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About Us


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.

At Old Church, we believe in inclusive Church, a church which does not discriminate, on any level, on the grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ (Inclusive Church Statement of Belief).

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30th September 2018

Harvest, 2018

Old Church will be holding its Harvest Festival service on 7th October at 10.15. Please be with us; please bring what foodstuffs you can so that we can continue to support Foodbank. This should be tinned and processed foods rather than fresh materials. On Saturday, 6th October, our Harvest Supper will be held in the Dorothy Parkes Centre between 7.00 and 9.30. All are most welcome. There is no charge but please bring your own drink and perhaps a dessert to share. There will be music and singing and dancing - but 'mainly yourselves'. Do come.

30th September 2018

Service Rota: October - December 2018

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, particularly those during Sunday services. The Service Rota for the next quarter has now been published. It is available on the web-site or can be seen at Old Church. 

If you have duties at 10.15 a.m. on Sundays, the Church Wardens would be most grateful if you could be in church by 9.45 a.m. so alternative arrangements can be made for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to be there. Please contact Paul Martin if you wish to change any of the arrangements.

18th January 2018

What's On, 2018

If you interested in meeting with others for a sociable afternoon or evening with things to do or items to buy, or for tea and dancing, or to explore issues of faith, or to sing or to be quiet for a day, or 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, 2018. 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.


24th April 2017

Safe, caring communities

The Church of England is committed to the care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral  ministry for all children, for all young people, and for all adults. As part of this, Old Church, in turn, has developed policies for the protection of children, the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, and in order to respond well to concerns about sexual abuse and survivors of sexual abuse. Smethwick Old Church Child Protection Policy has been revised and up-dated for 2017 and can be read by clicking on the link. It can also be found on the Documents page and in hard copy in the church. In addition you can find through the following links Old Church Policy on the Safeguarding of Adults, and Old Church Policy on Responding Well to Concerns about Sexual Abuse. These documents provide information on what you should do if you have concerns about any of these matters.


7th December 2016

Old Church Photo-album

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.

To see a more full description of each collection of photos, you are advised to select List View, using the button on the top right of the album page.

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.

7th November 2015

Old Church on Facebook

Click on the link at the bottom 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. 


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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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