Smethwick Old Church
Part of the Church of England
Due to coronavirus precautions, many of the activities listed on this page have been suspended. However, to find out more about any of the activities listed below, please call the organiser named here, or send a message clearly marked for their attention via our Contact page.
Dorothy Parkes Centre
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. The Centre aims to be a place of welcome and opportunity to the local and wider community and is fully accessible, open seven days a week. There are a variety of groups, classes, and activities available at the Centre which all aim to help tackle local issues such as physical and mental health, obesity, social isolation, low educational attainment, poverty and unemployment. The Dorothy Parkes Centre has rooms and halls available for hire, for use with children’s parties, with weddings and wherever people wish to meet and be sociable. If you need a space or would be interested in developing your skills and interests, look at the Dorothy Parkes website.
Early in each year, Old Church publishes a programme of social, fundraising, learning and prayer activities which are planned for the year coming. You can find a (relatively) comprehensive list of What’s On 2020 at Old Church by clicking here. This pamphlet includes a quick summary of special events with their intended dates. There are details of the Old Church Festival.
Old Church is proud of its peal of bells as well as those who ring them for regular services as well as weddings and on special occasions. Old Church ringers ring in other churches in the Diocese and around the country; we welcome visitors to ring at Old Church. Those new to bell-ringing but who might be interested in finding out more would be most welcome. Practices are held every Thursday at 7.45 and Sundays at 9.45. For more information, contact Steve Horton or leave a message for him via our Contact page.
Church Socials and Fundraising
Table fellowship is an important aspect of the social life at Old Church. Such social and fundraising activities include an Old Church Festival and Flower Festival in June and the Extravaganza in July, often a BBQ for Corpus Christi, and a Harvest Supper. In addition, Old Church organises regular sales to collect money to donate to good causes. These have included Jumble and Table Top sales as well as a Christmas Fayre. There is the Old Church Festival, an opportunity for music, poetry and just being sociable, in June. There are occasional concerts and social gatherings to eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company. Look at our Diary page to see what is coming next. For more information or with suggestions for activities, contact Deb Buckley on 0121 558 1763 or via her contact form. For occasional activities including the One World Cafe, look at either the Diary page or Smethwick Old Church What’s On 2019 for times and places.
Discoverers offers an opportunity for fellowship, the occasional meal and coach trips to interesting places not too far from Smethwick. We are always interested in suggestions for new places to visit, so if you have been somewhere recently, a museum, craft centre, canal trip, garden centre, and would recommend it, then the Discoverers would love to hear from you. Look at our Diary page to see what is coming next. For more information or with suggestions for activities, contact Christine Tanner on 0121 544 4626 or via the contact form.
All ages are welcome to the occasional Fellowship Walk. Walks are planned for Sunday afternoons within reasonable distance of Old Church in order to be back in time for Evening Prayer. Bring only a strong pair of shoes or boots as well as wet weather clothing. We move at the speed of the slowest! Look at our Diary page to see what is coming next or consult Smethwick Old Church What’s On 2019. For more information, contact Paul Martin on 0121 554 2731 or via his contact form.
Old Church is proud of its building, recently repainted and with gleaming chandeliers. We take pride in the beauty of the building, a centre for prayer and worship for approaching 300 years. At appropriate times, Old Church is decorated with flowers with special arrangements at times of church festivals. There is a rota for flower arranging. If you interested in contributing to this creative work which adds to the quality of our worship, please talk to Deb Buckley on 0121 558 1763 or via her contact form or one of the churchwardens.
If you are interested in writing of all sorts and not necessarily writing with a religious focus, then you are most welcome at the meetings of the Light Reading Group. Look at our Diary page to see what is coming next.
For more information, contact Judy Eynon, 0121 421 2080.
Prayers in Old Church
At 2.30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month, we meet in church to pray for about half an hour. This is for those who wish to pray informally; it is different in style from the formal prayers of intercession made during the Sunday morning Communion service. Prayers may be silent or spoken aloud. You may just wish to say “Amen” in assent to the prayers of others. We pray together for our ministers, the lay pastoral team, our church’s mission, this parish and our nation. We pray in response to the requests for prayer that are pinned to the prayer cushion. Anyone is welcome to come and join us in silent or vocal prayer. For more information please talk with Rosemary Guest or send her a note using our contact form.
Smethwick Old Church, The Uplands, Smethwick, B67 6EQ. Telephone: 0121 558 1763 Site contents © Smethwick Old Church 2018