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,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

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.


Mrs Christine Garner, 0114 269 7663 (Safeguarding Rep)
Mrs Tracey Wild, 07837836719 (Health & Safety Rep)


Mrs Patrica Barker, 0114 269 8164


Mrs Anne Palmer, 0114 269 2403

Youth Worker:

Christoper Bishop, 07946118230

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.

St Mary’s on Facebook.

St Marys Church Handsworth shared The Society - in the Diocese of Sheffield's post. ...

We are hoping to take some young people to the Youth Pilgrimage again this summer. If you know anyone who is interested, please pass their names on to Fr Schaefer by FRIDAY 13th APRIL!

St Marys Church Handsworth shared Holy Redeemer Mission Partnership's post. ...

Our joint Partnership Confirmation Classes begin tonight at St Mary's at 7pm where we will be learning and talking about FAITH. Everyone welcome, even if you have been confirmed before!


10am Parish Mass with Sunday School

9.30-11am Play & Praise, under 3s
Contact: Patricia Barker 0114 269 8184

3.30-5pm The After School Club, (3-7yrs) and After School Club Plus (8-11yrs).
Contact: Brenda Robinson 0114 288 0129

Messy Church usually last Tuesday of the month
3.30-5.30pm in the Nunnery.
(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 Chris Bishop for more details)

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

12-2pm Open Church.
St Mary’s will be open for anyone to pop in – maybe just to have a look around this ancient church or for a chat or for a time of quiet or prayer in St Katherine’s Chapel. Refreshments will be provided.

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.