Hello there! We’re the Smith family. There’s myself, Emma, my husband Craig, our son Ben and our little girl Larna who was born in January 2015 – two years since we settled here in Stourbridge.
Before moving to Stourbridge myself and Craig had travelled around the West Midlands and never found a place to settle; in fact we moved exactly 15 times within the seven years of being together. Now that’s a lot of unsettled times, yet it hasn’t come without learning about a sense of community. I’ve never felt such a strong sense of community than we do here.
Within the first 3 months we searched for a church to marry us, and we booked it for 23rd August 2014. We started attending Lye Church for Lion Club and Sunday service, but then I had some sad news which urged our marriage to come sooner, so we were married on 7th Sept 2013. We had so much to do and so little time. It was everyone from Lye Church who came together for us – their neighbours – which made our wedding possible in just 6 weeks.
It is as a family we came to know the church and as a family we continue to love the ability for togetherness of the church family.
It is good to know that you are never alone. We believe that God speaks to us through the family of the church, together with the teachings of the Bible. We have come to understand that community and family is much bigger than that of the church: we are all God’s children and together with God we can encourage our children to believe in something good.
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, Gloria Burrows - 01384 894948
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Hilary Higton - 07495 060869
Childline - 0800 1111
Age Concern UK - 0800 678 1602
Dudley Social Care - 0300 555 0055 (out of hours 0300 555 8574)
Non-urgent Police Enquiries - 101
Emergency Calls - 999
This website (like Brickworks) is a work in progress - suggestions and comments welcome!
Any ideas of things we could do, or improvements to the website - we'd love to hear from you!
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).