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ICC Birmingham confirms religious meeting for 2015

The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham will welcome four new religious events to its conference 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.

Organisers of all four events cited the professional team at the ICC as one of the key factors for choosing the purpose built conference venue. The in-house team has nearly 25 years’ experience and offers all of the services required to deliver a successful conference, from high quality catering to innovative technical support and everything in between.  

The high profile Prayer Breakfast, organised by Birmingham Cathedral & Chaplaincy Plus and supported by Birmingham investment firm Brewin Dolphin, will be attended by over 500 local business people, the Bishop of Birmingham and the Mayor of Birmingham. The Archbishop of Canterbury will address the group on business, civic life and the role of the wider church, emphasising the need for living well together for the good of Birmingham in 2015.  

Liz Wood, Marketing and Communications Manager for Birmingham Cathedral said: “The ICC offers the perfect location and venue to accommodate such a unique event. The facilities lend themselves to a large group of people and we know we are in safe hands with the experienced team there."

Over 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the Methodist Circuit ‘Holy Habits’ event in May, being held in Hall 1 at the ICC. Reverend Neil Johnson, Superintendent Minister, Birmingham Methodist Circuit says : “The Birmingham Methodist Circuit is composed of 38 churches, as well as numerous chaplaincies and community projects located across Birmingham, Solihull and neighbouring areas. On Sunday, 17th May 2015, the Holy Habits programme is to be launched, a venture which will impact on the life of the whole Circuit and city. We will launch the programme at the ICC, as it offers to us a centrally located venue, with excellent conference facilities and the support of a team of professional staff.”

The Trumpet Call, hosted by The World Prayer Centre will be held on Saturday 4th July in Hall 3 - the largest conference room at the ICC, and will welcome up to 3,000 people. This event is a national Day of Prayer for Christians of all denominations and is being organised in association with a number of different prayer organisations from across the UK.

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 International Convention Centre 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 where many healings and miracles took place. The World Prayer Centre feel that Saturday 4th July may again be a significant day for the UK.”

Open Doors with Brother Andrew is celebrating 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: “We are delighted to host these new events at our purpose built conference venue. Our central location in the UK makes us an ideal choice, offering ease of access for attendees from the region and beyond. We are looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop of Birmingham and the Mayor of Birmingham. Our experienced team will work in partnership with the event organisers to ensure that everything runs smoothly.” 

Reverend David Butterworth, Lead Interfaith Chaplain for the ICC said: “I am not surprised about these business wins from the faith communities where relationships are foremost. The ICC team offer a very warm and personal welcome to all visitors from all places. ‘Loving your neighbour’ is nothing new at the ICC – its intrinsic in everything they do, whether greeting a sightseeing visitor passing through, a delegate at major conference, or a VIP at the recent Conservative Party Conference.”

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