Author: Rich Hackett

Basement Project Winter Newsletter

We start this newsletter with a huge thank you to everyone who donated food, toiletries and other goods over the Christmas period. Every year the good people of Bromsgrove and surrounding districts amaze us with their generosity – and this year was no exception. In fact this year was the best ever! We had schools, churches and other organisations collecting on our behalf, families calling in with items, sometimes every hour, and even people deciding not to buy each other presents for Christmas but giving to Basement clients instead. Final word to one of our clients, Sarah, who said: “I couldn’t have afforded much this year and wasn’t really looking

Cafe and Quiet Room Open

The Methodist has a Cafe and Quiet Room which is open on Monday – Friday 10:00 – 15:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 12:30. Come along and enjoy a warm drink and something to eat, make new friends or have time for peaceful reflection. A warm welcome awaits.

2014 Update from NewStarts

An update from NewStarts 1. Recycled 137,326 kg of unwanted furniture which e’ve donated to people in critical need and sold at low cost. 2. Given 267 emergency food bags to vulnerable individuals and families. 3. Recycled and reused about 1300 laptops/pcs, selling them at low cost to organisations and individuals around the UK and in the third world 4. Offered work experience for 100 unemployed people many of whom have gone on to secure employment and/or vocational/apprenticeship scheme. 5. Delivered debt management services to 120 vulnerable people including training them to manage their finances for the long term. 6. Thank you for your assistance during 2014, whether that’s been

Pilgrimage to ISTANBUL and the EARLY CHURCHES of ASIA

3 – 13 MAY 2016 Rev Richard Wilde is considering a pilgrimage to Istanbul and the early churches of Asia. See the attached pdf.  Are you interested? The group he took to Greece in 2014 included several denominations and folk from his current and former churches but there was no one from any other church in Bromsgrove. You are asked to help Richard decide on the viability of this tour.  If you or any of your acquaintances may be interested in this tour please contact Richard on revricardwilde@gmail.comand indicate your interest.  This does not commit you, but it will be helpful to see whether a visit may be possible. For more information, see

Bromsgrove Baptists invite you to their pre-Christmas activities

Come to our “messy church” Christmas themed event, combined with a “Little Wonders Dads’ Special” on Saturday 6th December 2014, at Bromsgrove Baptist Church 10am – 11:30: Dads’ Special (Little Wonders) will run as normal, so time for dads to stay with their pre-school aged children & enjoy bacon butties!! Drop off your 5-11-year-olds for an action-packed session led by Paul and the Puppets (from Mega Makers holiday club), with craft, songs & games, leaving mums time free for Christmas shopping, or to put your feet up!!   11:30am – 12 noon: Come back to join us for tea & coffee as we look at what the children have been

Prayer Walk 2014

This year we will be supporting a Prayer walk around Bromsgrove between the 7th and 13th October. Participants are encouraged to go out in groups of at least 2 and plant stakes in the ground with short prayers on them.

NewStarts Community Fund

NewStarts have been nominated for the Lloyds Community Fund and we now need as many people as possible to vote for us in order to collect one of the four grants on offer – £3,000; £2,000; £1,000 and £500. You can vote by: Txting: VOTE DMK to 61119 Tweeting using #COMMFUNDDMK Online at

Project Update

Market Street presence – This was on hold at the moment due to works in the High Street. It is hoped that the High Street will be open to market traders in August 2014. The Prayer stall will be there primarily to “Say one for me”, it will not be there specifically to sell items.  HR did say that she hoped to have a banner made and for those on duty to wear fleeces with “Prayer Pastor” written on it.  The cost of hiring the stall is £30.00 per time and there was some concern how this was going to be met in the long term. Street Pastors – Has won

Christian Unity Week 2015

INTRODUCTION TO THIS YEAR’S THEME 1. Who drinks of this water… Journey, scorching sun, tiredness, thirst … “Give me to drink.” This is a demand of all human beings. God, who becomes human in Christ (Jn 1:14) and empties himself to share our humanity (Philippians 2:6-7) is capable of asking the Samaritan woman: “Give me to drink” (Jn 4:7). At the same time, this God who comes to encounter us, offers the living water: “The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (Jn 4:14). The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman invites us to try water from a

Pentecost in the Park

This years Pentecost in the park hosted on June the 8th and well attended by all supporters from all of the Churches in Bromsgrove. The Worship Group from New Song Church led the attendees with some traditional and Contemporary songs before the word was brought by Minister John Notman.