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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As we start on the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown, Old Church PCC has agreed that Sunday services at 9.00 am and 11.00 am can once again take place in church. This arrangement will apply as from Easter Sunday, 4th April. The numbers allowed for each service will be limited. Members of the congregation will be expected to hand sanitise, wear face-masks during their times in church and respect social distancing measures. If you are hoping to attend one of these services, please contact either the Vicar, the Reverend Deb Buckley, or the Parish Administrator, Gill Gould, 07824 368584. This arrangement for Sunday mornings will continue to be reviewed as the consequences of coming out of lockdown become apparent.
Other Sunday Services will continue to be held on Zoom for the time being as also the 10.00 am service on Tuesdays. 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.
Services for weddings and funerals will continue but with limitation 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 about this.
10.30 am Sunday Morning Service
Meeting ID: 930 5495 8639
4.00 pm Sunday Rainbow Service
Meeting ID: 797 1868 4070
5.00 pm Sunday Evening Prayer
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.
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
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