So, you’ve got your A-Level results and now you know that you’re coming to Birmingham to study at one of our fantastic Universities. There’ll be a lot to plan and do over the coming weeks and next few months: books and equipment to buy, choices about where you will live, new friends to make.
Have you started to think about which church you might be part of yet? There are some fantastic churches local to the University including
These are great congregations where you’ll be taught well from God’s Word, welcomed, loved and encouraged to serve. Our concern is to see every believer who comes to the area find the right church where they can grow and serve.
In that context, we’d like to encourage you to consider Bearwood Chapel. We are a little further away from the University (a short bus ride on the 11, 48 or 120) and we are not one of the main student churches, however some students have made their home with us over the years.
If you join us, you’ll find a family church of all ages where you’ll be loved and where there are lots of opportunities to get involved in serving whether it’s through volunteering at our community café, playing in our music group, serving on our welcoming team or joining the youth and children’s ministry.
You’ll be part of a multi-cultural church reaching a multi-cultural community. We’ve been encouraged to welcome people from many different backgrounds over the past few years, South American, Eastern European, East and West African. Our community is home to people from many different backgrounds including Punjabi, Pakistani, Polish, Romanian and Kurdish. We have a lot of contact with asylum seekers and there are many economic and social needs. Moving to University often gives opportunity to experience Gospel mission in a different context and we think it would be a great time to gain experience of multi-ethnic urban mission with us.
You’ll be involved with people who are seeking to encourage urban church planting. This has started with us multiplying congregations in our own building including Nueva Vida, a Spanish speaking congregation meeting on Saturdays. Our prayer is to see new churches planted in Sandwell and the Black Country over the next few years. To encourage this, we partner with The Church Planting Initiative and 2020 Birmingham.
We hope that some of you will make your long-term home with us post-University. Maybe you’ll become part of a pioneer church plant reaching a needy part of the West Midlands. Maybe you’ll even consider training with us as a Ministry Apprentice and even go on to study for a Graduate Diploma in Theology through our Union Learning Community (check out our #TrainBC page). Or maybe post University you’ll go on to somewhere new but whatever happens we think that during your time with us both through being taught God’s Word and gaining practical experience that you will find this a fruitful time and you’ll be equipped for the long-haul of every day Christian life.
Nueva Vida – Saturdays (5pm)
The 9:30 Service
1115 Morning Worship
Sunday Night Church (café church with food, praise and interactive Bible study from 6pm).