Community of St John the Divine
Registered Charity : No. MAR 210 254
For 37 years, CSJD has been in Birmingham, our House situated in an area amongst the worst 5% of poverty nationally, and with the highest child poverty in the city. Our Community witnesses to Religious life by being a praying presence amidst this highly diverse, deprived area. We seek to be a resource for all in the Diocese, ordained and lay, providing a space for physical and spiritual renewal to enable others to continue their ministries.
The past year has been busier than ever with 1300 people coming to the House: parish away-days, clergy training, local community meetings, spiritual accompaniment, pastoral care, reflexology. Some are convalescing after surgery, accident or injury; others are facing serious illness or have other needs. Sisters welcome all visitors to share in our life and worship, and develop personal ministries within and beyond that hospitality.
Developing our relations with our local multi-faith neighbours in Alum Rock has long been part of our vision. We have recently begun links with the Christian and Muslim Women’s Forum, participated in inter-faith events elsewhere in Birmingham, and hosted other meetings. Through the Near Neighbours Programme, we meet people of other Faiths, seek good relationships and explore and address local needs together. To create a safe meeting space for these events, we are refurbishing an annexe, encouraged by a grant from the Anglican Religious Communities Development Trust. We ask you to join us in praying that God will bless the new ministries which flow from this.
We are a small Community, with a group of enthusiastic Associates who share much of our life. An Alongsiders’ Programme has been running for 10 years for those wishing to live with us for short periods of time. We are always delighted to hear from anyone interested in our work and witness.
Name: Sister Christine CSJD & Sister Margaret Angela CSJD
(Leaders of the Community, assumed office April 2007)
Address: St John's House, 652 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, B8 3NS, England
Tel: +44 (0)121 327 4174