St Peter / Balsall Common

All our main Sunday services are available online ... choose from recent ones! www.spcbalsall.church/service/

As we celebrate our Sesquicentennial (150 years!) we marked the start of our history by a walk from Temple Balsall to Balsall Street … Click here for the pictures and story!

To see what services we offer, through the week, go to our Events Page

If you want to speak the Vicar, call 01676 532721

For other contacts, look at our 'Contact Us' page, or email us on spcbalsall@gmail.com

NB the church is now open during daylight through the week (most days!) for you to pop in for a moment of peace and quiet, to say a prayer or light a candle, and remember loved ones. We also welcome you to use the benches in our gardens for relaxation.

We know that people cannot always get to church or don’t have cash with them, so we have installed a “contactless” donation point in church as well as on this website. If you want to give thanks or support our work ‘online’, (as we are growing our ‘virtual’ congregation!) you can also donate by Clicking on this link - have your card handy! And if you want to leave a message with your gift, there is a button to add your own explanation or reference.

As we reflect on the outcomes of the COP26 Conference, please pray with the people of the South Pacific, this prayer from Melanesia - O God of land, sea and sky hear the cry of your people, for homes and livelihoods destroyed by rising seas and warming earth; caused by ignorance, apathy and selfish greed. Inspire all people of goodwill to work for change of hearts and minds, so that loving respect and valuing all creation may increase awareness of the wonderful gift of the world and its life. We pray that you will enable us to overcome all that destroys and pollutes and build a world where all life is sacred, and the earth enriched for all its inhabitants and those yet to be born. In the name of the one who promised life in all its fullness through sacrificial love, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

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We continue to stand with our friends and neighbours in the less-advantaged world, and are supporting the efforts being made by Solihull Council and other organisations and churches to help the people fleeing Afghanistan  -  to help provide immediate support to those being repatriated from Afghanistan, before they move to other parts of the UK. 

We, along with other churches and organisations, are collecting items that are needed – there is a collecting point at the back of church.

Items needed include, Baby wipes, nappies, new underwear, clothing, shoes, anti-bac hand gel, soap, toothpaste. combs and brushes. For a full list please see website. 

For more information please email clmap18@gmail.com or spcbalsall@gmail.com -  

Please do not donate baby milk, baby food or baby bottles to the Foodbank - they can be accepted for the Refugee appeal. 

Thank you.

To watch a short video about the issues of Global Climate Change, and what Christian Aid is doing, 

Click here to watch

'Watch this space' for updates.

“Ending Covid Restrictions” - report of an ‘Extra-ordinary’ meeting of the PCC

Members of our community and congregation may have questions about the re-opening of the Church in which we shall be following the guidelines set out by Church of England.

The general consensus of opinion from those at the meeting and from those who had sought the views of the congregation was that we should continue in the same way as we have been over the past 18 months by social distancing in the same fashion and continue to offer live-streaming of the church services.

Social Distancing: It was felt that the configuration of the seating should remain as it is at the moment. This will encourage social distancing and also the system for receiving communion will remain while this is in place. Furthermore, the names of those attending the services will still be taken and the recommendation of hand sanitisation will be offered to all to those entering the Church.

Masks: As this is now not obligatory it was felt that we should still encourage these to be worn, unless there is an underlying reason for them not to be. For those who are unable to wear a mask it would be prudent for them to be seated either in the front row of seats or in the baptistery to reduce the risk to them and others. As with social distancing we are aware that not everyone is in the same position and as some may be more vulnerable than others, we hope this will encourage them to return to worship

Singing: It has been decided that singing will return but only if one is wearing a mask. However, we will still continue to offer a said Eucharist for the 11.00 services when they occur and on Wednesdays at 10.30.

Evensong: Evensong will be restored but with the same provisos, of social distancing and mask wearing.

Coffee: We are now offering coffee after our 9:30 services.

