The church community of St George’s embraces different worship styles within the Church of England.
The St George’s family also includes two additional worshipping groups. These are a congregation of the United Methodist Church and a congregation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church. We are delighted to share our premises with both churches, and to enjoy occasions of worship and fellowship together.
Another connection we enjoy is to the worldwide Anglican family of churches in particular the Diocese of Malawi which is the formal world church partner to the Diocese of Birmingham. We financially support development projects run through the churches. Examples include: Us (formerly the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel USPG), the Church Mission Society (CMS), Hope Africa and UK based missions and charities.
United Methodist Church
The United Methodist congregation meets for worship at St George’s every Sunday at 12.30pm led by Reverend Banda, and for a variety of prayer, worship and festival occasions through the year. For details of UMC worship and other activities at St George’s see the Church Calendar.
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church
A congregation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church has been resident at St George’s since June 2009. Regular worship takes place at St George’s once a month, usually on the first Saturday from 7.30am to 12.00 noon. The congregation also worships regularly at two other local Anglican churches, St Augustine’s Church, Lyttelton Road and St Germain’s Church, City Road. For details of upcoming services and other church activities see the Church Calendar.
Karis Neighbour Scheme
It is both a privilege and an opportunity to have Karis Neighbour Scheme within the parish. Karis is a key partner organisation in a deprived part of the parish, providing a useful channel of engagement between rich and poor. Karis has been set up in an inspirational way, in that a small number of paid employees organise a huge number of volunteers. This gives them wide-spread resources. Karis ensures that the work done by volunteers is time well spent. Besides this, Karis provides a welcoming, inclusive base, so that volunteers feel appreciated. We have the opportunity to function as individuals, perhaps visiting people who have requested help, or as part of a team, for instance, teaching English in a group for foreigners. Karis was set up to try to ensure that anyone needing support or advice has someone to turn to. Members of St. George’s can bring their skills and talents to help further Karis’ aim to serve the local community as Christians, offering friendship and encouragement to those in need in Ladywood. In Karis we find an organisation that can appreciate what we have to offer and use it effectively.
Edgbaston and Ladywood Churches Together (ELCT)
St George’s is a member of this local ecumenical group. We meet together to share news and concerns, have a United Service during the week of prayer for Christian Unity each January and other activities such as a Songs of Praise service in summer. We pray regularly for the various churches.
Prayer Book Society
The Prayer Book Society is a National Organisation, Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, that aims to keep alive the use of the Book of Common Prayer, which remains the authorised service book of the Church of England. A magazine is issued at Lent, Trinity, and Michaelmas; copies of which are at the back of the church.
For services which use the BCP at St. George's please see our Worship section.
The activities of the Birmingham Branch are:
AGM in March, held at St Bartholomew's ('the Old Church') Edgbaston, preceded by Choral Matins and followed by a simple lunch
Summer 'Day Out' by coach, and Evensong before we return home
Members are encouraged to invite friends to these events.
Christian Aid helps people in poverty out of poverty, empowering people in need, of all faiths or none, with a global programme. Sustainable farming programmes, small loans and reliable water sources are powerful tools in the fight against poor health and poor education. The organisation aims to tackle dire situations before they develop into emergencies. Christian Aid is a part of the DEC, the Disasters Emergency Committee, responding globally with aid in immediate emergencies. St George’s is committed to support their fight by participating in the annual national house-to-house collection and holding in-church social activities.
St George’s Church supports the Children’s Society each year by means of house boxes. The designated box-opening month is January. The total donation to the Society from St George’s in recent years has been £350 to £400.