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Tea dance brings generations together

On Monday 19 March, different generations joined together as primary schoolchildren from St Peter’s Catholic Academy, Cobridge, joined older people for an afternoon tea dance. The students visited the Hanley Young at Heart Club, run by Father Hudson’s Care, for an event inspired by Signal 1 Radio’s Don’t Dance Alone campaign. The children and older…

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Lord Mayor shares moment of encounter at Fatima House

Sitting in a quiet living room in Birmingham, sharing tea and cake, four women spoke about their journeys to get to that point, fleeing their countries of origin and seeking refuge, alone, in a foreign land. Such was the scene as Councillor Anne Underwood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, visited Fatima House in January. Here she met…

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Surprise for Sue as she is presented with Benemerenti Medal

Sue Allen, the Project Manager of Hope Community Project, has been honoured with a Benemerenti Medal from Pope Francis. She was presented with the award by Bishop David McGough at a special Mass to celebrate her retirement as she steps down after twenty years at Hope. Friends and colleagues from Hope Community Project, the Infant…

Black Country Churches and Staffordshire Churches Newsletter

Black Country Churches Engaged and Churches Linked across Staffordshire and the Potteries have shared their Epiphany 2018 newsletter. In this issue you will read about Homeless Sunday, a training event for people working with children, and the Big Church Day Out. You will also find links to liturgical resources and information about conferences and events…

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Hope launches new parent and toddler group

Hope Community has launched a much-needed parent and toddler group thanks to funding from Warburtons. Named Buttercups and Daisies parent/carer and toddler group, it provides a chance for parents to relax and chat while their little ones play. The sessions take place on Monday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30 at: Hope Community, 40 Ling House,…

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The key to a better future

On 3 December Archbishop Bernard welcomed invited guests to a service of blessing at Tabor House, Birmingham’s new night shelter. Members of the clergy, religious sisters, representatives from Father Hudson’s Care, and parishioners joined Tabor House volunteers, guests and members of the management committee for the event. On entering, all guests received an uncut key,…

Inter Faith Week 2017

Inter Faith Week 2017 will take place from Sunday 12 – Sunday 19 November, focusing on good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs. Events will be held across the UK to bring people together to celebrate and learn. By doing so, Inter Faith Week helps build community relationships. It celebrates…

From conflict to communion – reformation 500

The parish of Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains is holding From Conflict to Communion, a service of reflection and reconciliation on Sunday 29 October at 6:30pm. The service will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Led by Bishop David McGough, Bishop Geoff Annas and Reverend Peter Barber, it…

New Heights offers free workshops for women affected by domestic abuse

From November, New Heights community project is offering free workshops to women who are affected by domestic abuse. Devised by experienced therapists, the workshops are open to women over 16 who live in North Birmingham or Sutton Coldfield. Stepping Stones to Healthier Self-Esteem Six Weeks: Tuesday 7 November 9.30-11.30pm (in Sutton Coldfield) Exploring how abuse…

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CSAN publishes resources for first World Day of the Poor – 19th November 2017

On 19th November 2017, the Catholic Church will hold the first ever World Day of the Poor. In preparation, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) have published a series of resources to assist parishes in their celebrations. These include liturgy resources,newsletter inserts, video testimonies, prayer cards and materials for faith sharing sessions. They enable people to hear…