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Bumper 2 week edition: 25th July & 1st August

Readings 25th July (CLICK TO OPEN):

2 Samuel 11: 1-15

Ephesians 3: 14-21

John 6: 1-21

Readings 1st August (CLICK TO OPEN):

2 Samuel 11: 26-12:13a

Psalm 51

Ephesians 4: 1-16

John 6: 24-35

In this newsletter:

  • *Children and Youth event*

  • Future events at Streetly

  • Holiday Club at Witton

  • EMPLOYMENT POSSIBILITIES (Cafe Manager and Safeguarding Lead)

  • LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

Online Worship 25th July

Please contact Revd Malcolm for a copy of sermon by Revd Stephen Froggatt with assistance of Deacon Marilyn.

10.30am : Worship:

From Erdington Methodist Church

CLICK FOR 10.30am LIVE WORSHIP FROM ERDINGTON

6.30pm Evening:

25th -Preacher Rev Jim Dube

CLICK FOR EVENING Worship at 6.30pm - YouTube

On Site Worship - 25th July

Please book in advance for all in-person worship as usual. (Find the contact details in the magazine post

Blackwood 10.00am: Revd Dr Alan Smithson

Erdington 10.30am: Local Arrangement - LIVE STREAM

Falcon Lodge 10.30am: JOINT AT KINGSBURY

Four Oaks 10.30am: Local Arrangement

Kingsbury 10.30am: Kirsten Newman

NBMH Boldmere 10.00am: Local Arrangement

NBMH Kingstanding 11.00am: Peter Cashmore

NBMH Nechells 11am: Angela Constantine

South Parade 10.30am: Local Arrangement

St. Chad’s 10.30am: Local Arrangement

Stockland Green 10.45am: Local Arrangement

Streetly 10.30am: Local Arrangement

Witton 11.00am: Local Arrangement

Wednesday 28th July - Morning Worship from Four Oaks MC, broadcast live to the Circuit YouTube Channel

Online Worship 1st August

10:30 Morning: Youth Children’s and Inclusive Worship from Witton with Deacon Rachel, Imogen and the team

6.30pm Evening: NO WORSHIP . Malcolm not available for ZOOM

On-site Worship 1st August

Blackwood 10.00: Deacon Marilyn Slowe

Erdington 10.30: Local Arrangement

Falcon Lodge 10.30: Local Arrangement

Four Oaks 10.30: Rev’d Dr Jimmy Dube Holy Communion

Kingsbury 10.30: Local Arrangement

NBMH Boldmere 10.00: Rev’d Emily Young Holy Communion

NBMH Kingstanding 11.00: Local Arrangement

NBMH Nechells 11.00: Robert Dauncey

South Parade 10.30: Rev’d Malcolm Oliver Holy Communion

St. Chad’s 10.30: Elsie Miller

Stockland Green 10.45: Godfrey Higgins

Streetly 10.30: Hulme

Witton 10.30: Deacon Rachel Thomas-Prasad, Imogen Clarke, Fitzroy Storrod and team, Youth, Children’s and Inclusive Worship

Please book in advance for all on-site worship as usual.

Future Worship across the Circuit

We are preparing the preaching plan from September to November. Malcolm needs all dates for the preaching plan by the 1st August. Malcolm would also be grateful to hear from the Co-ordinating Steward of any special services that need to be included in the preaching plan.

CIRCUIT PREACHING PLAN

For our young people & children

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Letter from President/Vice president

A pastoral letter from the President and Vice-President following the Conference vote on Marriage and Relationships

We wished to take this opportunity to write to you after the Conference voted on the resolutions contained in the marriage and relationships report.

We very much appreciate that these decisions will stir up many different emotions for our siblings across the Connexion. There will be some who will be deeply hurt and others who will rejoice by what has been decided.

Our Presidential theme this year is God’s Table: An Invitation for All, and God’s invitation is for every single one of us. The Methodist Church has held tension for many years and as a Church and a family, we must do all we can to live with contradictory convictions.

This work was first reflected on back in 1992 and we have been on this journey together since that point. During the past years we have continued to listen to and to pray for each other and remaining true to what God is saying to us. We must remember in all this, to continue to hold each other in prayer, and to support each other as we find a way forward, respecting our differences.

