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Pancake Party : 6th Feb 5pm-7pm @ OBH

posted 20 Jan 2016, 21:51 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 6 Feb 2016, 22:12 ]

S T  A L P H E G E  MO T H E R S ’ U N I O N

· Team races and special races for tiny tots

· Children’s Tombola

· Pancakes to eat

· Home-made Cakes and Produce for sale

· Bar with soft drinks

Tickets: Adults £2.50 Children £1

On sale at Sunday coffee/squash in the OBH

or pay on the night



in the Oliver Bird Hall

5.00pm – 7.00pm

Pre 2016 News

posted 20 Jan 2016, 20:22 by Solihull Parish

to be stored here

Malawi Container : Arrived in Mtuntham 6th June

posted 14 Jun 2014, 07:21 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:37 ]

From Malawi :

Yesterday was a wonderful day when the community received the
container. It was so wonderful.
it arrived at 5:30 am and started unloading at 8:00am till 2:00 pm.
distribution of item took us to 5:30 pm. I missed my lunch but I could
feel no hunger. God is Great and Mtunthama is blessed.

Distribution went well except for one minor problem that Boyson wanted
all the chairs, tables and Organ to go to the orphanage. But after
some discussions we resolved the matter though he was not happy. All
chairs, tables, shelves, and benches have gone to the orphanage,
Primary and secondary schools and the Hospital. No chair has gone to
the church this time excerpt for the organ seat. The church has
benefited the organ lectern and vestments.
I and my family have benefited all parcels labeled personal and one bicycle.
Michael is Keeping all the scout boxes. Mother's Union have benefited
All the three machines and haberdashery.
All linen,children and adult clothes knitted jumpers, blankets,
sheets,bedding, bibles, towels and all the parcels labeled orphanage
have been given to the orphanage.

Personal Items: I and my entire family are very great full to the
personal gifts given to us. Rejoice is very pleased with the dolls and
today wanted not to go to church  in order to play with her dolls.
Wisdom wake very early in the morning today looking for his water gun.
As I'm writing this email, Gabriel and his brother are playing snakes
and radder. Esther is very very happy with all what you sent to her.
The mirror, as I see it, seems to be the beautiful thing in our house.
Thank you for the cases and bags, towels and sheets personally sent to
us. We have received them with great pleasure.

As for the church, the whole congregation today was more than happy to
see the organ and vestments. People kept on clapping hands again and
again as they were shouting "God is great!, God is great!" While
others were saying: "Praise the Lord!" My Savers could not wait to
take off their usual vestment and put on the red ones. Graham and
Angela, I tell you there was drama in the Church today. Schools
Hospital and Orphanage haven't yet opened their boxes. May be

God bless you.
I will send you pictures tomorrow and a full report within the week.

Items for Mzuzu were collected by Mr. Msukwa, Dicesan Education
Secretery for the Diocese of Northern Malawi. There were also some
item for Nkhotakota which have been collected by Mr. Jaseman Saver,
the headmaster of Bishop Mtekateka secondary school and director of
Nkhotakota Lay Training Center. I,m keeping one sewing machine for
Agnes Mkoko and some few items which were supposed to be unloaded at
Blantyre and one at Malosa. I will try to send these  to the owners.
I wish you a good stay with Agnes Mkoko.

More in few days to come.

In Christian Love,

St Alphege Churchyard 2014

posted 10 May 2014, 23:03 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:46 ]

Are you able to help us in 2014 by giving up a small part of your time?

Even on a sunny winter’s day, it is quite common to find more than one person just sitting in our churchyard – perhaps having their lunch, taking a few moments to rest from a busy day or even just being near the grave of a loved one. Whenever I speak to them they are all appreciative of a quiet haven. Many visitors will also comment that we are fortunate to have such a well looked after churchyard when compared to so many others they have seen elsewhere.

As a church we pay each year for the grass cutting, including strimming around the gravestones (some 14 times a year at a cost of thousands of pounds), as well as for any major items like tree surgery. We do not currently have the funds to pay for the other ‘normal’ gardening activities, which are really needed. The Church and Churchyard committee has been operating on a level funding basis for some years now, despite costs increasing each year, meaning that we have had to look carefully as to how we could trim our expenditure to suit or use different strategies to cope.

