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.
- 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 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. Details of next event will be circulated soon.
- Thomas Project
- Hope into Action – coming to Walsall soon.
- Bridging the Gap.
- Families Champions
- Walsall Money Advice Project
- Places of Welcome
- Transforming Communities Together
- Walsall Street Pastors
Night Shelter Walsall
When thinking about my role in developing the Walsall Night Shelter this song comes to mind.
LET ME TOUCH HIM, LET ME TOUCH JESUS,
LET ME TOUCH HIM AS HE PASSES BY
SO WHEN I SHALL REACH OUT TO OTHERS, THEY SHALL KNOW HIM
THEY SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE
JUST TO BE HIS HAND EXTENDED, REACHING OUT TO THE OPPRESSED,
LET ME TOUCH HIM, LET ME TOUCH JESUS, SO THAT OTHERS MAY KNOW AND BE BLESSED.
I don’t just see my role as setting up a Night Shelter, I see it as offering a lifeline to those who are often oppressed and broken hearted, in real despair and with no hope.
I am therefore, appealing to the body of Christ, followers of Jesus Christ to reach out by volunteering on this year’s Night shelter. We know that the only real remedy is Jesus, He is the only one who can transform the lives of the men and women who will use the Shelter. Let’s have the heart and mind of Christ, a heart of compassion and love, and be that listening ear, as we prayerfully seek God for His divine intervention.
Further to my visits or emails to you, here is a further update.
At the end of August I was appointed by the YMCA who were commissioned by Walsall Council to set up this year’s Walsall Night Shelter for rough sleepers. It has been agreed that the Night Shelter will run for 3 months, from the beginning of December to the end of February, from the hours of 8pm until 9am, 7 days a week.
Walsall Council have agreed to sub-let the building formally known as Electoral Office, Darwall Street, WS1 1AP for the purposes of the Walsall Night Shelter, providing it also meets the conditions set out by the Council.
I was also tasked with recruiting and Coordinating the training of up to 100 volunteers. Although, I now have 35 out of 72 people who have registered to attend the Open Days below, I am still looking for more people to sign up, as some may decide not to pursue this opportunity.
Working with vulnerable adults is no easy job, however, it is a very rewarding one. I am therefore looking for individuals who have a passion and heart for supporting a diverse and often neglected group of individuals, who live a very chaotic lifestyles, and many of whom are alcohol and/or drug dependent.
This is a great opportunity for partnership working with Walsall Council and with the YMCA a recognised and reputable Charity, so if you think any of your community members/volunteers or contacts, would benefit from volunteering with us please do share the information below with them. Even if they can only commit to a few hours a week or month that would be greatly appreciated.
As time is of the essence, the Open Days and Evenings are as follows and will take place at the Glebe Centre, corner of Wednesbury Road/Glebe Street, Walsall, WS1 3RU.
TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 12.30PM – 2.30 PM
TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 6.30PM – 8.30 PM
THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER 1.00PM – 3.00 PM
THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER 7.00PM -9.00 PM.
During these events you will hear about Night Shelters, from the previous Night Shelter Leader and volunteers and hopefully a Service user as well. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have, and finally complete a Volunteer form AND confirm your availability, so a rota can be drawn up during the month of November.
PLEASE NOTE YOU ONLY NEED ATTEND ONE OF THE ABOVE SESSIONS. HOWEVER, EVERY POTENTIAL VOLUNTEER MUST ATTEND ONE.
If you come to one of the sessions during the daytime, you will see first-hand a Centre that offers a great service to some of the individuals you are likely to see at the Night Shelter.
Towards the end of October, we will invite you to participate in 2 half days of Compulsory training, as well as complete a risk assessment form.
I am hoping I have correct email addresses for everyone. Just in case I have not, I will be posting the contents of this email on the Walsall Night Shelter Facebook Page, so hopefully all 72 of you will respond.
It is important that you do respond and let me know which session you will be attending for seating and catering reasons. If needs be we may be able to run a session on a Saturday if some of you cannot make any of the above dates.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me.
I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU BY FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2017.
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!
So as we respond to his call, lets meet together on Friday 20th (7:30pm) at Legacy Church (What was previously Walsall Christian Centre on Corporation Street…Lance’s Church) for a time of praise and worship and then on Saturday 21st October at The Rock (9:30am). Encourage folk to get involved.
Blessings Tim Summersby (Leader – Walsall Community Church – Goldmine Centre).
The first ever The Mayor and Faith Conference will be a unique gathering, a chance to meet like-minded friends and provide a unique opportunity for you and your colleagues to help shape my top priorities for beginning to work with communities right across the region. I’ll be there to welcome you and I am hoping you will be able to come and join the conversation.
In my manifesto I promised a Faith Conference because I am convinced our faith communities, and faith based charities form one of the greatest – and sometimes most under-appreciated – sources of strength, vitality and resilience in our area. I want to get to work straight away to listen and support and discuss how we can work together to:
• Unlock the potential of our young people by building new leadership networks
• Reduce homelessness and social need
• Keep our communities safer by mitigating hate crime and discrimination
• Find concrete ways to work together to make our economy work better for the whole community.
The various faiths and faith organisations in the region are a force for good and I have lots to learn from you. Lots to learn and much for us to talk about together.
The Conference will be hosted by the Edward Cadbury Centre and will be held at the Great Hall, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT.
Date and time: Monday 27 November, 4-9pm. We expect to be able to provide a light packed supper to keep you going.
I would be delighted if you could join me to help build the next steps in my Renewal Plan and my office looks forward very much to hearing from you or your nominee.
Please sign up through the webpage: https://www.wmca.org.uk/the-mayor-and-faith-conference/
Mayor of the West Midlands
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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