Digest week ending 20 April 2014

  1. Journey News
  2. Weekly Worship
  3. Future Events
  4. Journey Film Club
  5. Green Suggestion
  1. JOURNEY NEWS

Hi

I am looking forward to celebrating Easter

Thursday 17 April Maundy Thursday a service with a meal at Carrs Lane B4 7SX A celebration of life: exhibition from 4.30pm, food and worship at 7.00pm

Friday 18 April Good Friday
Worship for Good Friday at 7.00pm joint with Carrs Lane

Sunday 20 April Easter Sunday

11 am Worship for Easter Sunday at St Pauls

Bring a picnic and we will go for a walk

I went on a Ignatius silent retreat at the Jesuit Loyola Hall Merseyside last week
I was a refreshing experience for my holistically body mind and spirit. I had a daily appointment with a spiritual director who gave me a Scripture to meditate on each day.
Two people there had heard of MCC which was encouraging. The sister retreat centre St Beuno’s has an LGBT weekend 7-9 November which is encouraging for a traditional Roman Catholic organisation

Dennis and Pam went to the Joy in Enough conference on Saturday, organised by Christian Ecology Link. Joy in Enough is a campaign which is looking for a different way to think about economics in the 21st century. For too long we have been told that the way to measure how the country is doing is via GDP – Gross Domestic Product, but that measures bad things as well as good. All that counts is that money is being spent. But we know that we live as though we had two or three planets to address all our needs, and we don’t – we only have one! Maybe that sounds familiar – that could be because it was the topic of a sermon given by Dennis several weeks before the conference.

The conference gave us plenty of food for thought, and for thinking in a different way. For instance, we were challenged to work out what we’d say to the CEO of Proctor and Gamble, who make Head & Shoulders and other cosmetics out of Palm Oil. But to grow the palms that produce the oil they’ve demolished masses of rainforest and threatened the habitats of tigers and orang-utans. Too much rainforest has already been lost! Other workshops looked at working for a low-carbon economy, tackling social injustice and improving local communities, never losing sight of our Christian heritage and showing how that can influence us even now.

See http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/joy-in-enough to read the official report of the conference, and to find out more about Christian Ecology Link and how you might get involved with it.

LGBT Asylum Group@ Birmingham LGBT Centre

Wednesday 30 April 2014 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

BOARD MEMBERS

We are looking for new Board Members.

This is an exciting and demanding role. It provides me with a sounding board and looks at the strategies and safeguarding of Journey. We need to find a new Board for the successful development of our community. We are looking for people with a passion for our church.

There is a meeting each month two of 1.5 hours and one strategy meeting of 4 hours per quarter. There is also the role of representing the church. We might be able to find someone else to do say the book-keeping and the treasurer’s role is to manage and report on our finances.

Please prayerfully consider if you might be interested in such a role or you could recommend another member or friend. Please talk to me or another Board Member, come along to a Board Meeting and I will run a session for those interested.

  1. WEEKLY WORSHIP

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

3 -4:30 27th April 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.

4-5 pm 13th April Quest4Spirituality @ Book café Derby DE11 1QH the second Sunday of each month. This is an informal discussion group for LGBT and 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. FUTURE EVENTS

Journey’s 10th Anniversary

Saturday 10th May 10 -4pm 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.

Sunday 18th May 11 : 00 am 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

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

  1. JOURNEY FILM CLUB

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

Film Showings

TUE 6 MAY – THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL @ LGBT CENTRE BIRMINGHAM

THU 15 MAY- MRS DOUBTFIRE @ ORT CAFÉ, BALSALL HEATH 7PM

TUE 20 MAY- SHANK @ LGBT CENTRE BIIRMINGHAM

SAT 24 MAY- BIRMINGHAM PRIDE – LES MISERABLES (TIME OF SHOWING TBA) @ LGBT CENTRE BIRMINGHAM

  1. GREEN SUGGESTIONS

GET SOME PLANTS

FORGET AIR FRESHENERS

These ‘natural air conditioners’ can remove up to 87% of indoor pollution in 24 hours

Friday 23rd May, 4pm – Late

Birmingham Pride Summer Musical Soiree & Garden Party @

David and Paul’s House – 23 Link Road, Edgbaston, B16 0EP – see https://www.facebook.com/paulnaylor-gray for location & contact details etc

Buffet Provided. Bring a Bottle/Bottles. Elegant Summer Dress, with Cross-Dressing or ‘Thematic’ Costume to be Heartily Encouraged!

Music for a massed sing, togther with practice tracks, will be circulated well before the event via Paul’s new, developing Website: http://www.paulnaylorgray.co.uk/

Feel free to bring an ‘Act’ to perform – perhaps something musical, a reading, a poem, tell a story, a joke, teach a dance – eg. a circle dance or line dance – etc. Children welcome till 8pm, so any material that may be risque to be performed After 8!

RSVP would be helpful.

Love and Best Wishes for the Campest & Proudest of Summers Ahead!

David & Paul

0121 291 5896
07938838796

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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