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Christmas at St David’s

Sunday 13th December at 10am – Christingle Service
Live on YouTube and limited numbers in person

Sunday 20th December at 4pm – Carol Service
Live on YouTube

Christmas Day Holy Communion  at 10am
Live on YouTube and limited numbers in person

If you would like to attend either the Christingle or Christmas morning services in person, you will need to contact us to request a place, as in order to meet current guidelines we are restricted on numbers. You can contact us via Please await confirmation that we have allocated you a seat before turning up to the church building.

Passing of Pauline Lewis

Thursday 26th November 2020

It is with sadness that on the 7th November, a dear and long standing member of the St David’s family, Pauline Lewis passed away. She was was a deeply spiritual and prayerful woman who touched the lives of so many. Her wisdom, sense of fun and obvious love of Jesus will be sorely missed.

Her funeral will be on Wednesday 2nd December  at 12.30pm. Due to current restrictions, attendance at Pauline’s funeral is by invite only. Pauline will be making her final visit to St David’s via Shenley Lane at 12.20pm, and the family have invited those who wish to pay tribute, to join them along the route.

Her husband, Geraint has requested that those who wish to make a donation in Pauline’s memory do so to the church, “St David’s has led me down many paths both social and Godly. My love of the church leads me to ask for funds not merely for upkeep of buildings but to ensure there is a place here where all are welcome and will fit in at all levels young and old”.

Donations can be made in Pauline’s memory here:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Geraint, Sue, Geoff, David and all their family and friends at this time.



Acts 435…giving to anyone who has a need

Wednesday 11th November 2020

St David’s became an Acts 435 church 2 years ago. This week I submitted our first two requests for money. Both were fulfilled within two days. Two people who reached out for help when they were really struggling, have found Christ’s love in the form of generosity from strangers. Two lives have been improved. Two links with our Christian fellowship have been strengthened. And an unknown number of people have been able to give their money quickly and efficiently to where it can make most difference.

If you would like to support the work of Acts435 there is plenty of information on their website. Regular giving, or one-off donations are equally welcomed. Unsurprisingly, there are more requests for help than ever before. If you want to refer someone who needs help, then please give them my phone number 07817 167690. All enquiries are dealt with swiftly and in confidence.
Thank you for reading this and bless you if you are moved to help make this a fairer world.

Acts 4:35 “… it was distributed to anyone who had need”

Kathryn Groombridge

Annual Parochial Church Meeting: Results of Elections & Reports


The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and the Annual Meeting of Parishioners were held on: Sunday 25th October

We were delighted to reunite with members of the wider St David’s family for our annual meetings via Zoom and in limited numbers in person. Below are the results of the elections for Churchwardens, Deanery Synod Representatives and Lay members to the PCC, as well roles appointed during the PCC Meeting that followed.

The Annual Report, including the annual accounts can still be downloaded as a PDF here, or please email us to request a hard copy.



Here you can watch a recording of:

Treasurer’s Report– Keith Mason

Incumbent’s Report– Revd Mark Bennett, Vicar of St David’s

Results of Elections:

Churchwarden Pat Kendrick (Health & Safety)
Pauline Pallavicini (Health & Safety)
Deanery Synod Keith Mason (Treasurer)
Jenny Shardlow
PCC Lou Bayliss (PCC Secretary & Deputy Warden)
Maria Farr
Kathryn Groombridge (Vice-chair & Safeguarding Officer)
Mike Morton (Deputy Warden)
Simon Nicholls
Co-opted for 1 year Clare Gladstone
Current members of PCC Lesley Bailey
Marion Betteridge


New ‘Lockdown’ Lantern

Friday 16th October

The latest edition of the ‘Lockdown Lantern’ has been published. In this month’s issue:

  • Mark reflects on the changing seasons
  • Harvest at St David’s
  • Emerging mission and fellowship
  • Details on our digital worship

Click on the image left to download a PDF or if you would like to go on our mailling list to recieve a hard copy, send us an email.

