St Peter / Balsall Common

Churches Together in Berkswell & Balsall Common

A collaboration of all our local  mainstream churches, including:

St. Peter's Church of England. Balsall Common

St. John Baptist Church of England, Berkswell

St. Mary's the Virgin Church of England, Temple Balsall

Methodist Church Balsall Common

Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church, Balsall Common

St. Swithin's Church of England, Barston

(Major activities include the Christian Aid Week collection, Lent Breakfasts, monthly Saturday Coffee Mornings, and Christmas Carols - all of which have had to be suspended during the COVID 'emergency'.

CTBB are however, offering a new online course - using material provided by Green Christian, called Radical Presence. It runs over 7 weeks according to the following format:

Session 1 - 11th January - Womb

Session 2 - 18th January - Jordan

Session 3 - 1st February - Kairos

Session 4 - 8th February - Flesh

Session 5 - 12th April - Contagion

Session 6 - 19th April - Tomb

Session 7 - 26th April - Emmaus

The sessions will last from 7.30 - 9 pm.

The course was created by the Charity "Green Christian" as an initiative to help churches build a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world after the pandemic. The online initiative will foster ambition to tackle the crises of environmental breakdown, inequality and polarization and help build support for a 'just recovery. The pandemic has come at a critical time in the climate and ecological emergency, with the postponement of COP26, the United Nations climate summit which was due to take place in Glasgow this November. But it has also provoked unprecedented readiness for change: a recent YouGov poll found only 9% want life to return to ‘normal’. Radical Presence enables these longings to find their voice among Christians in the UK.

Over seven sessions, Radical Presence stimulates conversations which draw on the Bible, Christian faith, experience, science, and analysis.

Paul Bodenham, who led the development of Radical Presence, said:

“It’s becoming clear that there is no longer a ‘normal’ to go back to. In fact, ‘normal’ was the cause of many of our problems. People are expressing a ‘hunger and thirst for righteousness’ with an intensity I’ve never witnessed before. With RadicalPresence they will discover that they are not alone, and that together we can mobilise change. If there is any way to honour those whose lives have been lost, it must surely be in our efforts to build a better society. But we need to be quick – if we leave it until church doors are unlocked, we may miss our chance.”

These meetings will be run online using Zoom, so people will need devices capable of supporting it.

Those wishing to join should contact me at this email address. Mark.Bratton@warwick.ac.uk