People have worshipped in this church for many centuries. As both the Parish Church and the Civic Church of the Borough of Solihull, at St Alphege we aim to provide a wide range of services to minister to the variety of people who worship here – both our own congregations, the parish as a whole, and the wider Borough.
Each Sunday we have four morning services and one evening service, which change depending on the season and any special observances or festivals. However, the usual format is as follows:
8:00am Said Eucharist – A quiet, reflective service, following Common Worship order 1 (traditional language), with a short sermon and no music. It lasts about 40 minutes.
9:15am Parish Eucharist – a family-friendly service using contemporary language in our beautiful church building. The service includes a sermon and hymns. The music is a mix of traditional and contemporary. Families are very welcome to join this service and children’s groups meet during this service. The service lasts about an hour and a quarter. St Alphege Kids, our Sunday school group, meets in the upper chapel.
On the second Sunday of each month, this is replaced by our All-Age Eucharist, which takes much the same format but with a more contemporary feel and greater emphasis on the involvement of children and young people.
9.15am The Junction – meeting in the Oliver Bird Hall.
This is especially for families with very young children. It meets in the Church Hall (OBH). The service follows the general format of a Communion service, in a very informal style and with worship band. There are various children’s groups. The Junction then joins the 9.15am church building congregation to receive Holy Communion, a final song and a blessing.
There is no Junction on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Instead, both 9.15am congregations come together in the church building for an All Age Eucharist.
11:00am Choral Eucharist – this is a more formal service at which we use traditional language. Our worship is enhanced by the full choir, choral settings, traditional language, sermon and hymns. During the high feasts and Epiphany and Easter seasons, incense is used.
6:30pm Choral Evensong – one of the most celebrated traditions of the Anglican church following the Book of Common Prayer with full choir, hymns and a sermon.
Details and times of all services can be found in the pewslip on the front page of this site.
Our weekday services are quieter and more contemplative. St Alphege is open throughout the week, until 3pm most days, for prayer and reflection.
Morning Prayer is said in church Monday-Friday at 9am (8.30am on Wednesdays). You are very welcome.
The Eucharist is celebrated regularly in St Alphege. These are said services that last around half an hour. A weekday service of Choral Evensong is sung by one of our cathedral-standard choirs on Wednesday evening.
Weekday services in St Alphege:
Monday: 9.30am Said Eucharist
Tuesday: 9.30am Said Eucharist
Wednesday: 6.30pm Choral Evensong
Thursday: 10.30am Said Eucharist (at this service on the 1st Thursday of the month, you have the invitation to receive prayers for healing; on the 3rd Thursday of the month, members of the Mothers’ Union attend for their Corporate Eucharist.)
Details of Eucharists for major festivals (such as Christmas and Easter), feast days and special occasions can be found in the pewslip from week to week.
Remembering the Departed
Saturday (1st Saturday of the month): 9.30am Said Eucharist.
At this Eucharist, we remember those who have recently died or whose anniversary of death occurs during that given month. People often come to remember their departed loved ones.
Special and Civic Occasions
Throughout the year there are a number of services celebrating special events both within the church and in the community at large. We also have a number of Civic Services in collaboration with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.