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Published by Hearsall Baptist Church, 2019-05-23 07:03:23

AGM Booklet 2019

Hearsall Baptist Church Annual General Meeting Reports 2019.

AGM Reports

2018-2019


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Contents

Minister’s Report................................................................................................................................... 3
Church Secretary’s AGM Report ....................................................................................................... 5
Treasurer’s Report 2018/2019 ........................................................................................................... 7
Al-Anon Family Group ......................................................................................................................... 9
Alcoholics Anonymous ........................................................................................................................ 0
BMS Birthday Scheme ......................................................................................................................11
Canley Road Home Group ...............................................................................................................12
Coexist .................................................................................................................................................13
Coventry Stamp and Postcard Club (Coventry Philatelic Society) .............................................14
CTEC AGM Report ............................................................................................................................15
Eco Church Report.............................................................................................................................16
Fabric Report ......................................................................................................................................17
Guides Report (16th) ..........................................................................................................................18
Hope Village in Malawi ......................................................................................................................19
Inspire School of Dance ....................................................................................................................20
Lunch Club ..........................................................................................................................................21
Madeira Group....................................................................................................................................23
Music Report .......................................................................................................................................24
Pastoral Care Group..........................................................................................................................25
Rhymetime ..........................................................................................................................................26
Scout Group Report ...........................................................................................................................28
Social Committee ...............................................................................................................................29
Song and Story Time ........................................................................................................................... 0
Sunday School....................................................................................................................................31
Talking English ...................................................................................................................................33
Technical Report ................................................................................................................................35

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Minister’s Report

It’s not always easy to look back.
Metaphors sidle up to me like over-familiar
acquaintances in a cafe. Over the last year
we’ve seen the green shoots of recovery…
or even: Are we a Phoenix rising from
some smouldering ashes?

The truth is more subtle. There have
certainly been things to celebrate: a joyous
wedding in France; a re-invigorated
buildings development programme; some
very special Holy Week services; a new
outreach to children in Story Time; a
delightful international evening that felt like the beginnings of a food
festival; a very successful leadership transition for Luncheon Club…

And these are underpinned by the faithful service of so many in
administration, maintenance, hospitality and most of all prayer. The
continued regular ministries of the church express Christ’s love in a
variety of ways: making lunch for older folks; offering English
conversation to people from all around the world; making people
think and laugh and sing and tap their feet in a local pub; supporting
overseas work in Benin and Malawi and through Christian Aid.

And the labour of love that takes place on Sunday morning lies at
the heart of our communal life. Technical teams, Sunday School
leaders, musicians, greeters, drinks servers, readers, leaders of
Intercessions, operators of vacuum cleaners… These and other
Sunday morning roles nurture us to be a community of celebration
in a hurting world.

Whilst many of these activities develop slowly and in a sense, not
much has changed, in another sense, everything has changed.
More than ever, Hearsall will not offer easy fixes to complex
problems. More than ever, love is tinged with pain; gospel

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proclamation is softened with tears; and the shadow of the world’s
madness and agony colours our celebrations.

But this is no complaint: this is how it should be! For to fail to
resonate with the pain of the world is to disqualify ourselves from
gospel sharing.

Now the heart of church life is to do the simple things faithfully and
with a good heart. We need to continue caring for one another and
serving our community. We need to continue reaching out to
students, growing our Bible study groups, visiting the sick, offering
public worship and all the many things that make up church life.

But in developing our life, one thing seems especially important to
me, and it’s nurturing faith in children. We may have to do fewer
other activities to realise this, but should we not in the coming year
or so plan a children’s outreach of some kind? It could be a holiday
club, a homework club, a weekly craft club, a stronger link with
uniformed groups, a children’s prayer activity, a real Christmas
experience for local schools, a new Open the Book team… Or none
of these… But it does seem important that we share Christ’s love
with children.

