The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham will welcome four new religious events to the venue this year.
The ‘Living Well Together’ Prayer Breakfast will be held at the ICC in February with The Archbishop of Canterbury, followed by the Birmingham Methodist Circuit ‘Holy Habits’ event in May, the World Prayer Centre in July and ‘Open Doors’ with Brother Andrew in November.
The Prayer Breakfast, organised by Birmingham Cathedral & Chaplaincy Plus and supported by Birmingham investment firm Brewin Dolphin, is expected to attract 500 local business people, the Bishop of Birmingham and the Mayor of Birmingham. The Archbishop of Canterbury will address the group.
Over 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the launch of the Methodist Circuit ‘Holy Habits’ event in May, being held in Hall 1 at the ICC.
The Trumpet Call, hosted by The World Prayer Centre, comes to Hall 3 on 4 July, the ICC’s largest conference room. Three thousand delegates are expected.
Laurence Sharman, operations director for The World Prayer Centre, says: “In the current financial, social, religious and political situations in the UK, it is an important time for the church to gather and pray in this climate of uncertainty. The ICC is built on the site that once housed The Bingley Hall, which from 1875 to the mid 1960’s was the site of many historic Christian meetings.”
Open Doors with Brother Andrew celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, culminating in an event for up to 2,500 attendees at the ICC in November.
Catherine Newhall-Caiger, business development director for the ICC, said she was “delighted” the ICC was hosting these events. “Our central location in the UK makes us an ideal choice, offering ease of access for attendees from the region and beyond.”
Reverend David Butterworth, Lead Interfaith Chaplain for the ICC, added: “I am not surprised about these business wins from the faith communities where relationships are foremost.”
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