News to make you smile

7th May 2020

How some of our churches and schools are helping the community at this time.


 

St Michael’s High School in Rowley Regis have been making visors and aprons in school and have distributed them to local care homes and hospitals where they have been gratefully received. So far, they have made and donated over 1000 visors and 4000 aprons.

In addition, they donated Easter gifts and £800 from a sponsored 'Pyjama for £s' event to a number of hospitals – including Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The school continues to support their elderly Links community – through students phoning them, using a telephone tree system, and essentially, the vulnerable and key worker children.


 

The Revd Helene Horan, Curate, and the lay pastoral team at St Andrew’s, Chelmsley Wood, have built a strong relationship with the local care home. From the first visit, Helene found a connection in Love toward every resident and member of staff, whatever their belief.

“It’s a ministry of presence – God's love offered in a very open and following way, through offering support. The community is there before you and you are serving them, listening to them.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the pastoral team are keeping in contact by phone and have made a connection with the parish priest and they have delivered hampers to raise morale at the home. Helene is approaching a local supermarket to try and send further 'goodies', so that they know they are an important part of the community and being prayed for.  She said, “We have some very touching and very funny times. It is a beautiful, fulfilling, and enriching chaplaincy.” 


 

St Hilda’s Church Warley Woods has a long history with Beechcroft Residential Home and, since 2018, this has taken the form of a once a month 'church service' in Beechcroft’s main lounge where all the residents and some family visitors and staff are able to join in.

Richard Haynes, Reader, said “The residents engage with us enthusiastically, but particularly during the hymn singing.” Richard is always accompanied by Peter, the lead chorister, and other members of the congregation when possible.

"The fellowship time spent in conversation is a vital follow up to the worship.  This is where we build up relationship, learn what works, and it is a time of great joy for us, as the residents are able to talk about anything they want, knowing they will be listened to."



Allannah Brennan, Reader, St Philip and St James, Hodge Hill has been supporting people in the parish by making orders and arranging delivery of plants and seedlings from a local garden centre, enabling residents to take up indoor gardening and try out home-grown produce.