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Letter to the congregation of Bournville Parish Church in which Canon Peter announces his appointment as priest-in-charge at St Mary le Strand, London

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

20th May 2020


Dear Friends,


I write to share some significant news.

Last summer I began to discern that it was time for me to move to a new ministry.  This long process of prayer and reflection has led to me being appointed to a new role in the Diocese of London.  Whilst I am excited and happy to be offered this new role, I am also sad to be leaving Bournville which has been our home for nearly eighteen years.

From September I will begin a new ministry as priest-in-charge of St Mary le Strand.  This is a beautiful church which is right in the middle of The Strand with traffic flowing either side of it.  The church has had some ups and downs and, at present, they have a Sunday service only once a month and one midweek service.  However, that is all about to change as Westminster City Council are planning a scheme to pedestrianize that part of The Strand and for the church to become a focal point in the middle of a new public square.  My role will be to oversee the restoration of the church building and build up the ministry there so that the church can take its place in the heart of the regenerated area.

My last Sunday in Bournville will be 19th July and, if restrictions are lifted, we will move at the end of July.  I have no idea what will be possible in terms of public worship at that time, but I sincerely hope that we will find a good way to say a proper farewell.  I will have to come back for a party if necessary!

When I first began to think of moving the timing seemed just right and to fit so well with the rest of my family’s work and education.  Paula will continue in her role as Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, Susie will continue at University and Ruth will go into sixth form for her A’Levels.  Now, in the middle of this lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, I have to say that the timing feels far from ideal.  Nevertheless, I do trust that this is still the right thing and it will all work out in the end.

I would just like to say a few words here about what will happen in the interregnum.  When a church does not have a vicar in post then the responsibility for the parish rests with the Churchwardens under the guidance of the Area Dean and with support from the Archdeacon.  At Bournville Parish Church we are extremely fortunate to have Revd Gail Rogers who will continue as Assistant Curate.  Revd Gail is still in training and has one more year to serve of her curacy; through the coming year she will be supervised and supported by another local vicar.  I am confident that Revd Gail will do a superb job of maintaining the worshipping life and pastoral ministry of the church in this coming year. However, she will need the support and help of everyone in the church, and whilst she will be taking a lead in many things it will be the Churchwardens and PCC who will be responsible for ‘running the church’.

I would like to thank you all for your support and friendship over many years.  There is so much to be grateful for, we have loved being part of the Bournville community and it has been a great honour to serve as Vicar here.  Please keep us in your prayers in this time of change and transition.

With my prayers and all best wishes,


Canon Peter Babington

Vicar of Bournville

This Is Church

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


During November and December we are very fortunate to be able to host a photographic installation called “This Is Church”, which has been on display at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring over the summer this year. These thought-provoking images have proved very popular with visitors there and we hope that you will also want to encourage friends and family to make a special trip to see them, to reflect more deeply on what it means to be Church both here and abroad. Cheryl Homer (Arts Coordinator at St Martin’s Church) writes:

“‘Church’ is the word to describe people gathering around Jesus, yet, today, we tend to use the word to describe buildings.

The early church had no buildings. The churches existed wherever the Christians’ chose to meet.

Many people and congregations again, today, are meeting in different places and situations, some out abundant choice and preferences, others out of lack of choice and physical or political restrictions.

People don’t go to church, they are the church.  People worship through music, dance, creativity, silence, meditation, laughter, tears; they meet   inside, outside, in cities, in fields, in slums, prisons, palaces, in public and in private … God meets people where they are.

Through this series of photographs, collected from the UK and overseas, we want to explore the many ways ‘church’ happens; the ways in which people ‘gather around Jesus’”.

The photo shown is by Kieran Dodd / Tearfund and is used in the exhibition representing Uganda.

Youth Round-up: November 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

bright red and orange open sign

New Monday Youth Club – Can I make you aware of our new Monday Youth Club for school years 9-11 from 7.30 – 9.00pm. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, please let me know – I am looking for young people who would like to develop the group and create what it will look like in future! We restart on Monday 11th November. (more…)

Youth Round-up: October 2013

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

boom crop

And we’re back… for now!

Sorry about the delay in posting here, for some reason I’ve not been able to load the website to write posts, but it seems to be working today so I’ll risk it. (Can’t promise it won’t go down again!) (more…)

Felt Making Photos

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

We had a great time recently making felt, with the help of Catherine Pinnock. Did you know it takes wool, soap, water, bubble wrap, net curtain and pipe lagging to make felt? Yes, I was surprised too! (more…)

Chocolate Lifepath Photos

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Here are some photos from Chocolate Lifepath – on the life and faith of George Cadbury…


Youth Roundup: May 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Chocolate Lifepath – As I write, we are running two days for local yr4 school children called LifepathLifepath is a Scripture Union initiative which we’ve chosen to base on the life and faith of George Cadbury and his Quaker spirituality. We will be seeing around 150 individuals and looking at themes such as silence, business and chocolate making. We have already got some great feedback though which we hope to build better links with our local schools over the coming months.


Easter Photo Gallery

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Easter Garden Banner 2013


Youth Roundup: April 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Chocolate Lifepath – On 20th March we had our first Lifepath at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring, attended by 70 young people from a Muslim majority school. Lifepath is a Scripture Union initiative which we’ve chosen to base on the life of George Cadbury and his Quaker spirituality. Lifepath will be coming to St Francis this month, so please look out for news soon. (more…)

I Know What You Did At Bournville Film School!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I’m excited to link to the film our young people worked so hard to make earlier this year. We hope you enjoy it and we’d appreciate your feedback…