What we Do?
Walsall is blessed with a lot of God inspired initiatives. LoveWalsall sets out to suppport Walsall’s Christian initiatives with prayer, publicity and / or resource. Some initiatives are listed below for prayer and information. Please email me should you sense your project would benefit from being on this page.
- We are working with Homeless Link and YMCA Black Country, to bring together groups from across the Borough who are on the frontline of supporting the homeless, so that they can network, build relationships and have mutual support.Our next meeting is Wednesday 14th March, 6pm to 8pm at the Small Street Centre, 1a Small Street, Walsall, WS1 3PR If anyone would like to attend, please RSVP:
Text / Phone – 07946 771 495
- On Good Friday, Friday 30th March (doors open 6.00 pm) Restoration Christian Ministries (RCM) will be hosting an evening worship event with a simple aim: to create space for you and the guests you invite to dwell in Father’s presence in informal yet anointed worship.We’ve called it Dwell.
Dwell derives from a shared vision for quality time of worship that will help deepen and enrich our relationship with God. Simply an environment and atmosphere of worship with like minded believers.
Doors open at 6pm.
Venue: The County Hotel, 45 Birmingham Rd, Walsall WS1 2NG
Tickets cost £5 for age 16 and over.
Free for Under 15s
GET YOUR TICKETS at https://restorationcm.churchdesk.com/dwell-worship
For further information contact the team at:
- Fighting Debt in the Black Country – more info below and below
‘How to Spot a Loan Shark’ Workshops for the Black Country. If you would like to book places for Sandwell and Wolverhampton please click on the eventbrite links below –
- Sandwell on Wednesday 21 March, 10:00-12:00 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-spot-a-loan-shark-workshop-sandwell-tickets-43239804419
- Dudley on Wednesday 11 April, 10:00-12:00 – please reply to this email to book a place
- Wolverhampton on Tuesday 17 April, 10:00-12:00 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-spot-a-loan-shark-workshop-wolverhampton-tickets-43239722173
I am also in the process of planning the first Just Finance Foundation’s Black Country Conference on Thursday 31 May, 2018 so please save the date and look out for further details.
- Big Youth – Next Events
- Walsall Turning – see more detail below.
- Higher Tour
- The Big Feed
- Walsall North Foodbank
- Ablewell Advice Foodbank
- Black Country Foodbank
- Tuesday Prayer for Walsall at Legacy Church every Tuesday at Legacy, Corporation St West from 0930 to 1030.
- Worship Central. Details of next event will be circulated soon.
- Night Shelter. See details below. Contact Jean
- LoveWalsall Prayer and Breakfast. First Thursday morning of the month except January, April, July, October at Vines, 33 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall, WS1 1RR. Starts 0700 until 0830. Email Kev & me to book in.
- Catalyst. Quarterly Prayer and Breakfast on Saturday morning at 0800. Next breakfast at Legacy Church, 28th April 2018.
- Thomas Project
- NB – Recruiting
- Hope into Action – coming to Walsall soon.
- Bridging the Gap.
- Families Champions – Sam Knight appointed as Black Country Families Champions Coordinator.
- Walsall Money Advice Project
- Places of Welcome
- Transforming Communities Together
- Walsall Street Pastors
- Walsall Heathlands Mission Facebook
- Green Lane Baptist Church Walsall – MendIt Project
- Diary showing future events – at bottom of page
FIGHTING DEBT IN THE BLACK COUNTRY
Black Country people battling debt are to benefit from the appointment of a new worker who will coordinate efforts to help them become more financially resilient.
The Revd Cassius Francis has joined Transforming Communities Together – a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and Diocese of Lichfield – as its Just Finance Black County Development Worker, working with churches and local community groups across the four boroughs.
In 2015 the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby, helped secure a cap on the cost of payday loans and helped raise awareness of community based responsible financial providers like credit unions.
Further work has led to the creation of a new national charity, the Just Finance Foundation, to increase the supply of fair and affordable credit, build financial capability and develop fair financial systems in local communities. The Black County is now the fourth area in the country to benefit from a dedicated development worker.
