Smethwick Old Church
Part of the Church of England
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. At 12.30 p.m. on Sundays, following the main Holy Communion service, we hold an All-age Worship service, incorporating music and creative activities that last around thirty minutes. 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. Holy Communion is celebrated every Tuesday at 10.00 a.m. 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, 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.
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). Click here to visit the Inclusive Church website.
Presence and Engagement is the Church of England’s national programme that hopes to equip Christians for mission and ministry in our diverse society. Old Church is proud to welcome into its community many who come to the UK as migrants, seeking to start new lives on a foreign shore. We are delighted to welcome numbers of Farsi speakers and on occasions elements of the liturgy are spoken in Farsi. Click here to access the Church of England Presence and Engagement website.
The Dorothy Parkes Centre is just across the road from Old Church; it is a project of Old Church. Many of the church activities take place in the Centre. The Centre opened in 2000 and was created out of the Old Church parish hall by an innovative partnership between the Parish Church Council, Sandwell Area Health Authority, Harborne Parish Lands Charity, the New Opportunities Fund and the Church Urban Fund. You will find more information about the Dorothy Parkes Centre on the Social page. You can access the Dorothy Parkes Centre website by clicking here.
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 to us using the Old Church mail system.
Smethwick Old Church, The Uplands, Smethwick, B67 6EQ. Telephone: 0121 558 1763 Site contents © Smethwick Old Church 2018