Suspension of Public Worship (including access for Private Individual Prayer) in Church:
Following consultation with our church wardens and PCC members, in the light of rapidy increasing Covid 19 infection rates in our area and the age and vulnerability of most of our congregation, we have decided to suspend services in Church until infection rates are reduced and/or sufficient folk have received a vaccination.
This decision will be reviewed at the end of January 2021.
Please do pass this information on to others you know who may not be able to access social media or the internet.
Many thanks, Rev Stuart Carter (Vicar)
Our Sunday services will continue to be broadcast online from St Clements, so you can still join in from your home!
Join us online for our service at 10.00am this Sunday (24th January)
Jesus performs his first miracle, at a wedding turning water into wine. Anxiety is turned to joy in the context of a celebration of love. How might we come to know and celebrate the transforming power of Jesus in our lives and in our moments of emptiness or fear? To watch click on the image below:
To watch previous services and videos from St Clements visit our YouTube channel, Just click on the image and link below:
Financial Support for St Clement’s Church.
The impact of Covid 19 – Can we rise to the challenge?
2020 saw a drop in our unrestricted income from £32,656 in 2019 to £20,231 a drop of £12,425 – a drop of 38%. We have also had to pay out for unavoidable repairs and maintenance expenses (not covered by other grants or donations) a total of £3,340. Overall we have incurred a loss on the previous year of £14,424. Having no reserves to draw on this places us in a very challenging position, not only in terms of covering our own costs, but also in contributing to the wider mission and ministry of Birmingham Diocese through our Common Fund contribution.
Of course, we hope for some recovery as the challenge of the Covid 19 pandemic is addressed over the coming year, but this is still some way off for us.
The PCC would welcome any further financial support from members of the congregation and any others who wish to support the ministry and mission of St Clements Church.
(If you are someone who has discovered and found some blessing through St Clement’s online services during the past months, perhaps you might consider supporting us financially as part of our ‘extended church family’)
If you are a member of the congregation, please consider reviewing and increasing your regular giving, if you can afford it. Various ways of organizing your giving can be found in the message from our Stewardship and gift-aid coordinator below.
Details for the Church bank account are as follows:
Account name: St Clements PCC.
Sort Code: 20-07-84
Account No: 90061662
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 cheque to 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 (see bank account details above). 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.)
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)
For the period of current lockdown restrictions all mid-week groups will be suspended unless they are able to meet via ZOOM or other video conferencing.
If you want some great teaching and online celebrations for grown ups and for younger age groups, two of our best known Christian Festivals “New Wine – United Breaks Out” and “Keswick Convention”, are online this summer. Click on the images to find out more:
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.
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.
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:
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”:
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.
Safeguarding Policies and contact details:
At St Clements, we want to maintain a safe environment for everyone, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.
If you need would like to view our safeguarding policies,
or if you want to contact someone about safeguarding concerns you may have, click here.
Your privacy is important to us. You can view St Clements Privacy and Data Protection Policy by clicking here