Weekly Digest for week ending 1 February 2014

  1. Exploring Journey
  2. Weekly Worship
  3. Journey News
  4. Future Events
  5. Journey Film Club
  6. Green suggestions
  7. This Weeks Thoughts from the Carr’s Lane Lived Community
  1. Exploring Journey

Hi all,

Andy has a woman in his church from Uganda who is seeking asylum in the UK because she is gay and faces persecution if she returns to Uganda. She was detained over the weekend by the UK Borders Agency which means they are planning to deport her back to Uganda.

Below is an email from Andy with information of how you can sign a petition which will help her case and also a mobile number that you can send a text direct to her to let her know that people are praying for her and show the Borders Agency that she has lots of support. (The phone is given to her by the Borders Agency and is monitored by them.)

Please feel free to forward to others who will offer their support to Jacqueline.

Blessings,

Dwayne

Rev Dwayne Morgan
Metropolitan Community Church
Serving Bournemouth and South London

www.MCCchurch.co.uk
Tel: 01202 430 888

Charity Numbers 801108 & 1081307

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From: The Metropolitan Church [mailto:notices=<a href="mailto:metropolitanchurch.org.uk] On Behalf Of The Metropolitan Church
Sent: 27 January 2014 08:57 AM
To: Dwayne
Subject: How You Can Help Jacqueline Today

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Three Easy Ways to Help Jacqueline Today

Dear Friends,

Yesterday Jacqueline was moved from the holding centre at Manchester airport to Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire. She will be held in detention until she is either removed from the UK or until she is granted bail – which can only happen following the submission of her Fresh Claim which she has been working on with the Immigration Aid Unit. Yarl’s Wood is not a pleasant place. It is full of people who are isolated and desperate, staffed by people who are poorly paid and has been criticised heavily for how the staff treat the inmates so it’s hard to keep your spirits up.

Inmates are given a mobile phone so they can keep contact with friends and lawyers. However, all calls and texts to these phones are monitored. Jacqueline still has her normal phone. The Home Office get a little anxious when a person has a lot of support from the settled population and we’ve seen, time and time again, that when we stand up for and give evidence on behalf of our friends they are given leave to remain in the country. So, I am asking that we each do three things:

1: Send a short text to Jacqueline telling her she is in your thoughts and prayers and giving your name. Text her on her Borders Agency phone which is monitored: 07979 477999. Tell her she is in your thoughts and prayers. This will both cheer her up and let the Borders Agency know she is loved, valued and supported. Don’t expect a reply as if this idea works she will be inundated with texts from hundreds of people!

2: If you haven’t already signed the petition please do so here. It had just 250 names on it on Friday morning, it’s now approaching 1,600 thanks to the power of social networking. If you are on Facebook or Twitter ask your friends/followers to sign and share. There is a synopsis of Jacqueline’s plight on the petition and it doesn’t make easy reading.

3: If you feel you know her sufficiently well from church and are willing to write a statement on her behalf please let me know and I will help you write the statement.

But, most of all, please do take the time to drop her a text. Now. Thank you.

in love and service

Andy

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  1. WEEKLY WORSHIP

11 -12:15 am Emmaus Road with an interactive sermon, prayer space, Communion and songs @ St Paul’s

3 -4:30 Explorers Group @ St Paul’s using ‘Living the Questions’ looking at the Christian faith and what questions do we have. 4th Sunday of the month. Please invite your friends.

5 -7 pm Illuminate @ BLGBT Centre 38/40 Holloway Circus B1 1EQ

Illuminate is a non religious space with no formal liturgy sacred and secular music playing. Some silence is observed in a darkened room, a discussion followed led by a group member or an informal chat in the second half. It is a space for reflection and inspiration without a particular religious dimension.

  1. JOURNEY NEWS

Ash Wednesday service joint with St Pauls 5 March at 7:30pm

Can we appeal for people to help set up and clear after worship re candles and communion etc. Please, please, please.

Also distribute leaflets re Journey and the explorers group. Date to be announced

Weekend away to celebrate Journey’s tenth anniversairy

Retreat options

  1. Coldwell Lancashire 18-20 July self-catering although it has a café. Helen Mansbridge’s cousin www.Coldwell.org.uk With these months being our peak time we would have to charge for the full 16-20 people which is £30pp + vat per night .What we could do for you is charge for 20 people for any group size up to 32 people. So the more you had coming, the cheaper it would be per person. Walks and canoeing options etc. Train then lift from station

2. Whaley Hall near Buxton Derbyshire –ecumenical linked to Queens It’s £120 per head full board Including use and facilities. 11-13 July provisional www.whaleyhall.com

3. Barnes Close Bromsgrove. The nearest but least luxurious but with more single rooms £138 http://www.cfrbarnesclose.co.uk July or September

Retreat options

  1. Coldwell Lancashire 18-20 July self-catering although it has a café. Helen Mansbridge’s cousin www.Coldwell.org.uk With these months being our peak time we would have to charge for the full 16-20 people which is £30pp + vat per night .What we could do for you is charge for 20 people for any group size up to 32 people. So the more you had coming, the cheaper it would be per person. Walks and canoeing options etc. Train then lift from station

2. Whaley Hall near Buxton Derbyshire –ecumenical linked to Queens It’s £120 per head full board Including use and facilities. 11-13 July provisional www.whaleyhall.com

