Where we are
St Alphege – The Square, Solihull B91 3RQ
St Helen – St Helen's Road, Solihull B91 2DA
St Michael – St Michael's Church Centre, Bryanston Road, Solihull B91 1BS
Everyone needs a listener. New Door volunteers have received training in active listening to enable them to come alongside people at a time of need and help to clarify their problems. Maybe you are recently bereaved, or are having family problems. Maybe you are depressed and feel you need to talk to a friend, but don't know who to ask. New Door is a confidential listening service, available by appointment, at its own room in the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, Solihull B91 3RQ. On the other side of the door is a warm welcome. Leave a message on 0121 704 2355 and a volunteer will call you.
Parish Bereavement Fellowship Group
The Bereavement Fellowship Group meets regularly at St Helen’s Church. Meetings are held usually on the fourth Monday afternoon of each month between 1.30 and 3.00pm. We begin with a cup of tea or coffee, and then spend about an hour or so listening and sharing together. Those who have attended the group so far have found it has helped them to explore and express their feelings and have benefited from sharing with others who are going through a similar experience to their own. We usually end with a short period of reflection which might include music, poetry and/or prayer.
The group is open to all those who have been bereaved during the past year or so. It aims to provide an opportunity to share the experience of bereavement with others, to reduce the sense of social isolation felt by many bereaved people, and ultimately to give the participants the confidence and encouragement to move on with their lives.
If you have been recently bereaved or if you know of someone in your church family who you think might benefit from this fellowship group, please contact the Parish Office who will be happy to provide you with more information.
If you Need The Church
Solihull Parish is committed to caring for the pastoral needs of all of God's people, not just those who come to church. Christian care is particularly relevant at times of personal stress, worry or bereavement.
You need a priest to visit
If you need a personal pastoral visit by a member of the clergy team to your home or to a relation or friend's home, or if you need a priest to visit those who are sick in local hospitals, the hospice or in nursing homes, see the details above. Clergy visits are supplemented by regular visits from lay members of the congregation, some of whom are authorised to administer communion at home.
You need to arrange Home Communion
At a home communion service either a priest or a lay person licensed to administer home communion will visit the person and offer to them the sacrament of the body of Christ in the form of a communion wafer. There is no celebration of the Eucharist in this service, instead home communion should be seen as a continuation of the celebration already offered in church. In effect the church service is continued in the communicant’s home. As such the recipient is being brought into the church’s worship. A simple service of prayer, confession and thanksgiving is offered, culminating in the visited person receiving the blessed sacrament.
Home communion can be arranged by contacting Sandra Oakes (the verger at St Alphege Church), the Parish Office (0121 705 5350) or contact a priest.
You are recently bereaved
See details on the Bereavement Fellowship Group above.
You need a listening ear
See details on New Door above.
If you wish to make an appointment to see a priest you can :
Email the Parish Office or telephone on 0121 705 5350 between 9am and 1pm (Monday - Thursday), 9am and 12noon (Friday)
If you have a genuine emergency you can :Telephone the Rectory on 0121 705 0069 or contact a priest directly by telephone or email.
The Solihull Parish Office is staffed by :
Call in : Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3RQ
St Helen's Church Office : Mon, Thur 10.00-11.30am. Fri 9.45-12.45pm.
Located in the entrance to the Chapel in St Helen's Road.
Administrator Jane Dengate. Contact by email or phone 0121 704 2878.
The following people will also be pleased to help with questions :
For enquiries about St Alphege Church and churchyard you can contact the Verger between 8am and 3pm on 0121 704 0646
For enquiries about our youth ministry you can contact the Youth Office on 0121 661 6303
For enquiries about our ministry to children you can contact the Childrens Workers Office on 0121 270 7390
Readers support the clergy, by preaching, by taking and assisting at services, by pastoral visiting and in many other ways.