For those in the West Midlands, please find attached the latest edition of Birmingham Ecumenical News, with details of numerous training events and key dates.
This year’s prisons week of prayer and awareness is scheduled for 9th-15th October.
The theme is ‘Lord Have Mercy’
For forty years now, Prisons Week has prepared prayer literature to enable the Christian community, through individuals and churches, to pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons: prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities, those working in the criminal justice system and the many people who are involved in caring for those affected by crime on the inside and outside of our prisons.
prayer leaflets and a short video presentation that can be used in your churches can be found here: http://prisonsweek.org
The Welcome Directory is a Free Churches Group project that helps churches identify themselves as places of welcome for people coming out of prison. We would like to encourage all FCC churches to consider potential involvement in this important project.
If you need any help, please contact the FCC office.
The trustees of the Ilford Church of Christ are inviting applicants for a new opportunity to plant a new missional church within the Ilford building in Essex. This is a pioneering post, and is initially unpaid, however costs towards housing and travel will be met.
All details of the post can be found in the attached document, which also includes how to apply and the documents needed to support the application.
The deadline for application is 7th October 2016.
We look forward to hearing from all those whom God might be calling to this important work.
the Ilford trustees.
The FCC staff will be on holiday from the 8th to the 21st August. They will be back in the office on Wednesday 24th. Blessings.
Tomorrow (Saturday 16th July) is our FCC Annual Connect Conference 2016. We are very excited to be sharing together as a family of churches and seeing how the God of no limits will challenge and encourage us to be more faithfully involved in his mission in our generation.
We are excited to be dedicating the new Rhema Faith Ministries building in Hockley, Birmingham, and in celebrating the ordination and recognition of new women and men of God into ministry.
I look forward to welcoming you.
Rev Dan Yarnell
We are inviting all FCC churches, leaders and friends to commit with us to praying over the next 7 days in preparation for our FCC Connect conference ‘No Limits’ next Saturday 16th July. We are asking the Lord for special blessings on our guest speaker Mike Royal, our new ordinands who will be ordained and/or recognised, our workshop leaders and guests, and the dedication of the new church building for Rhema Faith Ministries who are hosting the event. Would you be willing to join us as you can in prayer please? Many thanks.
Our FCC Annual Connect Conference will be held on Saturday 16th July 2016. Our theme ‘No Limits’ will explore the various ways our missional imagination and engagement can be expressed as we seek to follow Jesus today. There will be a variety of practical workshops plus a wide variety of resources on offer. We will also be ordaining new women and men to Christian ministry. In addition we will be dedicating the new church building of our hosts Rhema Faith Ministries Birmingham on this day. This predominately Eritrean congregation is doing outstanding work in ministering to this community in central Birmingham. They will be providing some ethnic food and worship as part of the day’s events. The conference is free but we will be taking up an offering towards costs.
We are also very excited to have Mike Royal as our guest speaker on the day.
Mike Royal is the National Director of TLG, an award-winning charity, enabling churches to work with children and young people at risk of exclusion from school across the UK. Mike has 15 years experience in local church leadership and has been the National Youth Director of a church denomination. Mike was formerly an Urban Planner with a first class degree in Urban Studies. He serves as an adviser to statutory agencies on gang-related issues. He was champion for the Young People key line of enquiry for the Birmingham Strategic Partnership social inclusion process. He also chaired a policy working group for the Centre for Social Justice on Youth Justice Reform. He has a Masters degree in Black Theology from Birmingham University, and has been married to Viviene for 20 years.
Please prioritise being at this important day in the life of our FCC network. We look forward to welcoming you.
48 Smith Street, Hockley, Birmingham B19 3EN. Plenty of free parking on the street or a nearby small car park is also available.
The Evangelical Alliance have produced this booklet that remind us that in this time of uncertainty and turmoil for many in our nation, our best and most appropriate response is to be actively engaging in the ministry of reconciliation.
The EA offer these reflections on the UK decision to leave the EU: