Welcome to St Giles Church

St Giles Church is the spiritual home and communities heart of Sheldon, there have been churches on this site for around a 1000 years.

The current building has occupied the site since 1294 and is one of only 3 churches built in the middle ages in the Birmingham area.

Our beautiful sandstone building has seen much during it's history, The font itself is over 500 years old, with many thousands baptised in to the church family at it, perhaps you are one of them?

Some of it's more unusual 'features' include deep marks on the north side of the bell tower where Roundhead solders used the walls as a 'whetstone' to sharpen their pikes during the English civil war. We also have a very rare and unusual pentagonal window, a shape more commonly associated with the occult!

St Giles also has a special place in the missionary world as the home of Rev Dr Thomas Bray. His work started the Anglican missionary movement over 300 years ago when he bought the Anglican church to the shores of America.

Our Bell tower was erected around 1460, the builders invoice is still carved in to one of the pillars. The tower houses 6 bells and we have 2 teams of 'adult' bell ringers and a team of junior campanologists.

Unfortunately the sandstone tower is eroding at an alarming rate and is in need of significant repair. If we are unable to do the remedial work the church will have to close on safety grounds. The costs of the repair are estimated at approximately £186,000 We are working hard and with the support of The Heritage Lottery fund and other sources including the church's many friends we have raised mch of what is needed, however we still need to raise approximately £24,000.

You can find information about Rev Dr Thomas Bray, Our Church Tower and the Tower fund, the octagonal window and much more on our web site.

With it's facinating history St Giles is clearly a church with a considrable amount of special interest, but what has always made St Giles a special place is it's people. Unfortunately the best way to experience this is not on the web but the old fashion way, in person. So why not take the time and come to see us one Sunday, we can assure you of a warm welcome.

 
Come and Join us in worship

First Sunday of the Month
8.00 am - Holy Communion
(Common Worship)

10.00 am - Cafe Worship
Church Hall

Other Sundays
8.00 am - Holy Communion (Common Worship)
10.00 am - Parish Communion (Common Worship)

Every Wednesday
10.00 am - Holy Communion (Common Worship)


 
Parish Office, St Giles Church, 149 Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham. B26 3TT
Telephone: 0121 722 3978 - Email admin@stgilessheldon.org