St Peter / Balsall Common

As part of the Church of England in Birmingham Diocese, we also have strong links with the church in Malawi. Every year we send gifts in the annual container which is sent from Birmingham. This year we also made greetings cards which were given by the children to Revd. Isaac Phiri, who was able to visit our church. He has taken them to share with the people of Upper Shire Diocese in Malawi! 

You can click here to see the Facebook post about this!

Here is the most recent update from our correspondent in Malawi (Agnes), sent to Claire Laland:

Dear Mama Claire,

Thank you very much for the email.


Sad to hear that you're still in lockdown, we still remember you in our prayers.

Very sad to hear of all those who have died due to CORONA VIRUS, what a big loss!

May the Soul of those who have departed REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.

I hope there is none from St. Peter's.

Lord have mercy.

We do understand about the delay in sending the Container this year, I know it is difficult for people to come out at this difficult situation, to solicit and pack items for the container.

But we thank God at least now you can go out and meet one person, you can manage to talk to someone in person. May God's name be glorified and praised.

God is still in Control, one day this Pandemic will go, in JESUS'S NAME.

Our God is full of compassion and mercies.

Greetings to all friends.

May the Lord continue taking care of you and all.

God bless.


At the start of our Lockdown, we received the following letter from Agnes, our friend and correspondent in Malawi: it was sent to Claire Laland to share - 

Dear Mama Claire,

Thank you very much for this informative email. I was just thinking about you now before receiving your email. You are in our prayers, we have prayers every morning at our Church, it is a very difficult and worrying situation, as we hear in radios and televisions. Very sad to hear about thr cancellation of Church services, and for people being in doors most of the time, this is a very difficult and sad situation indeed.

We here some African countries have been affected too, we here African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia. Most of our people do Business in these countries, so it is most likely it will affect Malawi too. But the Malawi Government through the ministry of Health are encouraging and educating people on how to prevent the Corona virus problem, like washing of hands, avoiding crowded places, handshakes.

But in Malawi it is difficult, like the crowded buses, crowded markets, even crowded hospitals. If the developed world are worried, it will be difficult for countries like to contain it as hospitals don't have enough equipment for testing the virus.

My dear mama Claire, as believers, Christians, may we just put our trust in God the creator, God takes care of everyone, the elderly and the young ones, He does not choose. He was there, He is there, and He is still there for us all. Don't despair the Lord is always there for you. He took care of the Israelites in those 40 years in the wilderness, it is the same God who will eradicate this deadly Corona virus.

May we continue praying to God to give Wisdom and Knowledge to the medical personnel to find proper ways if eradicating this deadly Corona virus, and find the proper treatment.

Jesus is always there, and promised us, if we ask anything from Him it shall be given, but we should pray with Faith.

May the Lord continue taking care of you during this trying time of the CORONA VIRUS.


God bless.