Books of Remembrance

If you wish to add names to the Books of Remembrance in time for the Easter services, details must reach Brenda in the benefice office by Thursday 17 March. Please give the name(s), date of death, and which church's book the name is to be added to.

Congratulations Moseley – a place of excellence!

The Farmers’ Market has won the best in the UK for the third time! A great effort from all involved and such a wonderful community resource - literally on our doorstep.

Also well done Mrs Sumner and all at Moseley C of E School. Following a recent visit from the Director of Education for Birmingham, he writes saying “It really is an excellent school with so many good things happening”.

Sing a Song for Mum

All of our children are invited to sing a song for their mothers next Sunday, Mothering Sunday, Sunday 6 March at the 10:00 a.m. service at St Mary's. There are two opportunities to learn the song, both at St Mary's:

  • Tuesday 1 March from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 6 March at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service.

You can practice this at home with this YouTube link.

It'll be lovely to see as many of our children as possible taking part.

All best wishes,
Mick Perrier

Come and sing Stainer’s Crucifixion

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Sunday 20 March (Palm Sunday)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rehearse this favourite Passiontide work and perform it in a special service of music and Readings at 6:30 p.m.
Director: Michael Perrier; Organ: Darren Hogg; Nick Drew (Tenor); Edwin Kaye (Bass)

Fairtrade Easter Eggs

There are several sorts of Fairtrade easter egg available this year. The Real Easter Egg comes in three types and sizes: milk chocolate (£3.99), dark chocolate (£5.50) or the special peace edition with an olive wood holding cross (£9.99). All these eggs contain an illustrated booklet of the Easter story. If you prefer something smaller (or want to do a treasure hunt in the garden), Divine chocolate mini eggs come in milk, dark or praline varieties (£4.50 per bag). Please order from Janet Moir (St Mary's) or Karen Gray (St Anne's), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We need your orders by Sunday 6 March at the latest.

Book of the term group discussion

Wednesday 23 March, 7:30 p.m., St Mary’s West Room.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J M Nouwen (publ. Darton Longman & Todd, 1994). Inspired by Rembrandt’s ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’, as well as the parable from the Gospels, Nouwen’s themes include homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation.

Benefice Lent Quiet Day

Living a life of tension

Saturday 19 March 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

During the day Revd. Duncan will be exploring some of the ideas developed by the renowned writer on spirituality, Henri Nouwen. He acknowledged that our lives are characterised by a number of tensions that seem to pull us in opposite directions – spiritual polarities. The framework and ideas Nouwen puts forward offer an accessible and helpful way to make greater sense of ourselves, the world and God.

Women's Day of Prayer

Friday 4 March, 2:00 p.m., Balsall Heath Church Centre (corner of Edward Road and Mary St).

The service has been prepared by Christian Women of Cuba, with the theme Receive Children Receive Me.

All Welcome.

Contemplative Prayer

ContPrayEach Wednesday during Lent, you are invited to join us in the Lady Chapel at St Mary's for contemplative prayer from 6pm - 7pm. Access is via the south east door (first door as you walk up the sloped path from the main road).

Usborne Books at Home

Do you love books and reading to your children? If so, why not host an Usborne Books at Home Party? All you need to do is arrange the date with me, invite family, friends and colleagues and I’ll do the rest. As a party host you will receive a free book and 10% of the value of the party returned to you in books for you and your family to enjoy.

Contact Amy Ashton on tel: 07982 714530 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange your party. When you contact me be sure to mention St Mary’s or St Anne’s Church, as they will receive free books for every party booking made from this notice, and if you book your party before the end of March you will be entered into a prize draw to win an Usborne Easter Story Sticker Book.