It is perhaps helpful to remember that there are other issues, some of them discussed at the Conference, on which we hold differing and sometimes strong opinions. We live with them and we do not allow them to impair our communion with each other. We respect each other’s consciences, we exercise judgment in when to speak and when to be silent, and we hold one another in prayer. We do all this not for our own sake but for the sake of Christ and the sake of the world which urgently needs to know the power of Christ’s reconciling love.

Our prayer for you, beloved siblings, is that in joy or sorrow, in pain or excitement, we might continue to live within that reconciling love.

The Revd Sonia Hicks
President of the Conference

Mrs Barbara Easton
Vice-President of the Conference

Street Pastors

Erdington Street Pastors

Would like to be part of the Team?

We are now urgently in need of Street Pastors that would patrol the High Street and around schools. Full training would be provided. It is FREE for the first 20 including licensing and uniform. You need minimum of 2 -3 patrols per month and good if you can do more.

Volunteers should be over 18 (there is no upper age limit), active Christians and willing to complete 2 sets of training …virtual and 1 day in-person including sessions on Police, Community, Youth culture, drugs and homelessness. A DBS (Criminal Records Bureau Check) is required and references are obtained before joining a team of at least three/four people, each of whom will work for 3 hours together in the afternoons during the week and Saturday morning. A distinctive uniform is worn when volunteering so people know who we are.

Additionally, we are also in need of Prayer Pastors who will back up the Street Pastors while they are on the field and occasionally be in communication with them while they are on the field.

Please contact/submit your form to Jean Morton on erdington@streetpastors.org.uk And if you need any clarification, you can always contact any of the management committee member.

Management Committee

Pastor Rasaq Ibrahim (Chair), Claire Westmacott (Secretary), Mel Taylor (Treasurer), Rev Malcolm Oliver & Jean Morton.

79 Orphanage Road Edington B24 9HU

Application form

GDPR

The Annual Checklist is due NOW from each church in the Circuit. See the longer post below for more details.
All the resources you need to complete this have been gathered on the Circuit website’s own GDPR page.

Visit the Circuit GDPR Page

PPE on offer

Kingstanding have received a donation of a large number of boxes of face masks, several Covid tests and small, pocket size bottles of sanitizer. Boldmere has also been given some that can be shared with other churches.

If any Churches within the Circuit are interested in having any of the above then please contact Gill. White on 0121 353 1027.

Midweek & Other Service Resources

Worship At Home website - for other weeks

https://mcusercontent.com/9824c2fe1ec335b5560caec51/files/c8fdb8ff-4e8c-f51b-646e-fce24a7629fb/The_Vine_at_Home_Ordinary_16B.docxThe Vine At Home is available now.

There are also a number of free Vine videos for you to use - see below

Vine at home (PDF) 25th July
VINE AT HOME (WORD) 25th July
Vine at home (PDF) 1st August

IDEAS from the Family Friendly Churches Trust

A complete service for Easter Sunday 6 with an address exploring the parable of the vine. There are prayers, a reading, songs and an address from IDEAS to make a rich visual worship experience. The service is led by Rev'd Ann Bossingham. We also thought it would be good to offer our Children's resources again a year on.

FFCT

Connexional Updates

A round up of some of the things that have been happening recently:

Evangelism and Growth
LOVE THIS CALLING - New Connexional focus
Where next for LWPT? - Take the Survey
Methodist Weekly News
The Well - Snapshots

District Safeguarding Job

Click here for Safegarding employment

Work for Chester Road Baptist

Chester Road Baptist are advertising for two roles:
A Cafe Manager and a Cafe Apprentice - for more information click the buttons below.

Cafe Manager
Cafe Apprentice

A selection of other news which has been happening recently, and which may be of interest to people in your church:

GDPR - Annual Checklist REMINDER

The Checklist is now available for Managing Trustees from the TMCP Website. The Button below takes you straight to the relevant page. ALL CHURCHES NEED TO BE WORKING ON THIS.

I have prepared a series of videos to talk you through each item on the Checklist - See GDPR Video Playlist below. I hope this helps.

TMCP Annual Checklist NewsHub
GDPR Video Playlist
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