St Mary and St Margaret Church

A Word from the Rector

New Prayer Resources for those staying at home during Corona Virus

Please click on the link to our services page here for resources.

Rev Mark, 17th March 2020

Corona virus and how we can help one another

In the wake of the spread of the corona virus, the government is (as I write) encourgaging social distancing and the avoidance of non-essential social gatherings, as well as encouraging people to work from home where possible. In particular the over 70s and those who are most vulnerable will soon be encouraged to stay at home more.

As a church we are committed to the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable in our community, and also to help those who are older feel less lonely. The Bible says we are "not to give up meeting each other" (Hebrews 10:25) but at present with the health risk from the virus we will not all be able to meet and many will be self isolating for their protection or the protection of others.

However, this does not mean we should stop talking to one another! The phone is our friend and we should be keeping in regular contact with one another by giving those who are lonely and isolated a quick call to check in from time to time. I may be unable to undertake home communion visits at this time, due to the fact that I could become a carrier as I am in regular contact with many through my work. However I will endeavour with other pastoral team members to phone those who are unable to attend church.

Also, even though we may not be able to meet in church, that does not mean we cannot worship. The early and persecuted church met in homes, and we are able to worship God through prayer and reading our Bibles. There are Bible reading aids for those who wish to study more and the Church of England website has some good resources. Also there are lots of websites and apps to aid us in prayer.

Things will be strange and different for us as a church at this time of Easter, where we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We may have shorter services, and be unable to celebrate Holy Communion and partake in social gatherings in the way we are accustomed to.

I will begin the practice of posting reflections and also video messages during the Easter period for those unable to attend church.

Please note that all services have now been cancelled , please keep alert as information may change daily.
We will be relying on this website and our Facebook page to keep you informed.

For the Church of England Birmingham latest updates about Corona Virus and how it impacts churches, follow this link:
This also links on to the national Church of England information page.

Above all, remember that we are all in the hands of our loving Father in heaven, and as St Paul writes, "I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rpmans 8:38-39).

Revd Mark Hopkins, 16th March 2020

Church Vision

Our vision is built around four ships:

Fellowship - our commitment to support and look after one another, as we also socialise and enjoy each other's company. 
Worship - helping young and old to encounter God through a range of services, from traditional Sung Communion to cafe church.
Discipleship - helping each other to learn more about the wonder of our Lord Jesus Christ, and how we live alongside one another as a community 
Leadership - learning to use our talents and gifts to build up others.

I hope you find our website helpful as you seek more information about our church and community life. Please get in touch with us if you have further questions, or search for our Facebook Page, St Mary and St Margaret Church Castle Bromwich!

Rev Mark Hopkins

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St Mary and St Margaret Church
Old Chester Road, Castle Bromwich
Birmingham B36 9DE

Tel: 0121 747 1270

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