St Mary and St Anne
Feeding Moseley with God’s
guidance, generosity and love
Christians have worshipped here in Moseley for over 600 years. Pope Innocent VII gave permission for public worship here in an existing private chapel dedicated to St Mary in 1405. The church is the oldest building in Moseley situated at the geographical centre of the village. By the end of the 19th century Moseley had grown to become an affluent suburb of Birmingham. St Anne’s parish was created out of St Mary’s in 1874 and a new church built ¼ mile from St Mary’s. Both church communities have given long service and support to our vibrant and diverse community that is made up of a wide cross section of people. At the end of 20th century the Diocese of Birmingham asked parishes to rethink their mission objectives as part of the process Called to a New Kingdom. The result led to the creation of the United Benefice of Moseley (St Mary and St Anne) in 2007.
Our Calling, Values and Hopes
As Christ’s vibrant, diverse, inclusive, caring and nourishing body, St Mary’s and St Anne’s exist to proclaim the relevance of the living gospel of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
As Eucharistic people feeding on the word and sacrament of God, our four-fold aim is to serve our hungry community by offering a digest of…
- Worship in celebrating God’s liberating spirit and faith
- Discipleship in learning to grow in and increase our understanding of the Christian faith
- Evangelism in communicating our faith to feed and nurture our community with Christ’s message of redeeming love and salvation
- Pastoral care in nourishing our community by providing Gospel welcome, loves, hospitality, reconciliation and hope
The task is great, but God is greater.
Please pray for the vision and work to make it happen.
During this process we pray for…
- New inspiration to develop both refreshing and challenging worship;
- Openness in seeking new and imaginative opportunities for working together across the Benefice;
- Support to our ministry team and congregations in a process of change;
- Time for prayer and reflection and for us to listen to each other and to God;
- Christ’s ministry and will to be at the heart of everything we do.
We are three miles south of the city centre, with two churches at the heart of Moseley, on St Mary’s Row and Park Hill, just off Alcester Road (A435). Bus routes from Birmingham City are: 1, 35 and 50.
St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW
St Anne’s Church, Park Hill, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8DU
The two Christian worship centres of St Mary’s and St Anne’s have always been perfectly compatible with one another in terms of, theology and vision whilst celebrating differences in the make up of their congregations. The changing nature of society as a place where the Church of England offers the core resource of faith to the community has long since disappeared. Our two churches form part of Churches Together in Moseley, which is made up of 7 traditions. Moseley is also culturally and ethnically mixed with an increasing Muslim population.
Both Church sites require high maintenance in terms of human resources and finance to secure their long term future. In particular St Mary’s suffers from poor accessibility and facilities to welcome and provide hospitality to worshippers. Although it’s hall is currently well used, St Anne’s is remote in its location in Moseley and new ways are needed to develop it’s future arising from a diminishing elderly congregation mostly living outside the parish boundary.
In recent years, St Mary’s and St Anne’s have been through a great period of change and transition. Whilst it is acknowledged that the Church does offer constancy to people whose lives are in a state of flux, the desire for stability often becomes fixed and needs to be challenged in a world which is constantly changing. Fresh expressions are needed to rethink who and what we are about now, and how we can grow in our service to proclaim the Gospel afresh in the 21st century.
Almighty God, we thank you for your extraordinary goodness to us, for our Churches and for our calling to be Christ’s vibrant, diverse, inclusive and nourishing body and tell of your reconciling love. Help us to be a worshipping, learning, sharing and hospitable community using our gifts to reach out and serve everyone. May how we live and all we are present the living truth of Jesus Christ to all in Moseley. We ask this not for our sake but for your glory through the Holy Spirit. Amen
On Sunday we celebrate Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the first Disciples and rested upon them, appearing as tongues of fire. As we mark this celebration, you are invited to wear something red to church!
Revd Hazel White
- 8:00 a.m. Holy Communion at St Mary’s
- 10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist at St Mary’s
- 11:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist at St Anne’s
- 6:30 p.m. Sung Evensong at St Mary’s
- Confirmation groups
- y@smaa (Youth at Saints Mary and Anne)
- The Art of Prayerful Discernment
- Volunteers needed!
- Sparkhill Foodbank
- A big THANK YOU
- May edition of Moseley Chimes
- Final Accounts Summary 2012
- Stewardship Campaign Teasure Pamphlet
- Children's Worker Advertisement
- Music Coordinator Advertisement
- Book of the Term
- Refreshments after 10:00 a.m. service
- Chamber music course for under 18s
- Afternoon tea in aid of Christian Aid