed by Rev Nick Stanyon in his series of Good News videos for the URC West Mildands Synod. Here, she reflects on life during lockdown, how prayer underpins action, and how the large church space has enabled her creativity, plus her continuing involvement with Stories of Hope and Home.

More videos of Good News Stories with Rev Nick Stanyon are available to watch here here:

More YouTube videos of Steph’s work with Stories of Hope and Home are here:

Carrs Lane Lived Community Live-Streamed Prayers are on Facebook here:

Stories of Hope and Home on Facebook:




Carrs Lane Lectures in Radical Christian Faith

NEW! Download Lectures Podcasts

We are gradually adding our podcasts of ‘Carrs Lane Lectures in Radical Christian Faith’. You can now download podcasts for 2015 and 2016, or listen to them by playing them direct from our website.


Belonging without Believing: Canon Brian Mountford, Vicar of The University Church, Oxford and Revd Dr Harriet Harris, Chaplain at The University of Edinburgh

Download Lecture 1: ‘Christian Atheism’ by Canon Brian Mountford

Download lecture 2: The Tears and Laughter of God, by Revd Dr Harriet Harris

Download the Questions and Answers session

Go to our Lectures page to see more as we add and update the collection

We hold on to HOPE

In these challenging times when we are physically separated from each other, we hold each other in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to be together in spirit and in hope.   This is the message we proclaim to the city and share amongst ourselves…and with you.

We invite you to join us at the Church at Carrs Lane at 10.30am every Sunday morning.  Details at

We also are live streaming weekday prayers, currently at 8.30am on Monday to Friday morning and Monday to Thursday evening at 7pm.      You can watch live, or later at

They are set to ‘public’ so you don’t need a Facebook account to be able to watch and pray with us.

We hold on to HOPE together!