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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.
March 1, 2022
Riverside News: March 2022

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Easter At Riverside

You can now check out all that is happening at Riverside this Easter on our website. Whatever generation you are and no matter what stage of life you’re at, let’s meet together to celebrate the hope and light of the Easter message. Invite your friends and family along to discover how Jesus transformed the world through his death and resurrection! For more information visit: https://riverside-church.org.uk/easter

Published: 22 March 
Last Updated: 22 March

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Prayer For Ukraine

As we continue to pray together we are united in praying with churches all over the world for peace in Ukraine. To assist you as you  pray either on your own or with your group, we have included some resources from 24/7 prayer on our prayer page, or you can click here.

Published: 1 March
Last Updated: 4 March

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Giving Review

In the book of James in the Bible we read that ‘every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights’ (James 1:17). This verse reminds us that everything we have is from God, and therefore we are inspired to use it for God. In a time of financial pressure this verse is a huge encouragement. We don’t need to fear because God is in control!

This Sunday at our Monthly Joint Sunday Gathering (6 March) we will all have an opportunity to review our giving. After the service there will be a team of people who can help you set-up, increase or decrease your giving; and help with any questions you may have.

We have also launched a new page on our website that lists all the ways you can set-up or review your giving. On the website menu click ‘Get Involved’ and scroll down to ‘Donate’. On this page you will also find a link to download our new Giving Review Booklet.

Published: 1 March
Last Updated: 1 March

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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: 14 March

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Prayer Room Update

Resources Update: From Monday 28th March the Prayer Room at Riverside House will have some new resources to help us pray. There will be a focus on Praying for our Muslim friends and Neighbours throughout Ramadan. There will also be resources to help us pray for the persecuted Church.

Online Bookings Update: Due to the fact that the Prayer Room is small and to respect others; we will be keeping the need to book 1 hour time slots via our website. However, we will continue to listen to your feedback and keep this under review.   

Published: 22 March
Last Updated: 22 March

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Ramadan Prayer Guides

God has blessed our city with over 400,000 Muslims. Christians now have the opportunity to encounter Muslims and form relationships at school, college and university; in the workplace; in a restaurant; at the bus stop; in the gym; out and about.

We encourage you to pray for your Muslim friends and neighbours during Ramadan (2 April to 1 May). Either on your own or within your group, you may find the below resources helpful:

Ramadan Prayer Guides: https://www.30daysprayer.com/
‘Walk’n Pray’ App: https://www.walknpray.com/en/vision/

Published: 22 March
Last Updated: 22 March

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Online Bookings Update

From 27 March you will no longer need to book tickets online before attending our Sunday Gatherings in-person.

However, please know that due to the limited space at Riverside House we may need to reintroduce the need to book tickets online if we have issues with capacity.

 Attending without children? If you attend our Sunday Gatherings at Riverside House without children, can we please ask that you attend the 11:30am service. This will give parents and guardians more opportunities to attend the 10am service when we provide children’s and youth provisions.  

Published: 18 March 
Last Updated: 18 March 

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Date Changes: Monthly Joint Sunday Gatherings

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of our Monthly Joint Sunday Gatherings in May and June:

# 1 May has changed to 15 May 

# 5 June has been moved to 12 June

Please make sure to share these changes with everyone in your group.

Published: 18 March 
Last Updated: 18 March 

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Worship Ministry Auditions

Are you interested in joining the Riverside Worship Ministry?

Our mission as a Worship Ministry Team is simply to help people meet Jesus each week;  enabling people to see a greater glimpse of who he is and all that he’s done and to be reminded once again of the sheer greatness of our awesome God. In Psalm 22 it says that God inhabits the praises of his people and we know that where God is, transformation takes place. As a Worship Ministry Team we live to see this transformation in our lives, in the lives of others, and in this city of Birmingham.

 

Musicians and vocalists meet on Wednesday evenings to rehearse and these are great times to connect, to build friendships and to have fun together. We also have larger team nights throughout the year where there is space to worship and have Ministry, but also training and to share our vision as we seek to bring our absolute best for the cause of his Kingdom.

 

For us, as a worship Ministry, team means family; a place to belong. And if you would like to be a part of this Ministry, either as a musician, vocalist on the visuals or PA team, then please do get in touch. We can’t wait to welcome you.

