St Peter, Balsall Common

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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. It combines a tradition of 'high church' observance with recognition of modern needs and a desire to reach out to all who need Christ, working with other churches in our 'cluster' area. We support youth work in the Millenium Project Jubilee Centre through volunteers, and also offer a variety of activities for young people at most of our main services.

There are also social activities for all ages, including 'mothers and toddlers', older people, and young people. We have a very active social programme and welcome visitors and newcomers! An active programme of evangelistic activity is getting underway, and you may already have had a visit one Saturday in our 'Say One for Me' programme - if not, we hope to see you soon .....

Our newly refurbished building has an accessible level floor, comfortable chairs, better audiovisual system and redecorated interior!  We hope our services combine a warm welcome and an informal feel with proper reverence and worship (and activities for Youth & Children). Our main Sunday service starts at 9.30. There are some later services too. We are introducing some more innovative services especially on the "fifth Sunday" of the month, and we do try to provide a varied selection of services to meet the diverse needs of local people. If you need a lift to get to a service, please ring 0758 1099 681 and we shall try to arrange one. With the local Methodist Church, we also provide outreach services at the Harper Fields (Barchester) Care Home, on one Friday morning every month. If you are interested, please contact us or see the 'Calendar'.

@SPCBalsall hosts Claire Reid as one of the 16 Children and Family Missioners working for the Church of England- Birmingham (diocese)! We look forward to expanding our activities and 'growing younger' - details of the initiative are to be found at www.cofebirmingham.com/growingyounger - and do feel free to visit our church  and become part of this too!

St Peter's is concerned to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults: we have a strong Child Protection Policy and dedicated safeguarding officers. If you are concerned about abuse or neglect relating to a young person, or vulnerable adult who attends our church please send a confidential e-mail to [email protected] // and we shall contact you. A copy of our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies and contact details are available on the 'Safeguarding' page (see menu of 'Pages and Links' to the right). >>>>>> 

The full list of our activities and achievements for last year can be read in a file held on the 'Annual Report' page (see Links on right hand side of this page). For more details on our weekly activities, look at the Newsletter pages, or those for specific interests in the menu of 'News' or 'Pages and Links' on the right >>> .

Why not Follow us on Twitter @SPCBalsall or Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SPCBalsall and keep up-to-date with breaking news. More newsletters, activities and events are listed on our new website http://www.spcbalsall.church  

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Revd Peter Thomas
St Peter's House
Holly Lane
Balsall Common
Coventry CV7 7EA
(01676) 532721 (The Vicarage) (Twitter account @SPCBalsall)

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Parish Prayers
Everyone is invited to drop in, call by, or stay for the full half hour to join in prayers for the work of the church here in Balsall Common, and for the concerns of the Parish and people living here. Each week the themes will be published in the newsletter but there will always be space for prayers for things that arise in the day, or are brought to the group. Meet in the church!
Every Monday at 1:00 PM for ½ hour
 
Outreach Services at Harper Fields Care Home
We offer short services with Communion at the new Care Home in Balsall Common, together with the Methodist Church (Methodists Second Friday, and CofE on Fourth Friday of each month)
Every fourth Friday at 11:00 AM for ½ hour
 
"SWITCH"
A new way of approaching Family Worship, messy church and other less formal church activity in the A new way of being church, informal worship as our mai. Service once a month, sometimes in church, sometimes in the Hall. Suitable for families with young children, or others who like a less cormal service, the worship lasts about 45 minutes, followed by refreshments. The 'contemporary style' worship is all very informal, with activities for all ages and needs but includes songs, teaching and prayer ....
Look out for the warning notice outside the church in the week before it. We are also beginning "cafe church" either within the SWITCH service or at other major festivals, in the church building. We try to advertise these in advance, with a new Poster and every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
 
Bumps & Babies
A Sort of Baby Cafe for 'new and expectant mums' (Dads and Grandparents also welcome)- meeting weekly in the comfortable space in the Baptistry at the back of the church - good coffee, home made cake, and mutual support. (In termtimes).
Except in half term and school holidays every Friday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
Creche Refreshments
 
'Pints with Pete'
An opportunity for men associated with St Peter's - whether as members of the congregation or husbands, partners and friends of female members (!!) to meet and chat over a drink, at "The White Horse" on Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common - though some women who like a beer have said they might join in too!
This will normallly be the Wednesday after our Switch service. Ring 01676532721 to check. every third Wednesday at 5:30 PM for 1 hour
 
House Groups
A number of groups meet as 'house groups'. There are occasional Bible study meetings and a prayer group, but the most regular occur on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday . That on Tuesday evening began as an introductory group for those approaching confirmation or recently confirmed, ('Refresh') held in the Baptistry, and for more robust discussion there is "Exploring Faith", usually at Templars Cottage, at 7.45 pm (Wednesdays) or Wilton Road (Tuesdays). Sunday evening's group began with a group of 'young Mums' and has continued to grow and welcome new members. All are welcome and no preparation is required! See Church newsletters or magazine, and notice boards, for details or the "house groups" page.
Phone 01676 532389 for details of the dates and regularity of the Tuesday evening group & Wednesday Exploring Faith. See also "News" side-bar 'Housegroups' page - May be suspended during the Holiday breaks every Sunday Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:45 PM for 1½ hours
Refreshments
 
