The Christian message seeks to bring harmony to our lives and to the world through the values we are given to live by.


Christian spirituality is all about immersing ourselves in the life, words and works of Jesus....


Lots of information is available on this page, and we hope you'll enjoy finding out about what Christianity is all about.

Worship is the central core of the parish's activities, but supporting people's faith journey requires more than the opportunity to worship. The parish can support people in many ways: social, spiritual, fellowship, missionary.



Worship is a dynamic process in which we offer ourselves to God in praise and thanksgiving. It has a simple structure, the most important aspect of which is that we come together. An essential part of being a Christian is that we worship God together, with others and in community, irrespective of gender, race, marital status.


In today's western world there is a huge emphasis on getting rather than giving; on getting money, not just to have the basic necessities of life, but in order buy things and create an image of what we would like to be. The mindset of such an outlook is basically self-centred, where I am at the centre of everything and where 'I am defined by what I own or choose to purchase'. To define ourselves in such a way is incredibly shallow, only feeds the credit industry, and prevents us from enjoying a much richer life.


Please see the further notes below about Worshiping in the Parish.


What will help you on your journey?
  • Meeting with Christians in a social environment?
  • Learning to pray?
  • Getting more from the Bible?
  • Understanding the basic beliefs of Christianity?
  • Working with other Christians to support the church community?
  • Demonstrating Christian values to the wider community?
Whatever point you are at on your personal journey there is something for you in this parish. You may be exploring, just wanting to find out more, have some questions answered, or you may be a regular attender who wants more teaching, you may be someone who has relocated to Solihull and is looking for a new church to fit your needs or you may just be looking for a chance to meet like-minded people.
Click on Community on the top menu bar for the dozens of activities for Men, Women, Adults and All Ages to see what's available.
If you don't find what you are looking for, then please contact the Parish Office and ask.


Spirituality is the whole range of our life experiences…. everything that makes us unique.
It is the vital essence of human life
When we talk about Spirituality, we don’t mean that its some mysterious ‘extra’ bit of our make-up as human beings, but it should reflect what we are, who we are and how we make connections with the ‘ordinariness’ of our lives.
In the 21st century, we are faced with many issues in our lives and communities, as well as the ongoing threats of global warming, terrorism, over-population and so on in our world. 
We will try to make sense of all of this, whilst trying to find fulfilment or happiness for ourselves and our families – and at times, this is not an easy thing to do.
Spirituality and Healing
The Christian Healing Ministry seeks to be alongside people in their daily lives.  It is inspired by the fact that Jesus is deeply immersed in the world, working for the healing of all aspects of physical, emotional, and spiritual sickness.
Christians believe that God gives us a framework of meaning for our lives, which is revealed in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Through the power of his Holy Spirit alive and at work in the world today, we meet a God who cares deeply about us and wants the very best for us all, including our wholeness.
You are most welcome to join us at any of our services for Christian Healing, where prayer with laying on of hands and anointing is offered:
  • St Alphege Church on the 1st Thursday of the month at the 10.30am Eucharist.
  • St Helen’s Church on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6.30pm in the Chapel.
Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.  And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.
Come and have what money cannot buy, come and drink of the living water.
Spirituality and Jesus
The word Spirituality comes from a word meaning “breath”.  We are all spiritual because the breath of God is within us.  Spirituality is about how we experience and relate to God.
Christian life or discipleship is finding out what it means to follow Jesus.
  • It is about living our lives in relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  • It means living a disciplined life of prayer and openness to God, discovering what faith is all about.
  • It means allowing the story of Jesus to affect us, as we put his message of love into practice in our own lives.


