St Peter / Balsall Common

This week at St Peter Balsall Common!

9 Jan 2020 • 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 if there is demand, we shall post the .pdf version of the Current 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 As I have now had a request to post the magazine online, I shall be doing so as soon as I can persuade the printer to send me a full copy of the most recent edition

THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON @3.00pm - Unity Week Service will be at St Peter's. The theme is Unusual Kindness & it is based on Paul's shipwreck in Malta. Do please come & support this service. For more information speak to Eileen Lamb or Claire Laland

LICENSING of Chris Price & Alison Bennett & re-commissioning of Moira Johnson Saturday 25th January @ 11.00am. Please sign up on the list @ the back of church for a place on the coach for the licensing @ Birmingham Cathedral. The coach will leave St Peter’s @ 9.30am & return @ 1.00pm approx (voluntary donations towards the cost welcome but not essential). Let’s show real support for our Readers! Shared lunch in the Baptistry on return!

Starting this Friday - 7.30pm Exploring Faith @ Templars Cottage.

This term we will be looking at the gospel readings which we will have during Lent & will discuss what implications they have for us today. This week we will be looking at John 3:1-17 & see what we can learn from Nicodemus. (All are welcome. Speak to Moira for more information).

What to do with old Christmas cards???!!!! RECYCLE THEM -  this is being organised by Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors. Chris H is happy to collect all your cards & deliver to the above, who will then take them to St Giles Hospice where they will turn the cards into cash. The aim is to collect as many cards as possible to plant new trees. The trees will be planted at Temple Fields Natural Burial Ground, Temple Balsall. The aim is for 50,000 cards this year. Please leave your cards with the recycling boxes in church. (Christine Hornsby)

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

NB: we 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,  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? (Our Pet Service ....) 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