Brickworks is about building community in the Rufford and Stambermill area. At its heart is a growing church, a group of people who love God, love each other and love the Rufford area. Since September 2014 we’ve been meeting every Sunday for worship – a new sort of church right here in the middle of our community.
But it’s more than a church. Brickworks isn’t here just for the people who come to church gatherings. It’s for the whole community. That’s why we run community events – like the Pancake Party, an Easter Egg hunt and Summer Event. And that’s also the reason for the regular Community Cafe. It's why some of us were part of starting Friends of Rufford Field, and it’s why we do all we can to support our local school.
In some ways you could say it’s less than a church as well. We don’t have a church building – so there are no bells, no churchyard, no pews, no stained glass windows. Nor do we have long-established traditions. No-one can say, "We’ve always done it this way!” – because it’s new to all of us.
We take the protection and safety of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. All Volunteers in the church who work 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...
Pastor for Brickworks, Fred Swartz - 07745 301136
Women's Pastor for Brickworks, Lacey Swartz - 07470 060211
Parish Vicar, Rev Simon Falshaw - 01384 423142
Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs 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
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
Tel: 07470 060211
Brickworks is an outreach from Christ Church Lye (the one with the WWI soldier statue in front).