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The Story of Inclusive Gathering Birmingham

On Sunday, 11th April we’ll be starting a new series looking at the practice of inclusion and what it does/ can look like in a variety of areas of life and faith. The clue is in the name, but we see inclusion as a core part of our spirituality and our justice-seeking as a community.

To kick off this series, we’re going to be joined by a number of the original folks who helped get Inclusive Gathering Birmingham going (then New Inclusive Church) back in the day and listen to them tell the story of our start. So those of you who’ve been around for a while can look forward to seeing some familiar faces.

In addition to a bunch of stories, we’ll also have music, questions and a bunch of banter in the chat. You’re also invited to join us for a chat and social time on Zoom at 5:15. (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635, Passcode: 123674)

Welcome (Danielle)

Song –Come to the Table (Ali & Ellie)

Question for Sharing (John & Eunice) –At Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, we often talk about ‘radical inclusion’ being something we aspire to as a community.  What would radical inclusion look like for you? 

Prayer (Nona)

Almighty God, through your Holy Spirit you created unity in the midst of diversity;
We acknowledge that human diversity is an expression of your manifold love for your creation;
We confess that in our brokenness as human beings we turn diversity into a source of alienation, injustice, oppression, and wounding.
Empower us to recognize and celebrate differences as your great gift to the human family.
Enable us to be the architects of understanding, of respect and love;
Through the Lord, the ground of all unity, we pray. Amen

Reading (Ruth)

“I pray that out of God’s glorious riches God may strengthen you with power through the Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all God’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

Reflection – The Story of IGB (Trey Hall, Kerry Scarlett, Farai Mapamula, Eunice Attwood, Tom Reynolds, Danielle Wilson)

Song –Hey Jesus (Mark)

The Love Feast (Pete) *

Song – Without You (Eeek)

What’s Coming up (Danielle) 

Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”

At 5:15, we’ll reconvene on Zoom to chat more about the themes from the gathering. (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635 Passcode: 123674)

*If you are part of our community and would like to make a gift toward Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, you can do that here. Anything you give helps to support the costs of making church happen and allows us to be generous as a community. There’s no pressure to give!

If you’ve got any questions about Inclusive Gathering Birmingham or would like to have a chat with someone from our community, please email newchurchbirmingham@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch.

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