Finding the way forward

It was agreed at the last PCC meeting that we would set up a Task and Finish Group to start thinking broadly about how Covid-19 will impact Christ Church after the end of the lockdown. The focus of this group is to seek and provide guidance to the PCC and Extended Ministry Team on what our priorities and spiritual direction should be over the next few months as we come out of lockdown but restrictions remain in place.

The group is chaired by Graham Romp (churchwarden) and has already met virtually once this week, and intends to meet another couple of times before we provide some feedback to the next PCC meeting in July. The first meeting made it clear that even though our mission and ministries remain unchanged the way we undertake them are likely be affected for some time yet.

One thing we agreed is that it is vitally important that we seek your views and feedback and we will consider how best to facilitate this at our next meeting planned for the 16 June. Some of the issues we are considering are not easy to resolve and we would very much appreciate your prayers as we meet over the next few weeks as we seek to discern how God is leading Christ Church at this time.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.

    Scouts online!

    Six members of our church community are involved in leading and helping with 29th Birmingham Scout Unit. Like church, the Scouts haven’t been able to meet in the building since lockdown but that doesn’t mean they haven’t still been doing lots of ‘scouty’ things.

    Leaders are doing short Zoom meetings with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, playing virtual games, doing crafts and working towards their badges. An online badge recording system means that they can work towards activity badges in their own time and submit evidence online.

    Most exciting was a Beaver, Cub and Scout virtual camp on 23-24 May. They were welcomed to the camp by the leaders on video and asked to make a den or pitch their tent to sleep in that night. There were lots of fun challenges and activities to complete at home and it was great seeing so many parents getting involved as well – a Zoom virtual campfire with songs on Saturday night was great fun.┬áSome even had real mini fires and toasted marshmallows for a really authentic camp fire experience!