In essence we are trying to return to a way of worshiping that will appeal to all of our congregation whilst taking into account the divers needs and desires of us all. Over the next months and even years we may be able to return to the ways of pre-pandemic but at the moment we feel the right approach is to continue being cautious but also being as inclusive as we can be.

Church Members - please note: We now have a Baptistry calendar

If you wish to use the Baptistry or Church for any event except Sunday services, please contact Christine Hornsby on 01676 532793 or stphall@btconnect.com and your date and time can then be booked onto the calendar, hopefully saving crossed lines and any mix up with bookings!

Appeal for volunteers! 
As things are starting to get back to normal it is time to look at the Church Rotas for Cleaning, Sidespersons ('Welcomers'), and 'after-church coffee'. We really need all those previously on these rotas to return and also some new volunteers, so even if you’ve been on one of the rotas previously please give me your name. As so many people have had to retire or withdraw, I have no idea of who wishes to continue.

Please think about joining one or even more of the rotas! You can either speak to me at church, ring 01676 532793 or email stphall@btconnect.com. I will then pass your details on to the person sorting the rota.

Many thanks - Christine Hornsby

Please see our ‘Contact Us’ and ‘Social Media’ pages, and email or phone us, if you need pastoral or spiritual support and we’ll do what we can. If you want to get our weekly newsletter, please drop us an e-mail. Just keep watching these pages and following our social media - www.twitter.com/spcbalsall or www.facebook.com/spcbalsall ...

For the latest news from our friends in Malawi, Click here to see our 'Malawi' page!

For the latest news on COVID in our Parish click here to see Andrew Burrow's latest Update

You will also be very welcome to come to the church for Communion and Private Prayer on Wednesdays between 10:00 and 11:00am, when you can also leave Foodbank gifts for Helping Hands - and of course the online services are ‘in your own time’! (Or you can join us in person on Sundays - email for a link or see the weekly newsletter).

NB The email address for the Vicar has changed: please contact him at Spcbalsall@outlook.com

Welcome

St Peter's Balsall Common

This is the homepage for the church of St Peter Balsall Common. We are a friendly, inclusive neighbourhood church with services, faith & social events for all ages & life-stages.

In these pages we set out our values and activities, tell people who we are and what we are about, and invite you to join in. You can click on the boxes at the bottom of the page for 'newsletters' and forthcoming events. Where there is different colour text, or sometimes underlined text we provide 'hot links' that go directly to the information. 

More information at http://www.Facebook.com/SPCBalsall where you will find updates about sudden and unexpected changes of plan, as well as reminder of regular and special events and regular updates also appear on www.twitter.com/spcbalsall . If you prefer a longer read, our monthly Magazine 'The Key' is also now available on-line as a .pdf file! You can read it here online! Please let us know if you do, so we shall know that this is valued, and might remember to update it more regularly!

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St Peter's stands on the south-west edge of the growing 'village' of Balsall Common, but aspires to be at the heart of the community and to bring the message of Christ to all who live nearby. We have social activities for all ages, including 'mothers and toddlers', older people, and young people. We extend a welcome to all who want to learn more about our faith, or to join our activity. You may already have come to one of our social events, or have had a visit one Saturday in our 'Say One for Me' programme - but if you have not and don’t know us, we’d love to meet you!

Our church has tried to be accessible to everyone. We have a level floor (no steps!), comfortable chairs, a modern audiovisual and livestream system and acoustic loop (and wifi!) and a bright interior! As far as possible, we seek to be Inclusive, Dementia friendly and Aware of autism (neurodiversity).

We hope our services combine a warm welcome and an informal feel with proper reverence and worship and activities for Youth & Children. With the local Methodist Church, we also provide outreach services at the Harper Fields Care Home, on one Friday morning every month. We do not believe that 'church' is only for Sunday, so have lots of things for different age groups on a variety of weekdays as well.

Please feel free to visit our church and become part of all this, too!

NB: Safeguarding

We take issues of child protection (and the protection of vulnerable adults) very seriously.  If you have a concern, you can find our policies and contact details here.

Registered Charity in UK: # 1184291