Monthly Archives: November 2019

Transforming Heroes (with Communion)

Stephen Willey reflects on his Sabbatical earlier this year
for our Sunday evening worship at Boldmere

(Kingstanding talk repeated and updated, by popular demand!)


Sunday 8th December 6.30pm



For the past few years, the Methodists for World Mission Trustees have had their overnight meeting at our home, 48 DOWER ROAD, B756TX with them sleeping for the Friday night in various homes. This year due one regular host being away and a difficult for another there is likely to be a shortage. If therefore you have a spare bedroom , which someone could use for that night, please contact me on 01213082251  The person would come/ be brought to your home between 10-10.30p.m. on the Friday and need to be back at our house for a usual 10a.m. start, but the new President may change that time. You are not required to provide any meals as they can breakfast at our home if easier for any host.They will have had dinner here around 7 p.m. and lunch on the Saturday plus obvious snacks. Just think you could help in this way please.
By hosting in this way MWM saves over £1,000, which is then used to support projects suggested by Mission Partners serving overseas, which seems a better use of funds.
Diana Bosman

Turkey & Tinsel

turkeyandtinsel If you feel like getting out and meeting up with others you are warmly invited to join us at Four Oaks for another social event for seniors on Friday 29th November 11.30am. – 3.30pm.
Christmas lunch followed by an afternoon of a musical sing-along.
Contribution – £5.00.

For more details contact Sue – 0121 308 3881.

New book from Rev Warren Bardsley

PASSAGE OF PLAY : A rationale

Click here for :-  passage of play front and back cover

One of the best books on  cricket ever written, ‘Beyond a Boundary’ is unusual in a number of ways.  The author, C.L.R. James was an academic, versed in the arts and social history. West Indian, a native of Trinidad, writer and  political activist,he was also an astute observer of the  human condition and a perceptive commentator on the game of cricket.

In the preface to ‘Beyond a Boundary’ he writes, ‘this book is neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography.  It poses the question, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know? To answer involves ideas as well as facts.’

 ‘Passage of play’ has been informed by that understanding. In some ways it  evolved with the writing.  Partly autobiographical, it begins with my being named after an Australian Test Match cricketer* and tells of my  growing love affair with the game.   I have come to understand the truth which James so eloquently expounds, that cricket is a reflection of human life and society. So I have related significant aspects of my own story through the lens of it has informed  my perception of class, racism relationships, change, etc. The book explores this through  cameos of players & events.  In the introduction I say:  ‘For me, cricket, especially in its longer form, mirrors life in all its varied shades and meanings . In the interaction between play and lived experience, both humorous and serious, I have been enriched, enlightened and inspired.  What do they know of cricket who only cricket know? asked James.  Perhaps he might have added that only those whose lives have been marked by the experience of failure and tragedy as well as success, and happiness can fully appreciate the game of cricket.

WRB 29/10/19

The book retails at £9.99 and can be obtained from Warren  ( If paying by cheque please add £1.50 p&p

50,Wolsey Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7QH

*Warren Bardsley (New South Wales and Australia 1909-26) was an accomplished left-hand

batsman, made over fifty first-class centuries, and was the first player of any country to score a century in both innings of a Test Match (the Oval 1909)

Vacancy for a Children, Youth & Families Worker


Children, Youth & Families Worker in the South Worcestershire Circuit based at Bromyard Road Methodist Church, Worcester WR2 5DL

Pay: £12.50 per hour, 15 hours per week.
To start February 2020 for 3 years

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 10th January 2020

Interview date: Friday 24th January 2020

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated person to work with us to lead and develop our ministry among children, young people and families. This will be a friendly and supportive working environment with opportunities for development and working with others.

The current work includes working with children and young people and volunteer leaders in the Sunday Club and our two thriving toddler clubs but we are also looking to widen our mission to youth and families through other events and activities.

An application form and further information is available from Vanessa Hearn at the Circuit Office, email: