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Chapel Lane 

Great Barr 

Birmingham 

West Midlands 

B43 7BA 

 

Tel: 0121 357 1390

Updates & Prayers at St Margaret's Church through COVID19 outbreak

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Above are a couple of pictures of the area in the bottom of the Churchyard known as "The Duckery" covered in spring flowers


St Margaret's Church is open for services as follows:

Thursdays            10.00 am to 11.00 am

Sundays               11.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The latest for Worship at Home can be found further down this page.

If you wish to attend the church for private prayer at another time, then please contact the Parish Office  on email or leave a voicemail on 0121 357 1390 to arrange so that somebody can let you in.


As from 19 July 2021, Government legal restrictions may have been lifted, but we would appreciate people continuing to wear face masks in church in order to reassure other people who are vulnerable or nervous. 

Hand sanitiser will continue to be available and we will continue social distancing in church with some pews still roped off.  Any changes will be introduced slowly so that people know what is happening.  The church will continue to be cleaned down after any services.

The church is now hoping to catch up on Baptisms and other events that had to be postponed due to Covid.


Attached is a booklet containing 6 Bible Studies on mental health which may help anyone who feels they are struggling.  Click here to download

For those missing Children @ Church  Georgina is now putting together a fortnightly newsletter which can be found on the Ch@Ch page of the website.


Worship at Home

12.9.21 - click here for this week's posting

5.9.21 - click here for this week's posting

29.8.21 - click here for this week's posting

22.8.21 - click here for this week's posting

15.8.21 - click here for this week's posting

8.8.21 - click here for this week's posting

1.8.21 - click here for this week's posting

25.7.21 - click here for this week's posting

18.7.21 - click here for this week's posting

11.7.21 - click here for this week's posting

4.7.21 - click here for this week's posting

27.6.21 - click here for this week's posting

20.6.21 - click here for this week's posting

13.6.21 - click here for this week's posting

6.6.21 - click here for this week's posting

30.5.21 - click here for this week's posting

23.5.21 - click here for this week's posting

16.5.21 - click here for this week's posting

9.5.21 - click here for this week's posting

2.5.21 - click here for this week's posting

25.4.21 - click here for this week's posting

18.4.21 - click here for this week's posting

11.4.21 - click here for this week's posting

4.4.21 - Easter Sunday - click here for this week's posting

28.3.21 - click here for this week's posting

21.3.21 - click here for this week's posting

14.3.21 - click here for this week's posting

7.3.21 - click here for this week's posting

28.2.21 - click here for this week's posting

22.2.21 - click here for this week's posting

17.2.21 - click here if taking part in Ash Wednesday at home

14.2.21 - click here for this week's posting

7.2.21 - click here for this week's posting from the Vicarage

31.1.21 - Click here for this week's posting from the Vicarage and for thoughts & prayers between Candlemas & Lent, click here

17.1.21 - click here for this week's posting from the Vicarage

10.1.21 - click here for this week's posting from the Vicarage

There is now a new way to donate to St Margaret's Church using "Donate Now" set up by the Diocese of Lichfield to help their churches.  Their Finance Team, with help from a local software company, Date Developments, have put a Donate Now button on the Diocese website.

If you would like to make a donation to St Margaret’s Church, then click on the link to the Donate Now page, after you have clicked the button, you can enter your details and can choose St Margaret’s from the drop-down list of churches. 

In addition, there is a Gift Aid option as well as an option for donors to cover the transaction cost if they want to.  As is the case with Contactless and Giving Direct, funds go into the Diocesan bank account as the registered charity and are then passed on to St Margaret’s as soon as possible along with a report showing when the donations were made. 


Many Thanks

The church will still be publishing its Parish Magazine and the November edition can be downloaded from the "Parish Magazine" page.  Below are various prayers for you to use as you feel fit.

Donations to St Margaret's Church

For details of other Digital Resources & Services, click here

9.4.20 - Message from the Vicar, Martin Rutter

Dear All,

Tomorrow, on Good Friday, the 1.00 pm Prayer on the diocesan Facebook page will take the form of a 15-minute meditation called 'Way To The Cross' by Bishop Michael.  It will also be on the diocesan website..

Bishop Michael also invites all in the diocese to join him for an 
Easter Vigil service at 5.15am on Easter Sunday, which he will be live-streaming from his garden, on the Diocesan website and on the Diocesan  
Facebook page.  Whether or not you are able to join him at this early hour, he encourages everyone at some point on Easter morning to light a candle and say the Paschal candle prayer which is also on the card he recently sent to all clergy and licensed ministers:
 
Jesus Christ yesterday and today,

the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega,
all time belongs to him,
and all ages;
to him be glory and power,
through every age and for ever.
  

Let these days be a strength and blessing to us.

Martin

6.4.20 - for those who would like to access streamed services for Easter and would like more information, please click here.

If it is not possible for people to worship together, the various Church of England apps for Daily Prayer and Reflections are a wonderful resource and unite us in prayer.

Alongside them, we have crafted two simple acts of worship, particularly geared to those who are isolated or housebound, or who are unable to attend church.

In addition, attached is a variety of prayers, and information about access to the digital resources of the Church of England:

  1. Prayers about the Outbreak, click here
  2. Coronovirus Intercessions, click here
  3. Prayers with Children, click here
  4. Personal Prayers, click here
  5. Compline - an Order for Night Prayer, click here
  6. Digital Resources of CofE, click here
  7. Prayer Resources from St Chad, click here

From the RSCM — for everyone, wherever you are:


The RSCM website now features, free for all, Hymn of the Day, and Sunday Self-Service — a simple act of worship with music, readings and prayers which will change weekly. Specific resources for Holy Week and Easter will be available in due course. We will shortly be adding a daily vocal warmups video – a short session to keep your body moving, and voice in good shape if you’re a singer. If you don’t consider yourself a singer, do it anyway!


To try to keep people in touch, we are setting up an email group run from the Parish Office - please contact the Parish Office. if you want to be included.

We are also starting a WhatsApp group for those who want to join and have a Smartphone - please let Martin know. 

The Parish Office will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm. 

We intend to keep the Parish Magazine going plus extra newsletters.  There will be a more detailed version of the magazine on the Parish Magazine page on line.

As the church still has its running costs to meet, can I encourage people to bring their Giving Envelopes or to drop in donations.  If you would like details of the Church Bank account so that you can do a bank transfer, please contact the Parish Office.

We are keen to keep in touch with people even if visiting is restricted, so please let us know if you have needs or concerns that we might help with.

Please be assured of my prayers during this very difficult time.

Martin Rutter, Vicar

"Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5.7