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Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’

John 10.10

Pastoral Introduction

Baptism (otherwise know as Christening) marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church. The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us.

Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptized walks in that light for the rest of their lives. As you pray for the candidates, picture them with yourself and the whole Church throughout the ages, journeying into the fullness of God’s love.

Taken from Common Worship 2000
http://www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents

A celebration of baptism at The Old Rectory

At the completion of the baptism, you may choose to hold the celebration at the Old Rectory.

There is free car parking, a licensed bar, excellent catering. Various rooms and halls with disabled facilities are available.

Arranging a baptism (Christening) at St Mary’s

If you would like to be baptised, or have your child baptised, here at St Mary’s please contact Fr Keith on (0114) 269 3983 or call into church on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm.

The Sacrament of Baptism (otherwise known as Christening) for 2015 will usually be available at 11.30am on the second and third Sunday of the month and at 12.30pm on any Sunday in the month. It may also take place within the Parish Mass at 10am, though not in Advent or Lent. 

In the case of an emergency a baptism can be arranged immediately and does not need to take place in church.

If you would like a baptism here but live outside the parish then it is customary to inform the parish priest in the parish where you live as a matter of courtesy.

At St Mary’s we take baptism seriously and want it to be a special occasion. In oder to help us to that end it is our practise to invite parents, with godparents, to bring their child to a 10am Sunday Parish Mass for a Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. This is part of the preparation process. And as part of that same process, parents and godparents are asked to attend a Preparation Evening when they will meet the parish priest and his team to explore the nature and meaning of holy baptism.

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Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13.4-7

We offer you a wedding with gravitas, personal to you, with soul and atmosphere and with a mix of warmth, dignity, beauty, flexibility, history and humour. Your wedding is a crowning of your love for each other, a very special occasion and a joy for us to be part of your special day.

If you are thinking of getting married at St Mary’s and having your reception at The Old Rectory then an attractive discount is currently being offered on the price of the wedding in church and the reception afterwards.

Your wedding ceremony

Weddings can take place any day of the year, other than in Holy Week, in our well kept, welcoming and historic church. If you would like to enquire about being married at St Mary’s please contact the Rector, Fr Keith, (0114) 269 3983 or call into church on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm. It is possible to have either a wedding service or wedding mass. It is possible to marry here if you live outside the parish of Handsworth by having a connection to St Mary’s or attending here for a period of time. For details on what is a connection please refer to the CofE website, or call in to see me for other options.

At St Mary’s we will consider the marriage of those whose former marriage has been dissolved by law. In such instances we take you through a process in which we give careful consideration of your request. If you would like to know more please contact Fr Keith. It is also possible to celebrate the baptism of children within your marriage service.

In preparing for your wedding:

Fr Keith will arrange to meet you to discuss all the questions you may have about such matters as banns, videos, flowers, music, an organist, and things like a printed order of service. Do allow plenty of time for these arrangements to be made, but remember that all of these are optional extras and a church wedding need not have expensive trappings. If you have friends or family members you would like to involve in the service, for example by reading or playing a musical instrument we would discuss that at an early stage in the planning. A wedding is one of the most important events in life and we aim to make it a very special occasion.

What Christians believe about marriage:

Christians typically regard marriage as instituted and ordained by God for the lifelong relationship between one man as husband and one woman as wife. The New Testament says that marriage is to be “held in honour among all”.

If you choose to wed in church you are also saying that you want God to be part of your relationship. Christians believe a Church wedding to be a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of the love between Christ and His Bride, the Church. For further information on an Anglican understanding of holy matrimony see this teaching document.

Your wedding reception

At the completion of the wedding ceremony some couples choose to hold theirwedding reception at the Old Rectory.

The gardens with the historic and listed Old Rectory make a wonderful backdrop for your treasured photographs as well as an excellent venue for your reception. There is free car parking, a licensed bar and excellent catering; with various rooms and halls. Disabled facilities are available. Very competitive rates.

Weddings at St Mary’s

Organist: Mike Robinson, 01909 569617 or email at mk3spit@aol.com

Flowers: Christine King, 0114 2694037

Click here to hear some hymns that may be sung at weddings. This list is not exhaustive.

Click here to hear our bells.

Pastoral Introduction

A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as He turned water into wine. Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as His blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children.

For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. On this their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. You are witnesses of the marriage, and express your support by your presence and your prayers.

Your support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.

Taken from Common Worship 2000

http://www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents

Visit the Old Rectory website for further information about your wedding reception.

