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
In normal times Coffee Mates meets on Friday mornings, offering a café-style atmosphere with tea, coffee, toast, cakes and teacakes, and also prayer for anyone who wants it. It has not been possible to run these sessions during the pandemic but we are aiming to restart before the end of 2021.
Art Group which shares the hall with Coffee Mates is also unable to meet at present.
As a member of the Eco Church scheme, at Christ Church we aim to play our 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.
One of our principal aims is to make our site – small though it is in comparison with a traditional churchyard – more wildlife friendly, especially by a programme of planting to encourage insects. We have been able to continue this work even in lockdown.
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.
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.