This is therefore a good opportunity to record my thanks to the small number of individuals who voluntarily give up some time on a regular basis, whenever they can, to sweep paths, collect leaves, pull out weeds, cut back overgrown items etc., just like we would all want for our own gardens. Some I see, when walking through the churchyard and there are others I am sure that I have missed, but their efforts are visible and enjoyed by all. They are the reason it looks better than it might.

The two front flowerbeds each side of the north door path are another area where volunteers have taken on not only the winter planting but also the spring and summer work as well. They have also continued to tend to them on a rota basis. Their next proposal is to plant soon with poppies to flower over the summer to mark the start of First World War celebrations. If anybody would like to make a small donation towards the cost, specifically of this planting, this would be appreciated.

Are you able to help us in 2014 by giving up a small part of your time?

Perhaps you could join in just two of the four Saturday morning churchyard tidy up sessions planned for this year (1000 – 1300hrs), especially if you normally not available during the week? These mornings are set as 12th April (ready for Easter), 21st June, 13th September and 8th November (for Remembrance Sunday). Even coming along for an hour on any of the sessions will help. It is always a good opportunity to meet and talk with other church members, of all ages, over a break with refreshments. Reminders will appear in the pew slip a few weeks before each session.

Or, if you have more time available during the week, you are welcome to just come along occasionally as an individual and carryout out any tidying up items that you feel are required. Such tasks could include picking up fallen small tree branches, dead flowers/general litter or old wreaths – all of which makes it easier for the grass cutting contractor to do a better job for us. We also appreciate the help of volunteers to sweep paths, to carry out general weeding or helping to control some of the more invasive weeds we have. Some volunteers like to adopt a particular area. You will always have a lot of passers by stopping to talk with you!

If you would like further information about which specific item(s) to undertake or look after in the churchyard, then I am happy to meet with you, or talk to you on the telephone, at any time during the year. I can be contacted on 0121 711 1726. Alternatively, could you be part of the rota group that maintains the front flowerbeds? Please contact Anne on 0121 722 2274 for details.

Stewardship Sunday : 23rd Feb 2014

posted 16 Feb 2014, 20:00 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:53 ]

The information below will provide you with the background to the 2014 Stewardship Appeal and explain why an increase in regular planned giving is needed if we want the church to continue to develop its work within and outside the Parish of Solihull.

The work being carried out by our church community is so extensive that it can’t be done entirely by volunteers. So, in addition to our clergy, the church employs specialist staff to lead
areas of our activities that require professional skills.
For the last year or two we have not covered all the cost of our activities and this needs to be corrected if the church is to continue to be a witness to the love of God among the people of
Solihull and the wider world.
Our challenge is to build on existing goodwill by increasing the number of planned, committed givers, and increasing the amount of existing giving. Being a regular giver does not mean you have to be in church every Sunday. You can arrange to give a regular amount by standing order.
Our church is important to each of us and to the local community, but many of us take it for granted. We believe that it will always be there. There is no national or local government funding of the church so the bulk of our income needs to come from the congregation.

Could you help us reach our target of a £30,000 increase in regular giving to St Alphege by becoming a planned giver or by reviewing your current giving?
You and everyone who comes to St Alphege are asked to consider:
1. becoming a member of the Planned Giving Scheme by using a standing order for your giving, or if you are already a member,
2. increasing your contribution, particularly if you haven’t done so recently.
In either case can you please complete and return the standing order form supplied with this leaflet or use the form to request a set of stewardship envelopes? Standing order forms can also be obtained from the Parish Office, from the website (below), or by contacting Frank Upton (0121 705 2963).

We currently have 304 regular givers in the Planned Giving Scheme.
If each current regular giver gave an extra £6 a month (3 cups of coffee), our annual giving would increase by £21,900.
If an additional 30 people became regular planned givers averaging £30 a month, our annual giving would increase by £10,800.
The Gift Aid refund on these amounts would typically be around £7,300, making an overall annual increase of £40,000.
Of course some people leave the Planned Giving Scheme each year for a variety of reasons, and this can typically lead to a £10,000 drop in annual giving. But even with this, our target of £30,000 per annum would still be on track.