For Christians, God is understood and known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Father : God is love, he cares for creation and for each one of us as his beloved children.
Son : God revealed himself in the historical person of Jesus, who lived a human life.  In his life, death and resurrection we have the key to knowing and loving God, and to making sense of our own living and dying.
Holy Spirit : God is sustaining the life of the world through the spiritual gifts of his spirit to individuals and Christian communities.  He is alive and active today, inspiring us to be loving and active disciples of Jesus seeking to change lives and transform society.
Because of Jesus and the life he lived on earth, human nature can be transformed through faith and the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is given to empower us and to serve others.
For Christians, developing our spiritual lives together enables us to meet our own needs and aspirations, and helps us to live in a loving way in the world, because we try to put our focus on living in the consciousness of God’s will for our lives.
This includes things like using discernment to make loving decisions, and having an awareness that helps us to let go of the past, trust in the future and live in the now of God’s presence.
It also involves the appropriate use of feelings that means we can accept one another without judgement, express our own feelings appropriately and also learn from these experiences from each other.
It means too, that we recognise our faults and mistakes as we journey together as Christians, helping one another to experience forgiveness, healing and joy, and a re-aligning of values in terms of our behaviour, needs and desires.   The Church is a community of people who are on this journey together, strengthening one another in faith, hope and love through prayer and worship and fellowship.
For further information on Spirituality and Jesus have a look at rejesus and download a PDF document from shalomplace.

Knowing Jesus

Jesus Christ is a central part of the Christian faith.
His wondrous birth in A.D. 0 marked a significant change in our historical calendar from B.C.,  before Christ,  to A.D., the year of our Lord.
But who was Jesus?
Christians throughout the world believe Him to be the Son of God. He has been given many different titles which help us understand more about who He is and His importance to Christians. Immanuel is one such title, it means 'God with us'. Messiah is another title meaning 'anointed by God'.  The suffering Servant, another name, proclaimed by a prophet centuries before his birth, showing the kind of life that Jesus was to live on Earth.
Jesus was God’s final rescue plan for mankind: God in human form sent to earth, born in very humble circumstances, experiencing very human emotions and life experiences. His mission: to live out God's love for all people, and to enrol a group of followers to spread this Good News to the world.
From a very early age Jesus knew his vocation. Together with a small group of followers he travelled around bringing peace, healing and forgiveness into the lives of many. To some religious leaders he seemed revolutionary as he often spent time with the poor, the weak and the socially unacceptable. He preached new commandments to love and care for others and shared with the people insights of his heavenly Father.
Jesus’ love for others led Him to his death. He was crucified in the place of a criminal, although he did no wrong. Jesus died in our place: He took upon himself all the bad things of human nature and mended the broken relationship between humankind and God. However, he did not stay dead! His resurrection brings life to us all and hope of an eternal future.
The words of the following hymn sum it up so well:
“You laid aside your majesty, gave up everything for me, suffered at the hands of those you had created. You took all my guilt and shame when You died and rose again. Now today you reign in heaven and earth exalted.”
Jesus died for us all; He is God with us, bringing healing, acceptance and love to our broken world.

The God of the Christian faith is continually reaching out to his world and seeking to bring us into a relationship with him and to give us a place in his family – this is God's mission. The church is called to play a part in God’s mission in the world.
In the Parish of Solihull we believe that we are called to engage with the world. We aim to share the good news of Jesus with everyone and to invite and welcome all people into the life of the church. We are doing this in many ways across the parish, particularly in our work with children and young people, schools, families and adult learning. We also make connections with people of all ages and backgrounds through our many social events, groups and life events such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. In all these areas our aim is to show God's love to those we meet, both in word and action.


Going for Growth
Our Going for Growth initiative helps us to focus our work and activities in the Parish. This helps us to welcome all people into the life of the church and to help them grow in a relationship with God.
The parish-wide initiative involves all our congregations in developing themselves towards the goal of being true apostles of Jesus. They are keen to welcome new people, and to help them to join in with parish activities. Some are also active in encouraging people to move ahead in their spiritual journey by facilitating short courses, or acting as lay ministers.

