Networks

‘Churches Together in England’ is the meeting place of 45 Churches, 2,600 local unity groups and 900 ‘Local Ecumenical Partnerships.’ Visit http://www.cte.org.uk for more information.

‘Love Black Country’ networks several hundred leaders, local churches and agencies across the four boroughs of the Black Country. More information available here.


Chaplaincy

bcuim‘Black Country Urban Industrial Mission’ is a team of chaplains from a number of different Christian Churches, who offer support to businesses, their managers and employees through regular visits to workplaces in the Black Country. BCUIM leader is Revd Bill Mash. More information about BCUIM at http://www.bcuim.co.uk.


Social action

‘Places of Welcome’ is a growing network of hospitality run by local community groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it. Most ‘Places of Welcome’ are church buildings, though some meet in Community Centres and Mosques. More information at the ‘Places of Welcome’ website.

‘Transforming Communities Together,’ a joint initiative of the Church Urban Fund and the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield, works with churches and organisations in the Black Country to help communities to flourish, so that people can enjoy life in all its fullness. For more information, e-mail James Henderson at this address.

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‘Sandwell Churches Link’ aims to engage the churches of Sandwell in promoting social inclusion, the alleviation of poverty and the promotion health, basic education and general well-being. Sandwell Churches Link is led by Laura Nott. Discover more via this link.


Churches

Baptist Union congregations in the Black Country belong to the Heart of England Baptist Association. HEBA’s Regional Minister Team Leader, with special responsibility for the Black Country, is Revd Adrian Argile.

The Black Country is covered by the Church of England Dioceses of Birmingham, Lichfield and Worcester. The Suffragan Bishop of Dudley is the Very Revd Graham Usher. The Area Bishop of Wolverhampton the Very Revd Clive Gregory.

wsmethodist-logo1Most of the the Black Country falls within the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church, whose Chair is Revd Rachel Parkinson. A few Methodist Churches in the Borough of Sandwell belong to the Birmingham Methodist District. Its Chair is Revd Ian Howarth.

The Black Country forms a small part of the extensive Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. The diocesan centre is St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. The Archbishop of Birmingham is the Most Revd Bernard Longley and the Auxiliary Bishop covering the Black Country is the Revd David McGough.

The West Midlands Division of the Salvation Army includes the Black Country within its territory. The Divisional Commanders are Majors Peter and Julie Forrest.

urcThe Black Country falls within the large West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church. The Synod Moderator is Revd Steve Faber.