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
The member churches join in a wide range of regular activities together, including the regular events below.
Each Month On the first Saturday in each month Coffee Together is held in Jubilee Centre, Station Road (access library car park) from 10.30am - 12 noon. All are welcome.
|January||Week of Prayer for Christian Unity|
|Lent - Saturday mornings in Lent
||Lenten Breakfast Discussions|
|March||Women's' World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd March|
|Good Friday||Acts of Witness and Simple Lunch|
|May||Parish Christian Aid Collection Quiet Morning at Pentecost|
|September||Quiet Morning at Harvest|
|October||One World Week Activity - Dinner with speaker|
|November||Quiet Morning at Advent|
|December||Coffee Together with Carols
Each Saturday during Lent, Churches Together meet for the Lent Breakfasts.
The Breakfasts are a series of Talks and Discussions that have been developed jointly by the six Churches Together in Balsall Common and Berkswell. They are held in the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday mornings of Lent. The first is to be held on Saturday 17th February 2018.
The Breakfasts have established themselves in the village as a lively intelligent forum. Themes are taken for which straight forward answers are not available. The intention is to encourage people to think through the difficulties and so to strengthen a religious faith in one’s ordinary daily life. They are enjoyed equally by people who attend one of the churches, as well as by many others who are not church members.
Breakfast begins at 8.30 am and consists of cereals, croissants and tea or coffee. At 9.00 am, after a short introduction, the Guest Speaker introduces the theme for the session and usually speaks for about a quarter of an hour. The meeting is then thrown open for discussion, and a Question and Answer session ensues. The discussion will close no later than 9.45 am to allow the hall to be cleaned and cleared by 10.00 am.
There is a small charge of £2.00 for the breakfast and the surplus after deduction of costs will go to a mutually agreed charity. Why not put these dates in your diary and join the discussions - you will be very welcome.
Saturday 17th February
What does Christianity have to say about..... Equality?
Speaker : Mrs Veronica Greer Spencer
Veronica has a B.Ed.(hons) in Art and Divinity. She taught RE for thirty-five years in mixed comprehensives. Veronica was responsible for Catholic Ethos at Hagley Catholic High for twenty years. She now works part time for The Reader (a charitable organisation based in the North West) as a Shared Reading Facilitator in Criminal Justice.
Saturday 24th February
What does Christianity have to say about..... Freedom?
Speaker : The Rt Revd John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick
Bishop John is the Anglican Bishop of Warwick. His roots are in Scotland. He has a varied background. He has written and directed plays for the Edinburgh Fringe. As a priest and bishop, he has developed a profound interest and understanding of Eastern Orthodox spirituality and theology and is a member of the Anglican-Orthodox International Commission for which he has written a number of substantial papers. He is UK President of the Community of the Cross of Nails and a member of the House of Bishops Group on Human Sexuality. He has also served as Co-Moderator of Coventry and Warwickshire Churches Together.
Saturday 3rd March
What does Christianity have to say about..... Democracy?
Speaker : Dr. Will Jones
Will is a mathematics graduate with a PhD in political philosophy and a diploma in biblical and theological studies. He works in the Coventry Diocesan office, blogs at www.faith-and-politics.com and is author of Evangelical Social Theology:Past and Present (Grove 2018). A long time ago, he spent a year as an intern at the University of Warwick Chaplaincy under the scrutineering eye of Mark Bratton.
Saturday 10th March
What does Christianity have to say about....the Rule of Law?
Speaker : HH Judge Stephen Eyre QC
Stephen Eyre QC is a circuit judge. He has been Chancellor of the Diocese of Coventry since 2009 and of Lichfield since 2012. As a barrister, Stephen specialised in Chancery and Commercial Disputes. He was appointed a circuit judge in 2015. Stephen initially sat on the Midland Circuit trying criminal cases. He now sits in Manchester as a judge of the Business and Property Courts. Stephen has law degrees from Oxford and Cardiff Universities and formally taught law at Oxford. Resident in Warwickshire Stephen is on the PCC of St. Peter's Church, Balsall Common and has served on the Birmingham Diocesan Synod.
Saturday 17th March
What does Christianity have to say about.....Tolerance?
Speaker : Rev'd Pauline Warner
Pauline Warner is a Methodist Minister who has served in various posts in Warwickshire in the past 25 years. She is currently health care chaplain to the South Warwickshire hospitals and the Methodist Homes for the Aged in Coventry. She is interested in expressions of contemporary spirituality and especially keen to explore how the Spirit seems to be guiding people who are not members of the church but are interested in following Jesus.
GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS
Commences at 10.30 a.m. St. Peter's Church (you may join at any point - route includes Balsall Primary School, Heart of England School, White Horse Inn, Blessed Robert Grissold Church, Co-op, Village Shops and Methodist Church) Simple Lunch at Methodist Church at 12 Noon - All welcome.