At the heart of Brickworks is a growing church - a group of people who love God, love each other and love this local area. We don't want to just 'go to church' – we want to be the church in our community, encouraging people we know with God's good news of love and forgiveness offered to all the world through Christ.
Brickworks aims to be a church family where everyone is loved and accepted whatever our faults and failures, and at the same time where we are all encouraging one another to keep growing and become more and more like Jesus.
Our vision at Brickworks is to be church in our community. We do this through interdependent and multiplying "kilns" which meet in homes, community rooms and maybe even outdoors. We also do this through activities and events within the community for the community.
We long to see the Rufford estate know of God's love and forgiveness with the church being an active and integral part of the community's make up.
To fulfil our heart and Vision here at Brickworks we take a variety of actions. We meet in a variety of small groups (kilns) at various different times to pray, share fellowship, read the bible and partake in the Lord's Supper. These groups take different shapes and forms to meet the diversity of those who live on the estate.
We also seek to take an active life within the community. We run a community cafe, hold a variety of community events and are always seeking for new ways to engage.
All are welcome. No one is too much of a mess for God to heal if you come to Him with a humble heart that wants His change in your life.
At Brickworks you will hear a lot about "kilns". Kilns are the groups who meet together during the week. Brickworks is the name of our Church, chosen to reflect the Brickmaking history of the Rufford and Stambermill area, and also to reflect the idea in the Bible of God building a house, with Jesus as the Cornerstone and His people as the bricks.
Brickworks functions as a Fresh Expression within the Anglican Church. We were started through Christ Church Lye and benefit from many resources that the Anglican Church provides. However, being Fresh Expression, means that we do not look like or feel like a traditional church. To attend Brickworks there is no requirement to be an "Anglican". We exist to make Jesus known and to grow disciples of him within our community.
We take the protection and safety of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. All Volunteers in the church who work directly with children, youth or vulnerable adults are checked with the national Disclosure and Barring Service. If you have any concerns about safeguarding and would like to talk to someone, here are some useful phone numbers...
Brickworks Pastor, Fred Swartz - 07745 301136
Brickworks Women's Ministry, Lacey Swartz - 07470 060211
Brickworks Safeguarding Lead, Ruth Garratt - 01384 824611
Parish Vicar, Simon Falshaw - 01384 423142
Parish Curate, Jon Evans - 07584 919697
Parish Safeguarding Officer, (In training, details coming soon)
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Hilary Higton - 07495 060869
Childline - 0800 1111
Age Concern UK - 0800 678 1602
Dudley Social Care - 0300 555 2345 (out of hours 0300 555 8574)
Non-urgent Police Enquiries - 101
Emergency Calls - 999
Promoting a Safer Church - Safeguarding Policy Statement PDF
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28 Shepherds Brook Rd
Stourbridge, DY9 7DX
Phone: 07745 301136
Brickworks Church is an outreach from Christ Church Lye (the one with the WWI soldier statue in front).