Sunday 22nd October

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'Managing Major Buildings Projects' training day, Thursday 19th October, Oxford – Booking NOW OPEN

The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance are running their 7th training day on ‘Managing Major Building Projects in Places of Worship’, in partnership with Purcell UK, and all are welcome.

It is taking place at the Wesley Memorial Church in the centre of Oxford.

The day covers the management of all stages of a building project in a place of worship, from start up through to making sure benefits are achieved over the long term.

Presentations will include developing your vision, engaging with the wider community, fundraising, working with your architect and managing works once on site. We will also be hearing from three case studies that will tell us how it ‘really was’ and reflecting on lessons learnt. There will be a session from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as lunchtime surgeries where individual cases can be discussed.

Anyone thinking about or starting to plan a major building project for their place of worship will find it invaluable.

Church…more than a preaching station?
Oswestry, Shropshire - 14th October

This one day event explores whether, and how, we can proclaim the Gospel through pastoral care. It is intended for people involved in pastoral care, ordained clergy and pastors, as well as regular members of the congregation. We will take a practical look through four workshops at how churches can structure pastoral care to respond appropriately to local needs within a rural context.

Workshop 1: Why care?

Workshop 2: Building a community of carers

Workshop 3: Pastoral care as an outreach model

Workshop 4: Pastoral care across the generations

The event costs just £15 including handouts and a light lunch. Bookings must be made in advance and can be by cheque or card payment.

A limited number of childcare places are available.

Full details of the event and booking information can be found on our website here or on the Facebook event page.


People are out on the street.

Another generation is looking for answers - a rich young career girl, an angry gang leader, a charming church-goer, misfits, activists, crooked bankers, a surprising refugee and the bloke who bought himself seriously expensive jewellery. People who stood face to face with Jesus. There are anecdotes, bust-ups, blogs and posts. It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Despite their differences and social divisions, 140 characters want to meet one extraordinary person. Jesus has arrived on their street and he’s on the lookout for trouble – looking to do something about it.

Four young people - two women, two men - like the first evangelists, tell the startling story of what happened, just now, on that street. The result is a powerful mix of theatre, music, comedy and spoken word.

GOSPEL STREET is a collaboration between award-winning writers, including rapper and hip-hop artist Testament.

‘Riding Lights is doing what it does best: bringing everyone together to hear some of the good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.’

Pricing details and practicalities of hosting a performance are available on request.

To book a performance, please contact Beth on 01904 655317.

Beyond the Doorstep – reaching people from South Asia – 19th September 2017 in Birmingham

Pastor Hari Kaul will be joined by Rev Dr Richard Sudworth, Pastor Jagdish Singh, Mrs Kam Kaur, Pastor Tracey John and Rev Jessica Foster. This event, organised in partnership with the Church of England, Birmingham, will provide space to share practical tips on reaching South Asians. You can find further information and book your place on the below link:

Beyond words...

...have produced a resource about going to church for those with learning difficulties. See the pdf here.

Children & Family Ministry Training at Bristol Baptist College

It's not too late to apply for Children & Family Ministry training starting this September!

The Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission integrates pioneering vocational training, biblical study and theological reflection. The course is designed for those who specialise in mission and ministry with children and families within and beyond the church. It has the flexibility to be studied full or part time to suit workers, volunteers, apprentices, interns and those on a gap year.

This course will help students to:

  • Develop a theology of children and family ministry within and beyond church
  • Deepen their knowledge of the Bible, its story, interpretation and principles
  • Experience different approaches to mission with children, families and communities
  • Explore human identity and childhood development
  • Grow in key skills to support children and families
  • Reflect on their learning, practice and context

For more information or to apply please get in touch on 01179 469 209 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Crucible course is for Christians with courage and imagination, who suspect that:

  • We need to operate as cross-cultural missionaries because we live in a cross-cultural mission context.
  • We need to think creatively about incarnating the gospel and planting new kinds of churches in emerging and diverse cultures.
  • We need to recover the biblical vision of shalom and reflect on how we live as followers of Jesus in light of this all-embracing vision.
  • We need to pay particular attention to the margins, because we serve the God who frequently does new things there:
    • On the margins of society among the poor and disenfranchised.
    • At the margins of culture, where creative thinking explores new possibilities.
    • On the margins of the familiar, the spaces all around us, neglected or ignored, but full of potential.

See the brochure here for more information.

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


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.

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.