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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.
February 3, 2023
Riverside News: February 2023

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Service Of Celebration: Life of Matt Socci

On Sunday 12 February Judy shared the sad news that Matt Socci, a former student with Riverside Performing Arts who attended Riverside, sadly recently passed away in his sleep. Watch the announcement here.

On Thursday 9th March there will be a service of celebration of Matt’s life at Desborough Baptist Church (Kettering) at 12:15pm. This will be followed by a wake and refreshments at the URC church hall in Desborough which is a short walk from the Baptist Church. All are welcome.

If you are struggling with this very sad news please remember to speak with someone and please know you can explore attending the next Bereavement Journey course by speaking with Lindsay Lucas: lindsayjanelucas@aol.com 

Published: Friday 24 February
Last Updated: Friday 24 February

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Sun 26 Feb | Prayer & Worship Gathering

Prayer is the engine room for the church. As we pray we are choosing to trust God and step forwards in faith for what he has called us to.

We would love for at least one person from each household to join our monthly Prayer & Worship Gatherings on Sunday 26 February (8pm to 9.30pm). 

For further details please visit the event page

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

Published: Friday 3 February
Last Updated: Friday 3 February

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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, Administration or Social Justice 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 2023-24 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: Friday 24 February
Last Updated: Friday 24 Frebruary

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New Times Sunday Gatherings!

Starting on Sunday 12 February, we will be changing the times of our Sunday Services to:

RIVERSIDE HOUSE
9.30am-10:45am
This service will be streamed to our YouTube channel and there will be full children’s and youth provisions.
&
11:30am-12:45pm
This service will not be streamed and will not have any children’s or youth provisions.

TALLY HO:
9:30am-10:45am
This service will be streamed to our YouTube channel and there will be full children’s provisions. (Youth will stay in during the service).

TEAMS:
If you are on Sunday Gatherings Team and you have not yet heard from Nathanael Ballew, please know that you can contact him via: nathanaelb@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Friday 27 January
Last Updated: Tuesday 31 January

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Stay & Play Needs You

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There is a real risk that we will soon need to close one of our Stay & Play sessions on either a Monday or Tuesday (10am-11:30am) because we do not have enough volunteers.

If you can spare some time on a Monday or Tuesday morning please do register your interest. Someone will then contact you to discuss further.

Whether it’s making toast, tea and coffee, chatting to parents and children,  setup and putting toys away, reading a story, … there are so many opportunities for people to help.

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Published: Friday 17 Feb
Last Updated: Friday 17 Feb

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The Orchard Women's Conference 2023

We recommend: The Orchard Women’s Conference 2023.

Join us in October 2023 when we’ll be gathering again in Birmingham with a desire to see women liberated and empowered to be, and to do, all that God has called us to!

Full Price – £45
Student – £35

Tickets are expected to sell-out so book soon to avoid disappointment. 

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Published: Friday 17 Feb
Last Updated: Friday 17 Feb

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RMA Newsbite: We're your local lifeboat service

We’re Your Local Lifeboat Service

Watch a live theatre performance courtesy of Rowheath Drama Workshop, as they tell the story of three individuals who found their ‘boats’ sinking in debt.

Saturday 11 February
Sunday 12 February

Tickets Available here.

Find out how Money Advice, Pantry, Open Lunch and a local drama come together in this month’s RMA Newsbite. To subscribe to RMA Newsbites please click here.

Published: Friday 27 January
Last Updated: Friday 27 January

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Riverside Youth Update: Spring 2023

Spring Term information is now available on our website – click here.

Have you booked up for the weekend away? If not, or you need more informaiton simply contact John Goodliff: johng@riverside-church.org.uk

Roc Solid Weekend Away: 17-19 February

Miff Weekend Away: 17-19 March

Published: Tue 10 Jan
Last Updated: Tue 10 Jan

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Riverside Kids Update: Spring 2023

Happy New Year!

I hope that the festive period has brought joy to your household, and that feelings of tiredness and anxiety due to change in routines quickly fade as we return to work and school. Here are a few notices…

Kids Weekend Away – 10-11 March
Last chance to book! Action-packed weekend for children in years 3 – 6. Click Here.

Parenting for Faith Pop-up Groups
How to talk to kids about tricky subjects. Meet up with other parents and carers for these one-off evenings to equip you in talking to your kids and teens about topics such as sexuality, exams, decisions, the media and tough times. The first session is on Tuesday 17th January and is on MONEY. Click here to register your interest, whether online or in person.

New Teaching Series – Distinct
In Kids Church this term we’ll be following the wider church series entitled Distinct, looking at how we live and the difference that can make to us and others.  We’ll be exploring the teaching of James at Tally Ho services and looking at Old Testament characters on Riverside House Sundays. We have a brilliantly talented and committed team who give their time to serve our children in Kids Church. Please do encourage your children to join in and be respectful of their group leaders while they’re in their groups.

