We aim to make international visitors and students feel at home among us.
You are welcome to attend the regular Sunday worship services, and also other church activities during the week. We welcome people of all faiths or none. Services are at 9.15am; 11am and 6.30pm (one morning service at 10am during the school summer holiday).
On Sundays there is a ‘Meet and Greet’ area in the Main Hall where you will be welcomed and can find out more about St John’s Church. Alternatively please speak to one of the Welcome Team as you arrive at church.
Download a leaflet with information for international students and visitors
If you have any general enquiries or questions about St John’s,or any of the activities in this leaflet, or if you are unable to contact the person listed inside please contact Susie Liu who will be pleased to help you.
There are also some meetings and events which are more suited to internationals students and visitors.
Please read about these below…
FELLOWSHIP GROUPS (Wednesdays & Thursdays)
St John’s has small mid-week groups called Home Groups. These provide an opportunity for Christians to meet together in a home for fellowship, social events, bible study and prayer. There are two or three which extend a special welcome to internationals and these provide an opportunity to meet with both British people and other internationals.
The groups normally meet from 8pm – 10pm on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Transport can often be provided. If you would like to join a mid-week small group please email Ruth Hassall or the Church Office, or telephone 0121 427 4601.
EXPLORING CHRISTIANITY Bible Study Group (Tuesdays)
This group is especially designed for international students who have had little or no experience of the Christian faith but who are interested to find out more about the teaching of the Bible, about the person of Jesus and about the Christian faith.
These are short evening courses lasting 6 to 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 10 pm in the home of one of the church members who lives near the church. For more details please contact Patty McCulloch
No previous knowledge is required and the meetings are relaxed and informal with an opportunity to ask questions.
Come And Meet Each Other – a group for international women (pre-school children welcome)
CAMEO@ST John’s meets on Thursdays 10 am – 11.30 am in term time
Activities and Bible Discussion on alternate weeks at St John’s Church, High Street, Harborne B17 9PT. £1 per session.
INTERNATIONAL WIVES at JILL’s
for international women
Fridays 1pm – 3pm
Lunch and informal Bible study on Bristol Road, Selly Oak B29 6NE
Other activities for International Students in the local area
HARBORNE INTERNATIONAL CAFE (Thursdays)
A place to relax, make friends and enjoy English conversation. Run by teams of volunteers from several local churches.
Thursday Evenings, 8pm to 10pm at Harborne Baptist Church, Harborne Park Road, B17 0DH. Details at www.isbham.org or pick up a leaflet at church
ENGLISH CLUB (Thursdays)
A place to practise everyday conversational English plus a discussion using Bible texts.
Thursdays 5pm – 7pm in term time at St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham (02 on Bham Uni campus map).
To view more activities for International Students click on the Friends International Birmingham website www.isbham.org