Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Course Autumn 2017

Six Week Course in Central Birmingham (from Monday 2 October, Evening 2hrs/wk)

The 6 wk course covers:

  • an introduction to key skills and knowledge
  • what is chaplaincy?
  • listening to others and caring for people at work
  • making a difference as a ‘guest’ in a business organisation
  • exploring questions of faith, spirituality and world-view within an organisation
  • joining up chaplaincy and church
  • working safely in a team and looking after yourself

 

The programme involves input, exercises, discussion, a visit to see a Chaplaincy in action and some prayer and worship. Depending on prior skills and experience, further training sessions may be needed before CIGB would recommend a volunteer for Workplace Chaplaincy.

Most people who do the course:

  • have some life experience in listening/caring
  • have belonged to a church for a few years
  • are interested in working with people outside of the usual boundaries of the church
  • are happy to work with other faiths.

Participants on the course have previously come from a wide variety of churches, from Pentecostal to Roman Catholic, house churches to new monastic communities.

The course is an opportunity for participants to learn about the key chaplaincy ways of working, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. The course is not a commitment or a guarantee to proceed into workplace chaplaincy: that subsequent decision is for further discernment at the end of the course. The vast majority of chaplaincy positions in workplaces are unpaid. Other chaplaincy areas – eg Hospital / Healthcare, Education, Prison etc have their own specific training courses and requirements and are not covered by this course.

Previous course participants have said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

More information is available here

To join the course please contact peter.sellick@cigb.org.uk

 

Workplace Chaplaincy in Solihull –  Introduction and Training      3 Week September course

To book for the Solihull course – info here

What do Workplace Chaplains do?

Could I be a workplace chaplain? – our leaflet introduces what chaplains do, why it is a growing ministry of the church and typical ground rules for Chaplains.

Good stores and information are on the national Workplace Chaplaincy Mission website 

Also see our Annual Reports and our videos

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull has teams of voluntary chaplains to businesses, enterprises and organisations across Birmingham and Solihull, with about 60 volunteers altogether. Our chaplaincies are in places like Birmingham and Solihull Shopping Centres, NEC Group, National Express Buses, Kings Heath High St, Birmingham City Council and the Fire Service. More general information about Chaplaincy is available on our ‘Chaplaincy Fortnight’ page.

 

Past Events

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull Annual Meeting 2017

 

AGM and ‘The Bexit Effect’   16 May  17:30-20:00

at Unison, 19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway Birmingham B4 7LR

The AGM (18:00-18:30) will briefly CIGB activities in 2016, and update our Governance and Financial Position.

Paul Faulkner, CEO of Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, and Professor Monder Ram, of Birmingham University Centre for Research into Minority Ethnic Entrepreneurship, will introduce discussion about the Brexit Effect in Birmingham and Solihull, until 8pm.

This event is now fully booked.

 

 

 

 

Workers Memorial Day Commemoration

April 28th 12:30pm

at St Philip’s Cathedral grounds, Colmore Row, B3 2QB

“Remember the Dead: Fight for the Living”

The theme this year is “Strong Laws – Strong enforcement – Strong Unions”

The brief event will remember all those killed through work and call for action to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

More information available at www.tuc.org.uk/WMD2016

 

 

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy training course, Spring 2016

Six Wednesdays from 5 – 7pm starting on 24th February 2016 at 1 Colmore Row.

 

Chaplaincy Fortnight 2015: 7th – 21st June: “Celebrating the Whole Body of Christ”

Chaplains and churches are celebrating Chaplaincy as a Mission of the Christian Church: ‘Finding out where God is at work and joining in’.

Chaplains in Birmingham and Solihull work in diverse areas including Education, Healthcare, Military, Justice and Commercial Workplaces.

To invite a chaplain to speak to your church or organisation, to find prayers or names of local chaplains, visit our dedicated webpage.

Annual Meeting and AGM: Monday 11 May from 5:30pm Hall 7, ICC Broad St, Birmingham

Chaplaincy: A Business-eye View

Mike Murray, Senior Development Surveyor for St Modwen Longbridge, and Shelley Phelan, Executive Director for Equalities, Diversity and Safeguarding at Bournville College, will be speaking about their organisations and how Chaplaincy adds value. The Longbridge redevelopment has had a Construction Chaplain for three years, and there are now Retail Chaplains to the new shops. Bournville College has had a team of Chaplains for two years, and they work with staff and students.

A recent report into Chaplaincy has identified the benefits of Chaplaincy to enterprises and organisations: as well as addition pastoral care, Chaplains also help create a sense of work community, provide an independent voice and can advise on religious diversity issues. Chaplains are there for people of any faith or no faith: their agenda is to see people and organisations flourish in a wholesome way.

