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Published on 15 July 2022


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News items

18/6/22      In spite of very unfavourable weather the Book sale raised over £80 for Church Funds.  Thanks to all who were involved.

4/6/22        A wonderful day at St. Matthews with over 100 members of the local community sharing games in the church and a magnificent Party tea in the hall in grateful recognition of Her Majesty the Queen’s Seventy years of Service.  Many thanks to all who helped to make this possible.

25/3/22      Details of the Services in Holy week are published here.

21/3/22      A few photos of the lovely gardens at St. Matthews are here.

6/2/22        It was a real joy that Father Trevor announced in church last week that Thomas William Ruston will be joining the St Matthew's Perry Beeches family as Curate in June this year. Tom is currently training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge, and we look forward very much to welcoming him to the parish.

25/2/22      Photos from the Institution are available here

24/2/22      A wonderful service of Institution and Induction and on Wednesday night, followed by an excellent Buffet in the Hall.  Many thanks to all involved

20/2/22      Preparations are well in hand for Fr. Trevor’s induction on Wednesday.  Please come along and show all our visitors the friendly welcome St. Matthews is famous for.

2/1/22       We are pleased to confirm that Fr. Trevor’s Licensing and Induction will be on the 23rd February at 7pm.

22/12/21    Fr. Trevor sent us a Christmas message, Click here to see it.

29/11/21    We are proud to announce that the Christmas fair raised just over £2,500, in spite of the difficult Situation. Thanks to all who helped and came along to support

27/11/21    In spite of the snow we had a very successful Christmas Fair today. Thanks to all those who came along and helped, and those who came to enjoy themselves. A few Photos of the Stalls are here

21/11/21     Andrew Mitchell was confirmed by Bishop David.  See a Photo here.

24/10/21     Great News!!
he Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev'd Trevor Thurston-Smith as the next incumbent of the parish of St Matthew's Perry Beeches, following a process of discernment led by the St Martin's Trustees as Patron.
Fr Trevor is currently Rector of the Wigston benefice in the diocese of Leicester. He says " I'm very excited at the prospect of joining the people of St Matthew's and look forward to this new chapter in my ministry".
It is expected Fr Trevor will take up his new post in February: in the meantime, please keep him,and both congregations and communities in your prayers.

24/10/21    Following a visit to St. Matthews by the group Brutiful Birmingham this article on the Brutalist Churches of Birmingham was published in the Birmingham Post

17/10/21    Prayers are requested for Dave Sohal, a member of Great Barr Evangelical Church who has passed away following injuries received in a road accident on Sandy Lane.

26/9/21      Congratulations to Fr. Doulas now officially known as "The Canon Rev'd Douglas Machiridza" on his installation as an honorary Canon by Bishop David at Birmingham Cathedral.  But to us he will always be Fr. Douglas.

4/9/21        A very successful familiarisation event with Fr. Douglas and five potential candidates to become the new vicar, introducing them to the St. Matthews family and the church. Thanks to all involved.

26/8/21      Following a Christmas Fair meeting this week we have decided to hold our Christmas Fair on Saturday 27th November. as long as the covid situation allows.  To reduce congestion in the hall we will be moving a number of Stalls into the Church and implementing a one-way system. Contributions to the fair can be put in the boxes which will be in church very soon.  Any ideas or offers of help will be gratefully received.

22/8/21      Published some photos of today’s Christening here

1/8/21        Young at Heart have started are running social meetings for the over 55’s at St. Matthew’s on Tuesdays. See here or phone
0121 572 5565 or 07486 938 960.

30/7/21      We were very pleased to welcome Bishop David to conduct the Admission and Licensing of Paul Phipps as a Lay reader last night.  It was a wonderful service, and we are reliably informed that the Bishop enjoyed his Zumba practise. Photos are here

16/7/21      A big thank you to David Gadd, for giving the hedge at the front of the church another trim, and for the magnificent rose garden.

4/7/21       It was lovely to see so many old friends back at St. Matthew's for our first Sunday morning service since Lockdown.  About 30 people took part in a lovely service by our Archdeacon, Ven. Jenny Tomlinson.  Services on a Sunday morning will now continue at 10am

2/7/21       The Advert for our new incumbent will be placed today.  The Parish Profile which is intended to provide a picture of the parish can be seen here

27/6/21      At the Annual Parish Church Meeting various reports were approved, the Accounts for 2020 were approved and the PCC members re-elected.  The PCC membership is on the People Page

26/6/21      Thanks to the 20 people enjoyed a working party to clean the church in preparation for the re-opening on the 4th July.

