We’re located in an area that has few community facilities, so it’s especially important for us to serve our neighbours through our own events and by providing a meeting place for other organisations
Coffee Mates is open to all between 10.30 and noon on Friday mornings, offering a drop-in café-style atmosphere with tea, coffee, toast, cakes and teacakes. The sessions run mainly during school term times. Anyone, of any age, is welcome. We have some toys and play equipment available for very young children.
Art Group shares the hall and meets at the same time. Please bring your own materials if you want to join in these informal sessions.
Starting 11 February 2022: Knit and Natter, also at the same time and place as Coffee Mates.
As a member of the Eco Church scheme, Christ Church aims to play a full part in caring for creation – in our buildings and use of land, worship and teaching, community engagement and personal lifestyles. We are grateful for our modern, energy-efficient building, made more so when a generous legacy enabled us to install solar panels in 2018.
A current priority is to make our site – small though it is in comparison with a traditional churchyard – more wildlife friendly, especially for insects.
We were encouraged to receive an Eco Church Bronze Award in the summer of 2019, but this is a long term journey and we have much further to go yet. In October 2021 we held a week of special events to encourage everyone to take One Small Step towards improving our world.
SCOUTS & GUIDES
Christ Church does not directly run the uniformed organisations but we have a long history of partnership with them. Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Beavers and Brownies meet in our building which was designed to be their home as well as ours. They lost none of their energy during lockdown and continued their activities online, including virtual camps!
Our building is on the route of the annual Birmingham Half-Marathon, and on the morning of the race we’re outside offering refreshments to spectators and cheering on the runners. It’s a wonderful community celebration, well supported throughout South Birmingham. The pandemic brought a temporary halt to this event but we’re looking forward to the next one in 2022.
CAP DEBT ADVICE
We run a centre to offer advice and support to people in South Birmingham who are struggling with unmanageable debt. It’s also our privilege to walk alongside clients on their journey, providing emotional and prayer support. If you are burdened with debt, our advice is simple: get in touch with CAP here!
SUMMER DROP IN
For many years we’ve opened our building on a few days during August – when many regular activities take a break – to provide company for adults and play for children. We fill the whole building with crafts, board games, table tennis & football, toddler play equipment, a café area and video games and invite the whole community in. The pandemic prevented us from running these sessions but we hope to be able to offer a similar community event in future years.