Archive for May, 2011

More Worshipers in this City

May 20th, 2011

It will have been difficult to have been around the church for the past few months without hearing about the vision which God has clearly spoken to us about; to multiply sites across Birmingham in order to see Jesus the most talked about person in the city.

That is an exciting vision, and something I love about it is the thought that this means more worshipers of Jesus in this city, and more places across the city where His excellence is proclaimed and He is worshiped! Bring that on!! If you’ve attended any Churchcentral meetings you will have seen that we are committed to worshiping God together every time we gather, through music, song and heartfelt spoken praise, as well as by welcoming and prizing the work of the Holy Spirit amongst us through the various gifts He gives to us (prophetic words, healing, tongues, interpretations and the like).

I am passionate about building a church where God’s praise is made glorious (Psalm 66.2). In order to do this across multiple sites we are going to need more worship leaders. Over the summer months, while the various training tracks are running, I am going to be running a track for a number of people in the church that already have led, or could lead worship across the sites in future. I am excited about this, and in faith for God to equip and raise up more leaders who can lead us each week into God’s presence.

Secondly though, we are going to need more gifted musicians. I’m sure you’ll agree that we are already extremely blessed by the people God has given us who give not only their talents but their time and commitment to serving us in playing regularly. Part of what makes leading worship so enjoyable for me is working with other musicians to create music that brings God glory and helps the church worship Him.

But we are keen to find more musical talent! So, on Saturday 28th May we are creating an opportunity for musicians to declare their interest in playing in a worship band at one or more of our Sunday morning site meetings, or at other more occasional events such as the Christmas carol service. We’re interested in musicians of all kinds, whether you sing or play an electric or orchestral instrument. In terms of the standard we’re looking for, it’s of a reasonable level, but we’re also looking for people who have a heart to exalt God and to serve. The event will provide an opportunity to meet others who serve in worship and play a couple of songs together. If this is something you would be interested in, please click here to email Owen or you can call either Owen or the church office (0121 200 1995) for further details.

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Pete Walker

May 13th, 2011

Pete Walker recently joined the Churchcentral staff team in what we believe is a crucial role as we look to multiply further sites across the city.

CC: Pete, could you could start by telling us a little about yourself

PW: Hi! I am Pete, a civil engineer, (or as a good friend once put it: Civil Pete Walker, Engineer). I became redundant 18 months ago, so am now semi-retired. Me and my amazing wife Lizzie moved to Birmingham 3.5  years ago to join Churchcentral.

CC: …and in 20 words can you tell us what your staff role is at Churchcentral?

PW: I was asked a few months ago to take on the part-time role of  Logistics/Maintenance Officer for Churchcentral

CC: Exactly 20! But maybe you could tell us a little more about what’s involved.

PW: I am working with others to prepare both our sites for Sunday morning meetings and making sure the venues are set-up in an efficient and welcoming manner, as well as being set-down tidily with due regard to the requirements of the schools we meet in. My role is to help release others to do other tasks; for example we have reduced the work for our set-up team at our Lordswood site as I (with others) now go in on Friday afternoons to set-up. Another part of my role is the maintenance and improvement of equipment, so running repairs, and the making of trolleys has been a major part of my work so far! We hope to develop a system that will enable us to move to other venues and resource the set-up of multiple sites in the future.

CC: How is it going so far?

PW: Having spent an exciting and interesting life working with teams of people, building underground railways; aircraft hangers; multi-storey buildings; (just to name a few) this is my first opportunity to practically help in building a church. I think it’s right that the timely putting out of chairs, signs, setting up PA while liaising with the staff  of our venues to ensure the smooth running of our meetings is considered such an important part of growth. If we cannot do that well, then it’s unlikely people will feel as welcomed as we want them to.

I want to thank so many people who take such an interest in what I am doing, and have come up and offered to help, and also those who take part so consistently. I have to say that if I had not taken this role, I would never have had the experienced the droll wit of the PA teams as they solved yet another impossible problem; or the priceless demonstration of Andy Back and Pete Halford on how NOT to put a drum kit together. It is good, I enjoy it and the hard work has kept my trouser belt on its last notch!

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