19/6/21      Papers for the Annual Paraochial Church Meeting are on the Parish page here

12/6/21      Added a few more photos of last weeks hedge cutting party.  See here

5/6/21        Today’s working party did a fantastic job to cut the hedge and tidy the Garden.  Thanks to everyone involved.  Some photos of the work and the flowers in the garden are here.

30/5/21      Working Parties are being organised on Saturdays the 5th (the church grounds) and the 26th (inside the Church) of June to get ready for the return of Sunday morning services on the 4th July

19/5/21      The PCC has decided that Sunday Service in Church will return to 10am on the 4th July

9/4/21        We sadly open the church for the remembrance for The Duke of Edinburgh who passed away today.

6/4/21        In spite of Covid restrictions and the lack of a Vicar we managed to have three very successful services in Church over Easter, thanks to Fr. Douglas, Fr. Darren and Arch Deacon Jenny for doing the honours.

18/3/21      I have put some photos of the lovely daffodils in the Church remembrance Garden in our photo Albums here.

7/2/21        Scripture Readings and the collect for the week can be found on the Web Site.  Look under Church Services.

5/2/21        We were pleased to welcome the Revd Canon Stephen Mayes to conduct our service today.  He Cycled over from Solihull to be with us.

29/1/21      Added Paul Phipps’s photo to the people page of the wed site.

23/1/2021   Paul Phipps is officially recognised as a licensed reader today.  Unfortunately the ceremony has had to be postponed until later in the year due to Covid.  All the parish wish him well in his new calling.

5/1/2021    Following the latest government guidance on Lockdown 3, we have decided to continue services and church opening in our current pattern.  A newsletter has been sent out to all our Subscribers,

1/1/2021    Thanks to everyone who delivered Christmas Cards across the parish.  6,000 cards were delivered to almost every house in the parish.  

26/12/20    Christmas Services, both in Church and Phone-in Services went very well, in spite of restricted numbers allowed in Church.

30/11/20     Fr. Adam’s Licensing Service at St. Lawrence, York will be on Thursday Dec. 3rd at 7:30.  Those on the mailing list will have received details of the Zoom link.

13/11/20    Although we were surprised to a “property for rent” sign outside the vicarage, we met the letting agent and were re-assured that the vicarage would only be let on a short term basis, and would be available when required.

8/11/20      Fr. Adam’s last Phone in service was a very emotional goodbye from all his friends.  In spite of the difficulties of lock down the parish managed to collect nearly £650 towards a leaving gift for Fr. Adam and his family.  This obviously reflects the affection and respect that they have earned in their relatively short stay with us.  We brought gifts for Bill, Juliet and Adam, and the balance of the collection we put in a cheque.  We all wish Fr. Adam Juliet and Bill all the very best in their new lives in York, and may God go with them.

7/11/20      Although we are unable to have a remembrance service this year we have placed poppies in the Remembrance Garden and in Church to mark the event.  You can find some photos here

1/11/20      Our team of Lay Pastors were re-Licensed at the Sunday afternoon Service, which due to the latest lockdown was also Fr. Adam’s Last service.  See here for some photos.

30/10/20    Our first Bubble Church was held today in the Hall, Half a dozen Families enjoyed a service themed on Super Heroes, led by Ros Hardy our new Children and Families worker.

21/6/20      At tonight’s Annual Parochial Meeting Tim Bartlett and Janet Cook were re-elected as Church Wardens, and a the PCC were elected withh a number of Changes.

16/10/20     In preperation for the Annual Parochial Meeting on Wednesday 21st October the Annual Report and 2019 Accounts are available.

4/10/20      We received the shock news that Fr. Adam is moving to the post of Priest in Charge of the Parishes of York St Lawrence and Heslington on November 8th.

19/9/20      We were pleased to celebrate the wedding

                 of Ryan and Alice at St. Matthew’s.  Click here for some more Photos

18/9/20      We welcome Fr. Adam back from his holidays, and welcome Fr. Douglas to our services this Sunday.

10/9/20      Although Church Services are exempt from the government’s new Corona Virus rules we have decided against holding the celebration of St. Matthews tide next weekend

6/9/20        The Times of opening the church for Private prayer have been altered to 10am to 11am.

4/9/20        Two new giving campaigns have been launched this week.  The first is for St. Matthew’s Sponsored Child, the Second is the regular Malawi Hospital Charity.

