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Anthony who?

Anthony Stevens :: Youth Worker

Anthony Stevens :: Youth Worker

Born: Birmingham in 1986, I know there are few people at Christ Church who know or have lived in Birmingham so to be specific I was born and raised in Selly Park (in between Selly Oak and Bournville)

Favourite Food: I don’t think I dislike any food and I find it equally hard to state a favourite. I think a food I could eat every night and not be bored is Pizza or Curry…….curry Pizza now there’s a thought

Sport: I like Cycling and I do enjoy the Gym (even if it doesn’t show)

Me: as I’ve said I grew up in Birmingham I could not wait to leave school so when I could I became an engineer. I attended college for 3 year as an apprentice I specialised as a turner on lathes, because of this skill the company also made titanium wedding rings. This meant I learned to polish in various styles, diamond set, inlay precious metals, laser weld and sell. During this time I had a strong calling from God to do youth work (I ignored). A friend asked if I could cover her place on a beach mission and I was hooked. When I returned I realise that I was not serving God in my workplace or listening to God generally. Lots changed for me and I would say I suddenly became aware that God is everywhere and I can serve God anywhere. After a year and God laying on strongly the calling to be a Youth Worker I decided to try it by volunteering. 4 years later people prayer and heard God (me included) that I should grow up and do what I needed to do so I could grow. This was a Degree in youth community work and practical theology, to say I found it tough is an understatement (but that is my personal journey). Rejoice I did it and learned loads on the journey so I’m now Anthony Steven BaHons.

Why Pitsmoor: I saw the Job advert and thought that is me, I saw the church profile and thought that’s a place I can worship, serve and be; so I applied for and here I am. When I was applying for the job and equally when I got the job people would say “Pitsmoor do you know the area?” i have to say even though people rubbished the area I love it here there is no more trouble here that any other area i have lived (i have witnessed less trouble here in fact). So why exactly, discipleship of young people who are committed to Christ and community I love the diverse nature of the place and the endless possibilities.


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Alpha Away Day


We had a great day over at Woodsetts Church for our Alpha Holy Spirit Day. We enjoyed great teaching, fun together, intimate worship, prayer ministry and a lovely pub lunch followed by a short walk. About 25 of us spent the day together.


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Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

prayer from my recent talk..some of you asked for the words

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

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One year – congratulations!

It’s one year today since Philip and Frances joined us at Christ Church – congratulations to them both!  And a big thank you to them for all the hard work and energy they’ve put into their first year here.  We thank God for all that has been achieved, for the new friendships and relationships formed, for the growth in the Kingdom, and we pray for God’s blessing on Philip and Frances in the next year.

One year on :: 4 May 2011 :: Rev Philip Ireson inducted at CCP

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Vanessa becomes Dean!

Many Congratulations to Vanessa Kirby who has become Dean of Community at Church Army last Thursday when she received her license from Bishop Steven. Vanessa pioneered the Chocolate Box project and continues to be a  loved and valued member of Christ Church. The photo shows Vanessa beneath the photo of Wilson Carlile, Church Army founder with folk from Christ Church.

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Email now working

Just to let everyone know that the email address is now working again, after a technical hitch (I broke it) meant that it wasn’t for a while… Until we appoint a new church administrator, this email will be monitored every few days rather than every minute, but it’s the one to use for bookings and non-urgent business.  There’ll possibly be more email addresses to come, but this is here and now.  Feel free to send us an email, to make sure it’s working…

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Happy birthday Yvonne!

One of our Church Army workers, Yvonne Hayes, who runs our charity shop ‘Rainbow’s End‘ celebrated a rather special 60th birthday today.

Ange made this incredible piece of art for her – which we just wanted to share with the world too:


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Administrator job opportunity

Christ Church Pitsmoor is looking for a part-time administrator to work with our vicar, Rev Philip Ireson, and other church staff.  There’s more information, including an application form, on our jobs pages. The closing date for applications is 20 March 2012.

Christ Church Pitsmoor

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Farewell to Hendrik – and thanks!

Hendrik and Mavis are going back to Holland! Hendrik’s been our youth and family worker for the past five years and a bit, and is leaving to be a pioneer church planter in Rotterdam. We’re sad to see them go, but excited for what is coming for them in the future.

We had a fantastic farewell celebration at the beginning of February, and sent them out with our blessing and thanks.

Farewell to the Klavers...

That does mean that we have a vacancy… Watch this space for more information coming (very) soon!

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