Cassius will be working with partners across the region, including the Dioceses of Lichfield and Worcester, Sandwell Churches Link, whg Housing Association in Walsall and Wolverhampton City Credit Union, supported by local and national charities.
The Rev Dr David Primrose, Chair of Transforming Communities Together, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cassius to our team. We know that churches and groups across the Black Country are doing some great work to support people in their community to become more financially resilient, but changes such as Universal Credit and the already high debt levels locally mean that extra capacity is needed.”
Cassius will be able to offer churches and other groups a range of options to help them support people, including UCSavvy, Cash Smart Credit Savvy, the Debt Course and Money Talks.
Alongside this new role Cassius will be continuing to develop a church planting programme for the Wesleyan Holiness Church British Isles District. He was the Senior Pastor of the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Wolverhampton until the end of 2017. Cassius is particularly passionate about social justice, reducing poverty, and young people. He and his wife, Vanessa, have also established and run a charitable project in Haiti. Last summer Cassius also organised the Black Country Homelessness Conference on behalf of Transforming Communities Together in partnership with Housing Justice. (m/f)
Cassius completed his foundational training for ministry at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, in 2013. He has run his own business, and previously worked as a youth and community worker in the diverse and vibrant parish of St Mark’s CE in Tollington Park, north London. He has been a trustee for Church Urban Fund’s Thrive Together Birmingham focussed on engaging churches in reducing poverty across the city, and is still a member of the Wesleyan European Council.
Cassius said: “I didn’t think I was poor growing up, but I do remember Mom and Dad telling me that we were having a party by candlelight when the electricity had run out! As an adult I have seen the crippling effects of debt on families and I have personally experienced the feelings of financial exclusion particularly during periods of unemployment. I am glad to see that the Archbishop has made this programme a priority and I am excited to be part of something that can engage churches in making a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.”
For more information visit https://www.cuf.org.uk/justfinancebc
The Diocese of Lichfield is an area with a population of over two million which includes Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, the Black Country and most of Shropshire.
For media enquiries contact Pete Bate, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lichfield, 01543 306292 or 07754 785865, email@example.com
Diocese of Lichfield: https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/
Big Youth is an opportunity for our local young people to come together, invite their friends make new friends while having a blast and hearing the gospel!
The last friday of every month Big Youth hosts events varying from escape rooms to weekends away and team challenges!
Our heart is to see our young people come together under christ and see them grow into the body knowing each other as they get older and strengthing the Unity we all share in Christ!
Higher Tour coming to the Midlands in 2018 !
Details and Tour dates attached
Walsall Community Church
Administrative Office: Goldmine Centre 14a Lower Hall Lane Walsall WS1 1RL Tel: 01922 629313
Registered Charity No 1076491 Company No 3769753
IMAGINE an event where thousands of young people from Walsall and the Black Country came together into an atmosphere of Christian PRAISE AND WORSHIP!
Imagine if most WEREN’T CHRISTIANS YET
Imaging if the gospel was preached powerfully and THOUSANDS CAME TO THE LORD!
Well you have just imagined the HIGHER TOUR…The largest Youth Mission in the Uk for a generation…and it’s coming to the Black Country next year…JUST IMAGINE!!
Higher is an initiative from the The Message Trust (Andy Hawthorne of World Wide Message Tribe) based in Manchester. They have seen thousands of young people powerfully touched by the Gospel through Higher Manchester. They are running it outside of Manchester for the first time and feel that The Lord has called them to the Midland.
HIGHER MIDLANDS will run across the region, kicking off with bands going into secondary schools between 26th Feb – 15th March. The idea is that these young people then come along to a Gospel Gig at All Nations Church in Wolverhampton on 16th and 17th March where they will be presented with the gospel and we pray thousands will respond.
Once they have made that initial committment, they will be given a Bible, and an App for their phone with contact details of their local church…where they will be welcomed and discipled.
More information will follow…but as Love Walsall Churches, we are obviously very excited by this and would love all the churches in Walsall to get behind Higher. It’s also a great opportunity for our Church Young people to bring their friends to what will be a fantastic event.
