This year’s Harvest Festival had a traditional feel to it. We had a display of home grown produce alongside dried and tinned items which we were collecting for Birmingham City Mission. The fresh produce was auctioned at the end of the service. Children from our after school JAM clubs had been encouraged to grow marrows or to bring a jar of wild flowers for a competition. We also welcomed members of Woodrush Youth Centre who sold plants after the service.
We had our first Create Space evening session in September and it was absolutely wonderful! The church was decorated with bunting and fairy lights and was filled with all manner of creative materials. When you arrive you pay for your own ‘goody bag’ which includes the basic materials you will need for the evening. This time it was a hardback notebook to decorate with a free gift too. All other materials are laid out for you to help yourself to. The night was introduced by Claire Gault who explained the theme for the evening was ‘New Beginnings’ – quite apt for September! Around the room there are always magazines, quotes and materials to get your creative juices flowing. And if you can’t get started straight away there’s tea, coffee and cake and chance to chat with a friend. We were so pleased with how the evening went, everybody seemed to leave feeling relaxed and excited about what they had been able to make. Really looking forward to the next one now on 23rd October! See you there!
PS If you’re on facebook, you can check out and ‘like’ the create space page at https://www.facebook.com/createspacewythall
It was all smiles at the new St Mary’s on Saturday 12th September as the church celebrated its first wedding in the parish for nearly thirty years. Mr Simon Morbey and Miss Poppy Bridgens tied the knot in a lively ceremony in front of a packed house of family and friends, signing their names in entry number “one” in the new marriage registers.
The sound of wedding bells has been faint at St Mary’s since the old church closed in 1986, though the use of Tanworth church has been a beautiful alternative for Wythall couples seeking a Church of England wedding. However, it was a very special moment to see the suits, dresses, flowers, registers and vows return in what we hope will be the first of many weddings at the new church.
Our Vicar, Rev. Rich Burley, says:
“Simon and Poppy are a fabulous couple, and it’s been a privilege to be involved in their big day, made that extra bit special by it being our first wedding. Our prayer is that our community gets to know their new Parish Church as a key place for special moments like these.”
To enquire about being married at the new St Mary’s church contact Rich on 0121 430 2775.
Michelle, our curate, went on a rural experience retreat in August and learnt to drive a tractor!
The retreat leader talked about harrowing (see second picture) which rakes the soil and brings to the surface all the rubbish. This helps to prevent weeds from taking root, leaving the soil in a better condition for growing. She reflected on how God harrows in our lives by getting rid of all the
rubbish and giving us a clean slate, ready
for us to be more fruitful.
How do you get 7 members of St. Mary’s, of various shapes, sizes and weights, on a lake at the same time? Answer – you build a raft!
On a lovely sunny day, Rich, Michelle, Dean, Ria, Cathy, Pam M and Pam C met for a Team Building day. We spent the morning in our Church doing bible study, worship, prayer and a couple of games, discussing our differences and similarities in our personalities and talents and generally getting to know each other better. Sounds serious, but we did laugh too.
On then to a lunch stop in Hinckley, Leics, near to the adventure centre , where we were met by Steve who was supervising our raft building activity. Our 1st activity involved a long length of rope which we all stood in a circle holding and doing various exercises with. The main theme of the exercise being TRUST in each other – ask Ria about rope walking! Then we were faced with 4 barrels, round poles of various lengths and lengths of rope in order to construct a raft in 15 minutes. After tentatively all getting on board, it floated, we didn’t sink and after a few clashes of oars and swopping seats in the middle of the lake, we got into our stride, we all survived and nobody fell in! After getting us, and the raft, safely back to shore, we all jumped into the lake and had a swim to round the afternoon off.
Team building events can be both scary and productive. They can be challenging, unifying, surprising, but most of all, an opportunity to get to know your fellow workers and experience trusting each other in ways that you may never had done before. I think we are all the better for doing this day together.
Pam Carter on behalf of the team.