What we do at Balsall Common

Activities at Balsall Common Methodist Church

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Regular_Activities   House Fellowships    Luncheon Club    Toddlers Group  Scouts, Cubs & Beavers and Explorers  Table Tennis Club  Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell


Regular Activities

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 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. On one Sunday each quarter the service is a Local Arrangement which is led by the Church stewards and Worship Leaders and is an opportunity to explore different ways of worshipping.

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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

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A House Fellowship group meets on Tuesday evenings twice monthly.

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

A Sunday evening Bible Book Club meets regularly.

Prayer Time takes place 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. 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 Community Fun Day called ‘BBQ, Bubbles and Bounce’ was held this Autumn, and, open to anyone in the village, was, despite the rain, enjoyed by a good number of people. The indoor bouncy castle, face painting, games and crafts were popular though more hardy visitors enjoyed the games set up outside. Those manning the BBQ just got wet. A prayer station was set up in Church and left for the congregation to see at the service the next  morning.
  • 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 one of the villages on the 1st Friday in March each year.
  • House Fellowship, Bible Study and Prayer groups meet regularly.
  • Occasional concerts.
  • Weekday walks – a group organise a walk and lunch each month..
  • 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 and 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 are encouraged to join in activities.
  • Our Harvest Festival supports the work of the Cyrenians in Coventry and the gifts service in December invites gifts for distribution by Coventry City Mission.

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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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Toddlers Group

 

bcmctdlrThe ‘Toddlers Group’ continues to thrive, meeting at the Balsall Common Methodist Church on a Tuesday morning from 10.00 – 11.30am and 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 Roger Pacey by email:  r.pacety436@btinternet.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.

Increasingly churches  organising events such as prayer walks in the village and prayer days invite other churches in Churches Together to join with them.

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