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Students have an exciting and hectic life in Birmingham, and at St John’s we’re committed to:
- Helping you connect with one another
- Develop and use your gifts
- Mentor and support you
- Travel with you on your journey of discovering God’s purpose
- Having fun together
- Make sure you don’t go hungry!
We want you to leave Birmingham stronger and better equipped to make your contribution in the world for Jesus. And you’ll have friends in Birmingham forever.
Nothing is off-limits! You can play an active part in the full range of church life or simply come to our group as a one-off – we want to serve you so that you find a great home-from-home church and can grow in faith. We coordinate as much as we can with the Birmingham colleges’ Christian Unions so you can retain all of your connections there too.
And if you are new to the church family, we will make you feel ESPECIALLY welcome and will help you settle and make friends.
So what do we get up to? Or to put it more accurately, what is God doing with us?
Student Wednesdays at St John’s
Every Wednesday during term (re-starting on Wednesday 2nd October), we meet from 7:30pm and start with a hot meal together – this guarantees that you have at least one meal a week! Come on your own, come with friends, and bring newcomers.
The rest of the evening is spent sharing testimonies, worshipping God, and encouraging & praying for one another. Our times together are characterised by openness and honesty, with empowerment from the Holy Spirit. We want to live with passion for the things of God, and to discover our true identity and destiny. We want to learn how to hear God’s voice and release God’s power to heal the sick, encourage other people and release the Love of God in our daily lives.
Wednesdays are the heartbeat of our time together – we connect with God in a significant way which strengthens our fellowship and faith. Everything become better after a Wednesday! Wow!
Student Socials at St John’s
If that wasn’t enough we also have social gatherings.
Games nights (“Password” is a favourite), BBQ, meals with the wider church family, Christmas celebration, cinema nights, movie evenings, music jamming sessions…As you can see, most social times involve some element of food.
We know a cinema where you can see the latest films for just £3.00 – a secret known by just a few people!
Student Meals at St John’s
It has to be said; when food is available the students are first in the queue!
Many families at St John’s are keen to make sure you feel welcomed, and offer meals – more likely a seat at a banquet – regularly. Isn’t it’s great to sit around a meal table and get to know different people? Most people seem to have a dishwasher too so you probably don’t need to do any washing up. They might even help you with your homework!
You never know who you might be eating with.
All of this for a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine!
Student Weekend Away at St John’s
Every year we have the most amazing time at a weekend away: brilliant teaching from inspiring teachers; extended times of worship and testimony, enabling deep encounters with Father; food (again!) to overflowing; great walks in the country; and more fellowship and fun.
This year we will be going to The Mill at Shipston-on-Stour from February 14th – 16th. Will there be love in the air?
Student Facebook at St John’s
We have our very own Facebook group! This is a private group where we organise gatherings, share prayer requests and celebrations, and encourage one another with scripture verses, thoughts, pictures and videos.
It is a very vibrant group and in these days of constant “status updates” and Youtube cat videos, it’s great to receive a word of encouragement on your smartphone that seems to fit your situation so precisely, or to be able to share an urgent request that you know will be offered to God for you
Growing at St John’s
You can get training, support and experience in many areas of life that will develop you as an individual and help you grow in service. According to Jesus, serving is the ultimate definition and demonstration of leadership. So what could you do?
- Be part of a church worship band – develop your musical gifting;
- Get involved in children’s or youth work – keep young at heart;
- Learn how to use the PA system – find out the power of being able to switch the speaker’s mike off;
- Take command of the visuals – bring images, verses, liturgy, and song lyrics to the screen;
- Be part of the men’s or women’s groups – both have regular breakfast events (the men’s have bacon and is cheaper!);
- Serve in a community event – working in a team to help a family in need in a hands-on practical way;
- Become a City Pastor – be “salt and light” by assisting and bringing assurance to revellers in Birmingham’s Broad Street;
- Join the Welcome Team – welcome people to Sunday services;
- Receive Leadership and Discipleship training – get equipped for serving, leading, mission and discipleship;
- Get involved with Healing on the Streets – take the miracle of God’s presence onto Harborne High Street;
- Within the student group, practice your gifting in a safe and welcoming group – worship, testimony, teaching
The student ministry is headed by Annie di Castiglione at St John’s. Contact her by email and she’ll let you know how to be part of this exciting group.