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Church Secretary’s AGM Report
Welcome to this year’s AGM report
booklet. Church membership now
stands at 62, after welcoming Orane and
Uche on the 17th March. We sadly lost
Paul Eaves, who died on the 28th May
2018. He is greatly missed as he had so
much knowledge of the church family
and its buildings and knew so many
people and always helped them when he
could. Nick LePoidevin has taken on the
role of Room Director and Andy Thompson has taken on some of
the things he used to do, such as setting the heating and various
odd jobs. Janet has now moved down to Hayling Island to be with
her daughter Nikki.

We are still one member short on the Diaconate, but welcomed
Sarah Lewis to join us this year. We thanked Martin for his long
service as a Deacon after nine years of service. At the same
Communion Service in January we thanked Sandra for her long and
faithful service to the lunch club. She had said she would finish
leading this when she had a certain special birthday. Jan and
Annie have now taken this role over. We also thanked Derek for his
work over the years in numerous capacities and also as our Lay
Pastor. On the subject of special birthdays, we have had a few this
year, and they span a few decades, so congratulations to you all.

The Vision Plan proceeds slowly and we have obtained some grant
monies towards the plans and have now partnered with Mayway
Construction Ltd. to move things further forward and get us up to
the planning and pre-planning application stage. Exactly what we
are planning for is still not definite and depends on work done in the
next few months.

We have put people through Safeguarding and First Aid Training
and more DBS checks, in order to make sure we comply with the
new Baptist Union Joint safeguarding Policy for Children and

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Vulnerable Adults. We have also tried to support Zoe in her
outreach with the Storytime Group, now they are not able to meet at
the library. The initials of the year, last year, were the dreaded
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Getting compliant
with these took a lot of time and paperwork, however I believe we
are now compliant and are more aware of personal security, for
ourselves and others.

We had a Celebration of 90 years of the schoolrooms over the
weekend of the 30th June and 1st of July last year. Many of the
groups who use our buildings manned stalls or provided
entertainment for us on the Saturday. Among those were the
Coventry Morris Men, the Coventry and Warwickshire Gospel Choir,
the Irish Dancing Group and Coexist. Many family members and
past members of the church attended and some people from the
community around us. The Celebration Service on the Sunday was
also well attended, and our Regional Minister, the Reverend Neil
LeTissier gave the Message. After the service we shared the lovely
cake, decorated with the logo of the date from above the
schoolroom building.

We have had work parties to clean the buildings for these events
and special services and a great deal of work was done outside the
building to clear weeds and cut back shrubs, so thanks to all those
who participated.

Our services have been many and varied and the Nativity Service
just before Christmas is always very special. The lovely toy service
was led for us by Kate, David’s daughter and included activities as
well as songs, stories and prayers. The Neighbourhood Carol
Service again featured the Midland Brass Ensemble and the choir
very ably led by Fran.

A big thank you to all of you who contribute to church life in
whatever way throughout the year, from cleaning the toilets, to
technical, fabric, outreach groups, youth organisations, music,
social events, planning and leading services. God Bless you all.

Anne Thompson Page 6

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Treasurer’s Report 2018/2019
I am able to report the following:

2018/2019 has seen our giving this year
cover 76% of the ministry expenses.
This can be accounted for by the
additional expense for the manse.
£1144.00 for a cooker and a fridge, and
a further £4825.00 deposit for the
kitchen refurbishment.
We continue to benefit from the small
employer’s exemption from employer’s
national insurance, this has also meant an additional saving of
£2000.00.

Community Room Hire

Our community buildings continue to provide a much-needed
facility, our room rental continues to decline and this year by
£3660.00.

Donations Bequests

We received £2218.00 from the estates of Barbara Bull, £200.00
from E Mint and an anonymous donation of £800.00.
Money raised on behalf of Paul Eaves £305.00 was sent to MAF
and £385.70 to the British Heart Foundation in his memory.

Giving and Fundraising

This year we have given £2268.00 to BMS, £2700.00 to HM,
£360.00 to Hope Village and £200.00 to the Good Neighbours
Scheme.
Christmas giving, we gave a £100.00 each to St Andrews,
Cyrenians and the Winter Night Shelter.
Further funds were raised for specific causes £135.00 for Breast
Cancer Care, Indonesia Appeal raised £440.00 and this was sent to
Tearfund, and £95.60 for Lighthouse. Our Harvest appeal raised
£475.25 and was sent to MAF.