Kids Life Groups
These groups are for children in years 3 – 6 and are aimed at exploring faith, developing friendships and having fun! The dates for this term are 11 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 29 Mar.

Contact saraht@riverside-church.org.uk if your child would like to come along for the first time.

That’s all for now. Praying that you and your family will know more of God’s never-ending love for you this week.

 

SARAH THOMSON
Head of Children’s Ministry
saraht@riverside-church.org.uk

0121 442 4484

Published: Tuesday 10 Jan
Last Updated: Tuesday 10 Jan

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Family Fun: Spring Half Term

We have so many fun events planned this Spring Half Term. Invite your friends and family along!

February 2023: Spring Half Term
Sun 19 – Generations Service
Mon 20 – RPA Show: Elmer’s Walk
Tue 21 – ReAct: Play In A Day (Years 1-6)
Thu 23  – ReAct Xtra: Play In A Day (Years 7-11)

For further information simply click the links above or visit the events page of our website.

Published: Friday 3 February
Last Updated: Friday 3 February

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Riverside Alpha: Spring 2023

It’s not too late for people to sign-up to our next Alpha Course. However, this Sunday (5 Feb) will be the last opportunity.

In-person at Riverside House (11 weeks – 7:45pm to 9.30pm).

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.

Published: Friday 6 January
Last Updated: Friday 3 February

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Sat 4 FEB | Men's Quiz Night

Join together with other men within Riverside Church on the 4th of February at 7:30pm. Book on now for your spot to have fellowship with one another over pizza and a team quiz, as well as the opportunity to worship and pray together on this relaxed evening. We’ll also be chatting about what opportunities God has in store for each one of us going forward this year.

Choose which pizza you want when you book and confirm your attendance.

Visit event page to book.

Published: Friday 13 Jan
Last Updated: Friday 13 Jan

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Sat 4 Feb | HOTS TRAINING

We Recommend: Healing On The Streets (HOTS) Training

HOTS Teams provide a welcoming presence on our streets; offering prayer to anyone who would like it. The team are providing a training event at St Martins in the Bullring for anyone new who wants to be involved, you’d be very welcome. The training will be 9am to 3pm on Saturday 4 February.

MORE INFORMATION & SIGN-UP:
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# Contact David & Linda Isgrove (see your MyChurchSuite account if you dont have their contact details).
# Or for info about HOTS you can also visit: https://www.healingonthestreets.com/

CONTACT:
togetherforbirmingham@gmail.com

Published: Friday 20 Jan
Last Updated: Friday 20 Jan

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SUN 5 Feb | Guest Speaker: Tally Ho

On Sunday 5 February we will be gathering together at Tally Ho. We are so exicted to welcome as a guest speaker: Damilola Makinde.

Damilola Makinde serves as advocacy engagement lead at the Evangelical Alliance. Her working life to date spans the lines of law, public policy, missional engagement and church ministry. She is passionate about being a witness to Jesus in public through thoughtful Christian engagement in the key cultural and political issues of our time.

Published: Friday 27 January
Last Updated: Friday 27 January

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Wed 15 Feb | The Bereavement Journey

The Bereavement Journey is a FREE 6-session online course for anyone who has been bereaved at any time and in any way. By means of a series of films and discussion groups the course will gently guide you through the most common aspects of grief, enabling you to process the implications and discern next steps.

The next course will start on Wednesday 15 February (9.45am-11:45am) and will run each Wednesday until 22 March.

The 6th session on 22 March is an optional session where faith questions are addressed, where the first 5 sessions are about different aspects of bereavement.

Find our more.

Published: Tuesday 31 January
Last Updated: Tuesday 31 January

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WED 22 FEB | Funeral: Mary Coady

It is with great sadness that we announce Mary Coady has recently passed away.

Her daughter, Valerie Egan, would like everyone at Riverside to know that the funeral will be on Wednesday 22 February (2pm-3pm) at: Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley Solihull B90 3NL and after at The Irish Centre, 205 Wheelers Lane, Kings Heath, B13 0ST. Everyone welcome.

For catering purposes, it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers at the Irish Centre. So, if you are planning to go please contact Valerie Egan via: vegan1970@hotmail.com

Valerie would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for how they welcomed her Mum to the Riverside family, and how blessed her Mum was by the friendships she made here at Riverside.

Published: Friday 27 January
Last Updated: Friday 27 January

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Thu 23 Feb | STANDING WITH UKRAINE

We are hosting an evening to support anyone currently hosting or considering hosting our friends form Ukraine . Please do join us for drinks and treats and the chance to explore this wonderful way of expressing the hospitality of the kingdom. Thursday 23 February at 7:30pm at Riverside House.

Sign-Up:
You don’t need to sign-up but if you do:
# You can save to your calendar.
# We can contact you if needed.

Thank you

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Event Co-Ordinator:

Judy Moore – judym@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Friday 3 February 2023
Last Updated: Friday 3 February 2023

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