St Alphege Church is preparing for large crowds as an invitation goes out to all those who have lost contact to follow in the footsteps of the prodigal son and come along to Back to Church Sunday on September 27.
A contemporary service intended especially for families, with special activities for children, will be held at 9.15am.
The Oliver Bird Hall will also be holding a service at the same time to accommodate the large numbers expected. Hilary Davis a member of the Solihull parish said: “It is a low key service, we’ve asked all our regular church goers to bring a friend, but we’d like to extend the invitation to everyone who wants to reconnect with the church.
“It’s Back to Church Sunday because it’s getting someone who used to go, going again.”
Towards the end of the service both congregations will come together to receive Holy Communion and the Church is expected to overflow towards Touchwood.
This is the first time the Norman-built St Alphege has held Back to Church Sunday.
Other churches in the parish took part last year and warmly invite worshippers to the services too.
Last year 37,000 people came back to the Church of England nationally, including almost 4,000 in the Birmngham Diocese.