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Social Committee

Our social committee continue to fund raise and this year raised
£1269.50.
These funds raised from a very busy team who produce amazing
cakes and strawberry teas amongst other fundraising activities.
Well done to all.

Year End

This year I report a surplus £100.00 in this year’s accounts.
However this is distorted by the fact that we received a grant of
£11950.00, which without this would leave o deficit of £11850.00.

May I thank everyone that contributes to Hearsall and wish you all

Every Blessing

Julia Lepoidevin
Church Treasurer
April 2019

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Al-Anon Family Group

Al-Anon Family Group holds meetings at Hearsall Baptist Church
every Wednesday from 8.00pm to 9.30pm.

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends
of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order
to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family
illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity,
organisation or institution; does not engage in any controversy,
neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for
membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary
contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose; to help families of alcoholics. We do
this by practising the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving
comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and
encouragement to the alcoholic.

Confidential Helpline 0207 7403 0888 (10.00am -10pm Daily)

Email enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk

Web: www.al-anonuk.org.uk

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous hold
meetings at Hearsall Baptist
Church every Wednesday from
8.00pm to 9.30pm.

The majority of our meetings are
closed meetings, i.e. restricted to
alcoholics or those who have or think they may have a drinking
problem. On four occasions a year on which there are five
Wednesdays in the month we have an ‘Open’ Meeting which non-
alcoholics may attend. All in attendance are expected to preserve
the anonymity of those present.

“Alcoholics Anonymous” is a Fellowship of men and women who
share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they
may solve their common problem and help others to recover from
alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to
stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we
are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied
with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution;
does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor
opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to
achieve sobriety”.

(Copyright A.A Grapevine Inc. 1947)

Local AA helpline 024 76 612211 (2.30pm – 10.30pm daily)

National telephone helpline: 0800 9177 650

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

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BMS Birthday Scheme

This provides healthcare and community development for some of
the world’s neediest peoples. It entails me sending a birthday card
with a gift envelope enclosed. To show how grateful we are for our
lives and for our way of life, we give a gift of money.

In 2018 we were able to send £370.00. Of this £240.00 was Gift
Aided.

To all who help me to send this money-thank you.

Kay

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Canley Road Home Group

This friendly, lively and loving Home Group has continued to meet
each Tuesday evening throughout the past year, 18 years after it
was first formed. Of course the idea of Home Groups is not a new

one. In fact, this is how
the early church
originally met. Our
meeting gives us the
opportunity not only to
study the scriptures but
also to support,
encourage and pray for
each other & others,
and to focus on serving
those outside the group.

We are kindly hosted by Linda and John in their home which
provides an atmosphere of comfort and trust which allows each
member the confidence to speak freely and confidentially.

Initially we usually bring each other up to date with relevant
happenings of the week and then open with a short prayer. We
continue to be challenged by “The Week” notes which are prepared
by our minister, David, allowing time for worship before moving on
to focusing on the meaning of Bible passages and their relevance to
today. These usually give us the opportunity to look more deeply
into the detail of the previous Sunday's service and sermon. The
notes also suggest pointers for a personal response to the area of
study.
During the period that David was unable to prepare “The Week” the
group undertook a Cover to Cover study guide entitled Bible Genres
and also a study based on the Lifebuilder guide: Miracles- Signs of
God's Glory.

We conclude the evening with prayers for others followed by a
social period over a cup of tea/coffee and......... Doughnuts!

Peter Fearn

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Coexist

It has been a year of change
and challenges for Coexist.
We have changed from the
last to the second
Wednesday and from the Old Clarence to the Royal Oak in
Earlsdon. The changes were due to the Old Clarence wanting to
use the room for other activities and trying to avoid August and
Christmas holidays. Undeterred, we managed to get the room at the
Royal Oak.
The room at the Royal Oak is smaller and hence easier to create
the intimate atmosphere that we are aiming at. We had 20 people at
the first of the relaunched Coexists which gave a cosy vibe. We are
aiming to get 30 which would pack the room!
Martin Prue and Nick Leonard (disguised as ‘Separated at Birth’)
are still the house-band and hosts every month. They perform a
wide range of songs from the 1960s to original songs they have
written.
There has developed a wide range of acts who regularly perform.
As well as Nick and Martin we have had: music hall songs, acapella
singers, , singers with backing tracks, guest singer/guitarists and
ukulele player/singers. We have also had a wide range of poetry
from David and members of his poetry group and comic
monologues.
We now have an environment where we can confidently invite
others to join in. Our main objective, in the future, is attracting more
new people to the event, either as performers or audience
members.

