St Mary and St Margaret Church

Church Groups

Our popular Sunday school for 3-11 year olds meets during term time in the new Community Hall after the Gospel reading during the Sunday 10 o'clock service. Our aim is to help our children explore the Christian message in a fun and interesting way. During the year, the Wayfarers take part in special services. The well attended Christmas Eve Crib Service is a particular favourite with both our children and the local community.

All of our leaders and helpers attend appropriate training courses and comply with our child protection policy.

Our children and leaders are always pleased to welcome new members and if you would like your child or children to come and join us, please bring them along to the Sunday service.

Please note, Wayfarers remain in church for the All Age Service on the 4th Sunday of each month.
They can also join in with cafe worship in the hall on the 2nd Sunday of the month

Leaders: Maralyn Guise and Victoria Jorden
Holding Hands
Pastoral Group
The Pastoral Group, send Thinking of you Cards to the Sick and Bereaved. Anyone who would like a card sent can fill in a information card; these are available at the back of Church in the gold Intercessions box.
We visit the housebound and sick, at home and in hospital.

Please keep those who are sick in your prayers.

Prayer cards are to be found at the back of church, please use them if you want us to pray for those known to you who are sick or who have died. Please fill out a card even if you have spoken with the Rector so that we know who has sponsored the entry.

We hold a popular weekly tea/coffee 'Drop In' morning in the Community Hall every Wednesday 10am - 11.30am.
Everyone is welcome. 

The Pastoral Team hold a bereavement support group meeting every third Monday in the month. If you have lost a loved one and are finding it difficult to cope our group provides you with the opportunity to talk in a safe and supportiver atmosphere.
Youth Group
Youth Group
Our Youth Group is a small and friendly group of  11 to 18 year olds, who meet to share Christian values and worship through sharing new friendships and having fun together.
Our Youth Group are actively involved in the life of the church, with many members serving or singing in the choir and taking part in special services during the year as well as the many and varied social and fundraising events. 

If you would like to find out more or join the Youth Group, please come along to our 10 o'clock Sunday service or contact the Church and Community Hall office.

All youth group leaders and helpers comply with our child protection policy.
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Listening Service
For adults affected by sexual abuse.

For further information on our Listening Service, please contact your vicar or the Bishop's Chaplain, Revd Kate Stowe

T: 0121 427 1163
e.: bishopschaplain@cofebirmingham
House Groups
Courses are run during the year, usually Advent and Lent, and include Emmaus and York.

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Mothers' Union
The Mothers' Union (MU) is a worldwide organisation that is especially concerned with strengthening and preserving marriage and Christian family life. It's aim is the advancement of Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.  

The MU welcomes men and women to it's membership.

Our members are actively involved in the life of the Church as intercessors and administrants.
Bible Study, Emmaus/York course and small christian community leaders, flower arrangers,
Wayfarers (young children) helpers, church choir and church cleaners.
We organise annual pram and carol services, a Mothering Sunday service, and when possible we join with the younger members of the church to organise an all age service. 

Members knit baby garments for premature babies, teddy bears for children of prisoners,
and sew grieving gowns. We also donate toiletries and baby items to Women’s’ aid

Corporate Communion takes place in Church on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 9:30am.
Branch meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm and on the occasional evening.

Branch Caretaker Mary Jones
All are welcome to come along and join us at any of our meetings.

Please contact the Church and Community Hall office for any further information you may require.

Local branch website

International website
The Fundraising Organisation Group known as FROG, are members of our congregation who have committed their time, energy and ideas to raise money to pay of the finance on our Community Hall and our for the upkeep of our beautiful old Church.

The church welcomes any ideas, that help to raise the profile of our church and Hall.
History of Organ at St Mary and St Margaret
The organ at St Mary and St Margaret Church in Castle Bromwich needs a thorough repair so that it will remain central to music making and the understanding of community life in Castle Bromwich and North Solihull both in the past, present and future.  Please click on document for more information. download pdf History of Organ
Organ Appeal
Music has been an important part of the worship at Castle Bromwich parish church for hundreds of years. We're now trying to raise £70,000 to save our historic organ for many years to come.  Please visit this website for more information.
The Organ Fund has raised just over £20,000 towards our target so far.  
Thank you all for this amazing effort.
The following concerts will take place in church at 3pm on Sunday afternoons.The concerts are free but retiring collections will go towards funds for the organ restoration.
March 10th - Himley Duo - Anna Downes-violin and Tony Bridgewater-pianoMay 12th - Martin &Sue Bates entertain - Martin-keyboard/organ, Sue-soprano
July 14th - Songsquad - Allison Taylor directs St. Alphege C of E Junior School Choir
September 8th - John Saunders-baroque flute, Sarah Saunders baroque oboe, Martin Bates harpsichord
November 10th - Birmingham Savoyards entertain
Organ Specification
download pdf Organ Specification
The church choir at St. Mary and St. Margaret practises throughout the year for an hour on Thursday night usually from 7pm. We usually prepare the music for forthcoming Sundays as well special events like Christmas and Easter when we get to be really busy.
We sing for around 20 weddings each year and are happy to expand our repertoire to include modern popular music requested by the wedding couple.
The choir has a wide age range from younger teenage members through to loyal supporters who have been singing at the church for many years. We have a lot of fun upstairs and have a birds-eye view of all that goes on. We always welcome new members who want to share their enjoyment of singing.

Please contact the Church and Community Hall office for further details.

Choir master: Martin Bates 
Bell Ringers
Bell ringing has been an important part of worship here since medieval times, with three original bells predating 1717.
The bells are rung on Sunday mornings (9:30 till 10:00 am), for weddings, other feast days and also for public events and funerals.
The Bell ringers practice nearly every Wednesday from 7:30 till 9:00pm and new ringers are always welcome. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Church and Community Hall office.

Bell Captain Ben Sassons