[Update 19:40h – There have now been several offers of help to install security systems at the chapel. We’ll let you know how it goes! Thank you Brett O’Reilly, SSH Fire & Security and icu-security.co.uk for your kind offers of help! :)

Pastor Merrick will be interviewed on RadioWM tomorrow at around 8.40am.]

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Locals helped clean up the damage

A local church, home to the charity which runs a food bank in the Northfield district, has been burgled and vandalised.

The Old Chapel at Hollymoor is home to the Eternal Life Church, the organisation that has recently set up the successful Lifeline Food Bank. The food bank provides much needed assistance to families struggling to make ends meet in extreme situations. They recently provided food parcels for residents who were evacuated from a Cock a hill tower block for days, after water from a burst tank flooded electrics.

Local people stayed out til after 2.30am helping Pastor Stephen Merrick & wife Valma clear up the damage ready for this morning’s service.

Items stolen include a Toshiba 40″ TV, HP W/S Computer Monitor 18.5″ & Microphone.

As well as the thefts, damage to property will prove costly: leaded windows were broken, doors damaged and fire extinguishers let off.

The church has been burgled previously. Losses and damage prove very hard on the purse of a small but vital local charity which thrives mainly on the support of local partners, volunteers and members of the local community.

If you have any information regarding the thefts or vandalism, please call Longbridge Police on 101

Donations of food and essential items can be made to Lifeline food bank at the church, Visit Northfield shop, Northfield Ecocentre, South Birmingham Homeless Project, St Laurence’s Northfield, Frankley parish council, Hollymoor medical centre or Hair Junkie. Full list and details

If you can offer any other help, for example security, joinery etc, contact Pastor Merrick by emailing stephenmerrick@btinternet.com

If you would like to support the church, join them for Sunday service at 10.30am

8 COMMENTS

  1. is there no low to which these scumbags will not stoop too.
    Come on northfield turn these morons in to the police.

  2. These are dear friends of mine and If i could have i would have gone down to help with anything I could last night. Such amazing people and they are more like family then anything else. Lets unite together to find these people who have done this to an amazing place of worship and to amazing friends

  3. There have now been several offers of help to install security systems at the chapel. We’ll let you know how it goes! Thank you Brett O’Reilly, SSH Fire & Security and icu-security.co.uk for your offers! :)

    Pastor Merrick will be interviewed on RadioWM tomorrow at around 8.40am.

  4. It is a real shame that society has come to this.

    I pray the Lord will touch the hearts of the people that did this and bring them into repentance.

    Romans 12:17-21
    English Standard Version (ESV)
    17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[a] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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