In the Parish of Solihull, we aim to accompany others on their journey to faith and to walk alongside them. Our aim is to share with others the good news of Jesus and the welcome, forgiveness and acceptance which God offers to all. Our task is to share with others what we have found, and to invite others to come and discover it too.
As members of the church we are called to participate in God's mission in the world.
This involves:
  • being part of a community where members are cared for and grow in love and faith;
  • engaging with the world to help others to discover a relationship with God.
These two elements shape our Parish-wide mission initiative, 'Going for Growth'.
But what do we mean by 'growth'?
  • Taking seriously our call to be God's people and deepening in our faith
  • Helping others to grow in a relationship with God and to become part of the life of the church
  • Welcoming all people and sharing with them the good news of Jesus
A key element of Going for Growth is the Cycle of Growth which helps us to understand the journey into faith which each of us makes.
  • Initial contact is made, perhaps through a friendship or a church event;
  • This leads to opportunities for nurture and learning about the Christian faith, which might happen through an adult learning course such as Just Explore
  • Later, the individual comes to a point of Christian commitment, such as baptism or confirmation
  • As the individual grows in faith, there will be a growing confidence and desire to share the faith with others.
Going for Growth is about developing the faith of those who are already part of our worshipping community. To help in this process, an event called Fan the Flame was run for five weeks before Easter 2008.
The next stage in Going for Growth was the setting up of new House Groups, renamed Growth Groups, during Lent 2009. These groups worked through a common course in five parts.
Although Going for Growth is a new initiative, we are already seeing new and exciting things happening in the Parish.
However, Going for Growth is not simply about more activity and becoming busier people. If we are to grow in our own faith, each of us must be willing to make space for the new things which God has in store for us. Perhaps it is now time to begin to ask God where he wants to lead you on your journey of faith?

Seeking God
Who is God? Ask a thousand people, get a thousand answers. But people really do want to know: throughout history, people have always searched for God. It’s as though there's a God-shaped hole in all of us.
Some of us try to fill that eternal hole with material possessions, some with alcohol, some with relationships or sport. But these things, however enjoyable, can’t fill the hole—and that’s why, ultimately, they can never satisfy us. We always want more.
Some fill the hole with the right ‘peg’, God himself, and find that God fits perfectly. That’s when we discover ‘the peace… which transcends all understanding’ as the Bible puts it.
When you open your heart to God, then God himself will tell you who he is.
So who is God to those who have the right peg in the hole? He is the mighty creator. Jesus also showed us that he is our loving father. He is not distant and disconnected; he has no big stick with which to beat us. He is a patient and forgiving God, willing to give us fresh chance after fresh chance.

But who does God himself say he is? According to the Bible (book of Revelation, chapter 1) he always was, before the beginning of anything - and he always will be.

In the Hebrew scriptures, God has many names which reflect that fact that no single name can ever convey the many facets of God. But however many names we use, there is only one God.

If we are willing to draw close, God will draw even closer. He is an intimate God, who longs to walk alongside us, every step of the way; rejoicing with us, laughing with us, weeping with us.


Christians believe that there is one God who is Creator, Saviour and Spirit.
God as Creator made and sustains everything in the physical and spiritual universe.
God as Saviour took on human form in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary.
He died upon the cross on the first Good Friday so that death and sin might be overcome and human beings reconciled to God.
By raising him again on the first Easter Day, God showed to the world that Jesus was his Son, who was to be the means of salvation for all.

The Holy Spirit carries out God’s will in the world and in human history. The Spirit visited Jesus’ followers on the day of Pentecost and gave them strength to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ resurrection to the whole world. It continues to inspire Christians to carry on with this task in every age and every land.
Those who believe that Jesus is God and Saviour are known as the Church. In its various traditions, in different ages and different countries, the Church continues to proclaim the resurrection and the hope of eternal life that this brings to all. Its witness is to be found in its public and private worship and in the lives of ordinary Christians.  
The Christian scriptures are the Old and New Testaments.  The Old Testament records the spiritual history of the Jewish people up to the time of Jesus. The New Testament records: the life, death and resurrection of Jesus (The Gospels), the missionary journeys of Paul (the Acts) the letters of Paul and others of Jesus’ followers (The Epistles) and the Book of Revelation.
There are two statements of Christian faith recognised by the great majority of Christians: the Apostles' Creed, which is a summary of the faith accepted by those about to be baptised; and the Nicene Creed which is a more detailed statement of Christian doctrine.
Admission into the church is by baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. At baptism a person is made one with Christ and received into the fellowship of the Church. This initiation is open to children as well as to adults.
Central to worship for most Christians is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, also called the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper. In this service, the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are recalled through scripture readings, preaching and prayer and by recalling Jesus’ Last Supper on earth in the blessing of bread and wine.
The Church of England is part of the world wide Anglican Communion (numbering some 70 million members). Anglicans trace their Christian roots back to the early Church. While their separate identity stems from the English Reformation, Anglicans uphold the catholic and apostolic faith, the threefold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons, the two principal sacraments of baptism and the eucharist and the other sacraments including confirmation, holy orders, reconciliation, marriage and the anointing of the sick.


