If you can't join us in person, we will be recording and uploading the service to our YouTube channel.

Midweek Reflections

 

Over the past few weeks we have been thinking about Jesus' "I am..." sayings in John's Gospel.

 

This week, Rev Paul Day concludes the series by reflecting on "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." You can watch what he has to say here, or read it here.

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An audio only version can be accessed by dialling 0121 270 9089 (local rate call*) from Thursday to the following Saturday.

 

*Charges at usual rate for 0121 numbers from your location.

Last week, Sarah Penfold reflected on "I am the resurrection and the life." You can still watch what she has to say here, or read it here.

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If you want to re-read or catch up on a reflection from a previous week you can find them here.

Please click here to access recent sermons and reflections.

Each Sunday at 10:30am we will be using our Morning Worship liturgy. Join in with the YouTube video - choose this week's from those available.

You can view the words for the prayers and responses by enabling subtitles - see here to find out how to do this.

19th May: We are now live-streaming our Sunday Worship, rather than pre-recording and uploading to YouTube and the phone line. You can access the video livestream by going to the YouTube channel from 10.25am, and the audio livestream by dialling 0121 798 0196 just before 10:30am. The video and audio recordings will remain available on YouTube and the phone line from shortly after the service finishes. 

Covid update

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd Feb the PCC have decided:

  • We should not return to public worship in the buildings at present. We will reconsider this after Stage 2 of the roadmap kicks in (12th April at the earliest)

  • We will re-open St James building for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-4 as previously as from Wednesday 31st March in line with Stage 1 of the roadmap.

  • In that first week of re-opening we will also open St James Church building on Good Friday 2nd April for private prayer

  • On Easter Day 4th April although we will not be worshipping in the building we will hold 3 Communion services outside in the garden at St John’s

                        6:30am         Sunrise Service 

                        10am            Easter Eucharist

                        6pm              Reflective Worship

Numbers will be restricted to 30 at each service. Please call 0121 745 8896 from 9:30am on Monday 29th March to book a place. Social distancing will apply. 

 

We realise that some will be disappointed by this, but feel the important thing is to be cautious. 

We will continue with our pre-recorded services online, on the phone and on the page. 

At times like these it can be hard to find the right words to pray. We have put together some prayers and readings that could help you.

The Church of England has also provided some prayers which may be of help. You may also like to read this letter from the Archbishops, which offers practical and spiritual support.

It is possible that you will not be able to attend a funeral of a loved one. Again, there are some prayers that can be used by you at home.

Does the coronavirus situation make you ask big questions like Why? and How can a loving God watch this happen? Then take a look at these thoughts from our friends at TEAR Fund. They might help you.

In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, each service will be limited to 25 places. Sadly, this means that we have to ask people to book to attend a service.

Please phone the Parish Office (0121 745 8896) on

Friday between 9:30am and 12:30pm to book for Sunday

or

Wednesday between 9:30am and 12:30pm to book for Thursday

Names and  contact details will be collected in line with national guidance, and destroyed after 3 weeks.

So we can make the services as safe as possible, please be aware that the following arrangements will be in place:

  • To avoid congestion at the doorway, arrival and departure times will be staggered. You will be given a five-minute arrival 'time slot' when you book, and we would ask that you observe this.

  • On arrival, the stewards will direct you to a designated seat in the building.

  • Please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. Masks will be available if necessary.

  • Please use hand sanitiser as directed.

  • Please refrain from social interaction whilst within the building.

  • The service will be spoken quietly, with no loud acclamations or singing. The hearing loop will be in use, so please switch hearing aids to the appropriate setting.

  • Communion will be in one kind only (bread) and will be brought you by the celebrating minister. Other than in an emergency, please do not leave your designated seat during the service.

  • A plate for offerings will be available at the back of the building on arrival. It will not be passed around during the service. If possible, we would be grateful if offerings could be made by cheque rather than cash. If you would like to make a regular offering (e.g. by standing order) please contact the Parish Office.

  • At the end of the service, the stewards will direct members of the congregation out of the building.

We hope that you will appreciate that these arrangements are necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We also hope that the stillness and quiet prior to the service will help in your preparation for worship.

These arrangements will be reviewed regularly in line with national and Cof E Birmingham guidance, and our local experience.