Traidcraft Summer Catalogue 2021

Have you had a chance to look at the new Traidcraft Summer catalogue yet?

The summer catalogue has a striking cover, inviting you to look further and read all about the amazing products, information about the producers, and much more. Many of you will look online and be able to access the information.

Read why FAIRTRADE-CERTIFICATION is just not enough any more and why ‘Fair Trade’ is more important to Traidcraft than ‘Fairtrade’.

Did you know that Great Taste is the largest and most trusted food and drink accreditation scheme? Only around 2% of products are awarded 3 stars each year.

Want a great cuppa? Look no further! You will find out a lot more if you dip into the catalogue. Surprise yourself by the details in there.

Read the issue online below or download it as a PDF:

Traidcraft is a Christian response, challenging deep injustices in global trade. Never has there been such a need to help families in developing countries.

We are unable to sell Traidcraft from our church building now, but there are other ways of purchasing – either through a local Fair Trader such as Joan Davies, by Mail Order or online –  whatever works best for you. Every order counts, whatever the size, so please continue or make your first order for a fairer world.

Please contact Joan direct or c/o

Visit: to visit the Traidcraft website and see the summer catalogue items in close-up!



Become a workplace chaplain

Workplace Chaplaincy Training Course Sept-Nov 2021

From Monday 20 September to Monday 8 November 2021 from 5-7pm:
Workplace Chaplaincy CIGB,  7 week Training Course for Voluntary Chaplains

Cost: £50

Download a leaflet about the course

CIGB INTRODUCTION TO WORKPLACE FAITH CHAPLAINCY 2021 Image of a leaflet outlining the 7-week evening course to become a voluntary workplace chaplain in Birmingham and Solihull

CIGB Voluntary Chaplains support people in many workplaces across Birmingham and Solihull. Workplace Chaplains act as a sign that God is engaged 7 days a week, 24 hours a day in our working lives. Workplace Chaplains provide listening, careful support and help people to see that God is at Work. Voluntary chaplains typically give about one half day per week to this ministry. Our chaplains find the experience inspiring: they report that chaplaincy helps to grow their own faith, as well as helping others to develop.

Our chaplaincies are in places like shops, offices, the fire service, transport and the local council.  CIGB, a local charity, has been providing ecumenical Workplace Chaplaincy for over 40 years and has an existing team of over 50 part-time chaplains. We also organise Job Clubs to provide Chaplaincy support to those who are currently unemployed.

Workplace Chaplaincy Training is over 7 Monday evenings from 20 Sept. The course teaches some of the core skills and strategies for Workplace Chaplaincy, as well as providing a chance to hear from some of our existing chaplains. Attending the course is not a commitment to start chaplaincy; nor does it guarantee a chaplaincy role at the end: a discernment conversation takes place towards the end of the course.

More information and a registration form is available from

FRIENDS OF CIGB ( is our network of colleagues who are interested in issues of Faith, Work and Economy, and support our work.

Registered Charity 511711

St Vincent Appeal

A letter from the Birmingham Methodist Circuit

Dear Churches,Chateaubelair, St Vincent and volcano La Soufriere

Following the eruption of the volcano, La Soufrière, on the Caribbean Island of St Vincent, the World Mission Fund is sending a solidarity grant to the Methodist Church in St Vincent to help those people who have been displaced and in shelters. (When this happened in Montserrat, many people were unable to return to their home for 3 years.) We do not know how long it will be before the people in the north of St Vincent will be able to return to their homes.

The Methodist Church holds St Vincent in prayer as we have received a prayer request from Bishop, The Rev’d Everald L. Galbraith, President of Conference of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) .

Read this prayer request

1. The Circuit is asking churches and individuals if they would like to give to the World Mission Fund to support the Methodist Church in St Vincent in particular. If you would like to send a donation, please a cheque payable to “Birmingham Methodist Circuit” to:

Circuit Finance Officer, Vivien Jones
Birmingham Methodist Circuit
Selly Oak Methodist Church
Langleys Road
Selly Oak
Birmingham B29 6HT

2. You can also send by BACS to:

CAF Bank: Gold Account
Account Name: Birmingham Methodist Circuit
Account Number: 00096451
Sort Code: 40-52-40

In your payment reference please quote “St Vincent Appeal” and we will send all the donations to the World Mission Fund from the Birmingham Circuit.

3. It is also possible to give direct to the Fund for World Mission on their Just Giving page:

Go to the JustGiving page

Revd Andrew and Jill Baker lived in the manse on St Vincent and Jill (Chair of the Methodist Council) has written a blog about their experiences if you would like to read it here.

Read Jill’s blog now

We pray that the community will soon be able to return to their churches, homes and farms to begin the clean up and rebuild their lives again.

Read more about the Methodist Fund for World Mission and what it does


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 

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.


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:




Eco Church Bronze Award 2019 gained by The Church at Carrs Lane

Eco Church Status Achieved

Bronze Award Winner 2019

Becoming an Eco Church has been an aim of The Church at Carrs Lane for some time. We have worked hard over the past year to improve our performance with recycling activities and caring for God’s earth in different areas of our life and work.

The Eco Group responsible for helping us to improve submitted an OnA Rocha Eco Church Bronze Award 2019line Eco Survey recently. The survey took us through five key areas of church life:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildings
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

… and the good news is that The Church at Carrs Lane has been awarded the Bronze Award. We are now entitled to display the bronze award on our publicity materials.

Visit the Eco Church website to discover more.

A Rocha UK “provide free, Eco Church resources to give lots of support and advice about how to make the changes your church needs to become an Eco Church. There are three levels of Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to qualify for an Award you must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to your church (some churches do not have buildings or land). You can see when you have gained sufficient points in each Eco Survey category by looking at the points gauges that appear on screen with the Eco Survey questions. The gauges will change colour as your points accumulate to reflect the level of Award you have achieved.”