Happy union

Sunday 11th October 2020

Congratulations to Zoe (daughter of Jill and Mike Morton) who married Adam Eastbury on 3rd October 2020. If you would like to see the video of the wedding, you can watch it HERE.



Harvest Celebration & Trail

Sunday 27th September 2020

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate harvest and this year it will look a bit different. On the lead up to our harvest celebration service on Sunday 4th October at 10am (which will streamed online- link will be on our live worship page), you’re invited to join the St David’s Harvest Trail where you can discover the parable of the rich fool and think about what it means to be thankful for the gifts that we have in our lives.

The trail starts on the outside wall of the church hall and directions can be found here and a copy of the parable hereor a paper copy can be collected from the Small World Toy Library on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, 9-10am. You can also find a PDF for a ‘Thankfulness barn’ here or from the Toy Library for you to fill and return to us for display in the church window. We look forward to hearing what you are thankful for! 

We continue to support SIFA Fireside and The Project Birmingham, who have both requested financial donations. You can donate by clicking on the link below.

Latest from Bournvile Village Trust

Thursday 23rd July

Here’s the latest edition of “Village Voices” from the Bournville Village Trust.

Village Voices Update 16th July 2020

Estate Design Proposal



Passing of Brian Powell

Saturday 4th July 2020

It is with sadness that on the 22nd June, a dear and long standing member of the St David’s family, Brian Powell passed away. His funeral will be on Wednesday 8th July at 1.30pm. Due to current restrictions, attendance at Brian’s funeral is by invite only. However, the family are aware that Brian was loved by many who will wish to be a part of this service of thankgiving. As such arrangements are being made to share the service in some way, of which further details will follow shortly.

Brian will be making his final visit to St David’s via Shenley Lane at 1.10pm, and the family have invited those who wish to pay tribute, to join them along the route.

Brian’s family have asked that people, should it be desired, make donations in his memory to St David’s Church. Donations can be made via

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean, and all of his family and friends at this time.

‘Life’ Holiday Club

Saturday 4th July 2020


This year Church of England Birmingham are leading a free virtual holiday club for families with children of primary school age. It will run 10.30am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 21st July – Thursday 23rd July. There are a number of ways you can get involved. At 10.30am on each of the days we’ll meet to hear the day’s story and sing some songs. You can take part via Zoom, or it will be streamed live via YouTube and Facebook. If you’ve joined via Zoom at this point St David’s will be assigned a breakout room so we can all finally meet together! The group session will be led by Lou Bayliss and Kathryn Groombridge, who are both DBS checked. Here we’ll chat, share our activities and generally have fun!

You need to register HERE by Friday 10th July at 7pm. Please let us know if you have registered by emailing, that way we can make sure we have enough people to run a breakout group. Lou doesn’t want to be on her own! For more information on what to expect, our friend Emma from the Parish Mission Support team has made a video telling you all about the club. 👉




Prayer phone line

Monday 22nd June 2020

At the end of April we launched the ‘St David’s Prayers and Reflections Phone Line’. Costing no more than a local call, we hope that the phone line gives those without the technology to join online services the opportunity to participate in worship. If you know anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet and may wish to listen to services by phone, pass on the number:

0121 22 77 095 (calls cost the same as a local call from UK landlines and mobiles)



Funeral of Marilyn Thompson

Sunday 17th May 2020

It is with sadness that on the 8th May a dear member of the St David’s family, Marilyn Thompson passed away. Her funeral will be on Thursday 21st May at 11.30am. While we hope to celebrate Marilyn’s life when we can all meet again, her funeral will be webcast for family and friends to view via Login ID: 29981 Password:gyzmrdma

Marilyn’s family have asked that people, should they wish, make donations in her memory to Small World at St David’s Toddler Group, of which Marilyn was such a beloved member. Donations can be made via

Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Errol, and all of her family and friends at this time.


