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Riverside News: July 2023

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SUN 6 Aug - FUN DAY!

We are thrilled to invite you to an unforgettable Fun Day! It’s time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with a day filled with exciting activities, laughter, and cherished memories. Mark your calendars and get ready for an incredible event that will bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

Please do invite your friends and family along.

When: Sunday 6 August (12pm-4pm)

Where: Riverside House
21 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8AR

Cost: FREE

# No need to book. Just turn up and enjoy the fun.

Activities:
BBQ: 1pm
Games Room
Stalls
Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Craft Table
Screening of ‘ELMER’
Prayer Tent
CANDY FLOSS
ICE CREAM / LOLLIES

Event Contact:
Sarah Thomson
(Head of Childrens Ministry)
saraht@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Friday 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 7 July

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My Story

We all have a story… whats your story? 

We would love for you to share your story so we can promote the power of Jesus being in peoples lives. 

To find out how you can get involved by sharing your story please visit our website. If you have any questions simply e-mail communications@riverside-church.org.uk  

Website Menu: Get Involved – My Story

Published: Sunday 30 June
Last Updated: Sunday 30 June

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SUMMER SUNDAYS: Changes in July & Aug

UPDATE | SUMMER SUNDAYS
From Sunday 23 July to Sunday 27 August Sunday Gatherings at Riverside House will be:

Morning – 9.30am
Evening – 6.30pm; though do arrive early at 6pm to enjoy free ice creams and refreshments together.

 

Please note:
# Sunday Gathering will resume at normal times from Sunday 3 September.
# There will NOT be a second service (11.30am) at Riverside House from 23 July to 27 Aug
# Tally Ho Gathering will still be 9:30am on Sunday 6 August and Sunday 3 September. On 6 August there will only be a creche provision due to our FUN DAY. See event page here. 
# Generations Services will be 9:30am at Riverside House on Sunday 23 July and Sunday 27 Aug.
# Communion will be on Sunday 23 July and Sunday 13 Aug.

Published: Friday 14 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 18 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 2023-24 programme. For further information and to apply here

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

Published: Wednesday 31 May
Last Updated: Wednesday 31 May

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New Teaching Series: Lifehacks

Join in with our new Teaching Series: ‘Lifehacks’: 6 Sessions from Sunday 23 July to Sunday 27 August. Dont forget to follow the Teaching Series section of this blog for all resources including Life Group questions, youth resources and transcripts.

Lifehacks:
Sometimes we need a steer on how to navigate uncertain days. But sometimes it’s tricky to know what the best decision to make really is. A wise leader once said that very few decisions we face are about wrong & right, but rather they’re often about what is wise and unwise. In the ancient book of Proverbs we discover how to be truly wise, and then we catch a glimpse of what that wisdom looks like in our everyday lives. Join us over the summer as we explore some ancient lifehacks in an out of control world.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
(Proverbs 1:7)

“Failure is being successful at the things that don’t matter.”
(Anon)

“Deep down [we all] know the primary exacerbator of burnout isn’t really email, or Instagram, or a constant stream of news
alerts. It’s the continuous failure to reach the impossible expectations we’ve set for ourselves.”
(Anne Helen Petersen)

 

Published: Friday 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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Thank You & Farewell

We want to say a huge thank you and farewell to our 2 Academy trainees Michelle and Zac who officially finish their time with us at the end of July. Alongside the leadership and discipleship programme they have both undertaken as part of their Academy year they have also been involved in a specialist pathway. Michelle has spent the year working with Riverside Performing Arts on the drama pathway and Zac has been working alongside John Goodliff as part of our Youth pathway. It has been a delight to see the ways they have both served, encouraged others and grown in their own faith and leadership during their time with us and we are excited for all that lies ahead for them. Michelle will be returning to Dorset to begin an MA in theology and Zac will be staying around at Riverside volunteering with our youth team and RMA whilst also hopefully beginning training in counselling. Please do pay for them both in all the new adventures they have in store.

If you or someone you know might be interested in joining Riverside Academy click here to find out more. 

Published: Tuesday 18 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 18 July

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Riverside Kids Summer Update

NEW NAMES FOR KIDS GROUPS
We’d love to relaunch our Kids Church Groups in September with new names! We have four groups (Preschool, Infants, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6) so get the family involved and tell us your best ideas!

KIDS CHURCH needs YOU!
We’ll continue to provide Kids Church sessions for 0-11s over the holidays. We’d love to have some extra help so that our team gets a break so let me know if you’d be up for helping one Sunday. It’s fun, I promise!

MOVE-UP SUNDAY
Children will remain in their existing groups over the summer and will move up in September – we’ll be in touch with consent forms for the new year.

 

UPCOMING… DONT FORGET:

FUN DAY!
BBQ, bouncy castle, candy floss, faceprinting, ice cream!
When – Sunday 6th August, 12-4pm
Where – Riverside House
What – Open lunch with a difference! All are welcome and we’ll be inviting our wider family from Stay and Play, Money Advice and Pantry. Let us know if you can help, or just come along!

KIDS WEEKEND AWAY 2024!
Save the Date!
When – 15th-17th March 2024
Where – Pioneer Centre, Kidderminster
What – A weekend away with outdoor activities, faith and fun for children in years 3-6.
Bookings open in the autumn!

I hope term ends well and that you find time to do some of the things you love this summer. As ever, let me know if there’s anything you’d like to chat about.

