St John’s, Bloxwich
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||Victoria Ave, Walsall, WS3 3HS (Click for Google map)
||Rev. Keith Beckingham
||01922 475083 or use our Contact Form
||Sunday morning Worship at 10.30am with children’s group. Tea and coffee are served afterwards. Evening Worship at 6.30pm is a quieter, more intimate service held in our small Chapel. Each Tuesday at 10am there is an informal short service of Worship, followed by coffee and a community lunch. Everyone is welcome. We welcome our new Minister who joins us on 1 September from Hampshire and look forward to working with him.
||There are a variety of fellowship groups that meet each week, as well as occasional courses which are advertised from time to time in our JournaL. You may also contact our Minister for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Our building is open most days and is used extensively by the local community. Each week there are meetings for Rainbows,Brownies Guides,Beavers,Cubs and Scouts. There is an Art Class that meets each week as well as a Railway Club and new members are always welcome.
||Visitors to St John’s comment on the feeling of warmth and welcome which awaits those who come to worship or join in the many Church and community groups during the week.Our Mission Statement: Our vision as Christians is to continue to develop as a welcoming community of faith, sharing God`s love in worship, spirituality, word and deed, and seeking to respond to the needs of the people in the areas in which we are an active presence and partner.We would be very glad to have your help and ideas as we try to respond to God`s Good News in our changing world.Around 48 years ago Methodism in Bloxwich sported three separate churches. In the 1960’s a variety of factors, mainly to do with decaying buildings, combined to initiate amalgamation of these congregations into what is now St. John’s, Victoria Avenue. The initial development of the present site combined a new worship area, pre-existing school rooms, a meeting hall, kitchen facilities, rear car park and a tennis court. Some 20 years into this new extended group a scheme , known as “The Refit” was hatched to upgrade the the ancilliary areas. Much effort and hard work went into creating the modern integrated facilities that we use and enjoy today. Like many groups that come together through necessity there are ups and downs, nevertheless most would agree that, in the long run, Methodism in Bloxwich has been maintained. Our congregation is representative of much that gives Bloxwich its distinctive character. Many of our members are active in local affairs such as working alongside charities or serving as school governors and there is a general feeling that we are not just a collection of like minded individuals meeting on Sundays, but rather a real part of the wider community.Our contact with the ” outside” groups provides us with opportunities to work alongside many people, such as schools and local residential homes. Further afield, we have established a twinning arrangement with a Church on the Shara Peninsular in Rwanda and have raised £15,000 to help them rebuild their Church.Members of our Church have recently returned from a successful visit to Rwanda, where relationships have yet again been renewed. Sunday worship is enriched with an introit and an anthem offered by our Church Choir. We continue to pray for the spiritual wellbeing of all.