The meeting will also include a short AGM business meeting, and refreshments. Get in touch if you would like to join us.

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy:  Six consecutive Mondays from 4 – 6pm starting on 23rd February 2015.  The course will take place at 1 Colmore Row.

Our next Workplace Chaplaincy training course starting Monday 23rd February 2015 at 1 Colmore Row. This is for people who might be interested in voluntary chaplaincy in one of the 15  existing workplace chaplaincy teams across Birmingham and Solihull (www.cigb.org.uk/about-us/chaplaincies), or would like to set up (eg a High Street) chaplaincy near to their local church.

The course is an opportunity to learn about the key chaplaincy skills, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. This year’s participants said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

For more information please click here: INTRODUCTION TO WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY Spring 2015

Annual Commissioning Service

This year our Annual Commissioning Service will take place on Sunday 23rd November at 3.00pm.  The venue will be New Life Baptist Church which is situated right in the middle of King’s Heath High Street.  Our guest speaker is Ian Howarth, Chair of Birmingham Methodist District.  Several new Chaplains will be commissioned and existing Chaplains have the opportunity to rededicate themselves to their work.

We expect the service to last for around one hour and it will be followed by light refreshments.  Everyone is welcome to join us on this occasion.

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Monday 29 Sep – 10 November 2014   Mondays 5-7pm at 1 Colmore Row.

Our next Workplace Chaplaincy training course starting Monday 29 Sept at 1 Colmore Row. This is for people who might be interested in voluntary chaplaincy in one of the 15  existing workplace chaplaincy teams across Birmingham and Solihull (www.cigb.org.uk/about-us/chaplaincies), or would like to set up (eg a High Street) chaplaincy near to their local church.

The course is an opportunity to learn about the key chaplaincy skills, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. This year’s participants said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

Ministry in the City of Birmingham Thurs 23 Oct – day course

Find our more about the key issues in the wider community/statutory sector/economy and how churches are developing their mission to these concerns. Includes Speakers from Birmingham City Council,  Visits to Church Projects and Bus Tour to see key sites in the City, and Lunch.

Taster for Chaplaincy at Longbridge  new Town Centre Sun 19 Jan 3:30-5:30pm

God’s Heart for Longbridge and CIGB are offering a taster training session for local church members.  It is for congregation members who may be interested in helping people in the new places of Longbridge to see that God is alive – through chaplaincy support and celebrating God’s presence in their lives. The afternoon is being held at the ‘Factory’ on Longbridge Lane.

More information available here or contact Peter Sellick.  More info about Longbridge Town Centre here.

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Tues 11 Mar – 15 April 2014   Tuesdays 4-6pm. 1 Colmore Row.

Our next Workplace Chaplaincy training course starting Tues 11 Mar 4-6pm at 1 Colmore Row. This is for people who might be interested in chaplaincy in one of the 15  existing workplace chaplaincy teams across Birmingham and Solihull (www.cigb.org.uk/about-us/chaplaincies), or would like to set up (eg a High Street) chaplaincy near to their local church.

A recent Radio 4 Today Programme  interview with a High St  Retail Chaplain (in Bristol) can be heard here.

The course is an opportunity to learn about the key chaplaincy skills, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. This year’s participants said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

More Info here Workplace Chaplaincy Training

Annual Commissioning Service

Our annual Commissioning Service will take place on Sunday 24th November at 3.00pm at Trinity United Reformed Church in Hall Green. 

The Commissioning Service is an annual ecumenical CIGB event at which new workplace chaplains are commissioned and existing workplace chaplains have the opportunity to rededicate themselves to this work.

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Tues 8 Oct – 19 Nov   4-6pm. Training Course

More Info here Workplace Chaplaincy Training

Ministry in the City of Birmingham Thurs 24 Oct – day course

Find our more about the key issues in the wider community/statutory sector/economy and how churches are developing their mission to these concerns. Includes Speakers from Birmingham City Council, Social Enterprises, Visits to Church Projects, Open-Top Bus Tour and Lunch. Info and booking form: Ministry in Birmingham

“More Tax, Less Aid:  Too Simple A Solution?”

Friday June 28th at 6.30pm

by Methodist Tax Justice Network in Birmingham. The meeting, chaired by Barbara Hayes, had speakers: Revd Peggy Mulambya Kabonde of the United Church of Zambia, John Cooper of Christian Aid and Gracewell Mwansa;  on the subject of whether the need for overseas aid would be eliminated if multinational companies paid their fair share of taxes in the countries where raw materials are extracted.

Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual meeting was on Monday May 13th in the Banking Hall at Wragge & Co., 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AS.

Our two guest speakers Tim Watts, CEO of Pertemps and Rob Johnston, TUC Regional Secretary spoke on the theme “Part-time and Temporary working:  Dynamic and Precarious?”.