Digest for the week ending 23 March 2014

  1. Journey News
  2. Weekly Worship
  3. Future Events
  4. Journey Film Club
  5. 0ther suggestions
  6. This weeks Thoughts – Cyber Sermon

LGBT Asylum Group@ Birmingham LGBT Centre

Wednesday 26 March 6-8 pm

I could do with some help please

It is a change for people to have a cuppa and a chat following the Centre’s legal surgery

Thanks to the Green Group for the wonderful installation of the Gethsemane Garments – robe with the Lent theme to be send any day at St Paul’s and a special service to involve these Sunday 23 March. Do check them out


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

3 -4:30 23rd March Quest4Spirituality Explorers Group @ St Paul’s using ‘Living the Questions’ Dream Think Do Be www.livingthequestions.com/xcart/home.php?cat=450. looking at the Christian faith and what questions do we have. 4th Sunday of the month.www.youtube.com/user/livingthequestionsplease 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.


LGBT Asylum Group@ Birmingham LGBT Centre

Wednesday 26 March 6-8 pm

I could do with some help please

It is a change for people to have a cuppa and a chat following the Centre’s legal surgery

Journey’s 10th Anniversary

Saturday 10th May 10 -4 Dr Nicola Slee’s retreat at Westhill Selly Oak ‘Celebrating the Risen Christa’ www.queens.ac.uk/about/staff/dr-nicola-slee/www.amazon.com/Seeking-Risen-Christa-Nicola-Slee/dp/0281062560 Price £20 with a minimum of £5 to cover lunch for concessions. Deposit £5 with booking. Seeking the Risen Christa.

The image and concept of a female Christ figure has been explored by many artists, theologians and writers down the centuries, and rediscovered by feminist theologians in the past few decades. In this day, Nicola Slee will share images of the Christa, some of her own poems and responses to the Christa, and help us think about why this idea might be helpful, and what it might mean for us to affirm a risen Christa and to consider ourselves as risen people in company with Christ/a. Nicola Slee is Research Fellow at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, a poet and author of many books and articles, including ‘Seeking the Risen Christa’ (SPCK, 2011).

Sunday 18th May 11am Journey 10th Anniversary Celebration with Rev Sharon Ferguson head of LGCM and MCC North London will preach at our main service of celebration www.lgcm.org.uk/about-us/ and http://mccnorthlondon.org.uk/aboutus/who-we-are/

Sunday 25th May 2 -5 pm Celebrating Birmingham Pride in BLGBT Centre

Sunday 1st June Journey MCC AGM 1pm @ St Paul’s

18-20 July Weekend Away ‘Celebrating Our Spiritual Journeys’ @ Haye Farm Bewdley £20 deposit. Costs minimum (camping) £45, breakeven £100 normal price £125.


www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk Open 6.45 pm film starts at 7 pm on Tuesday prompt @ BLGBT Centre B1 1EQ.

Tue 18 March- Nine to Five

Tue 1 April- Behind the Candelabra

Tue 15 April- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


The congregational meeting decided it would be good as a community to fast for lent Matthew and Steph Neville are organising this amongst Birmingham Christians. It will be done where you volunteer to refrain from food for one or more days and I will post a rota for you to pick a time that suits you.


The website is now up and running at http://endhungerfast.co.uk/

It has also been confirmed that we will be having a hunger hut throughout lent in the Cathedral gardens, it will be open every day 10.00am – 2.00pm and for longer if we get enough volunteers. It will act as an information point, a prayer space, and there will be some kind of display of hunger stories in Birmingham (which is still being worked on). There is also going to be a postcard action aimed at Iain Duncan Smith, which there will be a chance to sign in the hut.

If Journey would like to take responsibility for staffing the hut for a day or two that would be great. The following days would work well:

Friday 14th March

Saturday 15th March

Saturday 22nd March

Friday 28th March

Saturday 29th March

Saturday 5th April

Saturday 12th April

But if there are others dates which might work better then let me know because the more volunteers we have the better. The task is to staff the hut 10-2 and longer if you can manage it. And finally, there will be coaches going to London for a national End Hunger Fast event on Wednesday 16th March. Please direct anyone who might be interested to contact me or the Neville’s

6. This weeks Thoughts – Cyber Sermon

Sermon overview:

Nicodemus – John 3:1-17


We have lots of new beginnings/restarts – generally useful
New beginnings often connected with identity – being an adult/parent/driver/student/fire-fighter/out-gay person/Christian
The family we are born into – also related to identity, Christian – additional new family
Who we believe we are – affects our decisions

Nicodemus – Jewish leader
Came at night
Jesus – Being re-born or born from above – N changes his decisions later, John 7 45-52, John 19 : 38-42
Not about trying to be holier
But knowing what we believe and who we are

Thinking influenced by:


https://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3088 – albeit that this is about the previous week’s theme

Peace and joy


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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