There are activities at St John’s going on to meet the needs of men of any age. This includes Adventure, m/net and the Harborne Men’s Group. The church hosts special teaching events, and often welcomes guest speakers to these events.
The Adventure element of the Men’s Ministry is new for Autumn 2013 and has been started by Tom, Jon and Mike. Our vision for this ministry is to create a number of opportunities during the year for young men from St John’s, or connected with St John’s or one of its members, to get out and take part in activities together. A general focus is on the outdoors. If you are new to St John’s or live locally and would like to find out more, do click here to get in touch with the team. We aim to be an open and welcoming group.
The plan as it stands for 2013-14:
14th December: Go-Karting Championship
For this activity we will be travelling to Stourbridge for an afternoon of go-karting starting at 2:30pm and we will meet at St John’s at 1.30pm to travel over together. The activity will cost £32.45. Book your place by the end of Sunday 8th December. If necessary we’ll allocate places on a first come first serve basis.
Booking for this event has closed. In the meantime, if you need more information please click here to email Tom, Jon & Mike.
March (date to be confirmed): Curry Night
One evening in March we will be going out for an Indian meal in Harborne. Yum!
10th May 2014: Canoeing and Kayaking
This trip will be a full days canoeing and kayaking on the river Wye. Those coming will have a choice of a sit on top kayak or canoe, although there will be a limited number of sit on tops available. Estimated price is £50.00 plus lunch. Booking will open in January but do get in touch to reserve a place now if you’re interested.
12th-13th June 2014: Bushcraft Weekend
If you enjoy camping and the outdoors then this is a great weekend for you. We’ll be joining a bushcraft expert for two days of learning about the outdoors in West Wales. Overnight we’ll be sleeping in hammocks strung between trees (don’t worry there is a rain cover) and in the evening there will also be time for chilling out around the campfire while cooking dinner. All three of us have been on this trip before and highly recommend it to lovers of the outdoors.
September (date to be confirmed): Hiking Trip
During September we’re aiming to go on a hike to either the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia, we’ll confirm the details of this trip in the Spring.
m/net is the name for the Men’s Groups that have grown up over the last ten years in St. John’s. There are currently four groups, of around a dozen men, meeting once a month on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday evening in people’s homes, for Bible Study, discussion and prayer.
The groups are made up of professing Christian men, mostly married with kids, each facing similar pressures and issues in their Christian walk. The groups are small and informal in structure, with members taking it in turns to “chair” a discussion. Each group has one or two leaders, who organise the group, and are accountable to the St. John’s leadership.
Different groups have different “flavours”, some following a thematic course of Bible study, while others discuss a Christian perspective on topical issues we all face.
We come from a variety of Church backgrounds, but all hold to the core teachings of the gospel, and believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word. Most members of m/net are members of St. John’s C Groups, and see the two groups as being complementary.
For further details, please contact Richard Kent or Ben de Waal.
Harborne Men’s Group
This men’s group meets once a month on the first Thursday morning at St. John’s. We meet for coffee/tea and a talk on a Christian theme. Occasional social events are also arranged.
A warm welcome awaits any men who are available to accept this invitation.