Our Main Service
The service begins at 9.30 and the refurbished church building allows us flexibility in worship ... A sung Eucharist open to all is held most Sundays - unless we are having a Family Eucharist - which is even more open but may be less traditional! All our main services are followed by 'refreshments' in the Hall, where Fairtrade goods are also on sale.
On most 'Third Sundays' (of the month), 'SWITCH' services are less formal, aimed at families with children, and followed by a short service following a more traditional format in the church at 11.00, which may suit people wanting a quieter or shorter serv every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
 
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Sunday

Holy Communion
A Said Eucharist every Sunday morning at 8.00 am, in the traditional format.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Our Main Service
The service begins at 9.30 and the refurbished church building allows us flexibility in worship ... A sung Eucharist open to all is held most Sundays - unless we are having a Family Eucharist - which is even more open but may be less traditional! All our main services are followed by 'refreshments' in the Hall, where Fairtrade goods are also on sale.
On most 'Third Sundays' (of the month), 'SWITCH' services are less formal, aimed at families with children, and followed by a short service following a more traditional format in the church at 11.00, which may suit people wanting a quieter or shorter serv
Every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
"SWITCH"
A new way of approaching Family Worship, messy church and other less formal church activity in the A new way of being church, informal worship as our mai. Service once a month, sometimes in church, sometimes in the Hall. Suitable for families with young children, or others who like a less cormal service, the worship lasts about 45 minutes, followed by refreshments. The 'contemporary style' worship is all very informal, with activities for all ages and needs but includes songs, teaching and prayer ....
Look out for the warning notice outside the church in the week before it. We are also beginning "cafe church" either within the SWITCH service or at other major festivals, in the church building. We try to advertise these in advance, with a new Poster and
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Cafe Church
When there are five Sundays in a month, we usually hold a special less traditional service on the fifth Sunday. This will usually follow the Cafe Church format, family friendly with pastries (or doughnuts, or similar) and coffee! Come and try one, all welcome. Look for the poster outside church.
Every fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
This provides a short, quiet service which may be suitable also for those seeking a shorter, more reflective or later opportunity to take Communion: There is coffee and an opportunity to meet the rest of the congregation before the service, in the Hall from 10.30 am.
Every third and fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
Refreshments Common Worship
Lighthouse
This is a non-eucharistic service with modern songs and worship, and often a video and lots of activities for all ages.
Every second Sunday at 4:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
Choral Evensong
A monthly celebration of Evensong with choir and organ
Usually held on the first Sunday of each Month - All Welcome - the Choir will welcome your presence!
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
House Groups
A number of groups meet as 'house groups'. There are occasional Bible study meetings and a prayer group, but the most regular occur on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday . That on Tuesday evening began as an introductory group for those approaching confirmation or recently confirmed, ('Refresh') held in the Baptistry, and for more robust discussion there is "Exploring Faith", usually at Templars Cottage, at 7.45 pm (Wednesdays) or Wilton Road (Tuesdays). Sunday evening's group began with a group of 'young Mums' and has continued to grow and welcome new members. All are welcome and no preparation is required! See Church newsletters or magazine, and notice boards, for details or the "house groups" page.
Phone 01676 532389 for details of the dates and regularity of the Tuesday evening group & Wednesday Exploring Faith. See also "News" side-bar 'Housegroups' page - May be suspended during the Holiday breaks
Every Sunday at 7:45 PM for 1½ hours
Refreshments

Monday

Parish Prayers
Everyone is invited to drop in, call by, or stay for the full half hour to join in prayers for the work of the church here in Balsall Common, and for the concerns of the Parish and people living here. Each week the themes will be published in the newsletter but there will always be space for prayers for things that arise in the day, or are brought to the group. Meet in the church!
Every Monday at 1:00 PM for ½ hour
Mothers Union Branch Meetings
A monthly get-together of Mothers Union Members (and friends) with a varied programme - in the Church Baptistry: for details see the Mothers Union pages on this site.
Every third Monday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours

