St Peter’s Crabbs Cross is a small Victorian church with a catholic tradition. It was a chapel of ease to Feckenham church when built and has “travelled” between other parishes as such, until it became a parish church in 1980. It was finally consecrated in its centenary year: 1996. It is now the centre of the united benefice of Christ the King Redditch.
The building is uninspiring from without, but was once described by a visitor as “continental” within! However the Victorian Society has shown interest in the building, because so many chapels like it have disappeared from the English landscape and the Society is keen that such buildings be preserved.
We are in the process of raisng funds to restore our roof in order to preserve this historic building. Contributions can be made by contacting Fr Mike or one of the Church Wardens. If you shop on line money can be raised through the easyfundraising.org.uk website-sign in and support St Peters Crabbs Cross-Church Roof Appeal. We should be very grateful for every penny. Thank you
The Parish is Affiliated to the Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and registered with Forward in Faith; we are firmly wedded to the Five Guiding Principles of the House of Bishop’s Declaration on Holy Order. We are a welcoming church to all ages. We look to the bishop of Ebbsfleet, Jonathan Goodall SSC, one of the Society’s bishops, for our pastoral and spiritual needs and guidance. We engage in pilgrimage, both young and old to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and take part in youth events across the West Midlands organised by the Society of the Holy Cross, Forward in Faith and Ebbsfleet. The parish Sung Mass is the centre of our worship and all ages are welcome at the celebration. We have a strong altar serving team, but worship is in no way regimented, but it is dignified. Our church community has affiliated Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows.
The church hall is used by a Pre-school group daily and in the evening by our uniformed organisations; there is a separate HQ for Scouts adjacent to the church.
Social events are part of our life together and a renewed effort is being made of late to increase the number we hold during the year.
The worshipping community has a good feel and we know how to laugh and enjoy ourselves.
We are a welcoming community, why not visit us?
Our roof refurbishment is nearly complete; other work on drainage, windows and brick work needs to be completed.
The major re-tiling has been completed. The next steps will be interior re-decoration of the church, which was last decorated for the centenary in 1996.
The building works have been undertaken by a local firm Abbey & Lyndon who have proved excellent in communication and work. Use your local resources!
For the work many have been generous in their giving and they will be invited to a Mass of thanksgiving when the external work in finished. But now on behalf of the worshipping community and the Parochial Church Council, I say a huge "Thank you!"
Why not sponsor a lamp before one of the family portraits, i.e. a statue of a saint in church. £2 for a lamp before St Peter, Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady with Child Jesus, the Holy Family, the Transfiguration, the Good Shepherd or St Anthony of Padua (patron of young people)?
We have undertaken to look at ways in which we can make the Gospel more accessible to seekers after Faith and to newcomers to our community. We have a 3 year target to encourage others to the good news that Jesus proclaims through his Church.
We are engaging in "Open the Book" a Bible Society initiative which introduces the young in schools to biblical characters and heroes. We shall working in our local first school.
Thursdays there is a Lectio divina group at 7:30pm; a sort of meditative bible study.
Monday has a "knit and natter" group meeting at 10:30 to midday and from 1:30pm the t group meets to paint and draw.
Other sites which are of interest to us are www.forwardinfaith.com www.ebbsfleet.org.uk www.sswsh.com www.walsinghamanglican.co.uk www.cofe-worcester.org.uk