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St Michael

We are sure that you will find a friendly welcome at St. Michael's. We try to make church an enjoyable experience for all, whether it's the first time you've been, or whether you've been coming for years!

 

Our main activity is to worship God together, which we do on Sundays and Wednesdays. There are also events and activities for all ages throughout the year.

 

St Michael’s is a very welcoming and friendly church. The church congregation covers the complete age span, with all ages equally welcomed with open arms.

 

We enjoy singing all kinds of hymns and songs, ranging from traditional hymns to the latest children’s songs. Our music is accompanied by a range of instruments including piano, guitar and, at All-Age services, a small band.

 

Regular social activities are arranged ranging from a walking group to evening entertainment, with highlights being the summer fete and summer social event which also help us on our journey of faith together.

 

During the week a regular Holy Communion service is held at St Michael's Chapel, which is next to the vicarage at Oak Cottage in Bryanston Road. It is here that other meetings, services and activities are held.

 

We also meet for reflective worship, group discussions, social events, and learning about our Christian faith. There are activities for children, parents and toddlers and children’s uniformed groups.

 

We also hold an annual Garden Party, Christmas Carol Service and Crib Service.

 


Where we are

Our services are held at two locations in Solihull:
  • at Sharman's Cross Junior School (B91 1PH) - on Sharman's Cross Road, just along from Woodlea Drive.
  • at St Michael's Chapel, at Oak Cottage (B91 1BS) - down the driveway between 63 & 65 Bryanston Road. There is a signpost indicating St Michael's Chapel.
 
St Michael – St Michael's Church Centre, Bryanston Road, Solihull B91 1BS
 

 
Groups for Adults

Prayer Group
This is a monthly group which meets in members' homes. There is a topic chosen by the host for discussion and a time of prayer. The session concludes with light refreshments.
 
Prayer of Stillness
This group meets on the first Monday of each month in St Michael’s Chapel for an hour's led contemplative prayer followed by light refreshments.
 
Lunch Club
This is open to retired members of St Michael’s and meets once a quarter for a cooked lunch and chat.
 
Just Explore
A course for beginners or those wanting to learn about the basics of the Christian faith, starting in November. For more information click here.
 
Walking group
Open to all members of St Michael’s, and family and friends. A four/five mile walk locally usually once a month.

 
History

Beginning
Remember Sunday School? St Michael’s started in 1955 with Sunday Schools for children held in people’s homes in the Stonor Park/Cheltondale Road area.
And then?
Ten years later by popular demand a church service was held in Sharmans Cross Junior School.
St Michael’s never looked back from then and the school has been our venue for church services ever since.
And now?
We have our own Team Vicar and a vicarage with chapel and meeting rooms attached and sited in Bryanston Road. We are an integral part of the Parish of St Alphege, Solihull and welcoming newcomers, families and children is still our priority.

Community

St Michael’s Church is at work within the community.
 
Oak Cottage School
Situated next to Oak Cottage School, the Chapel attached to the vicarage provides a quiet space at the start of the day every Monday in term-time for parents who wish to join in prayers for the school.
 
Solihull Hospital
St Michael’s Church members act as volunteers at the hospital and also provide a service to accompany patients to enable them to attend worship in the hospital chapel on Sundays.
 
Malawi
We have a link parish in the Jali district in Malawi where we have regular exchanges of information and help in many practical ways.
 
A good many of St Michael’s people give voluntary help in the community. This includes involvement with: Marie Curie, Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness, Acorns, Town Centre Chaplaincy, Macmillan Cancer Care.

 
Groups for Children

Children and families are an important part of the community of St Michael’s. The following regular groups aim to help our children to find their place in the family of St Michael's and to learn more about living the Christian faith.
 
Crèche
During our 10.30am service on Sundays we have a lively crèche for our youngest members (0-5 yrs). They are looked after by the crèche leaders, so that parents can join in the main service, though you can stay with your child if you prefer. The children take part in activities related to the church themes of the day including games, stories, craft and singing.
 
Sunday Club
Also during the 10.30am service we have a fun Sunday Club for older children (6-11 yrs). The children learn about the life of the Christian faith through story, discussion, creative writing, craft, drama and reflection.
 
Please note that all of our Sunday group leaders undergo a CRB check.
 
 
For more information on Children's activities organised across the Parish see our Children's page.
 
Uniformed Groups
St Michael's has Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs.
To find out more about these groups, please contact:
  • Rainbows: Maria Vetch-Watt  - 0121 705 8968
  • Brownies: Rachael Haynes  [eMail]
  • Beavers: Sue Carslaw  [eMail]
  • Cubs: Geoff Hall
 
 

 
Worship

Sunday Services:
10.30am Eucharist
Our main service is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a Sunday Club and creche for children.
After the Service
Please stay for coffee, tea and squash and a chat. Also, please browse our second-hand bookshop and produce stall which sells hand-made cakes and biscuits, fresh garden produce, hand-made cards and hand-knitted garments.
All-Age Service
On the second Sunday of each month, the morning service is designed for all ages to worship together. The service lasts for about 45 minutes: a mixture of fun activities, lively songs and creative prayers, though quiet worship and reflection often plays a part too.
 
All-Age services take place each month and on special occasions such as Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and Remembrance Sunday. Our Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs also attend and take part in these services.
 
4.30pm On the second Sunday of the month, there is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St Michael's Chapel. This simple service lasts for about half an hour.
 
Mid-week Worship:
Wednesday 10.00am Eucharist
On a Wednesday mornings there is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St Michael's Chapel at Oak Cottage. This service lasts for half an hour, and coffee is served afterwards.
 
 
During the month of August, while the school is closed for the summer holidays, our Sunday services are held jointly with St Helen’s in their church building.
 

Baptisms and Weddings
St Michael’s Chapel is a beautiful venue for Baptisms (Christenings) and Weddings. To find out more about these services, please contact the Team Vicar.

 
Perspective
From a member of the congregation at St Michael's
St Michael’s is a very welcoming and friendly church. The church has a marvellous congregation spread across the complete age span, with all ages equally welcomed with open arms. Music is provided by either a piano or guitar and a small choir regularly leads the singing.

Children are an important part of the life of St Michael’s. Children, including babies stay with the adults throughout the service or only for the first part of the service and then attend a crèche for the young children or a Sunday Club for the older children (6 and above).

In both the crèche and Sunday Club, children take part in structured activities and learning based on the readings/gospel being read in church. Both groups are run by approved volunteers from the congregation, allowing parents to remain in church for the majority of services, while the children are supervised and cared for.

When the children return to the service there is always time to ask them to go to the front and show the congregation what they have been doing in their groups, allowing the children to really feel part of the church family.

Regular social activities are arranged ranging from a walking group to evening entertainment, with highlights being the summer fete and warden’s picnic. Also events to help us on our journey of faith.

St Michael’s church provides a wonderful environment for all to demonstrate and grow in their faith and be part of a warm and welcoming family.