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Flower Festival: Friday 5th July to Monday 8th July

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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Celebrating the Centenary of our Church Hall

From 5th-8th July we are holding a Flower Festival to celebrate the Centenary of our Church Hall.  The ‘Parish Rooms’ were completed in 1913 and so we are celebrating one hundred years of presence and service.

The theme for the flower festival is ‘Time’ and we are drawing on the famous Bible passage, Ecclesiastes 3.1-8, which begins “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  The passage continues listing different times of life and human circumstance.

When we celebrate a centenary we are naturally mindful of a number of years having passed – we are thinking of a length, or quantity, of time.  But this passage speaks more of a quality of time; that there is a right time or fitting season.  So a good question to ask ourselves is not just “What time is it?”, but, “What kind of time is it now?”

For me this is a time to celebrate, a time to remember, and a time to give thanks.  As we celebrate these one hundred years of service to the community of Bournville we can remember all the wide range of events that our Hall has hosted and witnessed:  services, classes, parties, discos, youth groups, play groups, concerts, dinners, talks, fayres and more.  And we give thanks for all those memories and the people who have been part of that story.

I pray that we may continue to build up our service to this community; that we may continue to gather people together in this place; and that, through it all, we may to continue to speak of God’s eternal love.

Joanna’s Story: A sermon for Easter Day 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013

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Joanna’s Story:  A sermon for Easter Day 2013 [based on Luke 24.1-12 (and Luke 8.1-3)]

My name is Joanna and this is my story, my testimony. (more…)

Challenging our Images of God and Grace

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Sermon for The Third Sunday of Lent; 3rd March 2013;  Isaiah 55.1-9; Luke 13.1-9

Today’s Bible passages challenge our images of God and Grace.

In our services, the readings from the Bible that we hear, the words of the hymns we sing, and the metaphors our prayers employ create a rich tapestry of ways of picturing God and the way he gives of himself in love.  Yet it seems to me that we seldom imagine God as a market trader or grace as a good shovel full of manure! (more…)

Revd Peter in the Great Birmingham Run

Sunday, November 6th, 2011
Peter in the Great Birmingham Run

Running up Bournville Lane 

Thanks to everyone who has supported and sponsored me and Team St Francis in the Great Birmingham Run.

My final time was 2 hours and 14 minutes, which I was really pleased with.

So far we have raised just over £3,000. If you still wish to donate you can do so securely on line by clicking here.


Thought for the Day:  Reflections on the Half-Marathon

30th October 2011

Last Sunday morning I took part in the Great Birmingham Run. It was the first time that I have ever done anything like that and it was a fantastic experience.  Now I have never been much of an athlete and the last time I did any serious exercise was at school. Then, back in May, someone persuaded me to enter the half-marathon.  I thought it would give me the challenge I needed to train properly and really get in shape. I also thought that I could get sponsored and raise some much-needed funds for our church community work. Though I must admit, having accepted the challenge, I did begin to wonder if it was really just an expression of my mid-life crisis as I felt the need somehow to prove myself physically. (more…)

Sermon for Revd Susannah’s First Eucharist

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

On Seeing Jesus:  A sermon for The Revd Susannah Rudge’s First Eucharist

The Feast of Thomas the Apostle; 3rd July 2011
We are blessed.

Today we are blessed for lots of reasons.

We are blessed because this is a very special day both for Revd Susannah as a new priest and for us as her family, friends and local church community as she presides for the first time at this celebration of the Eucharist.  I will say a little more about that later, but first I want explore another way in which we are blessed.


Happy Easter

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Easter Greetings to you all.

We have had some wonderful services at St Francis this week, with wonderful music, beautiful Easter flowers and above all a great sense of God’s presence and his blessing.

This week our new website has gone live and I hope you will all find it a good way of keeping in touch with all that is going on at Bournville Parish Church.

With my love and prayers this Eastertide.

Revd Peter

Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Sunday 19th December 8.00 a.m.

No need to dream of a white Christmas in Bournville this year. Although the snow and ice makes life difficult and dangerous for many people it can also transform the world. On Sunday morning walking down to church for the early service I was struck by the quality of the silence and the beauty of dawn light on the snow. The Christmas Tree outside the Quaker Meeting House looked even more wonderful than usual and this photo doesn’t really capture it. Carols on the Green is at 6pm on Christmas Eve as usual and I wonder if the snow will deter people or make more people come. Wrap up warm!

Bournville Blossom

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I have heard on the news that this year is the best year for blossom for 30 years! I am not sure how you would measure that but the blossom certainly is beautiful in Bournville. It is well worth taking a walk through the parks and especially around the yachting pool on Bournville Lane and Woodbrooke Road.

Christmas 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Hebrews 1.1-4; John 1.1-14

“Something concrete…” – Sermon for Midnight Mass

My Godfather, Uncle Frank, is a retired vicar and now well into his 90s. Just three days ago it was the 70th anniversary of when he was ordained as a priest. My father was also a vicar and worked with Frank as part of a team serving several churches in Sheffield. When the team was talking together and the discussion was getting a bit abstract, Frank would say ‘What we need is something concrete to get our teeth into.’ My Dad would point out that the last thing you want to get you teeth into is some concrete! But even if it is something of a mixed metaphor, I think we all know what Frank was getting at. (more…)

Nave Roof nearly complete

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The high level part of the church roof is nearly complete. Today I went up to see how the work is progressing and took some more photos. It certainly gave me a different view of the church!