“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35
Our Community Lunch has recently become an official Place of Welcome! This is an initiative that began in Birmingham and has spread to Solihull. Places of Welcome is a growing network of local community groups providing their communities with places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute. In a Place of Welcome, people can come, meet new friends and ask about what happens in the “place”. Numbers attending our free Community Lunch are at 50-70 each week and it continues to be a hive of activity with some great food and conversations. Talk to James, Andrea or Rachel Murray if you would like to know more or get involved!
Our Christmas wreath making evening was a great success! We had fun creating new memories and beautiful holiday wreaths to celebrate the birth of Christ. Thank you to Ros Hinks and Denise Ross for your instruction and enthusiasm. We learned a new skill and the symbolic meaning behind Christmas wreaths. With mulled wine, mince pies and much laughter, we had a wonderful evening of being creative and sharing the message of Christmas. Well done to everyone involved!
We’re looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ birthday! From our shared lunch & talent show to Christmas Eve carols with mince pies, hot drinks and mulled wine, we’re sure you’ll enjoy celebrating Christmas with us. All are most welcome.
We had great fun at our Pumpkin Heroes Party on the 31st of October! Our building was packed with families and children, all having a whopping good time. Together we made approximately 400 crafts, played endless games, shared the World Vision Pumpkin Story continuously for an hour, served a 180 hot dogs, gave away approximately 80 Bible storybooks, and countless sweets!! But most importantly we declared Jesus as the light of the World! We love engaging with and supporting our community here in Shirley!
A really blessed time was had by all who attended our Ladies Conference. This year our theme was Transformation – the transforming of Christ and Christ within us and transforming those around us. Guests included Rachel McGuiness sharing on the Wellbeing through Faith course and the charity tastelife who help people with issues around food, body image and eating disorders.
With worship, teaching ministry and a selection of workshops to choose from it was a packed day ending with communion and testimonies. We thank God for the transformations that took place and know that “He who began a good work in (us) will carry it through to completion…”. (Phil 1:6)
SIAS Drop-in Clinic, Wednesdays at our free Community Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Solihull Christian Fellowship’s free Community Lunch is partnering with SIAS, Solihull Intergrated Addiction Services. SIAS seeks to support those who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. Ed and/or Darren will be joining us every Wednesday for our free Community Lunch, which runs 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Ed and Darren will be at Community Lunch to offer advise and support to anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. This can be an informal chat or more of a structured meeting.
They are also able to help with:
- Housing advice
- Budget plans and debt
- Local authority application forms
- Substance misuse
You may know of someone who is homeless, or is at risk of being so, and want to speak to Darren or Ed about the best way to help them. Or bring them along to the lunch and they can enjoy a good cooked meal as well as getting some help and support. For more information visit SIAS’ webpage: https://www.sias-solihull.org.uk/
Our Children’s leaders meet every first Thursday of the month to pray for the children and youth of SCF and the local community, everyone is welcome. They felt guided to pray as the Apostle Paul prayed, full of faith and power making strong declarations in The Lord. As part of this one of our leaders painted this picture adapted from Ephesians chapter 3 verses 15 -19 as a covering over our Children. May they know the Love of Christ in their lives.
SCF took 10 men on an incredible weekend away. There was axe throwing, archery, gladiator battles on inflatables, fast cars and, did I mention, some incredible times with God. Over 2500 thousand men singing mighty songs to Jesus was incredible. Wonderful testimonies, great teaching and really good fellowship together. SCF will be going to The Gathering next year TG20, keep an eye open for early bird tickets.
Summer Night Live is over the weekend of the 6th-8th September, and provides a great follow-on from Soul Survivor. This event is open to our youth from Year 7 to Year 11 (you might be receiving this letter if your child is moving up to youth this summer!) SNL is a camping trip to Ab Lench in Evesham, a 240 acre farm where Lenchwood Christian Centre is located.
It’s a fun packed weekend with games, activities, worship and teaching. We cannot guarantee the weather but we have begun planning a great weekend of games, activities and food! We have a speaker joining us for the weekend and our fantastic in-house band.
The cost for the weekend is £45 which includes all meals. To save cost we are not arranging transport so we are asking parents/guardians to drop your children to Lenchwood from 4.30 pm on Friday 6th September, and picking up at 3 pm on the afternoon of the 8th.
Please follow this link to book: https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/NjM0LTEx/t?fbclid=IwAR1NoZiQ9IAObZBVkPzvyx_hsiskuJQvPphHFoxC5wDh2fV6EHe7Nxr0qM0