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 Government’s ‘Freedom Day’, the 4th step on the UK Roadmap through the Covid pandemic, new guidance has been issued by the Government and the Church of England in connection with public worship. As a consequence, the Vicar, in consultation with the Churchwardens and the PCC, has agreed a new pattern of worship for Sunday mornings as from 25th July. Neither service will require pre-booking or the use of seating plans. Both services will show a proper concern for the prevention of infection. Both services will require hands to be sanitised. The doors will be opened front and back to encourage proper ventilation.
- at 9.00 am, we will maintain the 2-metre separation so using only alternate rows. You will be required to wear facemasks. Music will be through CDs.
- at 10.30 am, we will maintain a 1-metre separation so using all the rows. Facemasks are strongly recommended. There will be limited singing.
Communion will be available at both services in both kinds through intinction. At 9.00 am, it will be administered in the pews, at 10.30 am at the communion rails. Note that the second service is earlier than previously, at 10.30 am.
This arrangement for Sunday mornings will be fully reviewed at the end of August with ongoing reviews weekly, as experience requires.
The arrangements for Occasional Offices, particularly weddings and funerals, are currently under review. If you require any further information, please contact either the Vicar, the Reverend Deb Buckley, or the Churchwarden/Parish Administrator, Gill Gould, 07824 368584. You can do this using the Contact page on this website. For funerals, talk to your Funeral Director.
The 10.00 am service on Tuesdays is now held in church also. Although you will need to observe coronavirus precautions, booking is not required. Other Sunday Services will continue to be held on Zoom for the time being. The Zoom access details are often the same each week but, together with the service sheets, will be available here and on Old Church WhatsApp.
5.00 pm Sunday Evening Prayer on Zoom
Meeting ID: 776 8852 7999
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.
Old Church videos on Facebook
This link will take you to the wide range of video recordings made to mark Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. You will find services of Compline and for Eastertide together with stories and prayers to mark Old Church as an Inclusive Church.
Old Church is currently closed for private Prayer. The Power of Prayer, the monthly Parish Prayer on Zoom, is held on the last Thursday of every month at 7.00 pm. Click the link to find the Zoom details.
Readings on Sunday
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