Events Click here to find out about forthcoming events. Newsletters Click here to download the newsletter each month. SERVICES: CHRISTMAS We have enjoyed some lovely services over Advent. Thank you for attending some or all of them. We hope you will join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus - Tuesday 25th December 9.30 am - for our Christmas Day Service. Happy Christmas! --------- 8.00 am Sunday - Holy Communion Begin the day with our quieter Communion Service using the majestic Book of Common Prayer. This is a 'said' service (ie, no singing). 10.30 am Sunday - Holy Communion This is our main service. Traditional in form and tone but open to all. Hymns are sung. A children's group meets for part of the service with trained and DBS checked leaders. Stay for refreshments. On Sunday 30th December Bishop Michael, the Bishop of Lichfield will be joining us for the service. 6.00 pm Sunday - Memorial service We hold a Memorial service 3 times a year (usually around February, June and October) for those who have lost loved ones recently or some years ago. 10.00 am Tuesday - Communion Friendly BCP Communion Service - no singing, a short sermon, then you are welcome to stay for coffee, biscuits and sometimes home-made cake! P LEASE NOTE: there will not be a service on Tuesday 1st January 2019. _________________________________________________
PLEASE NOTE: Watch out for confirmation of the first service in the New Year. 6.00 pm First Friday each month - Quiet Hour This is a quiet and reflective service with times of silence and meditation and anointing if desired. It will be the ideal opportunity to take time out and to meet with God in the silence. For more details please speak to Fr Mark. _________________________________________________ Sunday Club Future Sunday Club Meetings - rather than have meetings every month, it has been decided to have future meetings in 2019 on a more seasonal basis (eg Easter, Pentecost, etc). So, keep checking this website or our Facebook page for the dates in the New Year. These meetings are held in the Church Hall at the bottom of Church Hill (next to the British Legion). This is a child friendly hour for children of all ages. Click here to see more details on the Sunday Club page. _________________________________________________ Christening/Bookings If you would like to enquire about a Christening at St Bartholomew's Church then please come and visit us on Sunday morning at our morning worship (10.30 am). All enquiries about this will be dealt with following the service. Click here to see more details about Christenings on the Christenings/Baptisms page. Wedding Bookings If you would like to enquire about a wedding at St Bartholomew's Church then please come and visit us on Sunday morning at our morning worship (10.30 am). All enquiries about this will be dealt with following the service. Click here to see more details about weddings on the Weddings page. _________________________________________________ Home Communion (for the homebound) Do you know anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion within their home? Click here to message us about this.
Services/events will be in Church unless otherwise stated. Please do come and support those who have lost loved ones. Click here to see the Dates poster. _________________________________________________ ACTIVITIES: Open the Book Enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at School in their primary years. www.openthebook.net. Our 'Open the Book' team currently visit the following primary schools: St John's C of E Primary Academy and Old Park Primary School. Click here to view the Open the Book page. Craft Club Our craft club, Lovingly Crafted, meets once a month, 2 pm to 4 pm. Click here to find out more on the Craft Club page. The dates for 2019 can be found on the Craft Club page. Open Table The Open Table team serve delicious lunches at 1.00 pm usually on the second Saturday of each month. Please see Linda Stockall or Joyce Turner if you wish to attend, or can help. Please see the dates below for 2019. Events Click here to find out about forthcoming events. Newsletters Click here to download the newsletter each month.
2nd December 2018 Lynn, Mario, Joyce, Alice and Wendy went to the Central Hall in Walsall to see Stuart Townend and Band in their ‘Courage’ tour. The band was fabulous and we all came out feeling positive. (We hope Mario will sing some of the songs in Church. ) Stuart Townend is an English Christian worship leader and writer of hymns and contemporary worship music. His songs include ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘How Deep The Father's Love For Us’, ‘Beautiful Saviour’ and ‘The King of Love’. (His son plays drums and his daughter is a vocalist.) 11th November 2018 Our Church looked lovely with displays of poppies and the poppy wreaths laid during our Parish Eucharist prior to going to the Cenotaph. The Cenotaph and the area around it was packed. It was a wonderful turn out during this special Centenary to mark the ending of WW1 especially as we did it on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 am this year. (See the slideshow of the photos at the bottom of the page showing the poppies in Church and some from the Cenotaph that were taken some time after the service and when most people had left. )
Invitation from Holy Trinity Church, Old Hill On Saturday 29th September, Claire and Wendy represented our Open the Book team at Holy Trinity Church in Old Hill. Click here to find out more on the Open the Book page and go to the bottom of the screen.
Invitation to visit Polesworth Abbey and St Editha's Church David Brookes (Organist and Choir Master) extended an invitation to us to visit his church. The Abbey, Church and Sensory Garden is open to visitors every day apart from Mondays from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. Wendy, her husband Dennis and friend Heather visited on Thursday 27th September and enjoyed a few hours there. Thank you to David and other volunteers for making them very welcome. Polesworth Abbey was founded in the 9th century by St Modwena and King Egbert. The first abbess was Edgytha (daughter of King Egbert, now known as St Editha) to whom the present church is now named. It is likely that she lived in the 600s and that there was a Saxon shrine dedicated to her at Polesworth before the end of the 7th century. A 12th century carving found in excavations and prominent in the Abbey is probably part of an early Norman memorial or shrine installed when the present Abbey buildings were erected in the early twelfth century. It is a very interesting place. Please visit our Facebook page if you wish to view photos. Click here to go to the page and then select Photos and look for the album.
Harvest Festival On 16th September we had our Harvest Festival service. Thank you to Morrisons for the generous donation of the Harvest Festival Sheaf. It looked fabulous on the altar. Many thanks, too, to all of you who donated non-perishable items. These will be used by the Food Bank in Wednesbury. The Food Bank deals with many people from the area who often have nothing and go hungry. It's wonderful that our donations will enable the Food Bank to continue to help these people in their time of need. Guild of Servers of the Sanctuary On Monday 10th September, for the first time in a long time (approximately 35 years) St Bartholomew's had the privilege of having a visit from the Guild of Servers of the Sanctuary. The Guilds Office was chanted and a sermon was given by their chaplain, the Revd Fr Martin Ennis. The Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary is a Guild of Altar Servers which seeks to deepen the spiritual life of its members and to help them to become more worthy of their high office. It is entirely a society of lay people but welcomes Bishops, Priests and Deacons as Associate Members and non-servers as Supporter members. Altar Servers from many parishes meet at their Chapter and Festivals for Worship and Fellowship, often providing support for servers who may be the solitary server at their church. There are Chapters throughout England, Wales and overseas. Details regarding the Guild can be found on their website. http://guild-of-servers-of-sanctuary.weebly.com/
Day Retreat Karen Bennett kindly allowed us to publish some photos she took when she attended the Day Retreat on 8th August led by Fr Mark from St Bartholomew’s Church and the Revd Dr Jason Philips at the church of St Giles in Whittington. Karen said “I had an amazing time at this Ignatian Spirituality Retreat” and thanked both Fr Mark and St Giles Church. The retreat offered quiet spiritual reflection, guided meditation and time for personal reflection.
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