Community action

Lunch Club: New leaders, same care

Phil and Beryl Ennis

The Christ Church Lunch Club has a long tradition of providing friendship, community and a high-quality meal for a group of over 20 older people each week. Some 2 years after joining the team of helpers, Phil and Beryl Ennis took on the responsibility of leadership.

Find out more on our Lunch Club page.

Recycling point

Some small domestic items that are not covered by the City Council's recycling scheme can be placed in bins in our entrance hall:

  • Batteries - household types (not chargers or car batteries)
  • Mobile phones and chargers - please remove SIM cards and any PIN codes
  • Low energy light bulbs (compact fluorescent)
  • Spectacles

There are leaflets nearby which give further details of what we can accept, and advice on where to recycle items that we can't currently accept.

We are no longer collecting printer ink cartridges, nor aluminium foil which is now covered by the City Council's kerbside recycling scheme.

Recycling bins

Our recycling point is located at the left of the entrance hall. Pick up a leaflet for further information and advice on recycling

Daisy's century celebration

Daisy emerges from a limousine on to a red carpet

Daisy gets the red carpet treatment after a ride in a limousine

Daisy died peacefully at her home early in 2015. We continue to give thanks for her long life, fully lived.

Daisy Glenn's 100th birthday was celebrated with a huge party at Christ Church for family, friends and church members. The guest list also included our MP, councillors and other community representatives, reflecting the active rôle she and her daughter Jeanne have played over many years.

Daisy with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham called with birthday greetings

Eco-Congregation award

Sitting on the church steps with litter pick equipment

Church members of all ages joined in with a litter pick

Small vases of flowers in front of a large sun-filled window

Double glazing and thick insulation let the sunshine in and keep the cold out

Bikes in the snow

Sometimes cyclists need thick insulation too

Packing deadwood to form a hedge

Dead hedging: Wildlife friendly activity in Cannon Hill Park

It was a great encouragement to receive an Eco-Congregation Award following an independent assessment early in 2012. Some of the initiatives that made this possible were cycle training provided for us by Birmingham Bike Foundry, a litter pick and the recycling boxes in our entrance hall. We're also helped by the fact that our building was constructed with high levels of insulation, making it very energy efficient.

Eco-Congregation Award plaque

We always have more to learn, and the group that went along to help with environmental work in Cannon Hill Park were guided by Park Rangers Alan and Jan as they spent a morning tree lifting - that's cutting back lower branches to promote growth higher up - and dead hedging, a traditional way of packing deadwood to form a natural barrier and create a habitat for wildlife.

We continue to look for ways of improving the local environment and to be more aware of the need to care for God's creation.

Brown Rice Day

After a morning service we exchanged our normal Sunday lunch for the staple diet of much of the world's population: bowls of brown rice, served by young people in Christ Church. Over 450 was raised for Compassion UK's campaign against extreme poverty.

The event was a follow-up to a recent All Age service which focused on bringing freedom to people trapped in poverty.

“People commented on how nice it was to chat and spend time together as well as supporting a great cause”
Eating a bowl of rice

Respect for rice: It supplies half of the daily calories for half of the world's population

There was just enough rice to feed a hall full of people

Looking down on a hall full of people sitting at tables, eating and talking
Young people cooked and served the rice

Young people cooked and served the rice. We enjoyed a luxury not available to the world's poorest: second helpings

Celebrate!

Our giant screens and other facilities enable us to put on parties for major national celebrations such as the Royal Wedding and the Diamond Jubilee. It's been a special privilege to welcome guests from other countries to join in with these events.

We also use our multimedia facilities to show big sporting events such as World Cup matches. We can provide the venue and good company, but sorry, we can't guarantee the result of the match.

A group of Chinese students

Welcoming guests from China and other countries

A flag is waved by someone watching the Royal Wedding

Flying the flag for the Royal Wedding

Watching a football match, wearing a Messi shirt

Completely unbiased spectators for the 2014 World Cup Final

Enjoying a drink

Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee

Younger spectators wave Union flags

People of all ages joined in the Royal Wedding celebration

Wine bottles and a Union flag

We get through a lot of food and, yes, drink

Coffee Morning: Heather takes a break

Update: Coffee Morning is now called Coffee Mates and continues to be a popular meeting place for church members as well as groups and individuals from the community.

The last Coffee Morning before Easter 2012 was an opportunity to say thank you to Heather as she retired from helping with this event.

Heather's creative skills are displayed in the quality of her cakes - which have been described as "legendary" - but she also does a lot of writing and painting. "I'm working on a novel," she explained, "and I need more time for the research".

Heather stands next to a guest she has served

Heather is not often described as "retiring"

Heather is publicly thanked in front of groups seated at tables

Grateful thanks to Heather for her help with Coffee Morning

Looking down on a plate of strawberry-topped cakes

Good cakes go with good company