Blessings and watch this space.
Tim Summersby (Walsall Community Church)
Walsall Heathlands Mission.
We’re a partnership between Latimer Minster in Buckinghamshire, and the Diocese of Lichfield bringing mission into Blakenall Heath, Leamore and Beechdale.
Night Shelter Walsall
I am hoping that by now you are all aware that there will be a Walsall Night Shelter for ‘rough sleepers’, hopefully opening on Friday 1st December, and every night from 8pm until 9am, seven days a week until the end of February, regardless of weather conditions. A building on Darwall Street, more or less opposite the Civic Centre, although identified has not yet been approved by planning, but hopefully will be within the next week or so.
As we are hopeful that planning permission will be granted, and as some of you had already informed me that you, your church or organisation, wanted to make a donation, I am now circulating a comprehensive list of resources that will be required for the Walsall Night shelter.
As can be seen we are in need of a significant number of items, some small, some large. However, in order to manage the whole process, it will be necessary for sponsors to contact me beforehand before purchasing any of the items so I can keep a tab on the items that is being bought or donated.
In addition, as the building is not yet ready to receive donations and as we have no other storage, can you please hold on to any items you may purchase until further notice.
Walsall Night Shelter News! ******
On Tuesday we launched our ‘Buy a Bed for a Rough Sleeper’ initiative for Walsall Night Shelter! As you maybe aware, YMCA Black Country Group is, once again, delivering Night Shelter provision over the winter months (please pop over to the Walsall Night Shelter FB page for more info!) for rough sleepers in Walsall.
With this is mind, we’re giving people the opportunity to ‘buy a bed’ that a rough sleeper can use over the 3 months that NS will be operational at the Shelter. The idea is that you purchase a folding camp bed from our Amazon Wish List (or you can purchase one from somewhere else if they have a better deal on!) and we will ensure that the beds are used at this year’s Night Shelter for rough sleepers. Unless you would prefer to remain anonymous, we will make sure that your incredibly kind act is recognised and that your name, and a thank you, is put on the bed as we will state: ‘This bed has been purchased by XX for the Walsall Night Shelter 2017/18, helping rough sleepers to be safe, warm and dry’ – or words to that effect (we haven’t fine tuned the wording yet!)
If you can, please help us to start the ball rolling with the resources that we’ll need for this year’s Night Shelter, by taking a look at our ‘Walsall Night Shelter’ Amazon Wish List.
Thank you so much for all your support!
Amazon.co.uk Universal Wishlist for The Glebe Centre.
The Walsall Turning…It’s Harvest Time! (Walsall: Our town; His harvest field)
As we move into this season of harvest I’m reminded of the times over the years that we have called out to The Lord for a Harvest of souls in Walsall!
Working together as The Body of Christ in Walsall, lets continue to encourage one another and remind ourselves that The Lord is on the move in our town and in the hearts of people. Through The Walsall Turning we have:
- prayed for over 3000 people on the streets of Walsall
- seen over 620 people pray to receive Jesus for themselves
- worked together as churches in Walsall to reach out in love
- experienced our town being blessed and the spiritual atmosphere changed
Testimony: One story of encouragement from this week comes from Steve Kirk, who had been asked to pray for a man who was sick. During the conversation Steve discovered that this man had been met on the streets of Walsall, led through a prayer of committment and been ‘born again’. He was clear about what he had done and how that one conversation on the street had impacted his life.
We don’t always know what happens to the seed we sow, but as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3 v6 ” I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow”
So, as The Walsall Turning continues, lets hear the call of Jesus, who said to his disciples in Matthew 9 v37-38 ” The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field“…His calling is to pray for workers to go into the harvest!
Blessings Tim Summersby (Leader – Walsall Community Church – Goldmine Centre).
Monthly Prayer Breakfast
On the first Thursday of every month (NB. except January, April, July, October) for a borough wide prayer breakfast at Vines, 33 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall, WS1 1RR. Starts 0700 until 0830. Email Kev & me to book in.
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Last updated 2018 02 28