Welcome to the website of St Benedict Biscop and our sister church The Venerable Bede, both of which are located in the large, attractive village of Wombourne, South Staffordshire, within the Lichfield Diocese and forming a major part of the Smestow Vale Team Ministry.  The parish church of St Benedict Biscop is a Grade 2 listed building and is a landmark building in the Wombourne Conservation Area. Records show that a church has existed on the present site for more than a thousand years. Restored and rebuilt several times in the intervening period, the present building is constructed of pink sandstone with a plain tiled roof.  It was rebuilt to the design of the prominent Victorian architect G. E. Street in 1867, yet still retains a small amount of medieval masonry in the north wall.

The Church of the Venerable Bede is a more modern building, dating back to 1957, and also houses a multi-functional hall that is used for all age groups.

We hope the website will introduce you to our work, worship and witness and encourage you to join us in our discipleship and journey of faith.”


St Benedict Biscop Church and the Venerable Bede have a Safeguarding Policy in place covering both children and vulnerable adults and separate Safeguarding Officers for each category.  Copies of our Safeguarding policy are available in each church and in the Parish Office.  If anyone has safeguarding concerns they should immediately contact the Rector, a Churchwarden or the relevant  Safeguarding officer.  For children and young adults contact Tess Guest on 01902 894219 and for vulnerable adults contact Susan Epton on 01902 295597


Interviews were held to fill the vacancy for the Rector for the Smestow Vale Team.

We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Julia Cody, at present Rural Dean and Vicar of Perton, has been appointed as Team Rector to Wombourne and the Smestow Vale Team Ministry. It is anticipated that she will take up the position in the summer. We welcome her and wish her all the best for the future.