We’re a new church centred in God’s radical inclusion. And we’re just beginning.
When we say “inclusion”, we mean much more than mere tolerance or welcome. We believe God wants us all to know that we actually belong.
That means people of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, HIV status, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are loved, invited, and fully included.
Fully included. We mean it.
No secondary status if you’re a woman. No bait and switch if you’re LGBTQ. No restrictions in the fine print if you have doubts or questions about faith.
This radical inclusion is not something we invented. It is who God is. In the Bible, we read story after story of God breaking down the walls of exclusion and building up people and life.
That’s why we’re starting this new church. So we can explore and experience the inclusive love of Jesus in practical, unexpected, and transforming ways.
- We’re in Birmingham city centre because we love the energy, the intersection of diverse communities of people, and the accessibility to public transport.
- We don’t own a building and don’t have any current plans to. We borrow space for our gatherings – at pubs, cafes, and other churches – so that we can be flexible and focus on building human relationships.
- Many of our gatherings happen at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, B4 7SX, just across from Moor Street Station.
- Many of us identify as Christians (of different traditions – Methodist, Anglican, Pentecostal, Quaker, Catholic, Evangelical, post-Evangelical, and loads more). Others of us describe ourselves as agnostic, spiritual but not religious, “nothing” or “not really sure.” If you want to participate in New Inclusive Church, you belong. Full stop.
- Accountability: our funding comes from individual giving and also from grants from The Methodist Church regionally (Birmingham Methodist District) and locally. This means we report to them, and are expected to uphold their standards in our financial, safeguarding, GDPR, and other policies.
- People across the sexual orientation and gender identity spectrums are included and celebrated, as are all people, as expressions of God’s creativity.