Blessings,

Sarah Thomson
saraht@riverside-church.org.uk

Published: Tuesday 18 July
Last Updated: Tuesday 18 July

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Riverside Performing Arts - July Newsbite

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
ROMANS 5:2
 
We have been blessed with such glorious weather as our busy summer season is now upon us. Having now finished our Big Green Day Project, partnering with Be Bold, Be Birmingham, we now look ahead to the summer, preparing for Re:Act summer schools, saying goodbye to Michelle and Ella, and welcoming Lydia, the newest member of our team!

To read Riverside Performing Arts July Newsbit click here

Dont miss out! Subscriber to Riverside Performing Arts Newsbits – click here.

Published: Friday 14 July
Last Updated: Friday 14 July

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The True Cost Of Debt Advice

Free to the client doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t paying the cost…

Debt advice is a ‘regulated activity’ by the Financial Conduct Authority, meaning that you can’t be involved in providing advice about debt unless you are following the regime and legislation that affects every single bank, utility provider, phone company or lender in the UK. It involves checklists, auditing, regular training and continual professional development, and as of 31st July, a new “Consumer Duty” introducing another layer on top to ensure that vulnerable adults are safeguarded.

As we look ahead to the next year, we see massive swathes of

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

Published: Friday 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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Welcome: Samuel Sherman

Hello, I’m Samuel. I have been coming to Riverside since I was born, and graduated from Leeds University last year. I am excited to have started as an Administrator for Riverside Money Advice over the past month.

My role involves back-office support such as dealing with post and updating client case notes, which assists the work of our wonderful volunteer advisers. Every week, our advisers support clients with free debt advice. Over the past month, I have seen how Riverside Money Advice makes a huge difference, bringing peace and freedom through drawing alongside people and holistically supporting them. I’m through the initial training, and am attempting to quickly get my head around the myriad of forms, topics and advice processes that are involved. It’s proving quite a challenge to get case work completed and all records updated before we start the next week!

I have also been volunteering with Riverside Pantry, and it has been great to see how Riverside House comes alive through the week, showing God’s love to the community we are in. Just this week, a client came in requesting food bank help for herself and young family. It was wonderful to see her receive not just a full advice session, but a “golden ticket” for a free week’s shop for the pantry, a warm friendly welcome in the free cafe, and to discover Stay & Play on Mondays/Tuesdays. Its such the opposite of what people are expecting when they are looking for help.

To find out more about Riverside Money Advice and how you can get involved, you can subscribe to our monthly newsbite. You’re always welcome to arrange a visit to see how it all works together.

Published: Friday 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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Evening Services: 6:30PM

Evening services now take place at Riverside House (6:30pm to 7:45pm).

# Why are we doing this?
Our intention is that these evening services will provide space for more people to gather and attend in-person, to encounter Jesus and form community.

# What will they look like?
The evening services will look and feel very similar to our morning services. However, the room layout will provide a more open relaxed space to be together for worship and fellowship. Jus like our 11.30am services, our evening services will not be livestreamed and there wont be any additional groups for kids or youth.

# When?
These will be every Sunday apart from the first Sunday of the month. The pattern therefore will be:

– 1st Sunday – Tally Ho Gathering in the morning (9.30am) & Prayer & Worship Gathering at Riverside House in the evening (8pm).

– All other Sundays in the month: Gatherings in the morning (9:30am and 11:30am) and evening (6.30pm); both at Riverside House.

Note: Prayer & Worship Gatherings will therefore be changing to the first Sunday of the month.

 

Published: Friday 10 March
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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BOOKINGS OPEN: ReAct Summer Intensive & ReAct Xtra

Tickets are now available for ReAct Summer Intensive and ReAct Xtra; run by Riverside Performing Arts. For all the details and to book tickets click below or visit our events page

ReAct Summer Intensive – Week 1
Mon 31 Jul to Fri 4 Aug 
UPDATE – Fully Booked

ReAct Summer Intensive – Week 2
Mon 7 Aug to Fri 11 Aug 

ReAct Xtra Summer
Wed 30 Aug to Fri 1 Sep 

Published: Friday 26 May 
Last Updated: Friday 26 May

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Sun 2 JUL - Baptism Sunday

We are pleased to announce that at our Monthly Joint Sunday Gathering on Sunday 2 July we will be celebrating with several people who have made the decision to get baptised. 

If you are considering getting baptised and would like to know more please contact our Associate Pastor; Judy Moore via judym@riverside-church.org.uk

Note: The Baptisms will be livestreamed to our YouTube Channel via seperate link; further details will be given during the service. 

Published: Friday 9 June 2023
Last Updated: Friday 9 June 2023

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SUN 2 JUL - 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 next Prayer & Worship Gathering on Sunday 2 July (8pm to 9.30pm). For further details please visit the event page. 

Visit Prayer Page: 
You can visit our prayer page to view all upcoming prayer events. 

Published: Friday 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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Tue 4 Jul - 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 4 July our prayers will include students and their families who were caught up in a horrific attack by Islamic militants on a school in Uganda last week. We will also be giving thanks for the decision of the newly elected state government in Karnataka, India, to scrap the state’s anti-conversion laws.

Dont forget to visit the Prayer Page of our website for all prayer events and updates.

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 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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Tue 11 Jul - Parenting For Faith Pop-up Groups

Let’s share ideas and support one another as we navigate the highs and lows of parenting.

Meet up with other parents and carers in person or online, for these one-off evenings to equip you to find your next step in talking to your kids and teens about these tricky topics.  There’s no need to commit the the whole series – you can just choose the topics that are most relevant.

For more information and to sign-up simply visit the event page

Published: Friday 30 June
Last Updated: Friday 30 June

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