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“Shop ,shop,shop”

St. Martin in the Bull Ring
Ranked #25 of 266 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Welcome to St Martin in the Bull Ring. This is one of the most ancient and contemporary buildings in Birmingham. Most of this Grade II listed church is from the nineteenth century. It was built in 1873 and is an example of gothic Victorian architecture, designed by Alfred Chatwin, from Birmingham, who also worked on the houses of parliament. But St Martin's is much older than that. There has been a church on this site since 1290 and may well have been a simple place of worship here in Saxon times. St Martin's is also a place of worship for a thriving community who refurbished the building in 2000 making it more light and open. In 2009 we created a tea lounge, healing center, and learning and advice service so our hospitality in the heart of the city could be extended. We believe that what Jesus called 'Life in all its fullness' can be discovered right here in the crosscurrents of the marketplace. You are very welcome to come in and walk around.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

What a place to shop.i had not been before so was surprised at the choice of shops.It had such a selection and I bought so much

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

When we visited the markets last Christmas we popped into St Martins. A splendid church right in the heart of birminghams shopping centre and markets. Parking is not easy and can be expensive, but once there you are in the heart of birminghams town centre. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Every Monday between 10-12 Shirley's Tribe and others meet to have a hot drink, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits provided by well wishers. Served by priests and volunteers everyone is welcome. Homeless, badly housed, disaffected, poor, benefit claimants, elderly, unemployed, visitors from oversees local and national all meet to socialise. People on the way to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre or the Coach Station, the markets, bus stops also stop for a cuppa. The 3 tea wagons are not open on Mondays as the open market is also closed. Whilst having tea we share information; what's on, where, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, mourn friends. It's a nice friendly atmosphere where we support and encourage each other to learn a new skill, admire a new garment or comment on shopping. We look forward to Mondays. It's a good start of the week. Afterwards we go off to numerous places. Christian Mission, Step On, Library, Sifa Fireside, Stanhope Hall,Balsall Heath Church Centre, appointments, The toilets are pleasant with paper towels. There used to be a vase of flowers but they are no longer there. Usually clean I am concerned that blue stuff is put in toilets b4 closing time and this is not pleasant especially for women. I'm asthmatic and have to remind people that cleaning fluids on tables also affect my health. The toilets are open till 12 on Mondays but the disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are locked all the time due to misuse and the key have to be obtained from the cafe. On Tuesdays - Saturdays the church is open from 10. At 11-12 Hunger parcels, Food parcels for the Hungry are given out. Hot drink, crisps, biscuits, noodles, crisps organised in bags. But not as many people as attend. Tuesdays 12.30 prayers for healing, Holy Communion followed by Refreshments. Wednesdays there's Knit and Knatter in the tea room. We share ideas, show our skills, help each other and have interesting conversations with visitors. Refreshments are reasonably priced with more choices now that they've moved into the kitchen. Thursdays at 12.30 there's Holy Communion. at the side. There are a few books and cards for available for purchase. Occasional Fridays there's a musical recital at 12.30.on Saturdays we used to have a shoppers service but that stopped some time ago and we hope Abba Tiruneh the Assitant / Community Priest with revive this. Mike is leaving in August to lead a parish in Cobham and Jeremy is taking over as Rector in September. Sundays there are 3 services at 9.30, 11am and 5pm. The 11am is longer with Holy Communion and Refreshments after. On occasion there's a special event eg Fire Service, Jazz, Pentecost or Christmas. St Martin Arts with Arts and Craft and other Exhibitions is ongoing. Craft fairs, vintage fairs and other celebrations take place. The Lord Mayor's Service is taking place next month.the church is also booked for Baptisms, weddings, funerals, memorial Services and visiting churches hire the halls. At present Windrush 70th Anniversary Exhibition is at the sides of the church. There are also meeting rooms and the Centre for Health and Healing as well as a community newsletter. The vergers, volunteers are there to help, show you round.theres a Children and Family Worker, choir, band, new church wardens, a Sacristan, Readers and Ali who does some wonderful floral displays. A vibrant church with a lot going for it, lots going on all year round and a peaceful place to pray in the heart of the city. What I don't like is the early closing times

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Reviewed 17 June 2018

A nice clean area where the old (St.Martin's church), meets the new (the Bull Ring Shopping Centre). Many restaurants near by. I visited this good old church, which was very peaceful, surrounded by the hustle and bustle. Car parking available next door in the Bull Ring Shopping Centre (not free).

Thank Scott D
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

I have got to say every time you go to Birmingham I have always gone down to send Martin’s in the boring and around this area it’s a really nice church and the whole area really is a really nice area there is lots of events that goes on for example Coca-Cola was there last year and stuff like that was really good

Thank Thomas S
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