Tuesday

House Groups
A number of groups meet as 'house groups'. There are occasional Bible study meetings and a prayer group, but the most regular occur on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday . That on Tuesday evening began as an introductory group for those approaching confirmation or recently confirmed, ('Refresh') held in the Baptistry, and for more robust discussion there is "Exploring Faith", usually at Templars Cottage, at 7.45 pm (Wednesdays) or Wilton Road (Tuesdays). Sunday evening's group began with a group of 'young Mums' and has continued to grow and welcome new members. All are welcome and no preparation is required! See Church newsletters or magazine, and notice boards, for details or the "house groups" page.
Phone 01676 532389 for details of the dates and regularity of the Tuesday evening group & Wednesday Exploring Faith. See also "News" side-bar 'Housegroups' page - May be suspended during the Holiday breaks
Every Tuesday at 7:45 PM for 1½ hours
Refreshments
'Refresh'
A discussion group, for those recently confirmed or who want to start exploring their faith and the Bible, meets in the Baptistry for one hour only! No prior knowledge or preparation required.
Alternate Tuesdays! Ring 01676 532389 for details or to confirm! Now back in the Baptistry with the comfy chairs. The course will next be on 26th Jan, 9th Feb, and then fortnightly from then (alternate weeks!)
Every Tuesday at 8:00 PM for 1 hour
Refreshments

Wednesday

Midweek Holy Communion
Holy Communion (using Common Worship) - followed by a Study Group in the Baptistry
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
'Pints with Pete'
An opportunity for men associated with St Peter's - whether as members of the congregation or husbands, partners and friends of female members (!!) to meet and chat over a drink, at "The White Horse" on Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common - though some women who like a beer have said they might join in too!
This will normallly be the Wednesday after our Switch service. Ring 01676532721 to check.
Every third Wednesday at 5:30 PM for 1 hour
House Groups
A number of groups meet as 'house groups'. There are occasional Bible study meetings and a prayer group, but the most regular occur on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday . That on Tuesday evening began as an introductory group for those approaching confirmation or recently confirmed, ('Refresh') held in the Baptistry, and for more robust discussion there is "Exploring Faith", usually at Templars Cottage, at 7.45 pm (Wednesdays) or Wilton Road (Tuesdays). Sunday evening's group began with a group of 'young Mums' and has continued to grow and welcome new members. All are welcome and no preparation is required! See Church newsletters or magazine, and notice boards, for details or the "house groups" page.
Phone 01676 532389 for details of the dates and regularity of the Tuesday evening group & Wednesday Exploring Faith. See also "News" side-bar 'Housegroups' page - May be suspended during the Holiday breaks
Every Wednesday at 7:45 PM for 1½ hours
Refreshments

Thursday

Afternoon Tea
We invite all who may be lonely or who enjoy a sociable cuppa to join us in the Baptistry (lounge) on the Second Thursday of each month, for tea and home made cake, and conversation. This is particularly suitable for older people, and on the Fourth Thursday of alternate months it begins with a short informal service of worship at 2.30 in the church which is designed to be "Dementia Friendly", beforehand. This is usually attended by visitors from Harper Fields Care Home, and carers. You don't have to come to that to enjoy the tea and cake!
Note that the "Fourth Thursday" Tea with Worship will happen on ALTERNATE months - in November, January, March. Watch our notices!
Every second and fourth Thursday at 2:30 PM for 2 hours
Refreshments

Friday

Bumps & Babies
A Sort of Baby Cafe for 'new and expectant mums' (Dads and Grandparents also welcome)- meeting weekly in the comfortable space in the Baptistry at the back of the church - good coffee, home made cake, and mutual support. (In termtimes).
Except in half term and school holidays
Every Friday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
Creche Refreshments
Outreach Services at Harper Fields Care Home
We offer short services with Communion at the new Care Home in Balsall Common, together with the Methodist Church (Methodists Second Friday, and CofE on Fourth Friday of each month)
Every fourth Friday at 11:00 AM for ½ hour
Play and Stay
A chance for Mums and pre-school children to get together for creative activity and self-help support in a church-based environment. There are toys, refreshments and a programme of planned activities (and some unplanned) !
Term Time only: closed at half-terms
Every Friday at 1:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments

Saturday

Coffee Together
The 'Churches Together' group in Balsall Common welcome all to a regular event at the Jubilee Centre, in the village centre, on Saturday mornings, for coffee (or tea) and home made cakes, and to meet members of our congregations
Every first Saturday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments

Features

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome

Stained Glass
Organ

 

www.pilgrimcourse.org

We have run Family Alpha, and Start courses, host a Diocesan 3D course, and have many different house groups as well as running courses as required. At present a new Parenting course is being trialled.
     
Guidebooks
Church Open The church is open for private prayer on Saturday mornings and most weekdays.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Audio-Visual
www.backtochurch.com Hall for Hire Contact: Chris Hornsby - Tel: 01676 532793. E-mail cgh@daleproman.com - Facilities include kitchen, committee room, stage with curtains and offstage entrance. All facilities have been refurbished and include disabled and baby-changing toilets. Lobby area with folding acoustic doors to main hall can be used as separate room. Details also listed on hallshire.com website.
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Peter Wilson THOMAS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7283
Built: 1871
Architect: UNKNOWN
Style of worship: Serving a local community through both evangelical and traditional approaches
Archdeaconry: ASTON (522)
Deanery: SOLIHULL (52210)
Benefice: Balsall Common (02/009BF)
Parish Legal Name: St. Peter Balsall Common (520153 )
CofE Church Info: (602153 2/153)
Short URL: acny.uk/7283/
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