3. Barnes Close Bromsgrove. The nearest but least luxurious but with more single rooms £138 http://www.cfrbarnesclose.co.uk July or September

  1. JOURNEY FILM CLUB

Tue 4 Feb- LGBT History Month with Boys Don’t Cry

Sat 15 Feb- Mapping My Journey Visit (see website)

Tue 18 Feb- LGBT History Month with Brokeback Mountain

Tue 4 March- Notes on a Scandal

Tue 18 March- Nine to Five

Tue 1 April- Behind the Candelabra

Tue 15 April- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Doors open 6.30pm , for 7pm start, showing at the LGBT Centre Birmingham 38/40 Holloway Circus Birmingham B1 1EQ

Website : www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk

Any church members interested in joining the Film Club Mailing List, please click on

http://journeyfilmclub.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=b4aec2e2b278f6b324754c798&id=396ed89b0c

  1. FUTURE EVENTS

Sunday 16th February Green Service and walk around the canals

Saturday 10th May Nicola Slee’s retreat at Westhill Selly Oak

July Weekend away to celebrate Journey’s tenth anniversairy.

  1. GREEN SUGGESTION

Who for: all who are interested in learning about and discussing a genuinely sustainable economy.

When: Saturday 29 March 2014, 11 am to 5 pm.

Where: Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX

What: themes covered

Reform of the financial sector; changing national economic goals and how to

measure progress; investment in low-carbon economic activities that employ people

in ways that contribute meaningfully to planetary well-being.

The big trans-boundary questions of limiting resource use, tackling emissions

targets, and minimising the production of waste.

Tackling social inequality and promoting work-time reductions and work sharing to

challenge the idea that we can only solve unemployment through growth.

Promoting conditions that can improve family and local community relationships;

challenging consumerism.

The imperatives in scripture and theology for this new kind of economics, and the

implied implications for the churches’ mission.

Who: Keynote speaker – Dan O’Neill. Lecturer in ecological economics at the

University of Leeds; and chief economist at the Centre for the Advancement of the

Steady State Economy (CASSE)

Another event

From: West Midlands CND [mailto:wmcndoffice2]
Sent: 22 January 2014 18:32
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Fwd: FW: Next event outside UAV Engines Ltd, Shenstone on 12.02.14

From: Ann Farr <annfarr>

Subject: FW: Next event outside UAV Engines Ltd, Shenstone on 12.02.14

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you to the next event outside the UAV Engines
Ltd premises in Lynn Lane, Shenstone, Lichfield on Wednesday 12 February
2014. We will meet in Shenstone Railway Station car park from 2.15p.m.
prior to walking to the factory to commence the event at 2.30p.m. and it
will last for a maximum of 50 minutes. We are pleased that there will
be a greater number of students from The Queen’s Foundation on this
occasion and that this will swell our numbers.

Attached is a poster that you may wish to use. You will note that the
usual description of ‘Vigil’ has changed to ‘Act of Worship’. Please
be assured that this does not represent a significant change in what
will happen on the day, as usual there will be different elements that
will hopefully allow everyone to take part at some point. If you feel
you cannot or do not wish to take part in the worship we would still
welcome you to come and stand side by side with us to witness against
the manufacture of engines for ‘drones’ used in warfare.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.

Kind regards

Hilary McCosh

West Midlands CND

54 Allison Street

Birmingham

B5 5TH

Tel: 07804 874 115

http://www.wmcnd.org.uk

  1. THIS WEEKS THOUGHTS TO DISCUSS

Jesus calls us to be fishers of people

We are all on the boat together in the eye or heart of the storm. We are all in the same boat together and have to work as a team or community to pull our weight

As UKIP says we are middle England the power house, we have the choice to make a difference

There are the injustices of zero hour contracts, workers not being paid a living wage, the churches providing food banks because the government is not doing its job. Small businesses are burdened with rates, VAT, taxes and National Insurance. Large companies just do not pay

The boat is a metaphor. And what is a Meta for? The captain was killed two thousand years ago, the rudder steers the ship so little moves had big consequences. There is the miracle of evolution where we have evolved from tetropods crawling out of the sea to the amazingly complex animals we are today. Shakespeare’s Tempest may have been his last work reconciling himself to the stage. The Magician and his daughter are exiled and shipwrecked on an island. They draw their enemies to them by magic. This is not for revenge but surrender. The illusions of grandeur disappear and he lays down his powers to be reconciled. Peace and justice rule

Song- Strange Boat

We’re sailing on a strange boat

heading for a strange shore

We’re sailing on a strange boat

heading for a strange shore

Carrying the strangest cargo

that was ever hauled aboard

We’re sailing on a strange sea

blown by a strange wind

We’re sailing on a strange sea

blown by a strange wind

Carrying the strangest crew

that ever sinned

We’re riding in a strange car

we’re followin’ a strange star

We’re climbing on the strangest ladder

that was ever there to climb

We’re living in a strange time

working for a strange goal

We’re living in a strange time

working for a strange goal

We’re turning flesh and body

into soul

The Tempest William Shakespeare

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and

Are melted into air, into thin air:

And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,

The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,

And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff

As dreams are made on; and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.

Peace and joy

Stephe

Minister: Rev Stephen Bentley

Mobile number: 07734 155664

St Paul’s Church

Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham B3 1QZ

Email: stephen.bentley

Web: www.journeymcc.wordpress.com

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