All public services and other regular gatherings at St Clements Church have been suspended in accordance with advice from the Government and the Church of England.
Sunday services from St Clements Vicarage will be available online on this page throughout the period of restriction.
Other opportunities for worship and/or learning will be posted from time to time. Watch for the links below.
Everyone is welcome to join us in our online service from St Clements.
This Sunday (5th July) is an ALL AGE SERVICE, so good for the kids as well as the grown ups. We’ll be listening to the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the “Valley of Dry Bones”, and hearing from Ricki (our Mission Apprentice) a few thoughts about what that might mean for people who may be feeling “all dried up” or “in the desert”. One of our families will be leading the prayers, and we’ll be learning a lovely new song “Come Alive”. Keep an eye out for a few home-made skeletons as well.
We are opening for individual prayer for two sessions a week. These are on Sundays and Wednesdays between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Numbers will be restricted, and depending on take up we may have to put a bookings system in place for that. We are also making plans for restarting Sunday Services which are now permitted under government guidelines. We hope this will happen by the end of July, once we have done the necessary reorganization and preparation.
Small Groups (JSP, ManUp, etc.) of up to six people are being invited to meet for fellowship, prayer and Bible study/reflection in gardens with appropriate social distancing and hygiene arrangements. (others may be able to join in virtually where numbers are greater). Of course these will be weather permitting; as we wait for the time when small groups can begin to meet once again in homes or church.
A Zoom Meeting Alternative will be available for those who are having to self isolate or wish to remain at home.
(People are invited to download the Zoom app for computers or smart phones and a meeting link will be provided for each occasion – do get in touch if you need support in doing this)
A message from our stewardship and gift-aid coordinator about church giving for our members:
Giving in whatever form is so important to the Church and I want to say a big “Thank you” for continuing to support St Clements at this difficult time and for your patience.
However, at this present time we are finding it difficult to pay cash into the Church account and we would ask anyone who usually pays by cash to consider, if possible, providing a chequeto cover your giving. We have made arrangements to send cheques by post direct to the bank for processing. (Please use one of your envelopes as this provides your bespoke number for us to track.)
If at all possible, we would love you to consider giving directly into the Church account through a regular standing order with your bank, or by bank transfer if you do internet banking. This enables church members to sustain regular giving, whether or not the congregation are able to gather. It also saves money as the church has to pay a fee for the envelope scheme. (Please contact Ann Davey or myself if you need advice in doing that.)
Details for the Church bank account are as follows:
In the meantime, if you have any envelopes, please would you would post them through Ann Davey’s letterbox (181 Blandford Avenue), or even let Stuart have them I should be grateful. Do get in touch if you need them collecting.
For those who wish to continue with the envelope scheme, I will let you have your new envelopes as soon as available.
In the meantime, thank you all.
Alison Haywood (St Clements Stewardship and Gift-Aid Coordinator)
Black Lives Matter!
As the minister of St Clements, Castle Bromwich, I believe this an important moment for all Christians to openly declare their concern for justice, and, whatever their race or ethnicity to stand in solidarity with black communities in their grief and justifiable anger and fear.
Jesus would undoubtedly assert, “Black lives matter!”
Those of us who are white must learn to understand and echo that cry with our black brothers and sisters, and to change and reflect the truth of it in our lives and institutions.
Rev Stuart Carter
There’s some great stuff going on in our parish amongst our local community.
Ricki is both our Mission Apprentice and works as a Street Connector for the Cars Area Together group on the Smiths Wood Estate. He shares some good news stories from the local community’s response to the Covid Pandemic in this short video:
ST CLEMENTS V.E. DAY COMMEMORATIONS!
In the absence of Sunday School, you can find some great activities for children on the Scripture Union “Lockdown” playlists on their YouTube Channel including “Make and Pray” and “Inspire”.
Click HERE for their “Make and Play” playlist, or HERE for “Inspire”:
The SPRING HARVEST AT HOME teaching and worship videos are still available on their YouTube Channel. Have a look at a whole range of great teaching and worship from their online Easter event.
SPRING HARVEST have tried to make freely available as much of their progamme as possible having had to cancel the live conference this year. You can access their resources by going to their website (click the Spring Harvest Home box below), or visiting their YouTube Channel (Click the video box)
You will find other St Clements videos and subscribe to the St Clements YouTube channel by clicking here or by going to our Facebook page here.
Other services and resources for worship and prayer can be found on the Church of England Website The Church of England Birmingham is producing a videos including worship, teaching and discipleship talks that you can watch on YouTube. Click here to see them.
Good news to pass on to people who don’t have an internet connection:
For more News, Updates and Information about worship, pastoral care and other available support (including links to Solihull Borough Council’s Covid 19 Support Information) Click Here
Saint Clement’s Church of England, Castle Bromwich
St Clements, Castle Bromwich meets in quite a modern (1960s) multi-purpose building, originally constructed to be the Church Hall. What we lack in terms of a steeple or stained glass, we make up for in our congregation of about 60 people seeking to move forward in worship, discipleship and mission.
Our church serves a parish of about 12,000 people. A third live in Castle Bromwich and the remainder of the population come from the Smith’s Wood Community, an Urban Priority Area. Both communities are well represented in the congregation and its leadership.
Our worship is usually relaxed and informal (but still Church of England). Words are projected on a screen, and we have been exploring the use of multi-media in services. We use a variety of contemporary Christian worship songs alongside more traditional hymns.
We meet for worship on Sunday Mornings: 10.00am-11.30am
We also have a Midweek Communion Service on Wednesday mornings: 10.00 – 11.30a.m.