Baby Belle arrives safely after Mum’s waters break at The Gracechurch Centre

Soon to be mum, Jade Lynne was paying The Gracechurch Centre a visit with her mum on 28th March this year, at 38 weeks and 6 days pregnant, when just as they approached JD Sports, her waters broke.

Knowing that due to a pre-existing medical condition, she needed to get to hospital urgently, the worry started to set in. However she was soon introduced to Mark and Jess from our security team who escorted her to meet a family friend who works at Roman, where she was placed in one of the fitting room cubicles, where Mark, who has a professional medical background, put her at ease until the ambulance arrived.

Jade recently paid us a visit with beautiful Belle who made a safe arrival in hospital on 29th March, weighing 7lb3oz. While visiting us Jade had the chance to meet Mark, Jess, Julia and the team at Roman and extend her personal thanks, going on to say…

“I just want to thank every single person involved that day. I honestly couldn’t anticipate what would have happened over the 2 days of being in labour, but you all played a part in making me feel at such ease throughout the start of the birth of my beautiful girl. 💜🎀💕

Local Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church

If you are looking to meet new people, gain experience, or do something for the community why not volunteer at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church located right by the Gracechurch Centre. They are currently looking for volunteers to work in two of their community projects:

Cafe Oasis

A busy community cafe operating three days each week - Monday, Tuesday and Friday - preparing and serving healthy, good value meals under the guidance of an experienced professional chef. Volunteers are welcome to work in the kitchen or front of house. 

Food4U foodbank 

The foodbank opens twice each week - Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes - to provide food and support to those in our community who need some short-term additional help to better cope with the difficulties they are facing. They help single people, families, those in crisis, and those just struggling to get by. You can volunteer to help collect and pack food parcels or by making drinks and serving soup to our visitors. Normally, volunteers attend two or three sessions per month depending upon availability.

For more information about these volunteering opportunities please contact Alan Eaton, Church Secretary at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church -