Many people are surprised by how much it costs to maintain the life, work and witness of St Alphege. Many people also think that the church has lots of money, but the truth is that as
a local church we have to be self-funding.
The challenge for St Alphege is that it costs £6,350 to run the church every week, but our total weekly income is only £5,770. Most of this
amount (£4,700) comes from the church community and Gift Aid, but over half of it comes from only a few givers, and that makes us vulnerable if for any reason their giving stops.
The balance mainly comes from services such as weddings and funerals. We therefore have an overall deficit and must act now if the church is to be financially secure.
All of us need to be giving an amount which is large enough to be significant to us - it is ‘planned’ regular giving, not an occasional charitable donation. Clearly, we need to fund the
worship, work and witness of St Alphege not only now but also into the future. It’s all about sustaining and growing our church.
Please consider this appeal prayerfully, reflecting upon God’s generosity in your own life and in thankfulness for the ways in which our church makes God’s love known to all in this community.

Forms required to setup or modify your regular donation : 

The documents are :

1. Two versions of the standing order form, one for new donors and one for donors who wish to change their standing order. Attached as a single document. The reason that there are two documents is that otherwise, when you amend a standing order, the bank may continue to process the old standing order as well.  
However, If you want to use this form please contact Frank Upton, who will advise you about the payment reference number that is needed.
Frank's details are on the form.

2. A standard Gift Aid declaration.

Christmas Services @ St Alphege

posted 20 Dec 2013, 22:37 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:33 ]

24th Dec        3:00pm - Crib Service
                      4:15pm - Crib Service
                      11.30pm -     Midnight Mass (Carol singing from 11.10pm)

25th Dec        8.00am -      Said Eucharist

                      9.15am -      All Age Eucharist : encourage children to bring a toy

                     11.00am -     Choral Eucharist

26th Dec        St Stephen, First Martyr : 10.30am - Said Eucharist

28th Dec        Holy Innocents : 9.30am - Said Eucharist

Just Explore

posted 6 Nov 2013, 10:39 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:34 ]

This is a 10 week course which explores the key aspects of the Christian faith.
This is for everyone regardless of their current understanding of faith or their spiritual journey so far.
Starting on 7th Nov at 7.15pm finishing at 9.15pm in the Oliver Bird Hall.
You can register on line at www.justexplore.org.uk or contact the Parish Office on 0121 705 5350 or by email on office@solihullparish.org.uk.

Pre-School Gets Back to Nature

posted 6 Nov 2013, 10:29 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:45 ]

This Sunday saw the grand opening of the St Alphege Pre-school ‘all things bright and beautiful’ garden located in the grounds of the Oliver Bird Hall. In just over a year, a dedicated team of parents and staff from the Pre-school have been busy designing, planning and creating the new ‘forest school’ style garden.

Pre-school Manager Meryl Homer described the garden and its benefits, "This is where the children can play outdoors and learn about the environment around them. We will grow herbs and flowers, look at insects in the garden and have an amazing learning experience in a safe, natural outdoor space. This will help the children’s confidence, development and understanding of the natural environment surrounding them."

The garden, to be used primarily by the Pre-school, was opened on Sunday 20th October. Fr Patrick Taylor blessed the garden which was then officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull. Past and present Pre-school children took part in this exciting occasion and had the pleasure of cutting the ceremonial ribbon.





St Alphege Christmas Card

posted 6 Nov 2013, 10:24 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:56 ]

The St Alphege Christmas Cards have arrived and are now available. Christmas is getting closer and buying your cards is something you can do early so that at least that task can be crossed off the list.

The cards are priced at £4 for a pack of 10 (like last year) and will be on sale from the Bookstall, the Parish Office and at coffee/squash in the Oliver Bird Hall after the 9.15am service.
This year’s card is similar to one we had a few years ago, with opening ‘doors’ on the front allowing a view of the chancel. It is extremely attractive and we expect the cards to sell well.

Announcement : Fr Patrick

posted 30 Sep 2013, 19:51 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:22 ]

Fr Patrick has been the   Team vicar for St Alphege and Director of Lay Adult Training development in the parish since 2005  but is now to leave us  to become  the next Vicar of Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon with All Saints, Luddington and St. Helen’s, Clifford Chambers, subject to the normal formalities

His final Sunday with us  will be December 8th. There will be a Bring and Share lunch in the OBH on that day  so we can make our farewells .

The Collation service  for Fr Patrick at Stratford will take place on Wednesday 8 January 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Fr Patrick and Laura would welcome your prayers as they prepare to make their move to this new ministry in Stratford along with their children Edmund and Beatrice.

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