About

The Faithful Neighbourhood Centre (FNC)  exists to:

Provide a space where people of all faiths and none can meet one another;
Resource People living in a diverse society;
Support people as they discover ways of working together to improve and strengthen their local areas.

launch of faithful neighbourhoods centre

 The FNC was opened in October 2011 by the Presidents of Birmingham Churches Together and has been established in partnership with Birmingham Churches Together.

The FNC is a collaboration of people who seek to work out the vision as stated at the top of this page. The building in Sparkhill is home to The Feast, and whilst the vision came through working together in that building it has now grown to include people and projects across the Birmingham area.

The groups currently involved in The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre are:

The Feast
This is a Christian charity which works with young people of different beliefs to help them explore faith, build friendships and change lives.

Thrive Together Birmingham
This is a joint venture between the Diocese of Birmingham and the Church Urban Fund, helping churches respond effectively to issues of poverty and deprivation in their local neighbourhoods, is also based at the centre. Thrive Together includes the Near Neighbours programme, which aims to connect communities and strengthen neighbourhoods by bringing people together from different ethnicities and faith traditions; and Community Regeneration which offers a support service to churches and projects which are tackling issues of poverty and disadvantage.

Interfaith Relations in the Diocese of Birmingham
The centre is part of Presence and Engagement – a national strategy of the Church of England which aims to equip Christians for mission and ministry in a multi-faith society, this work is headed up by Canon Dr Andrew Smith who can be contacted at Andrews@cofebirmingham.com

The FNC has been established in partnership with Birmingham Churches Together.

The centre is based in Sparkhill and has training and meeting rooms that can be hired by groups sympathetic to the aims of the FNC.

 

How to Get to The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre

From Birmingham New Street Station By Bus: From the main station concourse (after having passed through the ticket barrier), go straight ahead and up the escalators into the Pallasades Shopping Centre. At the top of the escalators, turn left, follow the corridor round a corner to the left, and then turn immediately right. This will take you outside down a wide ramp. When you get to the bottom of the ramp, continue walking straight on and you will come to the bottom of Corporation Street, where there are many bus stops For information on bus timetables, visit Network Westmidlands. Buses generally run every 5 – 10 minutes. Journey time from the city centre on the 2, 5, 6 and 31 buses will take about 25 minutes. You will need £1.80 in exact change for a single journey – Birmingham bus drivers don’t give change. If you’re on the 2, this will bring you straight outside The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre.  This service can be boarded from the stop outside the Old Repertory Theatre in Birmingham City Centre and takes approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic conditions.  The number 5, 5a, 6 and 31 services from Birmingham City Centre stops on the A34 Stratford Road adjacent to Avondale Road, leaving a short walk of approximately 2 minutes to The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre.  This service can be boarded from the stop on Navigation Street in Birmingham City Centre and takes approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

By Taxi: From the main station concourse (after having passed through the ticket barrier), go diagonally to your right and exit the station through the glass doors. The taxi rank is straight in front of you. You can hail a taxi here. For information on ordering a taxi, see the section below. Here are some numbers of local taxi firms (please note, the Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre does not in any way endorse any of these firms; these numbers are for information only). A2B Radio Cars … 0121 371 0732 Solihull Radio Cars … 0121 448 1152 Robin Hood Cars … 0121 777 7770 By Rail Hall Green Station is located on the A34 Stratford Road. A bus can then be caught from the stop opposite the train station. The number 6 service travels towards Birmingham City Centre and stops opposite Avondale Road and takes approximately 12 minutes depending on traffic conditions, leaving a short walk of approximately 2 minutes to The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre.

By Car: The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre is located just off the Stratford Road, which is one of the main arterial routes into/out of Birmingham. You can find directions online by visiting websites such as MultiMap, Google Maps, AA Route Planner and entering our postcode: B11 4LX.  Court Road is located just off the A34 Stratford Road, and is approximately 3 miles from Birmingham City Centre.  Free parking is available in the car park for Sparkhill Park, access to the car park is located on Court Road approximately 50 metres from The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre.