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Local Partners

We are pleased to work alongside the following local partners as we seek for God's kingdom to come in Sparkbrook and His will be done through Christ Church.

Azadi Trust

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bcm logoBirmingham City Mission

Birmingham City Mission has been a helpful partner by providing ideas, training, and resources for much of our children's ministry work. Our Children's Holiday Club is modeled on BCM's Solid Rock Holiday Club which has run successfully for over 20 years in Small Heath. They do much more than children's ministry. Check out their website to learn more.
 

Christ Church C.E. Primary School

Christ Church School2 - Copy (A very important partnership exists with Christ Church CE Primary School. We work together and support one another in many different ways such as governing body, Collective Worship, use of buildings, and pastoral care. Christ Church School is an Outstanding school (Ofsted, November 2017) and consistently achieves some of the highest KS2 SATS results in the country. We are proud of the staff and children and are glad that they are part of the Christ Church family.

 

Church of England - Birmingham Diocese 

c of e logoChrist Church is part of the Church of England. We serve and minister in Sparkbrook with the support of and accountability to the Church of England - Birmingham Diocese.
 

Emmanuel Group

Christ Church is also part of a local group of Church of England Churches called the Emmanuel Group. We aim to regularly pray together, support and encourage each other and share resources as we unite in our witness to Jesus as Christians in this area. The Emmanuel Group consists of:

  1. Christ Church - Sparkbrook
  2. St Christopher's Church - Springfield
  3. St Edmund's Church - Tyseley
  4. St John's Church - Sparkhill

We also work alongside other churches of different denominations in Sparkbrook and Sparkhill to mutually encourage one another and serve our community together. You may see this in public at Christmas and on Good Friday when we gather for our Walk of Witness event.
 

Open the Book

Open the Book is a project which offers primary school children the opportunity to hear key Bible stories from a team of volunteers from local churches, who present the stories during school assemblies and Collective Worship. Our team is active in local schools in the area.

Sawiyan

Sawiyan is a charity that provides our Creative English classes. Sawiyan has helped us reach out and build friendship with our neighbours, many who are from cultures different from our own.
 

Sparkhill Foodbank

The Sparkhill Foodbank works using a voucher referral system. In order to get help, you will need a voucher. See their website to learn how to obtain a voucher, for opening times and a location near you. Sparkhill Food Bank is a project of Narthex in Sparkhill.
 

Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church

We're grateful for the many ways that the people of Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church have partnered with us to bring Good News to Sparkbrook.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits from 10am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Livewires (3-7 years)
  • Encounter (7-11 years)
  • Katalyst (11-15 years)
  • Young people (15+ years) Stay in service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Night Shelter
  • Foodbank
     
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

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