Access information for anyone planning a visit – information on, for example, slopes/steps, parking, lighting, sounds, children, neurodiversity, money, tattoos, communion, and more.

Please click on the link below to download:

Access Information. TCACL. March 2023


Accessibility – to the building and to church

Access information for anyone planning a visit – information on, for example, slopes/steps, parking, lighting, sounds, children, neurodiversity, money, tattoos, communion, and more.

Please click on the link below to download the info:

Access Information. TCACL. March 2023

Prayer in the way of Taizé

Sunday evenings, usually on the third Sunday of the month at 6pm.

This is held at different venues including Carrs Lane.

Prayer in the way of Taizé, 6pm

Sunday 19 February – St Alban’s Church, Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham B12 0YH

Sunday 19  March – St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1QZ

Download a flyer

For more information, email or call 0121 478 3841


More dates will be added when we have them.

Opportunities to help at the URC’s 50th anniversary celebrations in London

The URC’s 50th anniversary celebrations take place in London on 1 October and we are hoping that people will be excited by the opportunity to take part on this historic day.

The role of steward at the Worship Service will involve arriving at the venue on the day in time for a briefing and run through from 12.30 pm onwards. Some stewards may be positioned outside the hall, while others will usher people into the hall and ensure seats are filled up from the front and that no gaps are left. The main job of the stewards at the service will be to deliver the elements of communion to the ends of each row. There will be trays of bread and trays of communion wine and some of these will need to be carried upstairs to serve those seated in the balcony, so it is important that anyone volunteering feels confident in climbing stairs while carrying these trays. Stewards will also be asked to help clear URC items from the venue after the event, and will be finished by 6.00 pm.

Stewarding at the Open Church House event will involve welcoming visitors, guiding them around the building and helping manage safety and security. All volunteers will need to arrive at Church House between 8:30am-9am. The Open Church House event will finish in time for everyone to walk or travel to Westminster for the start of the service.

If these are things you, or anyone you know, might be able to help with, please email as soon as possible.

Further information about these events can be found here:


Open Church House:

Walk to Westminster:

Please do let me know if you have any queries about any of the above.

Best wishes

 Carole Sired                                                                                                             

Administrator to Mission and Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations | United Reformed Church

86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT

020 7916 2020  | |

Launch – Street Banquet

The launch


(The popular name of the Street Ecclesial Community)

Come and have a burger with us

to celebrate the development of

a Church on the Margins project

in Birmingham city centre

illustration showing a burger

Sunday, 11th September 2022

(4pm – 6pm)

The Church at Carrs Lane

B4 7SX


Does my tea bag contain plastic?

As you may be aware Traidcraft’s Great Taste Award Winning Tea is packaged locally at Ringtons, a family run business for over a century. The tea bags contain a very small amount of plastic to seal them.
Ringtons were not content with this and, since August 2019, they have been testing a new environmentally conscious tea bag material on a trial basis. The tea bags passed all the stringent tests. The new material (PLA) contains a bio-plastic which has been made from plants. Please note: the Decaffeinated Traidcraft Breakfast Blend Blend tea bags are not bio plastic.
In July 2022, Traidcraft rolled out the new tea bags with bio-based plastic in our popular range of Traidcraft tea bags with one exception (above).
For more information see the Traidcraft website.

URC General Assembly Papers

A Business Digest has been created of the General Assembly that took place from 8-11 July 2022 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.

The digest available here, as both word and PDF:

The Record of Assembly will be going on the website shortly for further information.

The Newbigin Pioneering Hub.
Do you see…
  • New possibilities?
  • A way where there is no way?
  • Ideas for mission in your community that just might work?
  • A new community of disciples where there is none?
  • How your local community can flourish in God’s love and shalom, but know this can’t happen alone?

If you can see even a glimpse of any of these, then come and be part of the Newbigin Pioneering Hub and see if your hopes can be realised together with us.

More information below!

Introducing the ‘Newbigin Pioneering Hub’

We are a collaboration between the United Reformed Church, the Congregational Federation, Church Mission Society and the Seedbeds organisation and named in honour of the inspirational URC Minister and mission theologian Lesslie Newbigin. This new venture is open to all and is part of celebrating the past 50 years of the United Reformed Church and Congregational Federation.

The Hub is the space for training lay pioneers through the certificate and also for supporting those engaged in pioneering work. The desire is that we bring people together to support one another- sharing experience and expertise in the Hub as well as offering support to those engaged in training. Please contact for more information.

Could God be calling you to step out in faith with us to see your God- given dreams in your local community flourish in faith, hope and love?
 ‘The CMS Certificate in Pioneering Mission’

This is our foundational course designed and led by experienced pioneering practitioners, for practitioners. Church Mission Society has offered this course around the UK and will now make it available to all, rooted in the United Reformed Church in partnership with the Congregational Federation, and planted in a live pioneering context in inner city Birmingham.

The course will start September 2022 and will include six units run over 3 weekend residential (The Greenhouse at Barnes Close), hybrid sessions (online and in Lodge Road Community Church, Birmingham) on 3 full Saturdays and 3 Wednesday evenings along with personal coaching.

The six units offered are:

  • Pioneering Mission
  • Missional Spirituality
  • Church and Mission
  • Mission and the Bible
  • Community Development
  • Missional Entrepreneurship

There is also a pitch to a resource panel and graduation.

Would you join us in this new venture?

Please contact for more information or apply online at


‘CMS Certificate of Pioneering’ programme: £600 for six modules or £300 for an approved URC or Congregational Federation Participant.

‘Community of Pioneers’ community membership: £24 annually.

For help with funding and other support please talk to your local church, synod or apply for a Discipleship Development Fund grant.

Any further questions about URC support, please email

Women and Theatre Opportunities

Carrs Lane Counselling Centre seeks trustees

Counselling Centre Signage

Carrs Lane Counselling Centre is in the heart of Birmingham and is dedicated to providing a low-cost, first-class, counselling service to adults across the wider West Midlands conurbation. The Centre has been helping the people of our region for over 50 years and assists clients with a diverse range of issues. Although Carrs Lane Counselling Centre began life as part of The Church at Carrs Lane, it now operates independently as a registered charity/not for profit company limited by guarantee.

The Chair of trustees says:
“The trustee team is small, committed, forward thinking and we work well together. We are ably assisted by a volunteer treasurer and are keen to recruit one or two more who would enjoy working with us and help us to grow and develop. We are particularly keen to recruit people who have backgrounds in fundraising, counselling, business, the charity sector, IT/social media or people who understand the enormous benefit counselling can offer.”

Further information can be found at