For Safeguarding information click here

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Contact Us

The first point of contact for our clergy team is via the Parish Office – follow this link: Solihull Parish Office however should you need urgent out of hours clergy support the details are:

Nick Parker 07890 720240 or

Simon Marshall 0121 704 4730 or

Sue Chandler 07970 791288.

All bookings and other enquiries should be made first via the Parish Office please.

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Towards a More Inclusive Church

At our recent church council meeting we warmly welcomed the decision by the General Synod of the Church of England to allow pastoral use of Prayers of Love and Faith. Prayers of Love and Faith As society has come to recognise the diversity of human identity around issues of gender, sexuality and relationships, it becomes increasingly clear that this diversity echoes the richness of God’s creation and that we have a duty to celebrate all that reflects the breadth of God’s goodness and love. Whilst further national agreement is needed before we are able to hold stand-alone marriage blessings for same-sex couples, we look forward to that possibility, and in the meantime are pleased to discuss what we can offer – in the light of a resource that is designed for a wide-range of situations, and which allows for a good degree of creativity in worship. To find out more please contact the parish office who will put you in touch with a member of our ministry team.

And a note on the Rainbow

It is curious that the LGBT movement has adopted the rainbow as its symbol. This dates back to 1978 when the pride flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker who gave each of the eight stripes its own meaning. To him this ‘flag in the sky’ was a natural place to turn when thinking about the spectrum of human sexuality and relationships. More recently we may have noticed a variation most often called the pride ‘diversity flag’ which seeks to recognise the often-overlooked role of people of colour in fighting for justice and equality – the triangular shape indicating a sense of movement or progress. Of course, for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim peoples, the rainbow is something we equate with Noah and God’s promise of mercy. We may see the two coming together in Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s ‘Rainbow People of God’ – a vision celebrating both our diversity and essential unity as God’s children – each one of us dependent on God’s mercy and grace. We may also wish to note that, scientifically speaking, the whole spectrum is an essential part of what we simply know as light – the universal symbol of truth, hope, and love.

Revd Nick Parker, Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate)

What’s Happening

This week in the Parish:

Wednesday lunchtime recitals: 29 May: Joel Skaria (piano). Recitals start at 1.10pm with tea/coffee and cake available from 12.30pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection held in aid of The Friends of St Alphege Music. All welcome. A full listing of upcoming performers can be found here

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Weekdays – Morning Prayer. Beginning each day with God:

Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9.00am at St Alphege Church.
We will enter by the choir vestry door and ordinarily will meet in the Chantry Chapel.  If you would like to come but would find the stairs difficult, please contact the Parish Office so that we can arrange for the service to be held in the choir stalls. All are very welcome.   

Tuesday – 9.00am at St Helen’s Church, 6 St Helen’s Road, Solihull, B91 2DA

Wednesday – 9.30am at St Michael’s, Oak Cottage, Bryanston Road, Solihull, B91 1BS

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St. Alphege:

Thursday 23rd May

10.30am – Eucharist

Sunday 26th May -Trinity Sunday

8.00am – Said Eucharist – President & Preacher: Revd Nick Parker

9.15am – The Junction- via ZOOM

10.30am – Sung Eucharist – President: Revd Roy Murray & Preacher: Suzette Maguire

5.00pm – Evensong – Officiant: & Preacher: Stephen Linstead

St Helen’s – 10.00am – Holy Communion

St Michael’s – 10.30am – Eucharist at Sharman’s Cross School

Noticeboard

Job/volunteer vacancies: Parish Treasurer, – for details click here

SMBC Support – beginning on Tuesday 5th March and every first Tuesday of the month thereafter, Kerrie and Natalia from the Community Development Team will be sitting in the foyer of the OBH from 12noon till 3.00pm. For more information please click on the link here: SMBC Support

Useful Documents to download

Join Us Online – Sunday 26th May

Link to join 10.30am Sung Eucharist from St Alphege

Photos from around the Parish