Photos From the Big Church Weekend In

On 14th to 16th October 2016 we had our Big Church Weekend In, with teaching, worship, a youth sleep out raising money for St Basil’s, fun, entertainment, fellowship and food! Here are some photos from the weekend. We also have recordings of some of the talks which can be found on our resources page or by clicking here





Well Project and Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival was a lovely celebration and included the presentation of a cheque for £6500 to Teso Development Trust at the conclusion of our Lent to Harvest ‘Wells for Uganda’ project. Huge thanks to all who have supported this project over the last few months. The money will go to repair 8 boreholes in northern Uganda, giving thousands of people access to fresh drinking water.

Thanks also go to Martha and to 177th and 249th Brownies for their help with our Harvest service. We collected food to send to Birmingham City Mission and Narthex – A big thank you to everyone who contributed!

Congratulations Co-op Funeral Care

On 26th July, Michelle, our Curate, had the great pleasure of attending a Dedication service for the new Co-op Funeral Care branch at the Maypole. Michelle writes:

“It was great to be part of the official opening of the Co-op’s new Funeral Care branch together with fellow local clergy and civil celebrants, and with the ribbon being cut by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. As part of the event we released doves into the air to mark this new beginning. It’s wonderful that there are now funeral directors right in the heart of the Maypole and we pray that many families will be blessed by their caring and professional service.”FullSizeRender_9 FullSizeRender_11 IMG_0475

Michelle’s Ordination

IMG_1499On Saturday 2nd July our curate Michelle Parton was ordained Priest. The next day she presided at Holy Communion for the first time at both our 9am and 10.30am services, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch to celebrate.

This has been a really special time for Michelle – one she has been waiting for for over ten years – and a special day for St Mary’s!

We don’t tend to use the word Priest that much at St Mary’s, and we haven’t had a curate before, so it’s worth explaining a little more.

Priests are part of what is often called the “threefold order” of Church leaders in the New Testament – Bishops (sometimes translated Overseers), Priests (sometimes translated Presbyters or Elders) and Deacons.  Michelle came to us last year as a Deacon, and it is usual for Deacons to be ordained Priest after a year of service.

IMG_1508Here are some of the words from the ordination service:

“Priests are ordained to lead God’s people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel. They share with the Bishop in the oversight of the Church, delighting in its beauty and rejoicing in its well-being. They are to set the example of the Good Shepherd always before them as the pattern of their calling. With the Bishop and their fellow presbyters, they are to sustain the community of the faithful by the ministry of word and sacrament, that we all may grow into the fullness of Christ and be a living sacrifice acceptable to God.”

At her ordination Michelle was set apart for this new ministry by the laying on of hands and prayer by the Bishop.  Please pray for her, that God will bless and equip her in her new ministry!