What we do at Balsall Common

Activities at Balsall Common Methodist Church

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Regular_Activities  Junior Church   House Fellowships    Luncheon Club    Mothers/Carer & Toddlers Group  Scouts, Cubs & Beavers and Explorers    Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell


Regular Activities

Church interior.Worship each Sunday takes place at 10.30am and you are most welcome to join us.

Circuit services are supported in addition to usual services although once each year the whole circuit worships together for the day’s main service.

Holy Communion is usually  celebrated at Balsall Common once each month at the 10.30am service.

Please see the Preaching plan for further information on church services. This will provide details of the the form of each service (e.g. whether an All Age Worship or Holy Communion) and will also tell you who will lead the service. As a member of the Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit our worship is usually led by one of the Circuit’s team of ministers or one of the circuits group of local preachers.

Weekly Activities
Monday 12.30 – 3.30pm Luncheon Club
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30pm Toddlers Group
5.45 – 7.00pm Beavers – Mercury
7.10 – 8.30pm Cubs – Saturn
8.30 – 10.00pm Explorers
Wednesday 7.45 – 9.15pm Scouts – Tethys
 Thursday 1.00 – 3.00pm Table Tennis
Friday 6.00 – 7.15pm Beavers – Mars
8.00 – 9.30pm Scouts – Titan

A House Fellowship group meets on Tuesday evenings twice monthly.

A joint Meriden and Balsall Common Bible Study Group meets in each other’s houses.

Prayer Time meets at 11.30am on first and third Tuesdays  of each month at the Church for half an hour of shared or silent prayer supporting the work of the church and the concerns of individuals.

Various groups hire the hall for regular activities. These include FIRS Bridge Club, FIRS Art Club, Ballet classes, Yoga and Pilates classes and a group who play table tennis. Please look in church for more details.


Quiet Mornings

We continue to hold Quiet Mornings three times a year for the congregations of our six Churches Together churches, for prayer and reflection, in the lovely setting of Temple Balsall Old Hall, inviting different people to lead our thoughts each time.

Other events and activities include:

  • A Good Friday Open Air Service in the village, organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell, and followed by a frugal lunch.
  • A Women’s World Day of Prayer Service in the village.
  • House Fellowship, Bible Study and Prayer groups meet regularly.
  • Occasional concerts.
  • Weekday walks.
  • Evenings of food and fellowship when a supper is interspersed with reading of prose and poetry. These are themed and carry such titles as ‘Poetry, Prose and Pancakes’ for one near Shrove Tuesday, ‘Stories, Stars and Stollen’ near Christmas and ‘ Poppies, Peace and Poppadums’ near Remembrance Day.
  • The Minister or Lay people take services in Care Homes and Supported Living complexes each month.
  • A service in the village during ‘One World Week’.
  • Events supporting Fair Trade Fortnight, Christian Aid and Circuit ‘Second Mile’ projects.
  • Supporting Charities such as Tear Fund, Methodist Homes, Action for Children and others.
  • Taking a stall at the Balsall Common Festival village fete where visitors will be encouraged to join in activities.

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Junior Church

At present Junior Church is not active as the children attending outgrew its provision but a new ecumenical group, Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell Youth Group has been formed in the village to meet the needs of the young people in the village. They rotate the venue monthly around the participating churches..

They meet on 1st and 3rd Sundays (Bank Holidays may cause variation to the dates)
From 6.30 – 7.45 and CTBBYG is open to pupils in Year 7 and above.
Varied activities take place and puddings and/or cake are included.

Take a look at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CTBByouthgroup

Upcoming dates are:

September 3rd & 17th Balsall Common Methodist Church, Station Road

October 1st & 15th St Peters Church, Holly Lane

November 5th & 19th Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic church, Meeting House Lane

New members always welcome, contact Maria@morrismail.co.uk

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House Fellowships

One group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays and chooses wide ranging social, topical and ethical issues to discuss. Other people join with groups at Meriden Methodist Church.

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Berkswell and Balsall Common Luncheon Club

 

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Luncheon Club

The members of this club are older village residents living by themselves. They meet each Monday and enjoy a cooked mid-day meal. This is followed by card games and scrabble. A cup of tea and cake is served before members return home.

As the  Ring and Ride transport service in the village has been discontinued there is a real need for more volunteers to help bring the ladies and gentlemen for their lunch and to take them home afterwards.

Luncheon Club has been meeting for many years and is a very popular group and for many of those who attend it is the highlight of their week especially as they also relied on Ring and Ride to get them to the Doctors Surgery and the Shops.

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Mothers & Toddlers Group

 

bcmctdlrThe ‘Mothers and Toddlers Group’ that meet at the Balsall Common Methodist Church on a Tuesday morning from 10.00 – 11.30am in fact welcomes all adult carers with children under school age.

The group aims to give parents and carers a friendly and safe place to meet with other carers and their charges. There are a variety of toys and activities for the children to play with and space in which to interact with others.

As Balsall Common grows in size we hope it continues to be a place where new folks are made welcome and introduced to others, thus helping them develop a sense of belonging to the community.

Although it is run by the Methodist Church there is no need to be of the Christian Faith or to become involved with the church – but you are welcome to do so.

We look forward to seeing you.

For further details contact:

Joy Fine on 01676 532006, email: bijollyfine@btinternet.com.

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2nd Balsall Common (Methodist) Scout Group

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Balsall Common Methodist Church sponsors both a Scout Group and the Explorer Unit and this is seen very much as part of the mission of the church, rather than a service to church members. Both have an open admissions policy and welcome boys and girls from the age of six.

We are the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6 to 25 year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.  (To say nothing of the Leaders!)

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

Our units run varied and interesting programmes with the aim of all children receiving their sections’ Chief Scouts Awards. Many interests are covered from cooking and varied crafts through a full range of indoor and outdoor activities including canoeing and mountain walking. We have two Beaver Colonies, one Cub Pack and two Scout Troops. At age 14 Scouts move on to the Galileo Explorer Unit which is separate from the Group but also meets in the Balsall Common Methodist Church Hall.

All of our sections are currently full and we have a waiting list.  As we are run totally by volunteers we are always on the lookout for more leaders so we can continue to offer all these opportunities to the children as well as expand to offer it to those on the waiting list. In particular we need help with the Beavers Scouts who meet on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6-7pm.

For further details, please contact:

Up to age 14 years, Group Scout Leader Alison Lowe by email:  2alison.lowe@gmail.com

Over age 14 years, Explorer Scout Leader Andy Clinton by email:  galileo.esu@gmail.com

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Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell

This is the ecumenical body of the churches in the locality and comprises Balsall Common Methodist Church, Blessed Robert Grissold Roman Catholic Church and the Parish Churches of St Peter’s, Balsall Common, St John the Baptist, Berkswell, St Mary’s, Temple Balsall and St Swithin’s, Barston. The committee consists of representatives and Ministers of each of the six churches.

Churches Together organise regular and special events, which include Services of Remembrance and for Christian Unity, and Prayers for Peace. There are opportunities to hear speakers and share a meal, such as at the One World Week Supper and the series of Lenten Breakfasts. There is a service, procession of witness and a frugal lunch on Good Friday, while at Christmas a Celebration is organised involving many village groups. A large number of villagers join us for this Christmas Celebration to the extent that it is now held in the local High School Hall, having outgrown the Churches and their halls.

A formal Covenant between Balsall Common Methodist Church and the Parish Church of St peter was signed in 2001 and reviewed in 2006 and again in 2011 when it was felt that the Covenant was no longer the appropriate means of co-operation between the two churches as they were already working together ecumenically with the other four churches under the umbrella of Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.

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