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Riverside News: December 2023

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Christmas and New Year Alpha Courses

We can’t wait to welcome you, and your friends and family this Christmas. 

All the information of what will be happening can be found on our Christmas Events Page.

UPDATE: Snow’s White Christmas
If you cannot make the RPA showing of Snow’s White Christmas on Friday 22 Decmeber @ Riverside House there will also be a showing at Hub Hazelwell on Sunday 10 December (11am). Events Page.

Published: Friday 22 September
Last Updated: Friday 1 December

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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, Social Justice 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 2024-25 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: Tuesday 26 September
Last Updated: NA

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Aperture-tunity knocks!

We would really like to capture the events that we will be running this Christmas.

Get Involved:
If you enjoy photography or videography (or both) we would love to hear from you! Simply click here and select the Communicaitons Team a the start of the list. Alternativley simply e-mail: communications@riverside-church.org.uk

You wont be expected to attend every event and there won’t be any expectation for you to stay in the Communication Team after Christmas.

Why is photography important?

Great photos and videos can help us reach our vision of bringing LIFE to every generation in every community in so many ways. Here are just three examples:  

1: Welcoming
Recent photos and videos allow people to visit Riverside authentically online and these really help people to make the decision to visit in-person.

2: Photos and videos tell a story.
It’s true that a picture really does paint a thousand words. Photos help us to connect with people.

3: Outreach
Great photos help us to improve all our channels of communication such as our website, social media, printed materials, online services and so much more.

Published: Friday 1 December 
Last Updated: NA

Latest News:

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Riverside Money Advice Newsbite

Birmingham is not the only city in the UK to have introduced a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) and triggered an avalanche of administration and hardship.

In the context of households who are struggling to make ends meet and who have no surplus, this disproportionate increase of an £8 fee becoming a £499 charge in just 6 months, is punitive. Our concern is …

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

Published: Friday 1 December 2023
Last Updated: NA

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Riverside Performing Arts Newsbite

It’s been a busy season here at RPA; with work at schools, Matilda rehearsals and preparations for our Christmas tour. God has been so faithful to provide us with opportunities to shine a light in our community. Keep reading to learn more about what we’ve been up to!

Read on to discover more of what’s happening in the life of Riverside Performing Arts in this month’s RPA Newsbite.

To subscribe to RMA Newsbites please click here.

Published: Tuesday 28 November
Last Updated: NA

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UPDATE: Prayer & Worship Gatherings

Dates for your diary:

Our Prayer & Worship Gathering in January will be 3 Days of Prayer & Fasting from Sunday 21 January to Tuesday 23 Janaury.  

We will then resume Prayer & Worship Gatherings as normal on the first Sunday of the month; next one being Sunday 26 February. It would be great for at least one person from each household to be there (Riverside House – 8pm to 9.30pm). 

Dont Forget: 
You can visit our prayer page to view all upcoming prayer events. 

Published: Tuesday 5 December
Last Updated: NA

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Sunday Announcement

See video for update

Published: Friday 17 November
Last Updated: Friday 17 November

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JOINT GATHERINGS IN 2024

We wnated to let you know that although we will no longer be at Tally Ho, our Joint Sunday Gatherings will continue. The venue for our Joint Gatherings in 2024 on Sunday 4 February & Sunday 3 March will be:

Saffron Centre – 256 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 0BS

* Future venue & dates: To be confirmed *

Published: Tuesday 21 November
Last Updated: NA

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Youth December Update

Hey! Just a short update to remind you about: 

# You can still sign-up for the Miff Weekend Away and the Roc Solid Weekend Away

# 1 Dec – Miff @ Operation Christmas Child & Roc Solid Bowling

# 8 Dec – Deeper 

# 15 Dec – Riverside Youth Christmas Party 

Don’t forget to check out the youth page of our website for all the lastest infomration each term. 

Published: Friday 1 December 
Last Updated: NA

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Kids Weekend Away 2024

A weekend of fun, friendships and outdoor activities for Children in years 3-6.

