Birmingham is the second most populated city in the UK with an increasingly young and professional population.
However, although areas of the city are affluent, parts of the inner city are among the most deprived in the country with the city ranking as the ninth most deprived local authority in the UK.
Research undertaken by the Diocese of Birmingham in 2016 discovered a lack of churches in Birmingham city centre that were accessible to people when they need them. In light of the findings, the decision was taken to ‘plant’ a modern church that could fulfil the needs of the community.
A request was made by the diocese to the progressive London-based church, Holy Trinity Brompton, for help with seeding the church.
The response: Tim Hughes [pictured above], their worship leader of 10 years, and 25 people from their congregation, upped sticks from the capital to make the permanent move to Birmingham in order to deliver the project.
With the new partnership formed, the diocese purchased a disused, Victorian, Grade II* listed gas house to use as the church centre. Allchurches Trust supported the project by providing a grant of £30,000 towards its transformation.
Gas Street is now a thriving church with an attendance of more than 800 people.
As well as being a centre for the community, the church offers courses, conferences and services such as depression recovery, separation and divorce recovery, mentoring and a parent-toddler group to name a few.
Their passion to serve the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods extends to their resource work by delivering training to other local churches and sharing best practice with them, ensuring that more people benefit from the skills, knowledge and services that they provide.