29/8/20      Good news, Fr. Adam received a text from NHS Track and Trace to say he is clear of COVID-19, so normal services will resume immediately

29/8/20      There will be some disruption to Church services this week due to the Vicar having to self-isolate due to the illness of  family member.  Further news will be sent out via e’mail.

22/8/20      Another Working party was held this weekend to finish tidying the Hall, and do a major clean in the church.  This was very well attended and all the jobs in the programme were completed. For more photos see here.

19/8/20      A further socially distanced PCC Meeting met to discuss future shape of services and it was  agreed that as a One-off on St. Matthew’s Tide, Sunday 20th September we will hold a Sunday Morning Eucharist, with a Phone in Service at 3:30 and a Children’s Story time in Church at 5 pm.  Fr Douglas Machiridza, our Area Dean, to preach in the morning.  All, of course subject to COVID19 restrictions.

15/8/20      A working party was held in the Hall and Gardens to tidy up ready for a return to use from Lockdown.  For more photos see here..

5/8/20        A socially distanced PCC Meeting was held in Church to approve the 2019 Accounts.  It was also agreed to hold 2 socially distanced working parties on the 15th and 22nd August at 10am.  See Notices for more details.

5/7/20        Relaxing Government restrictions allow the Church of England to produce guidelines for limited services in Church.  St. Matthews will be open again today.

17/6/20      The church will now be open for private prayer on Weekday mornings, Thursday Evening and Sunday afternoon by Appointment.

5/5/2020    The Vicar is allowed to use the Church for Private Prayer, on his own or accompanied by members of his Lockdown family.

12/4/2020  About 70 worshipers joined in our congregation today for a phone-in Easter Day service.

9/4/2020    The phone-in services during Holy week have been so successful that it has been decided to continue them every evening into Easter Week.

05/04/2020 Over 30 Joined in with our Palm Sunday Phone Service

29/3/2020  The First Phone-in service was arranged at 1030 am

27/03/2020 The Church published details of a Whatsapp group for the congregation.

24/03/2020 In the light of Government instructions on Self Isolation the Church and Church are closed completely until further notice

20/03/2020 We reluctantly  decided that with the increasing need for self isolation we should cancel the delivery of Easter cards this year.

20/03/2020 Following a further request from the Church of England there will be no further services at St. Matthews, but the Church will be open for private prayer every day from 9sam to 11am and on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm

17/03/2020 The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.  A copy of their Press release is here

16/03/2020 In the light of recent announcements on Coronavirus, a number of Church events have been cancelled, postponed or changed.  The Vicar’s latest letter can be found here.  Keep watching the Web site or Facebook for further updates.

10/03/2020 The Church of England updates advice on coronavirus.   Clergy are being advised not to share the chalice and to encourage worshippers not to shake hands during the ‘Sign of the Peace’ in services, as part of updated guidance on coronavirus issued by the Church of England.   To see the advice in full click here

19/02/2020 After the awful weather of the past two weeks it’s lovely to see the beautiful spring flowers in the memorial garden.  A few more photos are here.

19/02/2020 Some photos of the February Half Term Messy Church are here.

27/12/2019 Added photos of the Carol Service here and the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Services here

20/12/2019 Fr. Adam’s Christmas message is here.

12/12/2019 A new idea for the website, you can hear the Hymns for this Sunday(15th December) on a new page here.  I await feed back with interest.

12/12/2019 Now that most of the Parish Christmas Cards are delivered here is a copy for those who live outside the Parish,Merry Christmas

12/12/2019 Some photos from the Autumn Fayre are here

06/12/2019 The Total raised by the Christmas Fayre was £3,141.43, Well done and thanks to all who helped, and all who came along.

17/11/2019 A few photographs of Sarah and Brad’s wedding last week are here

26/10/2019 Fr. Adam has written a new letter to the parish here

18/10/2019 Three new Photo Albums this week, Hedge Cutting, our new Signs, and Flowers.

27/09/2019 A Photo album of the Isle of Wight holiday is here.

19/08/2019 Congratulations to Juliet and Adam on the birth of their first Grandchild Kaleb.

13/08/2019 Our new Autumn Leaflets have been delivered from the printers and are available for collection in the Church.  Soon they will be distributed to every house in the parish, but if you want to see a copy it is here.

04/08/2019 For a Parishioner’s view of a Quiet Morning see here

07/07/2019 STOP PRESS, we have decided to extend the Messy Church sessions by one week so they now start on the 24th July and run until 28th August.

