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At Riverside we are on a journey to help people get to know Jesus and grow as his followers across Birmingham and beyond. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you're so welcome in this community.
December 23, 2021
Riverside News: January 2022

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We Are Recruiting

We recently announced the sad news that Melody Pearson will soon be leaving our staff team. An e-mail update has been sent to all parents and guardians at Riverside. If you have any questions or concerns please do contact us. Melody will also be contacting all parents and children as soon as she is back from sick leave. We are putting things in place so that we can continue to support and pray for all children, parents and guardians at Riverside at this time.

We are also therefore recruiting for a Head of Children’s Ministry role. Full details are available from our website. Please do invite anyone who you think may be interested to apply. The closing date is 5pm on Friday 18 February.

Published: 28 Jan
Last Updated: 28 Jan

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RIVERSIDE ACADEMY

Riverside Academy is a dynamic leadership focused gap year programme for 18-30’s who want to give a year to discover God’s purpose for their lives. Specialising in a chosen track of either Performing Arts, Children’s Work, Youth Work, Worship or Administration trainees will be able to develop and use their gifts and talents within a focussed area of church life.

Alongside their specialist track trainees also have weekly discipleship and leadership training and a mentor from within Riverside Church who will journey with you throughout the year.

We encourage you to watch and share this video.

Applications are now open to join the Academy 2022-23 programme. For further information and to apply online please visit our website.

Additionally, for further information or for a prospectus and application pack you can also e-mail Sarah Auger: saraha@riverside-church.org.uk.

Published: 7 Jan
Last Updated: 7 Jan

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Belonging To Riverside

We would like to invite you to a two session event called Belonging to Riverside to welcome you to the church and to share with you a bit more about our vision and values, as well as getting to know you a bit better.

The first session” Who are we?“ is on Sunday 30th January at 11:30am during the second service at Riverside House when Tim will share the vision and values of Riverside.

The second session “Who are you?“ is on Sunday 13th February at 11:30am during the second service also, when the leadership team would love to get to know you a bit more and see how we can help you settle in more to church life.

Please do sign-up, we really looking forward to seeing you there.

Published: 31 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 31 Dec 2021

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Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Ado Muronzi

At our recent Joint Gathering we introduced Ado Muronzi, who has been recruited as our new Operations Director. Further to this, we invite you to an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) session with Ado via Zoom on Tuesday 1 February (7.30pm to 8.30pm). It will be a great opportunity for him to share more about himself and what he is looking forward to in his new role. It will also be an ideal opportunity for you to ask him any questions you may have. It will be very informal so grab a drink and enjoy a great time of fellowship together. At this time, please do continue to pray for Ado as he settles into his new role. We look forward to all that God has planned for him.

Please do sign-up via our website and we will then send you the Zoom Login details.

Published: 28 Jan
Last Updated: 28 Jan

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Monthly Café Meetup in Northfield

Northfield Community Hub are launching a monthly cafe meet-up for anyone who is retired at Cosy Cafe (Northfield High Street) on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The first meet-up will be Thursday 17th February at 10.30am. All are welcome for friendship, connection and a great cup of coffee. Each week you can sign-up via our church calendar to let us know you will be coming, and so we can contact you if needed. Otherwise, please feel free to just turn-up on the day.

Published: 28 Jan
Last Updated: 28 Jan

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RMA Newsbite: I Hate My Name

Completing some equality monitoring for Birmingham City Council revealed a shocking wound …

You can read the full story in this months Riverside Money Advice (RMA) Newsletter. To subscribe to RMA Newsletters please click here.

Published: 28 Jan
Last Updated: 4 Feb

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New Teaching Series

Our new Teaching Series ‘And, breathe’ is all about the Holy Spirit. Who, or what, is the Holy Spirit?

Full study guides for all our teaching series with children’s and youth resources, and questions to discuss with your group, are available from the teaching series category of this blog.

Published: 14 Jan 2022
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WE RECOMMEND: CITY WIDE PRAYER EVENT

On Thursday 20 January Birmingham City Church (65 Parade, Birmingham, B1 3QQ) are hosting a city wide prayer event from from 8pm until 9.30pm.

We encourage you to attend. What an important time to pray together across the city. 2022 is a vital year for Birmingham. The eyes of the nation will be on us as we host the Commonwealth Games. It is still Time4Change and at this prayer time we want to address some key issues. We want to start the year united in prayer, one church, one people, expecting God’s to move.

‘Our eyes look to the Lord our God’ (Psalm 123:2).

Please arrive well before 8pm to go through Covid-19 arrangements and say hello to others. Alternatively, you can join us via BCC’s YouTube channel (access via the www.bcc.life connect with us page)

The prayer meeting will focus on three key areas:

  • To turn away from our division as church. This builds on the prayer gathering held at St Andrew’s Football Stadium in October 2021, where we repented of our racial divisions. Now we bring our divisions as churches before God, our independence, the hurts and pain – and commit to a new unity
  • Being ready to serve – praying for Birmingham
  • Standing As one – praying for the Great Commission – good news across Birmingham, for the Great Commandment – moving to deeper level of love for one another, and the Great Collaboration – united to bless.

These are key steps in our journey to end racial division and see God’s kingdom come. We are building a new unity and the prayer will be led by leaders standing together and ready to serve. This links with the wider prayer week for Christian Unity in Birmingham. It’s Time4Change.’

For further information please visit: www.time4change.uk

Published: 14 Jan 2022
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We Recommend: Retreat for healthcare workers

Timeout with God – Finding authentic hope in troubled times

Summary: A free online guided morning retreat being held by the Christian Medical Fellowship in the West Midlands (via Zoom) on Saturday 22 January.

