St Mary the Virgin S13 9BZ

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Handsworth is dedicated to our Lord’s mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Taking Mary as our example of following Jesus, we seek to listen to our heavenly Father and discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us and to do so in faith, trust, obedience and love. We seek to conform our lives on the Gospel by following Mary’s Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through the grace and strength of the Sacraments, the teachings of holy Scripture and mother Church, and through mutual support and fellowship. You are warmly invited to join with us in our acts of worship and social events.


Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day, when He shall come again in His glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;

through Him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Our Anglican Tradition

St Mary’s is of the Catholic Tradition in the Church of England and affiliated to The Society (under the patronage of St Wilfid and St Hilda).

We are a modern yet traditional, humorous, supportive and inclusive worshipping community. We offer a warm welcome and all are welcome to encounter the love of God with us. Our worship is modern, un-fussy and lively yet dignified, reverent, biblical and rooted in Christian Tradition.

At the request of the Parochial Church Council and Incumbent the Bishop of Sheffield has placed us under the pastoral and sacramental care of Rt Revd Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley, the Provincial Episcopal Visitor.

Policies. Please note that the following policies are available in church to view: Safeguarding, GDPR, Use of Social Media. Legacy and Equality.


Mrs Christine Garner, 0114 269 7663 (Safeguarding Rep)
Mr Samuel Ewart 07400102067


Mrs Patrica Barker, 0114 269 8164


Mrs Anne Palmer, 0114 269 2403

Children and Youth Minister:

Mrs Alison Powell, 07966 440258


Mr Ben Otley, 07536 036153 (Salt & Light Rep)


Mike Robinson, 01709 301912

Deanery/Diocesan Synod Reps:

Mrs Viv Chaplin, Mrs Valerie Hanwell & Mrs Brenda Robinson

Mission Leaders:

Holly Featherstone, Ben Otley, Anne Palmer and Alison Powell.

Our Mission Statement:

Jesus inspires us to be His disciples.
Come and experience His presence among us.
Offering friendship, belonging and faith.
Come and join us.
Seeking to be a resource to Handsworth
and enhance community life.
Come and help us.


Owned by St Mary’s Church, The Parish Centre is now leased to The Old Rectory, a registered not-for-profit limited charitable company. It is a Grade 2 Listed building and until the 1950s was the residence of the rector. It is mainly Georgian in style, but parts of it date to Tudor times, though a priest’s residence was on the site even before that period. It shares a rich history with St Mary’s Church and Handsworth in general. The rector is chairman of the trustees.

The Old Rectory specializes in hosting community events, conferences and meetings, as well as providing excellent facilities for wedding, birthday, baptism and other parties, funeral teas etc. For more information, please contact the Centre Manager: Tim Schafer on 0114 269 2537.

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Its Christingle time!


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Our Advent & Christmas services this year! ...

Our Advent & Christmas services this year!

We are looking forward to our Advent Service of Light on Sunday 9th December. This is a short reflective service of Advent Carols and Readings and will be led by our Mission Partnership Choir.
All welcome!

We are looking forward to our Advent Service of Light on Sunday 9th December. This is a short reflective service of Advent Carols and Readings and will be led by our Mission Partnership Choir.
All welcome!
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1st Sunday of Advent 2nd  December

10am Mass of Healing & Sunday’s cool

4pm Christingle Service

2nd Sunday of Advent 9th December

10am Parish Mass & Sunday’s cool

5pm Advent Service of Light with a lashing of atmosphere

(with Advent carols and readings)

3rd Sunday of Advent 16th December

10am Parish Mass & Sunday’s cool

4th Sunday of Advent 23rd December

10am Parish Mass & Sunday’s cool

Christmas Eve

4pm Family Crib Service (come early to get a seat)

11.30pm Midnight Mass with lashings of carols

Christmas Day

10am Mass of the Nativity

(children are welcome to bring a toy to be blest)

New Year’s Day 2018

10am Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Sunday 6th January

10am Family Mass of the Epiphany

(children are welcome to bring a toy to be blest)


10am Parish Mass with Sunday School

9.30-11am Play & Praise, under 3s
Contact: Laura Haynes on 07870807150

3.30-5pm The After School Club, (3-7yrs) and After School Club Plus (8-10yrs).
Contact: Brenda Robinson 0114 288 0129

Messy Church usually last Tuesday of the month
3.30-5.30pm in the Nunnery. Contact Fr Keith
(Lively all age craft, games, art etc., informal worship and food based around a theme).

9.45am Said Mass.

5-7pm Thirst Cafe Youth Club

(held fortnightly. Contact Alison Powell for more details)

Over 50s Lunch Club
Contact: Tim Schafer 0114 269 2537

7pm Said Mass.

7.30pm Parish Office. Please come to the parish office for enquiries about baptism, weddings, house blessings etc.

12noon Said Mass.
Followed by Stations of the Cross during Lent.