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As I write this, there are some early signs of the changing seasons, with snow drops decorating the dark, damp days of Winter.

They bring us a pop of brightness and the hope and comfort of what is ahead, in lighter and warmer days. Food can also be a comfort

to us through this cold season and with the lunar new year just celebrated, Chinese sticky rice dishes, delicious and filling, symbolise a

link between heaven and earth and the ‘sticking together’ of family. We are all members of God’s global family and how well we are able to

‘stick together’ has been filling the conversations for some of us at Holy Cross. We are mindful of those, who through ill health no longer enjoy

 independence and through no fault of their own have become isolated. It’s important for us to keep connected with phone calls and visits that reassure

as we offer emotional and spiritual support. This has prompted us into action and we now have the beginnings of a Pastoral Care Team, who hope to

extend God’s love into the community within a framework of support and accountability, as we share the good news found in Jesus Christ.

These we know are very small steps within the broader picture of social care and we give thanks for those who provide essential services to so many.

We will offer signposting to appropriate activities and groups, often known by the term ‘social prescribing’, where non-clinical services meet wellbeing needs.

Taking part in a group or activity, has positive impacts on those who’ve attended and longer lasting benefits can come from the relationships which form

 by staying connected as a sense of belonging develops.

So, whether it’s Place of Welcome, Hands on Crafts or Breathing Space at Holy Cross or any of the many other opportunities in and around Billesley,

 let us reach out and ‘stick together’ in ways that offer welcome, inclusion and love.


She is clothed with strength and dignity,

and she laughs without fear of the future.

                                                                        Proverbs 31.25


February Diary:

Sunday 2nd, 10am All Ages Together Celebrating Candlemas

Malachi 3.1-5, Luke 2.22-40


Wednesday 5th, Healing Service


Wednesday 12th, 19th, 26th, 11am Holy Communion

Wednesday 12th, 6.30pm, PCC Mission Meeting The Courtyard Room


Sunday 9th,10am 3rd Sunday before Lent Holy Communion

1 Corinthians 2.1-12, Matthew 5.13-20


Sunday 16th,10am, 2nd Sunday before Lent Holy Communion

Romans 8.18-25, Matthew 6.25-end

Sunday 23rd,10am Service of the Word

2 Peter 1.16-end, Matthew 17.1-9


Wednesday 26th February Ash Wednesday 11am Holy Communion

with Imposition of Ashes Joel 2.1-2, 12-17 & John 8.1-11


Thursday 27th, 7pm Messy Church Hub meeting.


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Second Wednesday of the month

1–2.30pm, a group for those who enjoy the company of others with singing and conversation. Dementia friendly. Wednesday 12th February, lunch is provided so booking is appreciated.


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Thursdays 13th & 27th February,11am-1pm


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A peaceful space for spiritual contemplation, meditation and exploration of your inner beliefs and spiritual nature. Refreshments will be available. Please speak to Chloe, Mission Apprentice for more information.


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Half Term Messy fun for all the family to explore with craft, story, songs and food. Tuesday 18th February 10.30am -12.30pm.


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Thursday afternoons at 2pm from 20th February. No experience or skill necessary to explore your creativity in a variety of ways, with funding from Birmingham City Council, Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme - “Live Laugh Love”. All are welcome to come and join in!




March Diary:

Sunday 1st,10am All Ages Together Journeying into Lent


Wednesday 4th,11am Healing Service


Wednesday 11th, 18th, 25th 11am Holy Communion


Sunday 8th,10am Lent 2


Wednesday 11th, 6.30pm PCC Meeting The Courtyard Room


Sunday 15th,10am Lent 3


Sunday 22nd,10am Lent 4 Mothering Sunday


Saturday 28th March put clocks forward one hour.

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Sunday 29th,10am Lent 5 Passiontide


Lent Study Group Tuesdays at 7pm commencing 3rd March.



Open every Wednesday midday–2pm at Holy Cross

 companionship and light refreshments with social activities

a warm and friendly welcome for all

If you are lonely or bereaved or are needing some social support

you will be especially welcome.



During the evenings at the Community Centre you will find:

Tuesday – Scout groups

Wednesday - Slimming World

Friday - Taekwondo

Enquiries for all Christenings, Weddings and Funerals