Category Archives: Youth

A message from Ruda Mvundura who is the Young people Inclusion and Engagement Officer for the The Methodist Birmingham District

Good day!!

We are having a coffee meet and greet for our young people who are 18 years and above at Boston Tea Party, 109 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6QD.  This will start at 12midday on the 24th of August. Please do let you young people know so that they can come mingle with others their age. I had communicated earlier with some of them but do invite more!

My contact is 07376702598

or rudaviro.mvundura@birminghammethodist.org.uk

Looking forward to meeting them.

Regards

Ruda

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/

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.

A Walk For Peace

Our Walk
For Justice

If I may I would like to paint a picture.  On the 14th April a dirty great truck is going to rumble out of the circuit bearing a large metal cross made of knives. It will be adorned with banners, pennants and the collective creative efforts of our knitters, paper folders, carpenters, welders and crafty souls.  As the spectacle of colour heads off the local press will record the event and our message of peace, love and hope.  No doubt a couple of the politicians who are supporting us will be making sure they are in shot.  More importantly we will be distributing message cards and small gifts to any people that have gathered.

Earlier that day a commissioning Palm Sunday service will have been held where all our walkers will be blessed.  Then it will begin in earnest.  As the lorry heads of to our first overnight stop, probably Coventry, the walkers will trudge the first of the six 18ish mile sections of this epic pilgrimage.  Of course not everybody will want to, or be able to, walk the whole thing.  We’ll have people who’ll cover short sections, others who might wish to walk for several days – and one or two might want to attempt the whole 114 miles! 

From then on it will be rinse and repeat and until we reach London.  In each place enroute we’ll hand out gifts, we’ll probably sleep on floors and no doubt get our pictures taken as we head off on the next stretch. 

On the sixth day – when God saw that is was very good – we’ll hold a service and protest outside Westminster Central Hall.  Our message will be simple and blunt.  Knife Crime Kills, and that something can be done about it.  We will be calling for better youth work, policing, and a campaign to encourage young people to stop carrying knives.  Our communities will not be forgotten or ignored. 

So that is the picture; and it’s no pipe dream.  Enthusiastic souls have already stepped up to cover communications, media, admin, logistics and crafts.  We even have a scarf-ordinator looking after all the knitting.  Today I saw the skills of our creative team in action.  In a few short hours and with the support of a cream tea they produced so many great ideas.

The Muslim Council of Britain has offered us support for the London leg, and we have letters and messages of support from politicians of various hues. 

In conclusion it only remains to ask what part you might like to play.  What started as the ‘They don’t know’ campaign has grown rapidly.  It’s an important message and we need to make some noise about it.  Would you consider walking part or all of the way?  Would you like to help with the worship at either end, or the protest.  Would you like to join the craft team or help raise some money?  Would you consider coming to London on a coach to join the final event? 

We would very much like to have a clear picture of who, how and how far by the end of February. If you are interested, please call 07794639382 or email andrewbrazier@hotmail.com 

God bless, Andrew