There are activities at St John’s going on to meet the needs of men of any age. These include
m/net Men’s Groups,
Men’s Breakfasts and the
Harborne Men’s Group
There is also a Men’s Network to link men in the church together.
St John’s also hosts special teaching events from time to time, and often welcomes guest speakers to these events.
St John’s Men’s Network
St John’s is a large church and none of us can get to know all the other men. There are probably others in the church who share similar interests, but who we haven’t met yet. We may have particular needs, often very simple, but don’t know who to ask. Or there are things or skills we could offer others, but don’t know who needs them.
The main aim of the Network is to link up men at St John’s, to help us get to know each other, and help each other out practically.
If you join the Network, you can quickly get in touch with others like you, those you could help, or who could help you. It also helps bring together all those involved in other men’s activities – you can find details elsewhere on this page.
Any man (aged 18 and over) with a connection to St. John’s is welcome to join. As of June 2014, we have 72 members, and numbers keep growing.
At the moment, the Network simply consists of an email distribution list of all those who sign up (plus paper copies for those without email). If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org it will be forwarded on to the whole Network (but all email addresses are kept confidential by using “Bcc”).
Here are some ways it’s been used recently:
• Publicising men’s events
• Offers of things to give away, sell, or lend (a bit like “Freecycle”)
• Stuff needed, or asked to borrow
• Asking for recommendations (e.g. for builders & tradesmen)
• Help or advice needed
• Organising social events
To join the Men’s Network
If you’d like to join the Network, or have any ideas for how to develop and use it – please contact Richard Kent on email@example.com
The Adventure element of the Men’s Ministry was started in Autumn 2013 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.
Adventure activities for 2015 include
Curry Night 16th March – The Cardomom Restaurant Harborne at 7.30pm
Kayaking – 13th June
Bushcraft Weekend – 18th-19th July
If you enjoy camping and the outdoors then this is a great weekend for you.
Hiking day – 12th September in the Malvern Hills
Go-Karting – 23rd November
Men’s Breakfasts are held three times a year in the Main Worship Area, starting at 8.30 am and concluding at 10.30 am (arrival from 8.00 am).
The Breakfasts provide an opportunity for men of all ages within St John’s to meet together, and to bring along friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues.
The tasty breakfast includes bacon butties (or a vegetarian alternative), toast and crumpets with jam, marmalade or honey, and tea, coffee or fruit juice.
After the breakfast we have a talk from a guest speaker.
Recent speakers have included:
Robin Oake, former Chief Constable of the Isle of Man; Cyrille Regis, who talked about his career in football and his faith in Jesus; Arvel Lowe, former top flight athlete and Premier League Fitness Coach; Ian Ferguson, ex RAF Fighter Pilot who survived a 600mph ejection at 250ft low level!
Breakfasts planned for 2015 (details to follow):
Saturday 18th April 2015 with guest speaker: Fane Conant
Saturday 4th July 2015 with guest speaker: Peter Gladwin
Saturday 7th November 2015 with guest speaker: Gordon Hickson
For more information email Brian Thomas.
m/net Men’s Groups
Many men have little or no support from Christian men in similar situations, as we often face increasing pressures on our work and home lives. So our main aim is to encourage and support each other in our Christian walk.
There are currently four groups, each of around a dozen men, who are mostly married with kids. Groups meet once a month on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday evening in people’s homes.
The groups are small and informal in structure, and work on a year-by-year basis. In December, we have a “wine & cheese” social for all the groups, review the year just gone, and discuss plans for the following year.
Groups have done a variety of things, such as discussing topical issues, studying the Bible or a Christian book; inviting speakers to talk about specific issues, and holding evenings of prayer. We also have regular socials, such as a summer BBQ.
If you’d like to join one of the groups, or find out more about them, please contact Richard Kent on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.