St Peter / Balsall Common

This week at St Peter Balsall Common!

14 Feb 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 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!

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

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your 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

The key 'news' items from this week's newsletter are as follows:

EASTER EGGS & FAIRTRADE: a quick reminder to get your order in, if you will want a Fairtrade Christian 'Real' Easter Egg - we can order these now at a discount - see Mark @ the Fairtrade stall during coffee, or e-mail/ring me! Thanks

AGM 8TH MARCH AT NOON with a bring & share lunch. Come & see what has been happening at St Peter’s over the past year & have a say, if you wish, for the coming year. If you wish to consider standing for the Parochial Church Council (PCC) & help shape the future of St Peter’s pick up a nomination form.

ELECTORAL ROLL - if you are not yet on the Church electoral roll, the list of our 'regular members & attenders', please take a form from the table at the back & let Mark Johnson have it!


  • Mary Shuttleworth. John and family would like to express sincere thanks to our many friends for their kind words and expressions of sympathy on the passing of Mary. We are most grateful for the love and support of everyone who attended Mary’s funeral and for the help that we received in making the funeral arrangements.’

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