St Peter / Balsall Common

This week at St Peter Balsall Common!

16 May 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 have now posted the .pdf version of the June issue of 'The Key' magazine on the website … (Click on the link) ... 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! NB if no-one notices that I have not updated the file, then I may not bother until someone actually asks for it!

AGM–  the whole annual report can be read online at:

CONFIRMATION SERVICE 7.30pm this coming Wednesday@ St Alphege Solihull. You are all welcome to come & support Sarah Roth from this Church as she gets confirmed.

BIRMINGHAM VELO SPECTATOR POINT AT ST PETER’S - What a wonderful day! We had a constant stream of visitors of all ages, from babes on arms to over 90's! Lots of people came to our church carpark & enjoyed the children’s activities, refreshments, crafts, hotdogs, Hymns & Pimms, & the opportunity to chat while watching the cyclists go by. There was a great atmosphere & some very positive comments about how our church was “so good at getting involved in the community”. Many of the cyclists obviously appreciated Peter’s blessing, & the marshals appreciated a cuppa too.

The hymn singing was much appreciated by many, including parents who were standing around the carpark watching their children enjoy the space to ride their bikes, as well as those still on Holly Lane for the late riders. Thank you so much to all who gave up their time to make this event such a success & as one person commented “it showed that church people aren’t Bible bashers but are human. This is what LYCiG was all about – to grow our church, we need first to get alongside people. In addition, we raised £153 in donations which more than covered our costs.

THANK YOU - many thanks to all those who contributed to the items sent to Malawi on the container. To those who gave so generously, both in goods and money to pay for the transport, to those who helped on the day and to those who continue to pray for our brothers & sisters in Malawi. We are grateful for all your support.

Claire Laland, Malawi Task Group


Thy Kingdom Come - Global service at Coventry Cathedral on the 31st May at 2pm.

This fun, family service is open to all, please bring your friends, children, grandchildren etc!

The preacher will be Very Revd Bob Key - who is Anglican lead for Thy Kingdom Come.

More information from Claire Laland or Chris Price. Everyone is welcome!


    Please contact our Safeguarding by email if you have concerns, or if you want to access some of the training. E-mail is

    This week's Collect (Prayer for the week):

    Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect

    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:-

    1. Sustain and develop small “house groups” – these are valued and through these people grow spiritually. (more information on separate sheet).
    2. 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).
    3. 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 from this year’s Easter Celbration,  when the puppets 'reinterpreted' the story of the first Easter. 

    Click here

    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 last year's Easter Celebration was so good we have left a photograph of it here! Look at 'Recent Events' for more, or the Facebook page to see the video! (This was one we did earlier but we have kept for the sake of history)

     News from previous years

    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 last 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