Smethwick Old Church is both an historic building and a family of Christians. We share our trust in Jesus Christ with 2.2 billion people, about a third of the world's population. Since 1732, our spiritual home in this Church of England parish has been the oldest building in Smethwick, a Grade II listed gem and a place of worship for generations of Anglicans. It was built with money left by Dorothy Parkes, hence its original name, Parkes' Chapel.
We worship together twice each Sunday, at 10.15 a.m. using Common Worship but adapted to suit the times and seasons and the nature of the congregation. We celebrate Evening Prayer every Sunday at 5.00 using the Book of Common Prayer. Children aged 5-11 are provided for at our Junior Church which meets every Sunday during morning service, either in church or in the Dorothy Parkes Centre. Big Fish, for older young people, also meets at that time. Holy Communion is celebrated every Tuesday at 10.00 a.m. On the last Wednesday of each month, the church is open between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m., candlelit and with the opportunity for quiet prayer, company and refreshments. If you wish, you can then join a service of night prayer, Compline, at 7.45 p.m. We call this time Soul Space. On the last Thursday of each month, you are invited to pray with others in a gathering that starts at 2.00 p.m. The church has a loop system and there is adequate access for those with mobility problems. Our many social activities take place in the nearby Dorothy Parkes Centre.
The Old Church is set in the Deanery of Warley in the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham. It is a part of a group ministry with two other local churches, the Parish of the Resurrection (Holy Trinity) and St Matthew with St Chad’s, Windmill Lane. We also maintain links with other Christian denominations in the Smethwick area.
We are very easy to find, about 4 miles west of the centre of Birmingham and less than 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M5. The 89 bus service runs between Birmingham City and Oldbury with a stop on The Uplands, by Old Church. For satnav users, the post-code is B67 6EQ. There is no difficulty with on-street parking. Click the satellite image on the left to see an interactive map of where we are.
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You are warmly invited to the Smethwick Lent Course which starts on 9th March and continues for five weeks until the 6th April, 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. The sessions are held at St Hilda's Church, starting with a light supper. Click on the link to find more details. We would love to see you there!
If you interested in meeting with others to explore issues of faith, to sing or to be quiet for a day, to pray together or walk together - or a number of other activities, then spend some time looking at our Smethwick Old Church What's On, 2017. It's also available as a hard copy, on paper, but you will need to come to church to find that. We look forward to seeing you at some - even all of these activities.
Helen Mirren's 2016 film, Eye in the Sky, which is concerned with aspects of drone warfare - the ability to kill across continents with remotely controlled drones, will be shown on the 16th January at 7.00 pm. in the chapel at Holy Trinity. Apart from viewing the film, there will be wine and nibbles and the opportunity to discuss the ethics of what is done in our name. Do come.
Thank you to all those very many members of the Old Church family who work to maintain the quality of our Sunday worship together, whether by cleaning or flower-arranging or many of the other duties for which you volunteer. The Service Rota for the next quarter is now available. It is available on the web-site or can be seen at Old Church. Please contact Paul Martin if you wish to change any of the arrangements.
You may have noticed a short-cut at the foot of this column marked Photos - Photos of recent activities. This will link you to a Google site containing a number of photos taken at recent Old Church events. The Photo-album provides a record of some of the activities of Old Church, saying thank you to all those who contributed and being grateful for our shared lives. We will gradually add to these, to bring the collection up-to-date and add new photos as they are taken. Many of the current photos have been taken by Marjan Zirak.
By clicking on Legal Notices at the very bottom of this page, you will find information about the Old Church policy on the taking and use of photos that appear on this site. In brief, we will not include photos of children without the express, written permission of a responsible adult, we will not name either children or adults without permission and then only in the collection title, we will remove any photo to which objection is taken. To arrange to have photos removed, either follow the instructions in the Legal Notices or write to Paul Martin using the Old Church contact system.
We would be pleased to add further photos of Old Church activities, subject to them complying with church policy.
The Reverend Margaret Farr organises monthly Healing Services at St Matthews, on Saturdays at 9.00 am. Those who have attended have found them to be wonderfully supportive, a quiet time to share your concerns with God and to receive a blessing - if you would like that. The Healing Services over the next few months will be held on the following days. Do come!
10th September, 8th October, 12th November, 10th December and 14th January
Click on the link at the botom left-hand corner of this page and you will be taken to the Old Church Facebook pages. For all those who enjoy the wonders of social media, and I'm starting to at last, this is the place to see what is happening in the church community and to share your thoughts.
We are delighted that you have found your way to the Old Church website and hope that you have found here the information that you are seeking. Whether this is about regular or special services, or about Old Church social activities, or about help that you think that Old Church might provide, do feel free to write using the Old Church mail system.
We have improved our Contacts page, leaving space for e-mail and postal addresses and a 'phone number, if you wish to provide these. In addition, there is room for prayer requests. We look forward to hearing from you.
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