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August 5, 2022
Riverside News: August 2022

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Summer Sundays: 10AM SERVICES ONLY

From Sunday 24 July until Sunday 11 September there will only be one service each Sunday from 10am to 11am. 

10am Services:
24th July – Riverside House
31st July – Riverside House
7th August – Riverside House
14th August – Tally Ho
21st August – Riverside House
28th August – Riverside House
4th September – Riverside House
11th September – Tally Ho

… then from 18 September we will be back to two services (10am and 11:30am).

Reminder: All these dates are available 24/7 via our website.

Published: Monday 11 Sep
Last Updated: Monday 11 Sep

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Tim Chilver’s Sabbatical

On Sunday 10 July during the service Tim Chilvers gave an announcement that he would be going on Sabbatical during the months of August, September and October. We just wanted to include the details here again in case anyone missed the announcement. Tim has also sent an e-mail to all members of the church.

A number of years ago the Trustees at Riverside adopted a policy on Sabbaticals for the pastoral leaders in the church. The policy simply states that the pastoral leaders of Riverside should take a sabbatical every 7 years for their refreshment and rest.

2020 was Tim’s 7th year here at Riverside which meant that he was due a sabbatical. However, obviously, Covid interrupted things dramatically. The plan therefore is for Tim to take a sabbatical during the months of August, September & October. Tim intends to use this period to invest time in his marriage and family life. He is also planning to press in to God for what the future holds for Riverside. His hope is to also try to get some periods away, alongside potential retreats, mentoring and other refreshing things.

What Is A Sabbatical?
The principle of a sabbatical is similar to that of a weekly sabbath. In some respects, a sabbatical is an inconvenience, that is partly the point. It is a reminder that God is in control. In the same way that the purpose of a weekly sabbath is to stop our work and trust that God is in control, so too a sabbatical is a reminder that God is in control. The church, and the leader, are forced to rely on God! And, as we do so, we will find we grow in our faith as we discover that God is in control.

Why Should Church Leaders Get A Sabbatical?
You might say, why should church leaders get a sabbatical when other people don’t? It’s an important question. Most major denominations have sabbatical policies for their ministers because of the nature of the job. Sabbaticals are not a reward for long service. A Sabbatical is much mor like a pit stop in a formula 1 race, a refuelling for ongoing service. Frankly, the spiritual vitality and freshness of the leader has a direct impact on the life of the church and the people in the church. And so, just as Jesus took time out of the business of ministry to be with his Father, so too leaders need to do the same. A sabbatical is simply an extended time to do that for the sake of the church.

What Will Happen While Tims Away?
Practically speaking, the Leadership Team will carry on leading as normal under the leadership of Judy, Ado, Sarah, Nate, Julian and Ben, along with other staff and key leaders, including the Trustees. Riverside life will continue as normal. The things planned for the summer and next term are exciting, with lots to look forward to! However, it does mean that Tim won’t contactable as normal. However, his email address will be occasionally monitored by someone (on his behalf!) just in case there are any things that might get missed, which will then be forwarded on to other members of the team. Obviously, if you have any questions at all over the next few weeks, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. The best way to do this is via our website contact page or by e-mailing info@riverside-church.org.uk.

Tim would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to take a Sabbatical. We will be praying that God will continue to grow his kingdom in us all over the coming months. 

Published: Tuesday 26 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 26 July

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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 January
Last Updated: 8 July 2022

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The Riverside BIG Weekend Away: Early Bird Discount

We are really excited to announce that we are planning a church-wide Weekend Away next year: Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May 2023.

For al the details and to book your tickets please visit the events page. If you have any questions please contact us.

Watch the trailer video.

GET INVOLVED:
If you would like to join the Planning Team for the weekend please contact us via our website or e-mail info@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Friday 13 May
Last Updated: Friday 10 June (Booking link added).

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"The cat is fat!"

Who knew that pets benefit from debt advice too?! Read this month’s release from Riverside Money Advice to discover about an amazing reaction from someone who walked into Riverside House.

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

Don’t Forget: The RMA Café drop-in runs every Wednesday in term-times from 10am-2pm, at Riverside House.

Published: Friday 5 August
Last Updated: Friday 5 August

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Calling All Bakers

At many of our public events and meetings we like to provide homemade baked cakes and biscuits for people to enjoy. In particular, this often helps to give newcomers to feel at home and gives them an insight into how we serve together within a loving church family.

