St Michaels Church of Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, will be hosting a Festival of Flowers and a very special Sunday morning service, on the 23rd and 24th September, as a part of their patronal festival. The theme of the Festival of Flowers is ‘A Host of Angels’ and will be taking place in order to commemorate their 50th anniversary since the rededication of the church, due to a fire back in 1964; the church was rebuilt over 2 years and was rededicated on 29th September 1967.
One of the Festival of Flowers main sponsors is local hot tub manufacturer and spa hire company, Sutton Spa Hire, who have sponsored the event and provided funds for the flowers. Sutton Spas are based on Boldmere Road and provide the only UK manufactured, fully portable spas for hire and purchase around the UK.
Karl Rowntree, the Technical Director of Sutton Spa Hire explained, “Gary approached us with this wonderful, out-there idea and there was no hesitation that I wanted to help out St Michaels church”. Karl continues, “Gary has done a lot for me personally. We have been involved with the local community in many ways, helping with Sutton Community games and other local events. We are always looking for ways to support the local community. I wanted to repay Gary and couldn’t think of a more unique way to help him”.
The professional quality flower arrangements will be displayed beautifully throughout the church, depicting stories of angels from the bible. The Sunday service will be taking place on Sunday morning at 10:30 AM, but with a very special twist! Sutton Spa Hire have provided the church with their very own RotoSpa spa, where there will be a number of baptisms taking place in the spa itself.
The spa will also be surrounded with unique flower arrangements; Reverend Birchall and the Bishop of Birmingham, Right Reverend David Urquart will be carrying out the baptisms. There has been nothing quite like this unique service before, which will be open to the general public. It will be a very interesting opportunity for the public to gain more knowledge of the local area, the church itself and to be able to witness this wonderful service.
The Festival of Flowers will be taking place over two days, with Reverend Gary Birchall and Reverend Cath Walker on site to welcome people. The festival will begin on Saturday at 10 AM until 5 PM, and will carry over on the Sunday from 2 PM until 5 PM, with the usual Sunday morning service. Refreshments and cakes will also be available throughout the day.