Following the announcement from the Government regarding staying at home and closing places of worship we have had no choice but to close St Mary’s Church completely for at least three weeks. There will be no public acts of worship, no baptisms and no weddings. Funerals may take place under certain restrictions. The Church Hall, Parish Office and The Coach House are also now closed.
In the video shown below Revd John introduces our services during Holy Week and some preparation that you’ll need to carryout beforehand!
If you know somebody who needs some help with shopping etc in the Stourbridge area then refer them to this Facebook page which gives details of how to access help.https://www.facebook.com/StourbridgeCS/
The Parish Office is also closed but if you need to contact us use e mail email@example.com or phone 01384 441003
To view videos of services that have taken place in church recently go to the videos page.
Services that are being streamed live over the next 4 days are as follows:
Thursday Morning 10.30am Holy Communion BCP led by Revd Alex Click on this link to download an order of service Click on this link to listen to an audio version of this service
Thursday 7.00pm service for Maundy Thursday led by Revd Alex Click on this link to download an order of service
Friday afternoon 2.00pm – 5.00pm meditations for Good Friday led by Revd John and Revd Alex
Easter Sunday 10.00am Parish Communion led by Revd John.
All services will be live on Facebook and Zoom.
Click on this link to watch a YouTube video about making a palm cross.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT-0Z6YSJoU&feature=youtu.be
Worcester Diocese have produced an amended Prayer Diary for the month of April reflecting these unusual times. Cick on this link to view a copy https://www.keepandshare.com/doc/8249561/1527-cofe-diary39-april2020-pdf-4-4-meg?da=y
The church is normally open during the same hours that the church office is open in the week. Please feel free to drop in at any time to enjoy the space and peace.
For the safety and security of the building there are five CCTV cameras monitoring the inside of the church. Images are recorded and can be viewed remotely. An area of the church is set aside for private prayer and reflection which is not covered by the CCTV system.
We produce a weekly pewsheet which gives details of all our services as well as prayers, readings and notices. Please visit the downloads page to view the most recent copy.
Like most churches, St Mary’s is far from being just a local building in which to worship.It is also a thriving centre of Christian activities all of which contribute in many ways to the life of the church and extend the work of our Lord in the parish and elsewhere. We try to involve people in a variety of ways, especially those who are new to the area – you will always find a warm welcome here. If you wish to have your child baptised, be baptised yourself or prepare for confirmation you will find information on this website to explain how you go about this. We are a popular venue for weddings and our weddings section will answer any questions you may have relating to booking and organising your wedding service. We also give details of all the exciting events and activities which take place at St Mary’s, as well as some interesting information relating to our history and how to go about tracing your family through registers and the graveyard.
St Mary’s is committed to the safeguarding of all children and adults who attend church. Click on the image to view a copy of our Safeguarding policy which is renewed annually and was last adopted by St Mary’s parochial Church Council on 22nd May 2019. It gives details of who you could contact if you wish to speak to somebody.
We hope you will enjoy looking through these pages. If there is anything else you wish to know, please click here to go to the contact page and find out more.
If you would like to make a financial donation towards the work of the church either visit our donations page or click on the following link: https://thy.ng/CUR010047