Young adults and students

Events 2017-2018

A group of people walking on a country path

Rural rambling somewhere in Worcestershire

“I started coming to Christ Church when I was invited by a fellow student. I've found it a very welcoming place, and I think anyone would feel welcome here”
Working a lock on the Saltisford canal near Warwick

Working a lock on the Saltisford canal near Warwick: we've made several trips by and on water

Our programme of monthly social events is intended to make it easy for newcomers and visitors to join in. Events at Christ Church generally happen after the Sunday morning service. We can provide lifts to other venues. Our plans can change and we may organise other ad hoc events too, so it's best to get on our email list to be sure of the latest information.

  • Sunday 3 September 2017
    Bring and share picnic
    At Cannon Hill Park
  • Sunday 8 October 2017
    Fajita lunch and Laser Quest
  • Saturday 4 November 2017
    Bonfire and fireworks party
    At the Garrods' house
  • Sunday 3 December 2017
    Christmas dinner
  • Saturday 6 January 2018
    New Year winter walk
  • Sunday 4 February 2018
    Pancakes and film afternoon
  • Sunday 4 March 2018
    Star City extravaganza!
  • Sunday 8 April 2018
    Fish, chips and board games
  • Sunday 6 May 2018
    Picnic and walk
  • Sunday 10 June 2018
    Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Hopefully with live music!
  • Sunday 8 July 2018
    Barbecue lunch
    At the Garrods' house

Leaders and members

Emily Spencer Natalie Jeffery

Emily and Natalie

Nexus is co-ordinated by Emily Spencer and Natalie Jeffery. The group has members from a wide range of backgrounds and nations. Many take on rôles in the wider church, including leadership.

It's in the nature of things that this age group is fairly mobile: the joy of someone getting a new job or completing a course is often followed by the sorrow of their leaving. Nexus provides a point of connection no matter how short or long your stay.

Nexus also provides a link with young people who have grown up in Christ Church and gone away to university elsewhere... and we are always ready to welcome and involve students who come to Birmingham, whatever their home country.

Water feature

A group of kayaks Posing with kayak oars
Martin and Dilys Garrod with kayak oars

Martin and Dilys Garrod originally set up Nexus and led it until July 2016: one of their last events was a kayak outing

On a canal boat

A canal boat trip in July 2016

At a lock on a canal boat trip

Weekends Away

Standing on the road outside a country cottage

Staying at a big house in the middle of nowhere

A group on a hillside with a view far into the distance

High up on the Malverns

A bonfire at the 2014 Nexus Weekend Away

Bonfire night

A group walk

A walk in the country

The first ever Nexus Weekend Away was held near Malvern in October 2012, with the theme of Living life well. The Old Testament book of Proverbs encourages us to build our lives on reverence for God - so how does everything in life then fit together?

The weekend was such a success that another was held two years later, this time at Quinta, Shropshire. Once again the activities included enjoying the countryside, a barbecue, a bonfire and some highly competitive games alongside teaching and discussion.

A walk along the Llangollen Canal aqueduct

A walk along the Llangollen Canal aqueduct