1. Christian Aid – Diana Cullum-Hall will again be doing a Sponsored Walk of 300,000 steps for Christian Aid Week. She invites you to walk with her on Saturday 20th – more information from Diana. Please also see Diana about sponsorship. This year Christian Aid is focusing on Jessica’s story and how climate change is causing hunger for her family.  Give to Christian Aid Week via Diana Cullum-Hall or our Church e-envelope on the Christian Aid website. Visit https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/church-at-carrs-lane
  2. Prayer in the way of Taizé at 6pm: Sunday 22 May at The Church at Carrs Lane. All Welcome! For more information, email phpaw2@btinternet.com or telephone 0121 478 3841.
  3. Read ‘Moving Stories’ from Commitment for Life (May/June news)
  4. Download the latest newsletter from Aston and Nechells Foodbank. Donations can be left in the box at the back of the Church and Simon or Christine will deliver them to the foodbank. At present they are desperately short of toiletries of all kinds. Regarding food,  the following are NOT required: baked beans, tinned spaghetti, tinned soup, pasta and biscuits. Cash donations are also acceptable and should be given to Simon or Christine. Further information is also available from them.
  5. Wednesday lunchtime services/prayers: Please contact Jill Veitch if you would like the link for the lunchtime prayers on zoom. Prayers on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month are in church. 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Wednesdays are on Zoom. Email: jandaveitch@talktalk.net
  6. Carrs Lane Counselling Centre is seeking trustees to join their team. Read more about the volunteer role here.
  7. You are invited to a celebration and thanksgiving service for the ministry of Rev’d Ian Howarth as he retires as Chair of the Birmingham Methodist District and presbyter. This takes place at Coventry Central Hall on Saturday 16 July 2022. Download a flyer. To book tickets, please contact Synod Secretary, Helen Woodall, at synod@birminghammethodist.org.uk
  8. Join Traidcraft’s petition to stop businesses getting away with human rights abuses. Visit the Traidcraft Exchange website to sign the petition to hold businesses to account. 
  9. The Traidcraft May Bulletin is published. Read it now.
  10. Latest news and events from Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is here: https://inclusivegathering.org.uk/ “On the 2nd Sunday of each month we’ll be meeting together online only at 3pm. During the month of May, our gatherings will be exploring the theme: Acts of Love. This week, David and Faith will be sharing a short online reflection on ‘healing’ which will be streamed to FB Live & YouTube. You can join the conversation on FB Live.”

Online and other events

  1. From the Ground Up: Unearthing Hope and Seeking Justice. A series of ten engaging and interactive workshops designed to inspire hope and equip you to seek justice in your own context, from the Joint Public Issues Team. More information here.
  2. The cost of living crisis. Find out more about the Joint Public Issues Team briefing on 24 or 25 May.
  3. Read the NEW May newsletter from the Joint Public Issues Team
  4. Read the Spring 2022 Chaplains at Work newsletter (3MB PDF)
  5. Read this week’s Birmingham Methodist Circuit news
  6. Read the latest URC West Midlands synod newsletter
  7. See the latest URC (national) news update
  8. See the latest Methodist (national) news update
  9. Read the brochure for Fircroft College ‘Free Thinking’ courses especially designed to support people with refugee and asylum seeker status.
  10. The Methodist Church in Britain and All We Can have launched an emergency appeal in response to events unfolding in Ukraine. As communities face violence, upheaval, and the trauma of war, urgent support is needed. Working together with the Global Relationships Team donations will ensure that critical humanitarian assistance is available.  Read more here.
  11. The United Reformed Church is also encouraging donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee “Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
  12. Download the URC’s Church and Society Update. This is the first of their planned twice-yearly updates on Church and Society issues.
  13. Join Traidcraft’s petition to stop businesses getting away with human rights abuses. Visit the Traidcraft Exchange website to sign the petition to hold businesses to account. 
  14. Support the ban on conversion therapy (link to ‘Inclusive church’)
  15. The Birmingham 2022 Games Churches Together Group is pleased to share ways that your church and community can join in with supporting and enjoying the Games taking place 28 July-8 August. Download the booklet about it from Birmingham Churches Together.
  16. CIGB Workplace Chaplaincy is recruiting a Development Director. Download the Job Description. Contact Val Dalton for more details and an application pack.
  17. Birmingham Forum for Spiritual Directors and Companions 2022-2023. The next Spiritual Accompaniment Training Course begins in September. This course is offered every other year.
  18. Latest news and events from Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is here: https://inclusivegathering.org.uk/
  19. Chaplaincy news from the Methodist Church – Justice conversations.


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