Sacrament of Reconciliation
No matter how much we love someone, within all of us there is a self-centredness that causes us to say and do things which hurt others, often those we love most. In the rashness of youth, the heat of anger, or as a result of blind panic or fear, we may have said or done something which we live to regret, the guilt of which we carry around for years. The tragedy of so many people is that their lives are marked by fear, loneliness, isolation and division. At times we can become so turned in on ourselves that:
  • we are not at peace with God
  • we are not at peace with each other
  • we are not at peace with ourselves.
Time and again the bible tells us, and Jesus shows us, that God really loves us. Even when we turn away from him and think, say or do things which make us deeply ashamed, God still loves us and longs to give us the healing and peace which only he can give. This gift is offered to us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.

A number of questions may come to mind as you read this:
"I didn't think that the Church of England did this sort of thing."
At a priest's ordination the bishop's declaration sets out the main duties of a priest which includes this sentence: 'Formed by the word, they are to call hearers to repentance and to declare in Christ's name the absolution and forgiveness of their sins.'
Moreover, there is a rite in our prayer book called 'The Reconciliation of a Penitent' ;this is a God-given means of forgiving someone who is really sorry.

Can I not tell God in my own way, in private?
Of course you can, but the authority to forgive sins has been given to the Church. Naming our selfish sinfulness in the presence of a priest means that we show true contrition, don't try to make excuses or hide from reality. Remember that the priest too is a sinner, will never be shocked by what is said, and will never disclose anything which is confessed, even after the death of someone: a priest may never raise it with the penitent again unless the penitent so wishes.

If you wish to discuss this further in strictest confidence, contact the Parish Office and ask to speak with a priest. If a priest is not readily available, leave your name and telephone number and contact will be made.


Why do Christians pray?
Prayer is about communicating with God. By praying we get to know God better. Through prayer we build up a personal relationship with God. Prayer helps us to see ourselves, our lives and the world around us as God sees them. This helps us to have the right attitude. It helps us to know how to think and what to do.
Prayer also allows us to commend to God’s loving care all the difficult situations in our lives that we can’t do anything about. Offering these situations to God in prayer helps us to trust in God’s love for us, and not to worry.
In prayer we can also ask for God’s help for ourselves and for other people. Especially we pray for people who are sick or dying. God is always ready to help us. He wants to help each one of us to become the person that he has created us to be. Nothing could be better for us than this!
For a simple introduction on 'How to pray', try this Church of England webpage : Learn to pray.
The Church of England also has an Invitation to Prayer website with more suggestions on how to pray and with some specific prayers about justice, peace and reconciliation.
If you are familiar with using words to pray then it might be time to start experimenting with meditative prayer and seeking contemplative prayer. Have a look at this article.
The Taizé Community in France structures its life around three periods of prayer each day.
Their website includes a brief text, updated each day, for mediation.

