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mission apprentices


We are really pleased that Natalie Collins will be joining St Bede’s as a Mission Apprentice in September.

This is a Diocesan Scheme.  Natalie will be helping us to grow and to deepen our work with the local community.

You can find out more about Mission Apprentices here.

There will be a Commissioning Service with Bishop Anne at St. Luke’s, Great Colmore Street at 3pm on Sunday 9th September 2018.

Please keep Natalie (and St Bede’s) in your prayers


March 23, 2018, 1:01 pm
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I had the privilege this week of walking a Labyrinth twice as part of our Lent Course at St Bede’s on Pathways in Prayer.

It is a wonderfully deep practice and, when you finish and emerge and contemplate, it really feels like you have completed a pilgrimage.

(This may be a good thing as the flu recovery means I am not up to serious exercise yet)

One of walks really felt like a journey into Holy Week which we will be celebrating next week.

Have you walked a labyrinth?

There are good suggestions for the spirituality of walking it here and, if you can’t walk one here is a Finger Labyrinth



(thanks to All Saints, Kings Heath for the lone of the Labyrinth.  You can walk it at St Anne’s Moseley at the following times in Holy Week:

Monday 26th March, 7.30pm: introduction to the labyrinth, with the opportunity to walk it. St Anne’s will also be open on Tuesday 27th March, 1.00-3.00pm, and Wednesday 28th March 10.00am – 12noon for you to walk the labyrinth.)


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November 5, 2017, 8:53 pm
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prayer walk

Lovely prayer walk with St Bede’s this evening.  Canal, urban streets, field.  This is the best time of the year, but we saw Brandwood showing off its beauty.

A small group of us met at St Bede’s.  We agreed our route and how to walk.  The first part in silence, the second with prayerful talking.  We were looking out for the places God is obviously very present, and the places where we wish God was more obvious.  We intercessed for those we knew on the way round.


We savoured the beauty of creation, wild or planted by people.  Girls shouting echoes into the canal tunnel – and laughing when they realised we had seen them.  A woman singing as she cycled.  A fat cat making a car stop as she sauntered across the road.  Breath taken away as we took in the view across Birmingham to the Black Country.

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December 21, 2016, 6:56 pm
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One of the highlights of the season this morning with the Christmas Service at the Learning Disabilities Chaplaincy at Monyhull.  It is very good to have a long established link between Monyhull and St Bede’s.  When St Bede’s was being rebuilt 25 years ago, the two congregations worshipped together at St Francis.  Things at Monyhull change.  Not just physically with the new housing development, but Care in the Community and pressures on the NHS meaning a dispersal of residents, and sometimes the importance of the spiritual care and community of the Church being overlooked and pressured.

I and St Bede’s receive so much from this relationship.  If you are jaded or exhausted by Christmas, this is a place of deep renewal and love.

christmas services at st bede’s

Our Christmas Services at St Bede’s start this Sunday 18th December with the CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE at 6pm. This is followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Our CHILDRENS CAROL SERVICE is on Christmas Eve at 4pm.
We’ll have a Scratch Nativity – please come dressed up!
This is a short service designed for excited little ones.

MIDNIGHT MASS starts at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve


You are welcome at any or all of these.

Prayers for you at Christmastide


urban church


I love this picture of St Bede’s.  The beauty of urban ministry