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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.
April 1, 2022
Riverside News: April 2022

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Children’s small group update

Unfortunately it has been necessary to postpone Melody’s leaving do from next Wednesday (4th May) to a later date. Children’s small groups will be on as normal next Wednesday instead (4th May).

May the 4th be with you. 🙂 (Sorry) LOL

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Sarah Thomson: saraht@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Tuesday 26 April
Last Updated: Tuesday 26 April

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Riverside Alpha Courses

Our first in-person Alpha courses in nearly 3 years! start soon at Riverside House. Please invite your friends and family along and join us in praying for those running the courses and for those who have already signed-up. For full information please visit our website.

‘Sunday Evenings’ Course
7:45pm to 9:30pm for 11 weeks from Sunday 24 April to Sunday 3 July.

‘Monday Daytime’ Course
1:30pm to 3pm for 11 weeks from Monday 9 May to Monday 18 July.

Published: Friday 22 April
Last Updated: Friday 22 April

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New Teaching Series

Our new teaching series will start on Sunday 24 April: The Story of US.

According to a study from University College London, nearly a quarter of us have experienced a complete breakdown in a significant relationship during the pandemic. Friendships have been stretched; families have been fractured; romances have struggled. Yes, over the last 2 years many of us know that our relationships have taken a serious hit. This important teaching series is all about those relationships. Rooted in the biblical book of Proverbs, this is a chance to reflect, rebuild and refresh all our relationships in this post-pandemic world.

‘The crisis of Covid has distanced us from each other. We see anew how far apart we are. The result must be a new way to bring us together.’ (Jon Yates)

Ahead of this series, we encourage you to complete this Relationships Healthcheck.

Series Outline:

24 APR – I am not me without you
01 MAY – Friendship in an age of romance
08 MAY – Disappointment in an age of longing
15 MAY – TALLY-HO GATHERING
22 MAY – Marriage in an age of obsession
29 MAY – Singleness in an age of isolation
05 JUN – Faith in an age of public difference
12 JUN – TALLY-HO GATHERING
19 JUN – Legacy in an age of the immediate
26 JUN – Sex in an age of entitlement
3 JUL – TALLY-HO GATHERING
10 JUL – Honouring parents in an age of independence
17 JUL – Parenting in an age of expectation

 

Published: Friday 8 April
Last Updated: Friday 22 April

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Date Changes: Monthly Joint Sunday Gatherings

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of our Monthly Joint Sunday Gatherings in May and June:

# 1 May has changed to 15 May 

# 5 June has changed to 12 June

Please make sure to share these changes with everyone in your group.

Published: 18 March
Last Updated: 18 March

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Prayer For Ukraine

As we continue to pray together we are united in praying with churches all over the world for peace in Ukraine. To assist you as you  pray either on your own or with your group, we have included some resources from 24/7 prayer on our prayer page, or you can click here.

Published: 1 March
Last Updated: 4 March

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Prayer & Worship Gathering Update

Our next Prayer & Worship Gathering will be on Sunday 24 April (8pm to 9.30pm). It will be online ONLY via Zoom. Please visit our Events Page or click here for further information.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85132573460?pwd=Zi9scFpvN3RWQ1JjMmYyMENjMVNWQT09

Meeting ID: 851 3257 3460
Passcode: Prayer2022

Published: Friday 22 April
Last Updated: Friday 22 April

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We Recommend: Science and Faith in the Second City

Throughout this year there will be various talks held across Birmingham provided by the ‘Science and Faith in the Second City’ project. These talks, led by scientific experts, are designed to equip Birmingham-based churches and Christian organisations in evangelism and discipleship by showing how science and the Christian faith can work well together. 

On Tuesday 26 April Professor John Lennox will be talking on the subject: Can science explain everything? We encourage you to invite your friends and family to this event.

Details:
12:30 to 13.30 at Birmingham Cathedral (£10)
19:30 to 21:00 at Millennium Point (£15)

Both events will be livestreamed for free. Please choose ‘Livestreaming’ when booking in. For further information and to register for the event go to: scienceandfaith.co.uk

Published: Friday 1 April 
Last Updated: Friday 1 April

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Job Advert: Finance Manager

We are recruiting for a Finance Manager. If you or someone you know may be interested please pass on the details that are available from our website.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 19 May.

The role of the Finance Manager is to provide our bookkeeping and financial reporting functions, supervising volunteers recruited to our team and adding support to colleagues in their service. Financial and personnel management promotes the stability and accountability of the church as it grows. The Finance Manager works closely with the Operations Director to maintain financial controls and the effective flow of transactions and resources where they are needed across the church.

Published: Friday 22 April
Last Updated: Friday 22 April

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Sunday Refreshments

Starting on Sunday 1st May, refreshments will be served in the small courtyard at Riverside House from 11am until 11.45am (between the two services). You’re welcome to stay after the first service or come early to the second service to have a drink, biscuit and catch up with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you there.

Published: Friday 22 April
Last Updated: Friday 22 April

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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.