If you love baking, or would like to learn how to bake, we encourage you to find out more by contacting Sally Adams (07828118357) or Beth Wills (07970715539). Getting involved is a great way to meet others and have fun; bake as much or as little as your time allows

Published: Friday 5 August
Last Updated: Friday 5 August

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Community Hub Prayer Walks

Our Worship & Prayer Gathering on Sunday 28 August will take place as Prayer Walks in our Community Hubs. Meeting at 3pm and prayer walking until 4pm. Meeting places for each of the Community Hubs listed on the events page.

Published: Monday 11 July
Last Updated: Friday 5 Aug

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Summer Sundays: Youth & Children's Resources

Children’s Church: Groups will be meeting as normal at Riverside House & Tally Ho during the summer. However, there will not be any video or activity packs available via the blog until Sunday 18 September. However, if you need any resourses for ‘Church At Home’ with your group contact Sarah Thomson via e-mail: saraht@riverside-church.org.uk
Note: Children’s Life Groups will not be meeting during the summer.

Youth (Roc Solid): During the summer groups will only be meeting at our Tally Ho Gatherings (14 August and 11 September). Groups will NOT be meeting at Riverside House during the summer but Roc Solid are welcome to stay in the main hall during the service; worksheets will be made available. These worksheets will also be available via our blog.
Note: Youth Life Groups will not be meeting during the summer.

Published: Tuesday 26 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 26 July

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Children's Summer Activities

There has been loads of things happening this Summer for the children and young people at Riverside. You can still join in with:

Summer Fun Day
Thursday 25 August (More details coming soon)

Generations Service
Join us on Sunday 28 August at Riverside House (10am). 

ReAct Xtra
Summer Intensive Performance Club – Tuesday 30 August to Thursday 1 September. Sign-Up

Energise Holiday Club
Games, activities, Bible stories and crafts for children in Reception to Year 6.  Just bring yourself and a packed lunch. Tuesday 6 September. Sign-Up

And don’t forget…

Riverside Stay & Play
Mondays & Tuesdays during term time. (10am to 11:30am).

Youth Activities
Every Friday during term time.

Published: Friday 10 June
Last Updated: Friday 5 August

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Open Lunch: Summer BBQ

On Sunday 14 August the Open Lunch Team invite everyone to enjoy a FREE summer BBQ.  It’s for anyone and everyone and their friends. You’re invited! No need to bring anything and no need to book online. Just come along and enjoy a wonderful meal together.

If you are new to Riverside, please know that the Open Lunch is held at
Riverside House (21 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8AR) on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. If you would like more information please contact Mark Willott on 07818 329 754 or m.s.torrance@gmail.com

Published: Friday 15 July
Last Updated: Friday 15 July

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A Riverside Story: Mike & Rachel Hill

When we recently caught up with Mike, he told us about an international student in Birmingham who, when she got the chance to study overseas, prayed to God that she would like to stay with a Christian family, but also with her own self-contained apartment, and at a reasonable price! You could say that she was demanding, or that she was a woman of great faith. Her coursemates on her summer English language course told her that she was being completely unrealistic!

Visit our blog to read the full story.

Published: Tuesday 26 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 26 July

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New Teaching Series

Old-Fashioned Postures For A Brave New World
Sunday 24 July to 4 September 

The world made me what I was. But faith makes me what I will be. The world is different now. And as we try and adjust to our new world, how should we live? Maybe it’s time to rediscover some old-fashioned ways of living that help us to thrive in this brave new world.

 “The ‘cult of me’ is proving very intoxicating and it’s a fast road to nowhere good.”
(Emma Barnett, BBC Journalist)

Published: Tuesday 19 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 19 July

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Riverside Performing Arts: Job Vacancy

Male Actor & Workshop Facilitator: Performing and directing as part of Riverside Performing Arts, leading and planning workshop-based projects. The successful candidate will oversee the promotion and bookings relating to these shows. Within the team role, responsibilities are shared for grant and support raising, set design and writing shows and material.

Further information and Application Form: Visit our wesbsite.

For enquiries: Naomi Woodruff
naomiw@riverside-performingarts.org.uk
0121 442 2586.

Application Deadline: Thursday 18 August (Midnight)

Published: Tuesday 19 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 19 July

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