Digital Trail: Weoley Hill United Reformed Church
The Weoley Hill United Reformed Church sits at the heart of the thriving community of Weoley Hill, one of the original garden villages.
The Weoley Hill United Reformed Church has its origins in a small Presbyterian Fellowship that was started in Selly Oak in 1915. The Fellowship was started to keep Presbyterians in the local area in touch with each other; they would meet a few times a year to have discussions and would hold communion services at one of the Selly Oak Colleges. After a couple of decades and moving location a few times, the group eventually found a permanent home in 1934 on Green Meadow Road. The striking church that was built is notable architecturally because of its Danish style gable. By 1938, this church was one of five places of worship on the Bournville Estate.
Weoley Hill with Weoley Hill United Reformed Church in the background
Reverend John Geyer on the history of the church:
'The history of Weoley Hill Church is not finished. No history will be complete until the end comes, when Christ delivers up the kingdom to God the Father (I Cor. 15: 24).
We live in an on-going stream, a stream affected by the light and shade of the world around it. Looking back through this history, it is possible to see the changing landscape. Among the varied and valued leadership that God has provided in this place can be identified alike those who have been fired by the social Gospel, those who have re-called the Church to the fundamentals of the faith and those who have lived to discover the unity that Christ wills for His Church.
There have been times of much confusion. There have been many voices, calling in different directions. There has been much experimentation. Also in recent years there has been a desire to stop at the cross—roads and to look for the ancient paths (Jer. 6:16). The membership is again increasing. By being itself, the Church discovers that it is better able to serve the community through the rich variety of ministries that God is providing and continually increasing.
The hope of the congregation in 1983 is that this work of the Spirit will continue, ever more powerfully, as the different denominations of this area come together in closer bonds of unity and service, whilst we wait for that time when God will be all in all.'
John Geyer (Extract taken from the Weoley Hill United Reformed Church website)
Experience the Weoley Hill United Reformed Church through sound as you enjoy this concert performed in the church by Anna Vienna Ho and friends. To listen click on the image below:
For more historic images of the church and Weoley Hill, visit the centenary exhibition inside the church as part of Bournville Heritage Open Day. To read more about the history of the church click here.