J.S. Bach St John Passion – Palm Sunday – 5.30pm

St John PassionSunday 20 March 2016
St Mary the Virgin, Temple Balsall
Armonico Consort & Baroque Players,
Director Christopher Monks

No finer musical setting of the Passion text exists than that which Bach set of St John’s Gospel. In the tranquil intimacy of St Mary’s, Temple Balsall, this performance is being generously sponsored by patrons of Armonico Consort in memory of loved ones.

St Mary The Virgin is a fine historic building in astunning country setting just south of Solihull. The proceeds from the concert will be used in the upkeep of the church building; to support Armonico Consort’s education programme AC Academy; and to the Dogs Trust.

In loving memory of Elspeth Monks and John Dilworth.

More information: St John Passion Flyer DL_WEB


Temple Balsall Heritage Weekend 2015

Hospitaller Re-enactor

12 – 13 September 2015

Art Exhibition
open 10.30 – 5pm
Autumn Fayre
open 12 noon – 5pm

Hot food & drink, Archives, Books, Bouncy castle, Bric a brac, Cakes and produce, Nearly new clothing, Plants, Raffle, Tombola, Toys , Birds of prey, Childrens’ Fancy Dress, Templar re- enactment group

Music by Birmingham Concert Band, FREE valuations by Warwick Auctions
+ The Temple Balsall Bake Off

Guided tours of our historic buildings leaving from the old hall
Cakes for Sale Plants

Art Exhibition open 11.30 – 4pm
Stalls, Refreshments and Guided Tours 2- 5pm

Choral Evensong – St Mary’s Church – 6pm
with Birmingham Cathedral Choir, guest preacher Revd Duncan Ballard, Vicar of Hampton in Arden, Airport Chaplain and Area Dean

Parking and disabled parking off Fen End Road West, Temple Balsall, B93 0AN
Signposted off the B4101 between Knowle & Balsall Common

Map & directions: events.templebalsall.org/visitorsmap.pdf

The Breadwalk, Temple Balsall

The Breadwalk and the almshouses of Lady Katherine Housing and CarePhoto: Cogent Design.

Interior of St Mary's Church

Interior of the 14th century Church of St. Mary the Virgin, former chapel
of the Knights Hospitaller Photo: Max Ellerslie.


Easter at Temple Balsall

Temple House and St Mary's Church

Temple House, St Mary’s Church and the almshouses of Lady Katherine Housing and Care at Temple Balsall. Photo: Steve Hammett.

Here are the services and activities taking place at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall celebrating Holy Week 2015:

Monday 30 March 10 a.m. Eucharist
Tuesday 31 March 10 a.m. Eucharist
Wednesday 1 April 10 a.m. Eucharist

Maundy Thursday 2 April
7 p.m. Passover Supper with Eucharist

Good Friday 3 April
10.30 – 11.45 Children’s workshop
2 p.m. An Hour by the Cross

Saturday 4 April
8 p.m. Easter Vigil

Sunday 5 April
5.45 am Dawn Eucharist
10 a.m. Easter Eucharist

We look forward to welcoming you during our Easter Celebrations.

Can you help the Sunday afternoon team?

Summer Sunday Teas will start again on Easter Sunday 5 April. We need new people to join our team, so if you could help on about three Sundays, 2.00 pm until 5.30pm, during the summer months we would be very grateful. We also need people who can make some cakes. Please speak to Jen Jones in the Parish Office, 01564 778022 if you can help. Thank you.

Christmas at Temple Balsall

St. Mary's Christmas Crib

Part of the tradition of St Mary’s Church

You are warmly welcomed to our worship at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall this Christmas.

Thursday December 18th at 9 a.m.
School Nativity Service

Sunday December 21st at 10 a.m.
Parish Eucharist

Sunday December 21st at 4 p.m.
Candle-lit Carol Service

Wednesday December 24th at 11.30 p.m.
Midnight Mass

Thursday December 25th at 10 a.m.
Christmas Morning Eucharist

Christmas is coming

Here are some events happening in the run up to the main Christmas celebrations at Temple Balsall.

Confirmation – Sunday 23 November 10.00 am
Bishop David will conduct the confirmation of St. Mary’s candidates, including several candidates from our school – please come and support them

Coffee Morning in the Court – Saturday 29 November 10.00 – 12 noon
Our annual coffee morning raises funds to help provide social events for the residents.

Churches Together Quiet Morning – Saturday 29 November 9.30 – 12.00
In the Old Hall at Temple Balsall please contact Doug Timmis (01676 534346) or Anne Cloke (01564 772922) if you would like to attend.

Christingle – Sunday 30 November, St Mary’s Church 10.00 am
The school service will be held in church on Thursday 4 December at 9.00.

ADVENT CRAFT TABLE – will be in St Mary’s Church 7 – 14 Dececember
We will be selling hand-made Christmas cards, gifts and decorations, cakes and mince pies, chutneys and pickles, pots of bulbs and wreaths and flower arrangements.

Saturday 13 December 2014 7.30 pm – Hampton Singers present
An evening of Christmas Carols and seasonal readings’
Tickets £6 to include mulled wine and mince pies, available from the Parish Office or you can pay on the door.