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The king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25.34.

It is customary for a funeral to be arranged in church or for me to conduct at a crematorium via a funeral director. In church it is possible to have either a funeral service or a funeral mass. Prior to the funeral service the priest will want to meet with you to discuss the service and together shape its format. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Fr Keith (0114) 269 3982.

A Christian funeral has several layers to it: It is a public celebration of the departed person’s life set in the context of the worship of almighty God who gave that life and who still holds that life in being; it is prayer for the departed and for those who mourn; it is a commending of the departed to God; a public expression of grief and support to those who mourn; and finally, it moves to the reverent disposal of mortal remains. It is a service marked by Christian hope in the resurrection to eternal life and of an ongoing communion with all who are in Christ, both the living and the departed.

A prayer for the departed:

O God, the maker and redeemer of all, grant to us,
with your servant, Name,
and all the departed, the sure benefits of your beloved Son’s
saving Passion and glorious Resurrection;
that on the Last Day, when You gather up all things in Him,
we may, with them, enjoy the fullness of your promises.
We ask this in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Prayers for those who mourn:

O God, who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Gracious God,
surround us and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
take them one step at a time
along your road of death and resurrection
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

We hold Memorial Services through the year, the dates of which are on the worship page, and anyone is welcome to attend, including the recently bereaved. These services are gentle, short, well received and a good opportunity to reflect when grief may not be as sharp as it was at the funeral.

MEMORIAL BOOK

We keep a Memorial Book in which are inscribed the names of the deceased. Those inscribed are remembered by name in the week of their anniversary of passing. For more information please contact Fr Keith.

THE BURIAL OF ASHES

For information on the burial of cremated remains inSt Mary’s graveyard please contact Fr Keith.

Pastoral Introduction

God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God.

Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death.

Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one.

We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.

To acknowledge this at the beginning of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality.

Those who mourn need support and consolation. Our presence here today is part of that continuing support.

Taken from Common Worship 2000

For more information about planning a funeral or what happens please see www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents and follow the link.

Which hymns? Click here to view and listen to a choice of possible hymns appropriate for a funeral.

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT: 0114 249 3328

Funeral Tea:

At the completion of the funeral service, many families choose to hold a celebration at our Old Rectory.

+ Baptisms
baptism_header
Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’

John 10.10

Pastoral Introduction

Baptism (otherwise know as Christening) marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church. The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us.

Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptized walks in that light for the rest of their lives. As you pray for the candidates, picture them with yourself and the whole Church throughout the ages, journeying into the fullness of God’s love.

Taken from Common Worship 2000
http://www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents

A celebration of baptism at The Old Rectory

At the completion of the baptism, you may choose to hold the celebration at the Old Rectory.

There is free car parking, a licensed bar, excellent catering. Various rooms and halls with disabled facilities are available.

Arranging a baptism (Christening) at St Mary’s

If you would like to be baptised, or have your child baptised, here at St Mary’s please contact Fr Keith on (0114) 269 3983 or call into church on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm.

The Sacrament of Baptism (otherwise known as Christening) for 2015 will usually be available at 11.30am on the second and third Sunday of the month and at 12.30pm on any Sunday in the month. It may also take place within the Parish Mass at 10am, though not in Advent or Lent. 

In the case of an emergency a baptism can be arranged immediately and does not need to take place in church.

If you would like a baptism here but live outside the parish then it is customary to inform the parish priest in the parish where you live as a matter of courtesy.

At St Mary’s we take baptism seriously and want it to be a special occasion. In oder to help us to that end it is our practise to invite parents, with godparents, to bring their child to a 10am Sunday Parish Mass for a Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. This is part of the preparation process. And as part of that same process, parents and godparents are asked to attend a Preparation Evening when they will meet the parish priest and his team to explore the nature and meaning of holy baptism.

+ Weddings
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Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13.4-7

We offer you a wedding with gravitas, personal to you, with soul and atmosphere and with a mix of warmth, dignity, beauty, flexibility, history and humour. Your wedding is a crowning of your love for each other, a very special occasion and a joy for us to be part of your special day.

If you are thinking of getting married at St Mary’s and having your reception at The Old Rectory then an attractive discount is currently being offered on the price of the wedding in church and the reception afterwards.

Your wedding ceremony

Weddings can take place any day of the year, other than in Holy Week, in our well kept, welcoming and historic church. If you would like to enquire about being married at St Mary’s please contact the Rector, Fr Keith, (0114) 269 3983 or call into church on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm. It is possible to have either a wedding service or wedding mass. It is possible to marry here if you live outside the parish of Handsworth by having a connection to St Mary’s or attending here for a period of time. For details on what is a connection please refer to the CofE website, or call in to see me for other options.