Sunday 17th May 2020

The organisations in Birmingham which help to distribute food to those in need are running extremely short of food. Stocks are now at the lowest levels seen since the Coronavirus epidemic began. They are asking local communities to come together to help.The organisations in Birmingham which help to distribute food to those in need are running extremely short of food. Stocks are now at the lowest levels seen since the Coronavirus epidemic began. They are asking local communities to organise a collection in their area.

Thrive Together Birmingham, Near Neighbours and the Edgbaston Foundation have organised a collection point at St Mary and St Ambrose Church on Pershore Road on Fridays between 11am-2pm for people to drop off donations. They are in need of:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • toiletries
  • nappies
  • baby milk
  • plastic bags
  • egg boxe

If you can help please contact Lou Bayliss via so she can arrange either the collection of your donation.


50 years to present day

Sunday 10th May 2020

Today we were joined by the Bishop of Birmingham, Rt Revd David Urquhart to celebrate 50 years since the consecration of St David’s Church. On the left is a short film showing original footage of the consecration and what St David’s ministry looks like now. The full service is available here. Audio of Bishop David’s sermon is available here.

Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May

Friday 8th May 2020

This coming week is Christian Aid week. More than ever, the charity needs your support. With the lockdown and the loss of the envelope giving scheme, it would be easy to forget that it is Christian Aid week. Funds raised through the collection of the well-known red envelopes are a large part of the charity’s income. But there are other ways to give. You can donate online through the websiteby phone 020 7523 2046 or by paying money directly into their bank account (call for more details)

Christian Aid has said ” As this virus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours. Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near and far.

Your love protects. From storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus.Your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness.Your love protects. With soap, clean water and medical supplies.

By supporting us this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today.

Please donate now and save lives“.


50th Anniversary

Friday 8th May 2020

This weekend would have seen our celebrations for the 50th Anniverary of the consecration of the church building. While we are unable to mark the occasion as we would have hoped, we will be celebrating with a special Holy Communion service– Sunday 10th May– at 10am live on YouTube

We are delighted to be joined by the Bishop of Birmingham, Rt Revd David Urquhart, who will be preaching on John 14.1-14.

We hope you can join us. The liturgy is available here.

Useful resources from Bournville Village Trust

Sunday 12th April 2020

The team at Bournville Village Trust have been working to provide useful resources for local residents. Here are links to children’s activities and information for families.

Childrens Guide to Coronavirus

Easter Egg Hunt & Trail Instructions 

Villages Voices


Mid week study groups

Sunday 12th April 2020

From Wednesday 22nd April 2020 at 7.30pm we’ll be running mid week study groups using the Pilgrim Course study materials via Zoom.

The topic will be ‘Church and Kingdom’. If you would like to take part, please contact us via  so we can send you the link. Zoom is really easy to use. All you need is a laptop, phone or tablet that has a camera. We’ll send you all the instructions and links.

You can purchase the course material from Church House Publishing for £5.99 and free p&p. Please give plenty of time to recieve your delivery.

Mothering Sunday Holy Communion to be live streamed

Friday 20th March 2020

This Sunday, 22nd March 2020, Birmingham Cathedral will be live streaming their service of Holy Communion with the Bishop of Birmingham. The Mothering Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent) service can be viewed at 9am and 11am via the Birmingham Cathedral Website



Archbishop of Canterbury to lead first national virtual Church of England service

Thursday 19th March 2020

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together after public church services were put on hold.

The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship at 08.10am and all local radio stations in England at 8am and will premier online at 9am on Sunday 22nd March.

You can listen live online to BBC Radio 4 here

Light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer

Thursday 19th March 2020

Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

The full statement is available to read here

“On yer bike!”

Sunday 15th March 2020

Congratulations to our Vicar Mark and Errol Thompson for completing this year’s Ride the Reservoir in aid of St Mary’s Hospice. By the time they finished a distance of 25km, they were a little soggy after braving the wet conditions. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them– together they raised over £400.

Well done guys!