Category Archives: Inspirational

MWiB Presidential Inauguration 22nd June 2pm

Methodist Women in Britain: Birmingham District Inauguration of the new President: Jackie Hartley and Vice President: Deacon Marilyn Slowe on Saturday 22nd June 2019. 2pm.

At Catshill Methodist Church, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove. B61 0LG.

Preacher Rev. Loraine N Mellor: previous President of Conference.

Refreshments will follow the Service. All welcome. 

For further information please contact Kay Davies (kbdavies at hotmail.co.uk)

Thy Kingdom Come

Ascension Day (Thursday, 30th May) to Pentecost (Sunday, 9th June)

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer, which the Methodist Church is very much part of.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will

  • Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
  • Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer 

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

We are praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.

It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.

Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, the invitation is to take part this year – along with people and churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.” 

Acts 1, 2

For more information and to see a message from our Methodist Youth President,

Jasmine Yeboah, about Thy Kingdom Come – please go to:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/thy-kingdom-come/

At The Cross

‘Father, on this most holy day, may I be filled with gratitude for the sacrifice of your Son. Amen.’

READ: Luke 23:26–46

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Vivid picture
Holy Week is a time for quiet reflection. But there was no quiet reflection on the first Good Friday. Luke paints a vivid picture: Simon carrying the cross, a group of wailing women, sneering leaders, mocking soldiers, two criminals in agonising pain, and the watching crowds. It was all so noisy, so violent, so public.

Prayer and promise
And Jesus lifted up. ‘… they crucified him there’ (v 33). Four simple words that mark the pivot of human history. And from the parched lips of Jesus, two ‘words’. The first a prayer, the second a promise. Jesus prays that those who are rejecting him may be forgiven. This Good Friday, come again to the cross and know that you are forgiven, whatever you may have done, or not done! And then the promise to the dying thief from the King himself: immediate entrance into the kingdom. This Good Friday come again to the cross and know that you are granted eternal life, which begins now and never ends.

Power and wonder
As Jesus dies, the sun stops shining (v 45). But then the Temple curtain is torn in two, and the darkness of the world is flooded with divine light (John 1:5). Oh, the power and wonder of the cross. Good Friday indeed! 

David Bracewell

See more of David’s article on WordLive

Listen to Townend/Getty’s ‘Oh To See The Dawn’ (The Power Of The Cross)

Organ Recitals in Four Oaks and Streetly

News of upcoming Organ Recitals by Angela Sones, Richard Hartshorn and Cathy Lamb.

All Saints’ Parish Church, Four Oaks

1pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month – see POSTER for Programme

Coffee Concert at All Saints’, Streetly

10:30am on Saturday 11th May – See POSTER for details

Angela Sones Jubilee Concert

7:30pm on Saturday 15th June, in celebration of 25 years as Organist and Director of Music at All Saints’ Parish Church, Four Oaks. See POSTER.

Christian Aid – Circle the City – Birmingham 2019

Saturday 18th May: A great day out…

Join us for this unique fundraising challenge on a sponsored bus ride around Birmingham. This family friendly event will be a great day packed with activities, challenges, pop up exhibitions, musical performances, guided tours and many more adventures along the way!

More details and booking information here.

Sutton Park Circuit ‘Walk for Justice’

A response to KNIFE CRIME in our communities

Begins THIS Sunday, 14th April Noon at Kingstanding…… and ends Westminster Good Friday, 19th April.

The coach is booked to leave Kingstanding at 12 noon on Good Friday for the Knife Walk/Service in Westminster. The coach has 53 seats. BOOK NOW if you want to join us for worship and protest in London. We could easily run out of spaces.

Youth Worship – Launching the Knife Cross Walk

THIS Sunday, 14th April 11am – Kingstanding – see poster above.

Support The Walkers

Knife crime walk – our JustGiving page. Help us to cover the costs!

Itinerary and additional details here.

Updates During the Week:

Journey updates and photographs will be put on twitter (https://twitter.com/Braziekthevic

The giant cross fashioned from knives donated by local police.

Birmingham Passion Play

There are just four weeks to go before the Birmingham Passion Play 2019
hits the streets of Birmingham. On the 16th, 17th and 18th April, from
12.30pm- 2pm each day, Saltmine Theatre Company’s actors and
community cast will process through the central Birmingham streets, telling
the extraordinary story of Easter using contemporary script, movement and
song. Well worth turning up to watch and participate.

This is a free event to the public but they are looking for donations
towards running costs. If you would like to donate please visit
http://www.thebirminghampassionplay2019.co.uk.