Smethwick Old Church
Part of the Church of England
Worship and Resources
This links you directly to ideas for prayer and worship,
for shared services and for reflection during these difficult times.
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Following the imposition of a National Lockdown as from 5th January, the Old Church PCC has determined that Old Church will close for worship. This is in light of the high level of infection in Sandwell, the numbers at Old Church who are required to stay at home, and the burden and consequent risk on those who are responsible for public worship. Services for weddings and funerals are permitted although there are limitations on numbers – up to 6 people can attend wedding ceremonies and up to 30 people can attend funerals. You are advised to speak to your Funeral Director or to the Vicar of Old Church, the Reverend Deb Buckley.
Sunday morning services will continue but will revert to Zoom at 10.30 am. as from 10th January. That situation will continue to be reviewed as the implications of the pandemic become more obvious. The Zoom access details are below. The service sheets are available here as well as on Old Church WhatsApp.
10.30 am Sunday Morning Service
Meeting ID: 930 5495 8639
4.00 pm Sunday Rainbow Service
Meeting ID: 741 2124 8861
5.00 pm Sunday Evening Prayer
Meeting ID: 776 8852 7999
The Tuesday service at 10.00 am will be held on Zoom for the immediate future.
Old Church has and will be developing ways of keeping in touch during these very difficult times, thinking particularly of those who through self-isolation or otherwise will need help with shopping, medications and the like. This will be coordinated with members of the Pastoral Care Team, the Pastoral Visiting Team and others in the congregation. If you would like to receive help, please ring one of those listed below,
The Reverend Deb Buckley: 0121 558 1763/07410 176378
Jean Martin, Churchwarden: 0121 554 2731
Gill Gould, Parish Administrator: 07824 368584
There is an Old Church WhatsApp site for those who would like to share thoughts over the next months. If you would like to join the site, the easiest way would be to send a message that includes your mobile number to, Paul Martin: 07785 995489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are increasing numbers of ideas for prayer and for services produced by the Church of England nationally.
Church of England website with ideas for prayers and for simple services at home.
The Church of England has produced a paper on Spiritual Communion, the sharing in the communion of Jesus Christ when a shared Eucharist is not always possible. It is written in English and in Farsi and includes an act of Spiritual Communion.
Thoughts about Spiritual Communion and the Coronavirus in English & Farsi
Old Church Services
Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening during Lent, there will be a service of Compline, a short service of Prayer in the Evening. You can follow this service on Facebook where it will be posted at 8.00 pm on the day.
Old Church videos for Christmas
These are the video recordings made to celebrate Advent and Christmas.
On Facebook, you will also find recordings of the funerals at Old Church of Judy Eynon and Colin Simmonds, sadly missed.
We invite you to join us for a Monthly Prayer Meeting on Zoom, to be held on the last Thursday in the month at 7.00 pm. Click on the link to find further details.
Old Church is currently closed for private Prayer and will continue so for some time.
Readings on Sunday at 10:30am.
The Old Church News, Spring edition, is available. Please read and forward to others. Please print a copy, if you are able, and pass it to friends and neighbours.
Please do not hesitate to make contact if you feel Old Church could be of help to you at these exceedingly difficult times. Apart from anything else, it is undoubtedly a time for our prayer for others and for ourselves as the disease spreads.
Smethwick Old Church, The Uplands, Smethwick, B67 6EQ. Telephone: 0121 558 1763 Site contents © Smethwick Old Church 2018