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 “My endurance has perished; so has my hope… My soul… is bowed down within me, yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:18-21)

Many of us find it difficult in our hectic lives to set aside time to be alone with God. With so many pressures on us, it might seem particularly selfish when life is frenetic, but Jesus knew the importance of taking time to withdraw to be alone with his Father. In drawing breath and being refreshed, we allow ourselves to be filled and resourced to give out in our day-to-day work during these challenging times.

The Bible (as in Jeremiah’s outburst in Lamentations 3) can be ruthlessly honest about life’s difficulties, but curiously, it still offers a ‘hope that does not disappoint us’ (Romans 5:5). What is this hope? How does it correlate with healthcare affected by a global pandemic? What steals our personal sense of hope and how can we nurture hope?

Organised by the Christian Medical Fellowship in the West Midlands, ‘Time out with God’, is a free guided online morning retreat being held via Zoom on Saturday 22 January. It is an opportunity to spend time with God, listening to and communicating with Him and is intended to be a time of personal communion between you and God rather than an interactive session between participants.

For more details & to register via eventbright click here.

A pdf flyer is available here.

Published: 14 Jan 2022
Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022

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LET'S GET A BETTER 'OUTLOOK'

For a long time at Riverside we have sent out a church bulletin once a week called ‘Outlook’, either as a printed booklet each Sunday or more recently, via an online publication each Friday. Starting this week, we are trying something new and will be moving ‘Outlook’ to this monthly blog post called ‘Riverside News’.

The main advantage of using our blog is that all news and updates will be made available to everyone in ‘real-time’ meaning we can all stay up-to-date with the latest information at any time during the week; simply by visiting our church blog. However, church members can still subscribe via ‘My ChurchSuite‘ to receive a news update (that will link to the blog) each week via e-mail and/or text.

If there is ever anything that needs to be shared to only church members, a link in the public blog will take people to a PDF document called ‘Members News’. This will only be accessible to church members, as the link will direct people to login to their ‘My ChurchSuite’ account.

A video tutorial of these changes will soon be sent to you, but if you have any questions or concerns please e-mail: communications@riverside-church.org.uk

How to:
To subscribe or un-subscribe from Riversdie News updates visit your ‘My ChurchSuite‘ account and click on ‘My Details’ on the left hand menu. At the bottom of this page you have the option to tick if you would like to receive Riverside News blog updates each week via e-mail and/or txt. Note: Anyone who subscribes to receive general communications from Riverside will automatically be subscribed to receive Riverside News updates.

Published: 31 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 1 Jan 2022 (Subscribe/un-subscribe instructiosn added)

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Wednesday Prayer Spaces

In light of the uncertainty around the new covid-19 variant, at a time that is still so complex and challenging, we want to stay persistent in prayer. So we are once again encouraging everyone across Riverside to put aside some time at 8pm each Wednesday to pray.

Therefore, we will soon send the Prayer and Pastoral updates to the whole church via txt and e-mail once again each Wednesday. You can also access the prayer update at any time via your ‘My ChurchSuite‘ account. We encourage you to use these updates to guide your prayer with your Life Group, Community Group or other group setting.

Published: 28 Dec 2021
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Could you help disciple the next generation?

For all our Monthly Joint Sunday Gatherings in 2022 we are trying to provide children’s groups during the service. These will be two separate groups for children aged 0-5 and for children aged 5-11. However, we really need your help to provide these groups so if you would like to get involved please do sign-up to join the team.

You can sign-up or ask any questions you may have via this link.

Published: 28 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 28 Dec 2021

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Community Hub Teams - Website Page has launched

Visit our new Community Hubs Page on our website to read about each Hub, see pictures of the Hub leaders and to view all upcoming ‘featured’ events being run in your area. There is also a button on this page that you can use to contact any of the Community Hubs and to get involved by joining a Community Hub Team yourself; to help organise and run community action events that are taking place in your community. The page is still under construction but we wanted to give you all an early update.

Anyone can get involved with any Community Hub but for those living outside of the 6 Hub locations we encourage you to get involved with your nearest Hub or contact us to discuss starting a Community Hub in your local area.

Published: 28 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 28 Dec 2021

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CHURCH UPDATE: NEW YEAR SERVICES & STAFF CHANGES

Join us for our online New Year’s Service (2nd January) when we will be kicking off the year with a time of singing and worshipping together as well as a time to pray for the year ahead. Watch online at 10am on our YouTube channel to join-in live with others or catch-up later. Full information is on our website.

Tim Chilvers has sent a video update to everyone at Riverside that gives important information about this decision to take our New Year’s service online. The video also contains some important announcements about Riverside Staff for your prayer and information. To watch the video please click here.

These are strange times we live in. And yet, in amongst the highs and the lows, isn’t it good to know that God stepped into our world as our rescuer and peace. May you know the joy of Christ this Christmas time.

Published: 28 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 1 Jan 2022

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Full informaiton about all the upcoming events at Riverside Church can obtained from the events page of our website. You can filter via ‘Featured‘, ‘Monthly‘ or ‘Weekly‘ or you can also view ALL events and filter by category using our ‘Church Calendar‘.

Some information in these ‘Riverside News’ blog posts is only available through your ‘My ChurchSuite‘ account. Got questions? Need access? Please click here or e-mail: info@riverside-church.org.uk

‘My ChurchSuite’ is a great resource that we use to keep everyone in our church family connected and informed. We use it for our church contact and address book, serving and ministry rotas, and it is a simple way for everyone to discover and sign-up for groups, teams and upcoming events. You can listen to latest podcasts, manage your giving donations and even more! It is available 24/7 online from any devices or web browser.

If you would like to submit content for ‘Riverside News’ blog posts please complete our ‘Communications Request Form‘ or e-mail: communications@riverside-church.org.uk by 11am on a Friday. Please remember to include any website links, images and full contact information.