St Clements, Castle Bromwich meets in a fairly modern (1960s) multi-purpose building, originally constructed to be the Church Hall. But, although we don't have a steeple or stained glass, we do have a congregation of about 60 people seeking to move forward in worship, discipleship and mission.
Our church serves a parish of about 12,000 people. A third live in Castle Bromwich, a fairly affluent area; whilst the remainder of the population come from the less affluent Smiths Wood Community, which is an Urban Priority Area (UPA). Both communities are well represented in the congregation and its leadership.
Worship is usually relaxed and informal (but still Church of England). Words are projected on a screen, and we have been exploring the use of multi-media in services. We use a variety of contemporary Christian worship songs alongside more traditional hymns.
People are invited to explore the Christian Faith together. This can be through occasional "Start!" and "Alpha" Courses for those interested in finding out the basics of what Christians believe. Or, for Christians wanting to grow in their faith, we have our weekly "Deeper" group. All these groups offer an open and relaxed environment in which participants are invited to ask their own questions, express their own hopes and misgivings, and share their adventure of faith with others.
Children and young people are catered for through the Sunday School which meets during our Sunday Services; and through "Boys & Girls Brigade" that meets every Friday at St Clements. A Brownie Troop meet at the Church on a Monday evenings.
We also have "Growing Patch" Stay & Play Group that meets every Tuesday morning; and "Me Time" a fortnightly cafe-style group for Parents and Carers which provides space to chat, as well as helpful resources and discussion about parenting issues.
We also have our own "Oasis" Community Cafe running every Friday from 9.00am - 3.00pm, and on Mondays from 9.00am - 12.00pm. It's one of the ways that St Clements is seeking to build bridges with other folk in our local community. We want to be a place where everyone can find a welcome and a sense of belonging.
Many other groups use the church during the week... everything from street dance to slimming world. So there's always something happening here.
do visit our website at www.stclementschurchcb.com for further details.