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
  • Friday 9 March 2018
    Takeaway and hang out
  • 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

James, Ellie and Matt

Nexus is co-ordinated by James, Ellie and Matt.

James has the longest connections with Christ Church, as he used to come to Beavers and Scouts as a boy, but had not been part of any church for a long time when he started coming to services in 2016. Ellie came to Birmingham as a student, and Matt moved here from London to work as a lawyer, but all have found a home in Christ Church.

Matt likes the way we draw on the strengths of different church traditions, and James, looking for meaning in life, felt that this was the right place to be. Ellie especially appreciates the way that people of all ages are valued in Christ Church, including children, families and older people.

Welcoming newcomers is an important part of Nexus' role and there is a strong social focus to the programme of events. A monthly Bible-themed discussion group, meeting on Tuesday evenings, aims to help focus on living out our faith in today's world.

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

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