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Christ Church, 1867 

The parish of Christ Church, Sparkbrook was formed out of country estates and farms that were part of the parish of Holy Trinity, Bordesley, in 1867. Christ Church was founded in memory of Emma Lloyd, first wife of Sampson Lloyd, of Lloyd's Bank fame. Sampson was very much involved with the construction and maintenance of Christ Church. His successor, Samuel Lloyd, along with his wife and family, were generous supporters of the Church. The first worship service was held on October 1, 1867.

Rev George Tonge, MA (Large)The Reverend George Tonge, M.A. was appointed first Incumbent. A man of "evangelistic and missionary instincts," he laid the foundation of all that has been subsequently accomplished. During his 22 years of ministry, the population of the parish grew from 5,000 to 15,000.

Canon Tredennick (Large)

After Reverend Tonge, George Nesbitt Haydon Tredennick was appointed Vicar on October 1, 1889, licensed on October 19, and married on November 19. During his 51 years of ministry at Christ Church, George Tredennick was made an honourary Canon of Birmingham in 1915. Under the care of these two men, in the first 75 years of the church's history, 74 missionaries were sent out to take the Good News in different places of the world.

Here are the earliest photographs of which we are aware of Christ Church Sparkbrook.
1890 Christ Church Sparkbrook

1901 Immanuel ChurchThe area of Sparkbrook was still increasing in population, and Christ Church played a key role in building Emmanuel Church, in 1901. Emmanuel Church was located at the corner of Golden Hillock Road and Walford Road. The church building still stands but is used for other purposes. 

Christ Church Sparkbrook post

In December 1940, Birmingham was suffering under night-time bombing raids during World War 2. Bombs destroyed a fire station across the road and caused substantial damage to the church making it unsafe. Religious clubs were disbanded and Canon Tredennick retired. Helen Collins writes, “In the face of apparent disaster and the very real possibility of closure a small band of faithful members were holding on. Although the odds against that small band of workers was so great, it was their faith, tenacity and sheer hard work which laid the foundations of the restoration of the building and the corporate life of the Church.” Following the war, church members restored the building to full use.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits from 10am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Livewires (3-7 years)
  • Encounter (7-11 years)
  • Katalyst (11-15 years)
  • Young people (15+ years) Stay in service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Night Shelter
  • Foodbank
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

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