Prayer Groups

St Alphege
We are a small group of people who earnestly believe in the strong power of prayer. We meet every Tuesday at 10.00 am in the Upper Chapel.
In addition to praying for the sick, prayer is offered for our parish and priests, for our town of Solihull, for our country and for the world, for our armed forces, refugees and asylum seekers, the victims of war, famine and flood. Above all, we pray for peace and justice everywhere.
People are able to leave prayer requests, which may be anonymous, in the Prayer Box in the porch and also by email .
On a personal level, we pray for people who have asked us to do so either for themselves or their friends, or for each other. We feel we are able to give and receive support amongst ourselves.
We always find time to praise God and to thank Him for His many blessings and for prayers answered.
Our meetings, which last for about three quarters of an hour, are very informal and are followed by Fairtrade coffee nearby, where we can continue our fellowship. We also enjoy a Christmas Lunch together every year.
Although everyone is encouraged to take part, no pressure is put on anyone to do so.
Anyone wishing to join us would be made very welcome.
For more information contact Gloria Florance 0121 604 6475.
everything in the physical and spiritual universe.
St Helen's
This is a small open group held in St Helen’s Chapel each week on Tuesday mornings at 10.00am.
It has a structured start and finish (i.e. psalms, lectionary and meditation) and a closing prayer. Prayer requests may be left in an appropriate box.
General prayers include those for the Church, the world, the sick, the needy and for individuals. The meetings, which last for half an hour, are followed by coffee. All are made very welcome.
For more information contact the Team Vicar on 0121 704 2878.
St Michael's
Our Prayer Group is based at St.Michael’s church, and meets monthly in various homes for a short Bible or faith study which is followed by prayers for our church, and the parish and those known to be in need. We pray for God’s leading and His solutions to problems in every aspect of our church fellowship and work.
All ages are welcome to join us.
Many members of our group are pleased to lead the church intercessions during the Sunday morning Eucharist.
We are learning from each other, deepening our faith and widening our knowledge. There is a deep sense of fellowship and love in our group, with no one person being more important than any other.
For more information email Eileen Court or phone on 0121 705 8919.
In addition to the Prayer Group we have another prayer activity that is open to the whole parish:
Prayer of Stillness
2.30pm until 3.30pm on first Monday of every month.
Guided contemplative prayer for adults in St Michael’s Chapel, Oak Cottage, Bryanston Road.
A small group meeting for a time of guided silence with words of life from the Bible, together with an opportunity for intercession for family, friends and others, the sick, current concerns etc.
More information from Paul Smith 0121 705 1377.
Have a look at this website for more about contemplative prayer.

The Christian life has a basic rhythm, or heartbeat, of coming together with others in worship and of being sent out to share in the mission of God to the world. Many excuses for not worshipping go something like this, "Oh, you really don't have to go to church to be a Christian": WRONG! Through baptism we are made members of Jesus' body, the church, and it is in and through the church that Jesus makes himself present on earth. Our personal prayer, our private acts of Christian duty, our daily life wherever we may be, all derive their meaning from our corporate worship in the community of the Church. If we cannot begin to recognize Jesus in other people, we shall never recognize him in himself.
What is the principal act of worship throughout the parish and why?
The main act of worship in all four churches across the parish of Solihull is based upon what Jesus did with his friends at a final meal on the night before he died. This meal is called the Last Supper at which Jesus gave his friends a gift, a gift which would be a sign of the sacrifice he was soon to make on the cross on Good Friday. This gift would be a sign to tell them:
  • you matter to me
  • I give myself to you.
In the Upper Room on that Maundy Thursday night, Jesus gave his friends the gift of himself in the form of bread and wine. Through this means Jesus promised his friends that they could continue to meet him and be united with him, even when he would be taken from them.
Jesus celebrated this meal within the context of the Jewish Passover meal, at the end of which he said and did something with the bread and cup of wine.
The Gospel accounts in the bible tell us that Jesus took some bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying,
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me".
In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave thanks; he gave it to them saying,
"Drink this, all of you; this is my blood ofthe new covenant, which is shed for you"
Because our worship is bible based, we seek to follow Jesus' command to literally, "Do this in remembrance of me." Jesus is the host of the Christian family meal and we have to communicate with him. He is present as our food, the eating of which strengthens and sustains us on our journey which began in baptism and which will end when we share in eternal life with him in heaven. This meal can be known by different names: the Lord's Supper, the Mass, and the most popular- the Eucharist. Eucharist is a Greek word which means 'thanksgiving' during which Christians are united with Jesus and with each other as they receive the holy bread and wine in that part of the Eucharist called 'holy communion'.

