11 Jan 2019 • Our weekly newsletter
On most weeks you will find a file with the weekly news-sheet here. (Click on this link)
The newsletter contains a lot of news, postings about things which are planned or timetabled to happen, and a look forward to the services in the coming week. You can also always pick up a copy from the book trolley as you pass the church.
Lots of news in this week's newsletter - and we also post the .pdf version of the current issue of 'The Key' magazine on the website .... let us know if you read this online, please! At the moment we do not actually charge for this service - but donations are always welcome!
Please contact our Safeguarding by email if you have concerns, or if you want to access some of the training. E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
This week's Collect (Prayer for the week):
Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
We are also using the 'LYCiG' prayer - Leading Your Church into Growth - at the start of all our services and meetings. We hope that all our followers and readers of this page will say this prayer with us!
God of Mission Who alone brings growth to your Church, Send your Holy Spirit To give vision to our planning, Wisdom to our actions, And power to our witness, Help our church to grow in numbers, In spiritual commitment to you, And in service to our local community, Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Following our LyCiG sessions the priorities identified initially to carry forward a plan for growth are:-
- Sustain and develop small “house groups” – these are valued and through these people grow spiritually. (more information on separate sheet).
- Develop and build on work with the 11+ age groups – SPY, Rock up, Yr 7+ ecumenical group. (we are currently in contact with about 30 young people in this age group).
- Create opportunities for easy “invitation” to services and events ensuring not only welcome but follow up too. This should include people newly moved into the village.
NB: we have also posted the full set of reports from the Annual Meeting here for those who might want to know more about our activities throughout the last year!
You might be interested in seeing the video of a recent Switch service, when the puppets 'reinterpreted' the story of Jesus' Baptism in the River Jordan - And remember that they will be acting again at the Nativity Service on Dec 23rd!
All the reports from our Annual Meeting are available to read online: Click here to see the page!
You might use the 'Events' on this site to see some of the things we are planning in the future.
For regular updates, see our Facebook and Twitter posts! We even have an Instagram page (a work in progress!) @spcbalsall for all of these.
You can find more information elsewhere on the site, but the Puppet Show at the Easter Celebration was so good we would like to put a photograph of it here! Look at 'Recent Events' for more, or the Facebook page to see the video!
News from last year
The 'new' monthly afternoon service which we call 'Lighthouse' has been MOST successful - pictures on Facebook. Why not come to the next one? (Second Sunday of each month ....) We also hold other less formal services including 'SWiTCH' (usually in the church Hall, at 9:30 on the Third Sunday of every month when it is our main service), and 'Café Church', usually on the 'Fifth Sunday' of the month (when there is one).
Here are a few items from 'ones we did earlier'. Some can also be found on links to other events like this one!
Earlier this year, some of us were (as you can see) at Birmingham Central Mosque with our friends from many faiths and Christian churches, to show solidarity with those from the Muslim community being targeted by Pegida and others.
And we also welcomed a lot of children and their pets (or cuddly toys) to the Pet Blessing Service at the end of January