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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.
May 31, 2023
Riverside News: June 2023

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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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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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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 starting on Sunday 4 June. There won’t be a Prayer & Worship Gathering in April and May. In May we will pray and worship together at The BIG Riverside Weekend Away.

 

Published: Friday 10 March
Last Updated: Friday 28 April

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Funeral: Peter Coleman

We are sad to announce the news that much loved friend of Riverside, Peter Coleman has died. Many of you will remember the wonderful role he played welcoming us all to church and we are sure he will receive the most incredible welcome as he meets with his Lord. There is an opportunity to commemorate his life on Monday 26 June, 11.00am at

St Leonards Church.
Frankley
B32 4 BL
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Then a service at Lodge Hill Crematorium with food back at the church.

Weoley Park Road
Birmingham
B29 5AA
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Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife  Sheila and the family .

 

Published: Friday 16 June
Last Updated: Friday 16 June

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Road Closures: 16-20 June

If you will be driving to Riverside House between Friday 16 June to Tuesday 20 June please be aware that road closures will be in place on Edgbaston Road, from A441 junction to Cannon Hill Road between 9am-11am and 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Published: Friday 16 June
Last Updated: Friday 16 June

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New Teaching Series: This Little Light Of Mine

Join in with our new Teaching Series: starting Sunday 28 May ‘This Little Light Of Mine’. Dont forget to follow the Teaching Series section of this blog for all resources including Life Group questions, youth resources and transcripts.

Outline & Dates. 

Published: Thursday 25 May
Last Updated: Thursday 25 May

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Department of Work and Pensions – 0
Riverside Money Advice – 1

Brian* lives with a brain injury, and came with his wife in 2021 for help dealing with bailiffs and a £2000 demand for the return of a housing benefit overpayment due to “changed regulations” according to the letter. Total debts were £25000. We have been working with them continuously over the last 18 months, dealing with a number of issues and successfully helped them become totally debt free this March.

Just as we thought we could celebrate…

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

*name has been changed to protect identity.

Published: Wednesday 31 May
Last Updated: Wednesday 31 May

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Riverside Pantry Manager: Welcome Joyce Muigai

We are pleased to welcome Joyce Muigai who will be joining the Riverside Staff Team as Manager for the Riverside Pantry. Please read below her welcome message as she joins our church family.

 

“Lack teaches us how to appreciate presence. When they say you never miss water until the wells run dry and absence makes the heart grow fonder; it sounded cliche but it now makes sense.

I have been born where abundance has been having sufficient and choice is about what is available. Going to school without shoes, carrying cold lunch and not being warm enough was always taught to us as a precedence to being better since you will work as hard as you can to not be like what you have grown up seeing.

Visiting neighbours and them hiding food was as normal as it sound abnormal and that is where my passion for food came from.

I am a passionate, ambitious, loving, goal oriented, first born daughter in a family of four. I am passionate about people maybe that is why I am a studying Project Management. I am totally in love with food; I yearn to discover more about it and this prompted my Undergraduate in Food Science and Technology. What can be done about the milk so that it does not go bad? What value can be added to the greens so that it will not just be lost? What can be done to the sugarcanes so that they are not rotting? My life has been about discoveries. I successfully have run a school feeding Programme for 4 years feeding over 3000 school going children with warm food; thus not experiencing what I did and employing over 40 employees and creating livelihood for their family with a penny. Clearly, anything with food count me in. My love for God and being under His guidance and teaching from the Fruit of the Holy Spirit to being a Good Samaritan has been what has been keeping me going.

I am honoured, blessed in-fact to run the Riverside Pantry, it is in complete alignment with my calling. I am learning each and everyday ;from how to handle people, growing my patience, the social norms of the country, how to express myself with compassion the British way.

And indeed I look forward to bringing insight but to also being a student in the system. I have been loved by everyone in the Riverside Family and I appreciate their patience and compassion to help me learn even as the giggle when they see how innocently I have made mistakes here and there.

Shalom.”

Published: Friday 2 June
Last Updated: Friday 2 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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FRI 2 JUN - The Big Green Day

Come and join us on Friday 2nd June from 10am-12pm at Riverside House for The Big Green Day – a FREE event hosted at Riverside Church by Riverside Performing Arts.

We’ll be doing live sketches, litter picking, outdoor crafts and activities like bird feeders and bug hotels. We’d love to see you there!

The RPA Team

Published: Wednesday 31 May
Last Updated: Wednesday 31 May

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SUN 4 JUN - OPEN LUNCH

Riverside Open Lunch run at Riverside Houseon the 2nd 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month. 

However, there will bea n EXTRA Open Lunch on Sunday 4 June

Its 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.

Published: Friday 26 May
Last Updated: Friday 26 May

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SUN 4 JUN - 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 4 June (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: Sunday 21 May
Last Updated: Friday 2 June

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Tue 6 Jun - 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 6 June our prayers will continue to include Christians caught in the crossfire of the civil war in Sudan.

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: Wednesday 31 May
Last Updated: Wednesday 31 May

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WED 7 JUN - PUBLIC LECTURE BY SHANE CLAIBORNE

On Wednesday 7 June Shane Claiborne will be giving a public lecture in Winson Green (7pm-9pm) to stimulate Christians into more thoughtful engagement in the places they live.

Shane Claiborne is a Christian activist, he is the author of ‘The Irresistible Revolution: Living As An Ordinary Radical’.

Several people from Riverside will be going to this FREE event. If you’d like to attend alongside others from Riverside:

1 – Register for your ticket by clicking here.

2 – Message Kirsty McLachlan via kirstymclachlan@gmail.com to say that you have signed up.

 

Published: Friday 28 April
Last Updated: Friday 28 April

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SUN 11 JUN - Belonging To Riverside: Summer Term

Contact: Judy Moore
judym@riverside-church.org.uk
0121 442 4484

‘Belonging To Riverside’ is an opportunity for us to welcome you to the church and to share with you a bit more about our vision and values, as well as getting to know you a bit better.

The session will cover ‘Who are we?’  where we  will share the vision and values of Riverside and  ‘Who are you?’ where we would love to get to know you a bit more and see how we can help you settle in more to church life.

Please do sign-up and we really looking forward to seeing you there.

Sunday 11 June (6.30pm-7:45pm)

Published: Friday 28 April
Last Updated: Sunday 21 May

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Sat 17 Jun - RPA Public Shows

On Saturday 17 June; Riverside Performing Arts invites you to the public showings of:

Headspace: 2-3pm

Train Of Thought: 7-8pm

Published: Thursday 1 June
Last Updated: Thursday 1 June

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