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August at IGB

At Inclusive Gathering, we take a break from our usual schedule and shift to a more relaxed change of pace in August with plenty of opportunities to meet up and get to know one another.

There will be a variety of social meet-ups (usually including food!), book club-style discussions, online gatherings, day trips and adventures. Please join in with as little or as much as is life-giving to you!

Here’s what’s happening …

Summer Party & Picnic

On Sunday 31st July, we’ll be kicking off our summer season with a Summer Party & Picnic 2-5pm at the Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House Garden. (11 St James Road B15 1JP).

This will be an informal summer gathering with plenty of time to chat and spend time together. Pop in or come all afternoon.

At 3pm we’ll have music from David Benjamin Blower and our own Joel the Custodian will be doing a few songs from his new album. This along with some other spatterings of creativity from our IGB community will be streamed to Facebook Live.

Do you have a song or a poem or a magic trick or something else creative, thoughtful or amusing you’d like to share on the day? Email newchurchbirmingham@gmail.com

Weekly Sunday Brunch Socials at Boston Tea Party

On Sunday mornings 7, 14 & 21 August, we’ll meet for a relaxed Sunday Brunch at Boston Tea Party (Five Ways) from 9:15 -look out for us in the Blue Room – if it’s a nice day we might be sitting outside. We’re really happy to cover the cost of a breakfast bap and a hot drink.

BTP is JUST around the corner from our usual meeting spot, and the venue is accessible and has vegan and GF options.

IGB Summer Book Clubs

On Sunday, 7th August at 3pm we’re thrilled to welcome author Charlie Bell who will be joining us on Zoom for an interactive discussion about his new book, Queer Holiness: The Gift of LGBTQI People to the Church. This Zoom is open to all people of good will, whether or not you usually attend IGB. Register in advance for your Zoom link here.

On Sunday, 21st August we’ll be hosting our 2nd Zoom book club of the summer. David will be leading our discussion of Rob Bell’s audiobook ‘Handling Your Fire: Passion, Burnout, Routines & Resilience’. Register in advance for your Zoom link here.

IGB Day Trip to Greenbelt Festival

We’re organising an IGB Day Trip to Greenbelt Festival on Sunday, 28th August. Would you like to join us?

Please fill in this google form to express interest and to answer a few questions that will help us plan logistics/ travel. If you are planning to be at Greenbelt for the whole weekend, still fill in the form as we can plan to meet up.

Outdoor Meet-Ups

On the 14th August, David & Nettes will be hosting an outdoor meet-up at the Floating Front Room, South Loop Park, Rotten Park Street, Ladywood, B16 0AE. Hot drinks and yummy cakes are available.

On Sunday 21st August, we’ll be joining in with our friends at Wylde Green URC (North Birmingham) for an Open Table Birmingham Picnic. This is an ecumenical gathering open to LGBTQ+ people and allies, centred around sharing Open Table communion together- all are welcome.

Joy, Celebration & Pride in September

AND we’re back to our regular schedule in September with our first worship gathering back at Five Ways on Sunday 4th September. Our theme for the month will be joy and celebration – particularly appropriate as we look forward to Birmingham Pride festivities!