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About Shirley Parish

The Anglican Parish of Shirley stretches from the Birmingham border in the north to the Friar’s Gate/Costa roundabout in the south, and from Dingle Lane/Danford Lane/Prospect Lane in the east to Truemans Heath and Tidbury Green in the west. It is home to around 34,000 people. We have three churches - Christ the King at Widney Junior School, St James on Stratford Road, and St John at Tidbury Green, each with its own loyal congregation - but we increasingly act together to share God’s love with those who live and work in the parish (and beyond.)

Our intention is to “know Christ”, through worship and developing our own relationships with God; and to "make Christ known”, though our invitation and welcome, our words and our actions.

In common with everyone else, the pandemic has meant we have had to take a new look at what we do and how we do it. Through worship ("online, on the phone and on the page”), pastoral care, and as much social activity as we can safely undertake, we have encouraged everyone to become more aware of God’s presence in them and with them in their every day lives, and so to deepen their relationship with Him.

 

We have continued with our monthly Messy Church online, as we try to support the families we have contact with.

 

We have supported the Sparkhill Foodbank and other local charities caring for those in need.

 

We are engaging with the broader Shirley community through long-standing activities such as Remembrance Sunday (very different this year) and our activities with schools; through expanding our local community links; and through our social media presence. We pray and work closely with the other churches in Shirley. 

Our new Vicar, Rev Paul Day, is now leading us into thinking and praying about how we will continue to grow and develop as we move forward from the pandemic into a new way of being, and of being church.

We hope and pray that you would like to become part of our journey. You can contact us here.