At St Mary’s we will consider the marriage of those whose former marriage has been dissolved by law. In such instances we take you through a process in which we give careful consideration of your request. If you would like to know more please contact Fr Keith. It is also possible to celebrate the baptism of children within your marriage service.

In preparing for your wedding:

Fr Keith will arrange to meet you to discuss all the questions you may have about such matters as banns, videos, flowers, music, an organist, and things like a printed order of service. Do allow plenty of time for these arrangements to be made, but remember that all of these are optional extras and a church wedding need not have expensive trappings. If you have friends or family members you would like to involve in the service, for example by reading or playing a musical instrument we would discuss that at an early stage in the planning. A wedding is one of the most important events in life and we aim to make it a very special occasion.

What Christians believe about marriage:

Christians typically regard marriage as instituted and ordained by God for the lifelong relationship between one man as husband and one woman as wife. The New Testament says that marriage is to be “held in honour among all”.

If you choose to wed in church you are also saying that you want God to be part of your relationship. Christians believe a Church wedding to be a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of the love between Christ and His Bride, the Church. For further information on an Anglican understanding of holy matrimony see this teaching document.

Your wedding reception

At the completion of the wedding ceremony some couples choose to hold theirwedding reception at the Old Rectory.

The gardens with the historic and listed Old Rectory make a wonderful backdrop for your treasured photographs as well as an excellent venue for your reception. There is free car parking, a licensed bar and excellent catering; with various rooms and halls. Disabled facilities are available. Very competitive rates.

Weddings at St Mary’s

Organist: Mike Robinson, 01909 569617 or email at mk3spit@aol.com

Flowers: Christine King, 0114 2694037

Click here to hear some hymns that may be sung at weddings. This list is not exhaustive.

Click here to hear our bells.

Pastoral Introduction

A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as He turned water into wine. Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as His blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children.

For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. On this their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. You are witnesses of the marriage, and express your support by your presence and your prayers.

Your support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.

Taken from Common Worship 2000

http://www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents

Visit the Old Rectory website for further information about your wedding reception.

+ Funerals
funerals_banner

The king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25.34.

It is customary for a funeral to be arranged in church or for me to conduct at a crematorium via a funeral director. In church it is possible to have either a funeral service or a funeral mass. Prior to the funeral service the priest will want to meet with you to discuss the service and together shape its format. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Fr Keith (0114) 269 3982.

A Christian funeral has several layers to it: It is a public celebration of the departed person’s life set in the context of the worship of almighty God who gave that life and who still holds that life in being; it is prayer for the departed and for those who mourn; it is a commending of the departed to God; a public expression of grief and support to those who mourn; and finally, it moves to the reverent disposal of mortal remains. It is a service marked by Christian hope in the resurrection to eternal life and of an ongoing communion with all who are in Christ, both the living and the departed.

A prayer for the departed:

O God, the maker and redeemer of all, grant to us,
with your servant, Name,
and all the departed, the sure benefits of your beloved Son’s
saving Passion and glorious Resurrection;
that on the Last Day, when You gather up all things in Him,
we may, with them, enjoy the fullness of your promises.
We ask this in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Prayers for those who mourn:

O God, who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Gracious God,
surround us and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
take them one step at a time
along your road of death and resurrection
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

We hold Memorial Services through the year, the dates of which are on the worship page, and anyone is welcome to attend, including the recently bereaved. These services are gentle, short, well received and a good opportunity to reflect when grief may not be as sharp as it was at the funeral.

MEMORIAL BOOK

We keep a Memorial Book in which are inscribed the names of the deceased. Those inscribed are remembered by name in the week of their anniversary of passing. For more information please contact Fr Keith.

THE BURIAL OF ASHES

For information on the burial of cremated remains inSt Mary’s graveyard please contact Fr Keith.

Pastoral Introduction

God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God.

Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death.

Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one.

We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.

To acknowledge this at the beginning of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality.

Those who mourn need support and consolation. Our presence here today is part of that continuing support.

Taken from Common Worship 2000

For more information about planning a funeral or what happens please see www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents and follow the link.

Which hymns? Click here to view and listen to a choice of possible hymns appropriate for a funeral.

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT: 0114 249 3328

Funeral Tea:

At the completion of the funeral service, many families choose to hold a celebration at our Old Rectory.