05/07/2019 The combined efforts of St. Matthews, Perry Beeches Baptist and Perry Beeches Evangelical Churches raised over £1,500 for Christian Aid week.

05/07/2019 St. Matthew’s has confirmed it’s commitment to the Ecology by successfully Applying for an ECO Church Certificate.  At the moment we have achieved Bronze level, so further work is required to upgrade this.

27/06/2019 At last members of the congregation can stop their ceaseless search.  Barbara has found her keys!

21/06/2019 Photographs from last night wonderful Baptism and Confirmation Service are here

21/06/2019 Details of the Parish Safeguarding Contacts and Policies were added to the site, with a link from the main drop down menu.

14/06/2019 Last Saturday’s Skittles went very well, with over 50 people having a very enjoyable time and raising £267.12 for Christian Aid.

7/06/2019  Details of the Final Christian Aid event for this month, the Quiz at Beeches Evangelical Church,are here

7/06/2019 We received a copy of the Service sheet for Don Beach’s funeral in Australia.  Don was a leading member of the church, particularly in Music before emigrated to Australia with his wife Erica in 2001.  A copy of his funeral service is here, and some photos of Don and Erica’s farewell party are here  

30/05/2019 Hallelujah the Bell is fixed!  And on Ascension Day.  Thanks to Supaseal next door to the church  the Bells fixings have been re-attached and greased.  Here’s hoping it lasts another 55 years.  While up there Paul from Supaseal took the opportunity to take some unusual photos of the church, which are here.

30/05/2019 Published some photos here of the nice trim hedges after the working Party, together with a suggestion for re-cycling Fr. Adam.

24/05/2019 Last weekend’s Gardening Party was a great success, with the hedge looking a lot tidier now, thanks to all who attended.

19/05/2019 The Beetle drive held last Saturday was a great success and Raised £180 for Christian Aid.  Great Thanks to Chris's Fish and Chips on the Aldridge Road for an excellent Fish and Chip Supper.

10/05/2019 Father Adam has written a new parish letter for Easter, Available here.  The vicars playlist can be found here

5/05/2019 Last weeks AGM was well attended.  David Gadd stood down as Churchwarden after long and successful service, and a new Churchwarden, Janet Cook, was elected.  A new PCC was also elected. The Churches Annual Accounts, the Trustees Report and the reports of various church activities were presented. The accounts can be seen here, and the reports here.

26/04/2019 Two new Photo Albums published, Messy Church on the 17th April here, and Easter Sunday here

29/03/2019  Most of the Cards are delivered now, to view the contents click here

15/03/2019 Farther Adam has written a new parish letter for Lent, Available here.

8/03/2019  If you haven’t woken up early enough to get to church recently it may be because the Church Bell, after 54 years of service has decided to take a rest and come away from the church wall.  We are investigating solutions, in the mean time the bell will be silent.

21/2/2019 Over 50 children and there carers came along to a half term Messy Church on the theme of Illusion.  A few photos are here.

9/2/2019   A new letter from Fr. Adam is published here.

9/2/2019   At the request of our Number one fan an album of Christmas photos is published here.

18/12/2018 A new Christmas letter from Fr. Adam is here.

16/12/2018 Some photos of the Messy Church - Christingle service published here courtesy of Michelle Hanley.

14/12/2018 The final figure for the Christmas Fayre is £3,100.  Well done to all concerned.

23/12/2018 A new Parish letter from Fr. Adam.  Looking forward to the Christmas Fayre and Advent  and asking for thoughtful prayer about future growth of St. Matthews.  You can read his letter here

16/11/2018 Our Christmas Cards have arrived and will be delivered to everyone in the parish soon.  If you can’t wait it is here.

11/11/2018 Photos of our Poppies for remembrance Sunday are here

4/11/2018   A few more photos of the trip to Westminster from Sandra, see them here

31/10/2018 Messy Church was very popular with over 40 children attending with their parents/carers.

27th October

St. Matthews hosted a conference on Mission in Eucharistic Parishes, some photos of the conference can be seen here

27th October

To coincide with the conference an exhibition of art work by Mary Flitcroft was arranged in the church, see some photos here

26th October

Some extra Photos added to the Westminster trip, courtesy of Mark, see them here

25th October

Fr. Adam has written a new parish letter covering attendance, future growth and remembrance.  An interesting read here

21st October 2018

Photos of the sunlight streaming

through church Windows are here

6th October  The trip to the Isle of Man, ended successfully today, and a good time was had by all. Some photos are here.

30th September, Harvest Festival, a few photos are here