Digest week ending 25 May 2014

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

The Pastoral Search Committee has been meeting regularly over recent months and we are getting close to the point where we will be able to advertise the position of permanent Pastor. Before we do that we would like to meet with any interested members of the congregation to talk through the work we have done, the paperwork we have produced and our plans for moving forward with the process. Therefore we will hold a congregational meeting on Sunday 15th June at 1pm and hope you will be able to attend.

This meeting is for members and friends of Journey

Message from the Board

Unfortunately Stephe Bentley is unwell and will not be available for the next couple of weeks or so. Please do keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Because of this the AGM, which was scheduled for 1st June 2014 has been postponed and we will notify you of the new date as soon as we can.

Kath Cheer has Stephe’s church mobile and will be checking it daily and responding to any messages.

Please also remember that the Pastoral Care Team and Board members are available to you.

If you think there is anyone who should know about this but who is not on the email list, please can you tell them.

Many thanks and we will keep you updated.

If you have any questions, do give me a call.


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.

Nomination forms are available

Don’t forget it is Birmingham Pride this weekend.

We will be helping to host a space at BLGBT away from the crowds and the bars during the afternoon on Sunday (2pm – 5pm).

Dave and Deb will be there and it would be great if some other members of the congregation can be there too.

Please see Dave at the morning service to discuss this.


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

4-5 pm 8 June 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.


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.

Film Showings



The plastic used in a typical printer cartridge is expected to take at least 1,000 years to decompose

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

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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