The Riverside Ministry Team are holding auditions on Wednesday 30th March and Wednesday 27th April. If you are interested please email benp@riverside-church.org.uk for further information.

Published: 18 March 2022
Last Updated: 18 March 2022

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Update from Steve & Mihaela

Steve & Mihaela are part of our Riverside family. They have been helping to support and share the love of Jesus to people across Romania for many years. During our current Giving Review we shared an update of how your donations have been helping them to house and support several Ukrainian families who have fled the conflict. Thank you!

Please do continue to pray for Steve & Mihaela and for everyone caught up in this humanitarian crisis. Join us in praying for peace for Ukraine.

Click here to view a video update from Steve & Mihaela.

Published: Friday 11 March
Last Updated: Friday 11 March

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Riverside Money Advice Are Recruiting

Due to a rise in demand and growth in the team of volunteers, Riverside Money Advice (RMA) are looking for 2 new roles; an administrator working 15 hours across a week managing our appointment schedules and back-office administration, and a pastor to work alongside our café and money advice visitors for a day per week. RMA are looking for an Easter start date if possible.

For a full job description and salary package please contact Julian Mander, the Centre Manager, at centremanager@riverside-moneyadvice.org.uk or phone 0121 827 9875.

Published: Friday 11 March 
Last Updated: Friday 11 March

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Update: Word of Hands

Over the past 13 years Riverside have worked closely with Word of Hands to provide church services in British Sign Language (BSL) for people in our deaf community. Before lockdown these services were held at Riverside House and at our Bournville site.

Jay Thomas-Morton, the pastor of Word of Hands, would like everyone to know that he has made the difficult decision to step down from his role. When lockdown came many things changed, but it was not that in itself that caused his decision. You can click here to watch a full video from Jay or click the button below. At  this time Jay would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all your support, prayer and encouragement.

The Word of Hands Team have agreed to bring to a close the online and in-person BSL services and instead focus on community. They don’t know what that will build into but we all take comfort in the fact that God knows.

At this time we stand with Jay in thanking God for all that he and the Word of Hands Team have achieved over the past few years. So much influence, learning and so many lives have been touched within Birmingham and beyond in places like Manchester, Turkey, Romania and Bolivia. Beyond meeting together for fellowship and worship each Sunday there have been so many blessing such as drama groups, parties, weddings, over 10 baptisms, regular home groups, Women of Wings work .. so many things.

Please do join us in praying for all those involved as we see this new vison flourish and develop.

Published: 4 March
Last Updated: 4 March

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Welcome Jackie & Mark

When the year began, as a church we felt like we are in a place where God is doing something new, and with that many things where changing including new staff members and how we do things.

As we are still in the transformation process of God doing something new, we would like to formally welcome Jackie Nichol who has joined us in the last month as our House Manager. She hit the ground running with sorting out alarms and several building repairs and she will continue to make sure Riverside House is a safe and a healthy place. We would also like to formally welcome Mark Isgrove who joined us this week as our new Events Manager. He is already active this Sunday at Tally Ho to make sure our Sundays go smoothly. Both Jackie and Mark will be working as part of the Operations Team. We are excited to see how God is putting everything together and transforming us as a church and bringing on about a new thing. Do feel free to chat with them and welcome them when you see them around.

Published: 4 March
Last Updated: 4 March

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We Recommend: Prayer for the Commonwealth event

ReSet: Prayer for the Commonwealth, the games and Birmingham.
When: Tuesday 8 March (from 7pm)

ReSet is an interdenominational prayer meeting will seek to prayerfully ‘re-set’ Birmingham’s relationship with the Commonwealth:

To repent of abuse and the ‘dominion spirit’
To release a new relationship–partners together
To give a generous welcome to Commonwealth Games visitors
To celebrate the gifts, talent and wisdom of the people of the Commonwealth

The event will take place at RCCG (Covenant Restoration Assembly Birmingham), 117 – 125 New John Street, Aston, Birmingham B6 4LD.

Welcome and refreshments from 7.00pm. Meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Published: 4 March
Last Updated: 4 March

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Riverside Money Advice Newsbite: 'Written Off'

An abusive relationship resulted in Margaret (name changed) being coerced into taking out finance to enable her partner to have a car. She didn’t foresee what happened next…

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

Published: 1 March
Last Updated: 1 March

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