Friday 23rd June

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Securing the 21st Century Church - Conference 20th July 2017 in Wolverhampton

A one-day ecumenical conference delivered in partnership between the Dioceses of Hereford, Worcester and the RC Archdiocese of Birmingham. Offering a mix of presentations, lively discussions and expert panels with practical advice on securing, sustaining and funding our churches in the 21st Century.

Church Communication Guide - Free This has been recommended to us, but we haven’t tried it!


Germinate Enterprise is a resource from Germinate Arthur Rank Centre that rural churches and other groups can use to help their community flourish through job creation, retaining young and working age residents and tackling Rural poverty. They have just received Cinnamon Recognised Project Status meaning churches in some rural areas who wish set up the programme could qualify for funding of around £2,000. You can watch a short video about Germinate Enterprise here and find out more about the Cinnamon Network here

Bidding for Success: Planning capital projects at a place of worship, Manchester, Friday 19 May 2017

Are you planning a major repair project? Do you want to make changes enabling greater use of your church or chapel? This one day event run by the National Churches Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund (NW Region) is an opportunity to help you to build your case and successfully plan so that you can articulate your vision to funders and the wider public.

University of Birmingham Summer Jobs and Volunteering Fair

7 Jun 2017 - 11:00 to 15:00

The Summer Jobs and Volunteering Fair combines paid and volunteering opportunities for students, with approximately 20 organisations exhibiting and upwards of 400 students attending. Our fairs are an ideal platform for both local and national organisations to recruit students face-to face for any immediate and/or future volunteering opportunities.
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Learning to Live on Earth as our Common Home: Teilhard de Chardin and ecological living as spiritual life

A Green Christian Gathering June 9-11 2017 at Ringsfield Hall, Suffolk

You are invited to a Green Christian weekend of companionship, stimulating talks, discussion, prayer and good food at Ringsfield EcoActivity Centre, Beccles, Suffolk. Paul Maiteny, an ecologist, anthropologist and transpersonal psychotherapist from The British Teilhard Association will lead the weekend with Chris Walton, Green Christian Chaplain.

Project Planning training

20 Jun 2017 - 09:00 to 16:30

Join us for our full-day Project Planning training on Tuesday 20th June 2017 and learn more about project planning methodologies, tools and techniques, Robust project planning supports not only delivery but management of risks, communications, finance and every other element throughout the project lifecycle, and can help reduce issues, reassure funders and improve your project outcomes and impact.
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'Just about managing': a complete programme for managers (Two Day Course)

3 Jul 2017 - 09:30 to 13:00

This highly participative programme is suitable for both first time managers as well as more experienced managers looking for a refresher. It consists of two interlinked half day group sessions plus two individual mentoring sessions. The first group session will focus on self-management, while the second will move on to successful leadership of a team.
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A pilgrimage is planned to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Saturday 23 Sept. The plan is to leave St Chad's Birmingham at 8.30am and to walk the 20 miles to Lichfield Cathedral. It is hoped that there will be a Baptist presence. Fuller details will follow.


This is a brand new conference for every Christian working with young people. The NYMW features cutting edge speakers, big ideas and an unswerving focus to help the whole church re-engage with the challenge of reaching and discipling young people. With streams aimed at both first-time volunteers and experienced practitioners, and with lots of space provided for fun, networking and time to connect with God, the event creates a vital opportunity for the whole UK youth ministry community to get together. Held over three days in central Birmingham, the weekend will focus on innovative new approaches to youth work, meaning every delegate walks away with three brand new and complete resources to use in their work, and learns the skills and processes needed to launch new youth ministries and revitalise existing projects.

The NYMW runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November 2017, and is based at Birmingham's stunning new Gas Street Church. Tickets cost £99, with a limited number available for just £79. For details visit


Community shares are an effective way for communities to raise money for projects that benefit the residents that live in them. And now Crowdfunder is making it even easier run a project, offering over £1million of extra funding for things that people care passionately about.

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund Relaunches

The Community Business Bright Idea Fund is currently accepting applications from community groups and organisations that need both business and financial support to set up their community business in England.

Affordable, reconditioned laptops from ReCOM

ReCOM, a charity based in Solihull, provides affordable reconditioned laptops to voluntary organisations and individuals on low incomes. Laptops come with a choice of Windows 7 or Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2010.
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South Asian Forum

Please find below a link to the latest SAF newsletter where you will find four articles on how we can be more effective in mission to those of other faith backgrounds. This includes Suthee's extraordinary story of coming to faith from a Buddhist background and Helen Thorne's reflection on how using the Discovering Jesus through Asian eyes course led a lady to Christ.

Whole-life Discipleship - Rural Ministries Annual Conference, 13th May

The Well, Retford, Nottinghamshire, Cost £30

It's too easy for 98% of the church (all the 'lay people') to think that their contribution to God's work mainly happens in 5% of their lives (when we are engaged in church-sponsored activity). At least that is the impression we can give one another.

But the Bible is full of stories that show what can happen when God takes ordinary people and uses them in ways that they could never have imagined. What might that look like in our places, in our lives when we get a vision for whole life discipleship? Led by Neil Hudson of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, we shall be helped and challenged to develop a culture of whole-life discipleship in our churches, communities, and workplace.

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Open the Book

Open the Book (part of the Bible Society) equips and trains church teams to take interactive bible stories in to primary schools on a regular basis. Their assemblies are well received by school staff, the children (who love the assemblies!) and Open the Book Storytellers who enjoy being part of this growing organisation (currently 14,573 storytellers and 2,593 Schools). If you would like to know more please contact Lynn Satchell (Open the Book Training and Development Officer - West Midlands) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit their website

Through The Roof Free Resource

This new resource is to help churches address the issues that disabled people have raised about their experience of church. More information about the resource and how to access it is available on this flyer:


These spoken-word CDs by John Mansfield are particularly helpful for people going through stressful times, (especially true of Inspiring Calm: Scriptures & Reflections CD) and the partially sighted who struggle to read their Bible but appreciate listening to the Scriptures. The Words of Jesus CD can be used as a Evangelism resource to give to friends or family so they can hear the words of Jesus in this non-threatening way. Samples of the CDs can be found on the website


The BSL Bible Translation Project has been set up to translate the whole Christian Bible into British Sign Language.

Teams of bilingual Deaf and hearing people, alongside Bible experts, have begun to translate parts of the Bible and the first few chapters of the Gospel of Mark is now available on DVD for only £3.00 plus £1.00 for postage and packing. To obtain your copy of the DVD, please send your cheque (payable to 'The BSL Bible Translation Project') to the project address: Flat 1, Thorne House, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester, M14 6DW.

This Project will take many years to complete, but already has the support of Deaf people, major Christian organisations and academics. For further information or offer support, go to the website:


This annual guide is designed for full-time Christian workers, and contains over 30 properties in the UK, France and Spain. Good value holidays and some extra reductions are given when booking through the Guide. Most are self-catering, but some offer bed and breakfast.

A download or paper copy of the Guide can be ordered from our website

Order your copy from Claybury International, The Pixmore Centre, Pixmore Avenue, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 1JG. Please enclose a cheque for £5.00 (inclusive of postage & packing), and make cheques payable to 'The Claybury Trust'.

Acacia Family Support

Acacia Family Support is a Christian faith based organisation which is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Established in 2004, it operates across Birmingham. Acacia's mission is to:

"Improve the lives of mothers and families affected by pre and postnatal depression (PND)."

Acacia-background.pdf for more information.