Courageous Day Out

On Saturday 2nd March 2019 at Telford Innovation Campus, Priorslee from 11am-7pm, you are invited to a day of courageous and exciting activities, from bush tucker trials to testimony building, as part of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District’s courageous-themed year.

The Courageous Day Out will be packed full of fun, with courageous activities, speakers, worship and workshops, planned and inspired by the young people of our District, for young people and adults of all ages! With special guests Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam (President and Vice-President of Methodist Conference), Jasmine Yeboah (Methodist Youth President) and Michael Ipgrave (Bishop of Lichfield), comedy from award-winning comedian, Andy Kind, plus loads more…!

You can book your free tickets at Eventbrite. Group bookings are available, so if you don’t have a computer to hand, ask a member of your church to book your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Food donations for the Shrewsbury Ark

The Shrewsbury Ark provides a drop-in day centre for homeless and vulnerable people. It provides free meals, snacks and warm drinks, and also works closely with local food banks.

They are always grateful for non-perishable food items, such as tea, coffee, sugar, cereals, tinned meat and fish, cakes, biscuits and toiletries and these can be left in the Ark box at the back of the church, where someone will take them to the Ark.

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Christmas services at Belle Vue

Join us for our Christmas services at Belle Vue.

Our candlelit carol service is at 5.30pm on Sunday 23rd December, and then on Christmas Eve we will have a midnight communion, starting at 11.30pm and welcoming in Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day itself, we will have a Celebration service at 9.30am.

Whether you’re a regular or a visitor, everyone is welcome to celebrate Christmas with us!

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Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 8th December 10am – 1pm in the Hermitage Centre at Belle Vue.

Come along and enjoy a range of stall including:

  • Knitting and crafts
  • Gifts Galore!
  • ‘Lucky Dip’ Tombola
  • Books/Jigsaws/CDs
  • Cakes – Bread – Marmalade – Lemon Curd
  • Fairtrade stall
  • And much much more…..

Coffee / Tea / Cake + free drinks for children

All are welcome!

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Mayor’s Award for Belle Vue’s Hermitage Centre

Mike Hallworth and Martin Beardwell from Belle Vue Church receiving the Gold Award certificate from the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, and the Mayor’s Consort, Councillor Tony Parsons.

Belle Vue Church’s Hermitage Centre has received a Gold Award in this year’s Shrewsbury Town Council Civic Awards Ceremony, which took place in May. The award was presented under the Built Heritage category, which recognises projects that have enhanced the built heritage of the town.

The Centre, which was completed in 2016, is very well used by community groups and individuals for classes, counselling sessions, leisure activities and children’s parties, as well as for church activities. The Mayor’s Awards are labelled Shrewsbury’s “equivalent to the Oscars”, and they acknowledge local individuals, organisations, groups and businesses for the benefit they bring to the town.

Some 72 of the town’s people and organisations received honours this year. Speaking at the ceremony the Mayor Councillor Jane Mackenzie said, “The Mayor’s Awards are my opportunity to thank some of the wonderful people and organisations who do so much to make our town a great place to live. It’s a real privilege to recognise and reward those who gladly give their time and talent to benefit others living in our local community.”

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Café Church

The Café Church meets at:

The Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury

We meet  on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7.30 8.30 pm.  Our next meeting is on 10th January 2018. Anyone is welcome to attend this informal meeting.

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Thy Kingdom Come global wave of prayer

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that began in the Church of England in 2016. The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join the movement, and the Methodist Church of Britain has become a partner in the initiative. The World Methodist Council is also encouraging Methodists across the world to take part.

The aim of Thy Kingdom Come is that Christians pray that people might know Jesus Christ during a focused time between Ascension and Pentecost from 25 May – 4 June 2017.

Keep an eye out for events happening at Belle Vue as part of Thy Kingdom Come.

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Eco Church Award

We are very pleased to have received a certificate and plaque following our latest submission as an Eco Church. The certificate states ” Belle Vue Methodist Church has won a Silver Eco Church Award in recognition of their efforts to care for God’s earth…….”.

There are fresh challenges ahead to continue to improve our ‘green credentials’ but for now let us give thanks for this achievement.

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Hermitage Centre dedication service

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Mike Hallworth, Mayor Ioan Jones, Revd. Richard Hall, Revd. Silas Wood and Martin Beardwell

Mayor of Shrewsbury Ioan Jones, Local Councillor Alan Townsend and  Shrewsbury Town Council’s Robert Handley were among the guests at a Dedication Service for the recently opened Hermitage Centre, at Belle Vue Chapel. The service follows a long period of refurbishments to the buildings made possible largely by a generous legacy from Kath Bate and grant funding of £10,000 from Veolia Environmental  Trust, £3,000 from Shrewsbury Town Council, as well as Circuit funding and several fundraising initiatives led by Belle Vue members and friends, plus donations they have made.

Leading the service Revd. Silas Wood thanked all of the funders, the architects, builders, electricians and the myriad of people who have helped in so many ways towards completion of the project. His appeal to continue encouraging local community groups to fully utilise the premises and for those working and worshipping within the church to encourage each other, were echoed by District Chair Revd. Rachel Parkinson who gave the address. The newness, she said, would reinvigorate “that family of people here who love God and love each other as Jesus loves each one of you. That holy love of God that, people coming into this building will be able to sense, it will pervade the whole atmosphere.”

hermitage-centre-dedicationThe drive to assess what funds were necessary then set about raising the amount, Revd. Wood said, started with a single church member, Mervyn Bradley taking on a sponsored swim. Special mention was also made of Martin Beardwell who rigorously completed grant applications, and Mike Hallworth who tirelessly oversaw and co-ordinated the project, keeping people informed of the progress. All at Belle Vue Chapel are  pleased  with  the  results;  the  expansion  and transformation of parts of the  building  from  its former  state  of  disrepair, and the opportunities the building now provides for the local community to be welcomed,  to a comfortable space, where they can share in God’s love.

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Dedication of the new Hermitage Centre

screenshot-173Everyone is welcome to join us on Saturday 24th September at 2.30pm for a dedication service for the new Hermitage Centre. There will be refreshments in the new hall after the service, so please come and take a look!

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