A Welcome from our new Priest in Charge, Revd Nick Parker
A very warm welcome to Solihull Parish and thank you for taking time to visit this page. For any who are new, this is something we share. I was licensed on 6th September and have been humbled by the welcome given me, as well as being greatly encouraged by people’s openness and their genuine desire to journey together and discover what God has in store. For those who are visiting, and perhaps exploring whether Solihull Parish might be their spiritual home, I pray that you would similarly find God’s welcome here.
One of the wonderful things about this parish is its richness and diversity. Whilst we are united in our Gospel vision to Grow Disciples, Build Community, and Transform Lives, this finds different expression in each of our three congregations and through a wide variety of different ministries. Please do explore this website to get a glimpse of what’s on offer, or better still, come to one of our services or events. We would love to meet you.
To return to the theme of welcome, God’s welcome is something much deeper than words. It is a loving acceptance that we can only come as we are, with the gifts and talents God has given us, but also in our brokenness. Each of us has a story to tell. We are interested to hear yours and come to know you, as well as being eager to share our own – especially how our faithful God continues to be at work amongst us. The songwriter Marty Haugen puts this most eloquently in a hymn we sang at my licensing service. I chose it because it describes the Church we are seeking to be – modelled after Jesus himself, who excluded no one but rather proclaimed that he had come for the lost, for sinners, in other words for you and for me, bringing healing and salvation. I end with the final verse of that hymn and hope it may inspire you to journey with us.
Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.
Nick Parker – Priest In Charge
Tel: 0121 705 5350 or
Email Parish Office for Church or Parish enquiries only.
For Hall bookings, please email your query via our Hall Hire pages.
Parish Office opening hours 9.00am till 1.00pm (Mon – Thur), 9.00am till 12noon on Fridays.
(Please note that the Parish Office is never open on Bank Holidays)
Urgent clergy support:
Nick Parker 07890 720240 or
Simon Marshall 0121 704 4730 or
Sue Chandler 07970 791288.
This week in the Parish:
Wednesday lunchtime recital returns on 6 December: Liam Condon, organ – performance at 1.10pm. All welcome – admission free, retiring collection. A full listing of performers can be found here.
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 – 9.30 am at St Michael’s, Oak Cottage, Bryanston Road, Solihull, B91 1BS
Sunday 3 December 2023
St Alphege Church – 8.00am – Eucharist: President & Preacher: Revd Nick Parker
9.15am – The Junction in the Oliver Bird Hall
10.30am – Sung Eucharist, President & Preacher: Revd Nick Parker
5.00pm Advent Carol Service: Officiant & Preacher: Revd Nick Parker
St Helen’s – 10.00am Eucharist
St Michael’s – 10.30am Eucharist
Israel Gaza Situation, Appeal and Prayer
‘We are on the side of life’: UK Religious Leaders – Muslim, Jewish, and Christian – condemn violence
Please visit our News page to read more about our response to the current situation in Israel and Gaza.
We look with horror upon the conflict in Israel and Gaza;
upon acts of terrorism; destruction; and death.
Hear the lamentations of all who suffer.
Heal the fear that begets violence.
Bind up wounds which are so deep that peace seems unimaginable except through your merciful intervention.
Grant peace. Grant justice. Grant hope.
We ask this for Jesus Christ’s sake
and in the power of his Holy Spirit;
Useful Documents to download
Parish Christmas Card – We have discovered that the cards had been printed without a greeting on the inside, however replacement packs are now available on the bookstall and in the parish office at £4.50 for pack of 10 cards. If you wish to swap or replace the blank cards, please contact Fran Halstead or the Parish Office.