Who may receive holy communion at the Eucharist?
Although the celebration of the Eucharist is ajoy filled occasion it is also an encounter with the living God, so we need to approach the sacrament with reverence and after due preparation. For adults this is usually through the Sacraments of Christian belonging or initiation - Baptism and Confirmation. This will follow a period of enquiry with other adults, beginning with our enquirers' course, Just Explore.

Young people and children are prepared for First Communion following a period of enquiry and instruction, on the understanding that with parental encouragement and support they will worship faithfully and regularly.

Communicant members of other churches who believe in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are welcome to receive holy communion with us.

Does this mean anyone can worship God at the Eucharist?
Yes, without doubt, all will be welcomed. Those who do not receive holy communion are encouraged to come to the altar rail with communicants where they (and their children) can receive God's blessing from a priest. One basic service, but a number of different styles to suit our personalities and needs.

In all that we do in worship we try to offer the very best we can to God, so worship is never drab or dull, cheap or shoddy. However we recognize that people have different personalities and often lead very demanding lives. We are able to offer a variety of ways across the parish in the three church centres.

Worship in the Parish

God, in and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has done two things which provide the focus for the Church's worship through the year:
  • He has shared our life. We prepare for this event in the season of Advent, celebrate Christ's birth at Christmas and the 12 days following & then explore the implications of this in a 40 day period known as the Epiphany season (Epiphany is a word meaning revealing or showing).
  • He has transformed our life. The culmination of this is in the three greatest days of the Christian year known as the Easter Triduum - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Easter is the most important season and like Christmas, begins with a period of preparation – the 40 days of Lent.
From this we have the bare bones of the Christian Year which forms a framework within which we celebrate God’s love revealed as father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Worship is a dynamic process in which we offer ourselves to God in praise and thanksgiving. It has a simple structure, the most important aspect of which is that we come together. An essential part of being a Christian is that we worship God together, with others and in community, irrespective of gender, race, marital status.
There is a basic dynamic involved in worship:
  • We offer ourselves to God.
  • God receives that offering.
  • God transforms that offering as he forgives us our sins and failings.
  • God both feeds and challenges us as we listen to him speaking to us through the bible readings and the homily/sermon. In the eucharist we share in the gift of himself truly and really present in the bread and wine as we obey Jesus' command at the Last Supper.
  • As we are transformed or re-formed through this encounter with God, so we are dismissed and sent into the world to reveal Christ in the world.
Once we understand this basic shape and the process, it is possible to 'get more out of it' as many people express it. You get out what you put in: if you just turn up, don't bother to follow the service through or sing a hymn, let alone listen and fail to recognize other people as your brothers and sisters in Christ, then don't expect to receive much back.
So here are some basic tips:
  • Try and arrive 10 minutes before the service is due to begin.
  • Briefly express a hello to people either side of you (there are NO reserved seats in our church by the way!), but don't indulge in unnecessary nattering.
  • Reflect over the past week, or however long it is since you last came to worship God. A useful check list is provided by St. Paul who wrote that, as Christians, our lives should bear the fruit or evidence of God the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  


Christian Living

We are only given one life and we must make the best use of it that we can. It may be you are disappointed with your life at present! Christians are called to be different from the world around which is not always easy. Christians, like everyone else, are under pressure to conform. We are on a lifelong journey of following Christ. This enables us to be more fully human and fully free as God intended.
Following Christ frees us from the need to adopt a lifestyle that hampers and prevents us from full enjoyment of life.
So Christians live out their lives every day in the knowledge that God loves us and wants the very best for us.
Celebration and joy are at the heart of the way of Christ.  After all, Jesus claims to bring us Good News - not much of that about these days you may think!
In the same way as an athlete trains for an event, Christians continually keep their relationship with God in good order, by praying, reading the Bible, and coming together with other Christians to worship and do what God wants in their lives. The Christian life is not only for Sunday.  God is with us Monday to Saturday as well.