UPDATE: Accommodation Needed
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new 2022-23 Riverside Academy trainee cohort in September 2022, including trainees for both the Performing Arts and the Youth Work track. Whilst the Academy programme does not officially provide accommodation as part of the programme, we’d love to hear from you if you would like to consider hosting one of the trainees for their year here with us at Riverside Church. The programme runs from the middle of September 2022 until the end of July 2023 with 3-week holidays given at Christmas and Easter where most trainees will leave Birmingham to go back to family or friends. It has been wonderful seeing our current Academy cohort thriving during their time on the Academy programme and making such a difference in so many areas of church life all whilst developing their own personal faith and leadership. If you have a spare room and could consider being a part of this journey for someone then we’d love to hear from you. We’d also be happy to advise you on pricing etc based on previous hosts rates and practicalities. Contact Sarah Auger on saraha@riverside-church.org.uk or phone 0121 442 4484.

Published: 7 January
Last Updated: 22 April

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RMA & RPA Spring Newsletters

All members of Riverside will soon receive a printed copy of both the Riverside Money Advice and Riverside Performing Arts Spring Newsletters in the post. If you have not received your copy please contact us.

Published: Friday 8 April
Last Updated: Friday 8 April

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Opportunities To Serve Others

Beyond all that happens each week within our Groups and Teams to serve people in our church family and wider community, at times there are occasions when our Pastoral Team would like to advertise specific serving needs. This is the purpose of this section of ‘Riverside News’. Please share with others. We will post any updates here.

Accommodation Help:
A young lady new to our church this year would really love to share a house with someone or live with others. She has to leave her student accommodation in mid-April but would love to stay in Birmingham in order to remain part of our Riverside family. If you think you could help and for further information please contact Judy Moore – judym@riverside-church.org.uk

Accommodation for Riverside Academy Trainees:
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new 2022-23 Riverside Academy trainee cohort in September 2022, including trainees for both the Performing Arts and the Youth Work track. Whilst the Academy programme does not officially provide accommodation as part of the programme, we’d love to hear from you if you would like to consider hosting one of the trainees for their year here with us at Riverside Church. The programme runs from the middle of September 2022 until the end of July 2023 with 3-week holidays given at Christmas and Easter where most trainees will leave Birmingham to go back to family or friends. It has been wonderful seeing our current Academy cohort thriving during their time on the Academy programme and making such a difference in so many areas of church life all whilst developing their own personal faith and leadership. If you have a spare room and could consider being a part of this journey for someone then we’d love to hear from you. We’d also be happy to advise you on pricing etc based on previous hosts rates and practicalities. Contact Sarah Auger on saraha@riverside-church.org.uk or phone 0121 442 4484.

#Urgent Prayer Request:
Our pastoral team have receievd an urgent request to pray for Sharyn Tulloch who is currently really unwell with Covid. Please do join us in praying for her at this time.

Published: Friday 1 April
Last Updated: Friday 1 April

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Easter At Riverside

You can now check out all that is happening at Riverside this Easter on our website. Whatever generation you are and no matter what stage of life you’re at, let’s meet together to celebrate the hope and light of the Easter message. Invite your friends and family along to discover how Jesus transformed the world through his death and resurrection! For more information visit: https://riverside-church.org.uk/easter

Published: 22 March 
Last Updated: 22 March

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Ramadan Prayer Guides

God has blessed our city with over 400,000 Muslims. Christians now have the opportunity to encounter Muslims and form relationships at school, college and university; in the workplace; in a restaurant; at the bus stop; in the gym; out and about.

We encourage you to pray for your Muslim friends and neighbours during Ramadan (2 April to 1 May). Either on your own or within your group, you may find the below resources helpful:

Ramadan Prayer Guides: https://www.30daysprayer.com/
‘Walk’n Pray’ App: https://www.walknpray.com/en/vision/

Published: 22 March
Last Updated: 22 March

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Online Bookings Update

From 27 March you will no longer need to book tickets online before attending our Sunday Gatherings in-person.

However, please know that due to the limited space at Riverside House we may need to reintroduce the need to book tickets online if we have issues with capacity.

 Attending without children? If you attend our Sunday Gatherings at Riverside House without children, can we please ask that you attend the 11:30am service. This will give parents and guardians more opportunities to attend the 10am service when we provide children’s and youth provisions.  

Published: 18 March 
Last Updated: 18 March 

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Riverside Money Advice Newsbite

A good dose of Chopin is the best medicine!

Daniel shares his story with us in our latest full newsletter, and tells us how playing classical music proves to be better for calming him than anything else.

Enjoy our latest newsletter – packed with two client stories, including a video interview with Daniel. There are some top tips for budgeting, a celebration of some of the team running our cafe, and an amazing profile of the help we are now providing through our satellite drop-in.

You can read the full story in this month’s RMA Newsbite. To subscribe to RMA Newsbites please click here.

Published: 26 April
Last Updated: 26 April

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