Worship in the buildings

Worship in our buildings is currently suspended.

This decision is being kept under review.

Worship in the buildings

After many months of lockdown, we are pleased to be allowed to hold small worship services in our buildings again. For a variety of reasons, we are currently unable to meet for worship in the Christ the King or St John's buildings.

Parish-wide services are therefore being hosted at the St James building.

A short, said service of Holy Communion will therefore be held in the St James building each

Sunday at 11am


Wednesday at 10:30am

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

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


Monday or Tuesday between 9:30am and 12:30pm to book for Wednesday

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. 

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