Christmas 2020 at St Mary’s Church

Below are our plans, but may be subject to change because of local restrictions.

Please book through the parish office (01564 778 022) and you will receive a response confirming your booking.

Come and join us to listen to the the

Lessons and Carols of Christmas
Sunday 20 December at 2pm
(subject to confirmation, 4pm service now fully booked)

Midnight Mass
Thursday 24 December at 11.30pm

Christmas Day Eucharist
Friday 25 December at 10am

Church of England suspends all services

indexALL church services have been suspended from Tuesday 17 March in the battle to stem the spread of coronavirus.

It is understood that funerals and weddings can still go ahead, but the initial advice is that these should be scaled back as much as possible.

It is hoped that church buildings will remain open as places of prayer for the community, observing social distancing recommendations and that clergy can maintain the ancient pattern of daily prayer and the eucharist.

For more details about the announcement see


Lent and Easter at St Mary’s Church


Please join us for our Easter preparations:

Wednesday 4 March
Morning Prayer, 11.30

Wednesday 11 March
Lent mid-week Eucharist, 11.30

Wednesday 18 March
Lent mid-week Eucharist, 11.30

Sunday 22 March
Mothering Sunday Eucharist, 10.00

Wednesday 25 March
Lent mid-week Eucharist, 11.30

Wednesday 1 April
Lent mid-week Eucharist, 11.30

Sunday 5 April
Palm Sunday Eucharist, meet in old Hall, 10.00

Monday 6 April
Holy Week Eucharist, 11.00

Tuesday 7 April
Holy Week Eucharist, 11.00

Wednesday 8 April
Holy Week Eucharist, 11.00

Thursday 9 April
Maundy Thursday Eucharist, 7.00pm

Friday 10 April Good Friday
Children’s Workshop, 10.30 – 12.00
An hour by the Cross, 2.00 – 3.00

Saturday 11 April
Easter Vigil, 8.00pm

Easter Sunday 12 April
Churches Together Dawn Eucharist, 6.00am
Easter Eucharist, 10.00

Snowdrop Sunday – 23 February


Following flooding caused by Storm Dennis Temple Balsall’s popular celebration of the first signs of spring will now be taking place a week later than planned on Sunday 23 February from 2 to 5pm. Visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the snowdrop carpet around the churchyard and gardens, along with tours and information about this interesting plant of which many variations can be spotted by the Galanthus enthusiast.

The nursery bed in the Walled Garden features less well known snowdrop variants including some local specialities.

Refreshments will be available in the famous Old Hall of the Knights Templar and the 14th century St Mary’s Church will be open as usual.

An interesting introduction to the history and varieties of snowdrops is available here: Snowdrop Sunday Handout 2020  (PDF)

Christmas at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall

Sunday 15 December
Carols by Candlelight 4pm

Monday 16 December
School Carol Service 6.30pm

Wednesday 18 December
Morning Prayer Eucharist 11am

Thursday 19 December
School Nativity in Church 9am

Sunday 22 December
Parish Eucharist 10am

Tuesday 24 December
Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Wednesday 25 December
Christmas Day Eucharist 10am

All are welcome to join us.

Temple Balsall Heritage Weekend – 14 – 15 September

Saturday 14 September
ART EXHIBITION 10.45 am – 5 pm
AUTUMN FAYRE 12 noon – 5 pm

Guided Tours of our historic buildings from 1.30 pm

Archives, Morris Dancers,
Templar re-enactment group, Barrel Organ
Hot food and drinks – stalls – games
Music by Birmingham Concert Band

Special Visitors:
ANIMALS IN HANDS – bringing the zoo to you!


Sunday 15 September
ART EXHIBITION 11 am – 4 pm
REFRESHMENTS 2 pm – 4 pm
Tom Riando Sings 3 pm – 4 pm

Choral Evensong in St Mary’s Church 6pm
led by Birmingham Cathedral Choir
Guest Preacher The Revd Canon Brian Russell

Parking and Disabled Parking off Fen End Road West, Temple Balsall B93 0AN
between Knowle and Balsall Common on the B4101

Grand Coffee Morning & Bargain Hunt

6 July 2019, 9.30 – 1.00
In The Old Hall, Temple Balsall, nr. Knowle B93 0AN
Refreshments, 10 stalls with the usual wide variety of goods.

More information: 01564 778022

Old Hall of the Knights Templar, Temple Balsall

The 12th century Old Hall, or Templars Hall, is an early medieval aisled hall, built as the Warwickshire Preceptory of the Knights Templar at Temple Balsall. Photo: Max Ellerslie.

This Christmas at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall

St. Mary's Christmas Crib

Wednesday 12th December 11.30 a.m.

Sunday December 16th 4.00 p.m.

Monday December 17th 6.30 p.m.

Wednesday 19th December 11.30 a.m.

Thursday 20th December 9.00 a.m.

Monday December 24th 11.30 p.m.

Tuesday December 25th 10.00 a.m.