Birmingham City Mission is a Christian charity established in 1966 committed to helping the needy and marginalised of our city and to sharing the Christian message. The Mission runs many projects throughout the city where there is need, offering friendship and support to the homeless, elderly, young and those struggling with poverty. BCM is a Christian mission but offers its services without test or condition.
Britain’s second city has a population of over 1 million, with a total of more than 3 million in the West Midlands. There is a rich and diverse mix of language, background and culture. As in every great city, there will always be those with significant problems: sickness, pain, poverty, loneliness, addiction, family breakdown and unemployment. And even those who are outwardly successful and comfortably off have deep spiritual needs – so many are looking for meaning and purpose in their lives.
Birmingham City Mission
City Missions began in the 1820s and were among the first interdenominational Christian societies. Birmingham City Mission is a fellowship of Christians drawn from a range of churches, united in their desire to express the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in word and action.
Birmingham City Mission was founded in 1966 by Edwin Orton (still its President) and a group of volunteers. Its early outreach consisted of city centre open-air meetings and a ‘soup kitchen’ for homeless and needy people. As staff increased, house-to-house visitation took place in many districts. The homeless work also grew significantly from the 1980s onwards, with three residential projects at the high point. The 1980s also saw the start of ElderLink (lunch clubs and a home visiting service) and the Youth Department (events, schools and camps). The Children’s Team was formed in later years to deliver assemblies, lessons and clubs to the city’s primary schools. Since funding for the hostels was withdrawn, our work with the homeless and needy has been concentrated in the Care Centre and Resource Centre.
BCM could not survive for a single day without its supporters – individuals, churches and other groups who share its vision and become involved in many different ways, generously giving time, energy, money and prayer to the Mission.