When: Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March 2024
Where: Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, DY14 9JG

More info & Sign-up – Events Page

Published: Tuesday 16 October
Last Updated: Tuesday 16 October

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Accessibility Questionnaire

We want to make sure that we are an accessible church, and we would therefore really appreciate it if you could fill in the following questionnaire if you feel that this is relevant to you or your family.

Accessibility Questionnaire

Published: Friday 24 November
Last Updated: NA

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Riverside Pantry - Drivers Needed Urgently

The Riverside Pantry is in urgent need for drivers. Each Wednesday, from September 2023, food will need to be picked up from a warehouse in Nechells.

 # We are looking for 2 volunteers. One person to be a driver and a second person to help collect the food.

# It is preferable for the driver to have access to their own car that has a big boot.

# We are looking to set up a team of drivers.

 If you think you can help please contact:

Pantry Manager: Joyce Muigai
07494 275 575
joyceM@riverside-church.org.uk

 

Published: Tuesday 8 August
Last Updated: Tuesday 8 August 

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Toys 4 Birmingham Appeal

Riverside Church will once again be helping to support the Toys4Birmingham Christmas Appeal this year. Toys4Birmingham are looking for donations of new toys and gifts which will be distributed though their community networks to the most vulnerable children and young people in our city in these difficult times.

Could you help? 

What’s Involved:
# Simply collect new toys! No battery or electronic toys and please do not wrap them.
# Deliver your toys to Riverside House (21 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8AR) from Sunday 5th November to Tuesday 5th of December.
# Prefer collect and donate money? Donate vis this link.

All these details and a PDF poster Download are available on the Christmas Page fo our wesbite.

Published: Friday 10 November
Last Updated: Friday 10 November

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

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Sun 3 DEC - Bournville Bring & Share Gathering

All in the Bournville or surrounding areas are welcome to join in a Bring & Share Tea at Andy and Emma Davies House: Bring some food to share. All are welcome.

Sunday 3 December
15 Selly Oak, Birmingham, B30 1LR.
from 3pm-5pm

Published: Tuesday 21 November
Last Updated: Tuesday 21 November

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Tue 5 Dec - Prayer For Persecuted Christians

We meet to pray together on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.45pm online (via Zoom). Note: Occasional meeting happen in-person at Riverside House.

Using information from Open Doors’ prayer magazine and from a number of websites dedicated to persecuted Christians, we pray for individuals we know of who are suffering, for communities that are under attack, for perpetrators of persecution and for organisations like Open Doors who provide support and assistance. Open to all, with regular attenders from a variety of churches.

On Tuesday 5th December our prayers will include Christians in Sudan where 6 children were killed and 23 more people injured in recent bombings of church buildings.

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SIGN-UP: 

You are invited. To come along simply click here and Vaughan Thomas will then contact you with the Zoom details. For the Zoom link you can also email Vaughan via vandethomas@blueyonder.co.uk

Published: Friday 1 December
Last Updated: Friday 1 December 

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SAT 9 DEC - Riverside 18-30's Christmas Party

Come and celebrate together with food, music, and Christmas-themed games! 

Arrive from 7:00pm to eat at 7:30pm. We will be doing a bring & share meal – please sign up to what you want to bring (or let us know if you plan on bring something else) in the link below. We’d advise you to arrive early if you need to warm your food up!

Bring & share food spreadsheet

We will also be holding a ‘White Elephant’ gift exchange. This is completely optional but if you would like to participate, we ask you to bring a gift up to £5 in cost and we will play a game to decide who ends up with what gift!

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GATHER is a Riverside Church community focused on people who are aged 18-30 (but we welcome everyone of any age!).

Want to find out more? Get in touch: info@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Friday 1 December
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Sat 23 Dec - Carols @ Moseley Christmas Farmers Market

It’s that time of year again for carol singing!

On Saturday 23 December Linda & David Isgrove will be leading carol singing with others from Riverside Church at the Moseley Christmas Farmers’ Market.

They will be starting at 10.30am and will sing for two 20 minute slots until 11.15am. At 11am the Mayor, Andy Street, will be coming so it would be great to be able to have a big enough group singing while he’s at the market!

If you would be interested in joining in please contact David Isgrove via: 0121 449 3156 or 07889 832 007.

Published: Tuesday 5 December 
Last Updated: NA

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