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Coventry Stamp and Postcard Club (Coventry Philatelic Society)

A regular number of us meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings from
September to May to share our hobby and will welcome any church
members who may be interested. Presentations on a chosen
theme by our own members and talks on a favourite topic from
speakers from other similar local societies form the framework for
most meetings, but please do not be put off by thinking these
activities are very formal. There is time too for refreshments and
friendly conversation - and buying, selling and swapping! Contact
David 76411369 or Ken 76504459 and give us a look in one
evening when we re-commence in September. Our meetings are
not just for experienced collectors – perhaps you had a collection
once. Perhaps you will be surprised how much we learn about
world history and geography. Thank you for being our hosts.

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CTEC AGM Report

CTEC has had a fairly satisfying and
rewarding year as I think we finally feel
we are actually involved in projects for
the benefit of the community. One of
these is the Good Neighbour’s Scheme
that CTEC and the five churches helped
to fund last year. The churches have
been hosting tea parties for the visiting
and the visited and any others in the churches who wished to come.
There was an Advent one last year and Hearsall hosted a spring
one in February.

CTEC have also provided some funds to help Zoe in her efforts to
provide the Song and Storytime Group, now they are unable to
meet in the library.

The United Advent Service was held at All Souls Church, and we
did Carol singing round some of the pubs in the area and gave out
Christmas Service Leaflets and knitted angels in December.

CTEC’s charity this year is “Carriers of Hope” and Sue Sampson
and her husband, gave a very engaging introduction to the work of
the Charity at the Fellowship Meal, during the Week of Prayer for
Christian Unity. The Reverend Dwayne Engh led a very lively
service for the pulpit exchange also during this week and brought
along his Marimba and sang to us.

The World Day of Prayer service organised by women on the 1st of
March at Hearsall in the evening was very poorly attended, so we
will not be holding one next year. Prayer breakfasts continue and
the Lent Lunches also took place at each church, with proceeds to
Cafod and Christian Aid.

CTEC gave out Hot Cross Buns and leaflets for the Easter Services
in the five churches on Maundy Thursday morning. They also had
a stall outside Earlsdon Methodist Church on 6th May for the
Earlsdon Festival.

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Eco Church Report

It was good news last October to hear that Hearsall Baptist Church
had been awarded a Bronze Eco Church Award. After making tea
and coffee after Sunday services ‘environmentally friendly’ and
placing lots of recycling boxes around the church and community
rooms, the recycling scheme started running but it raised some
interesting questions.

Q. 1 – How do you get people to only put items that can be recycled
into the boxes?

Solution – put a brightly coloured poster from Recycling Coventry
on each recycling box and stress at all times no liquids (even
though the container can be recycled), no crisp packets and to
please remember to take the straw out of the recyclable tetrapak
drink carton. It’s now less of a problem so thank you.

Q.2 – What size bins will we need for general waste, recycling and
green waste?

Solution - After monitoring how much rubbish could be recycled for
a few months we arranged with Coventry Council’s Waste Solutions
service a new deal, so we ended up with a smaller general waste
bin with a household sized blue-lidded recycling bin. The rubbish is
still collected weekly but we are also paying less on our annual
waste collection charge. In addition green waste can be taken
away if we call them beforehand. This will useful when the annual
autumn clean up around the church seems to create loads of large
black bags of green waste which can now be made into compost.

A big thank you to Andy Thompson, Harold Croft and Louise Prue’s
Sunday refreshment team who help me to recycle as much material
as possible. We must care for God’s earth in any way we can.

Jan Clemons

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Fabric Report

Just looking back on last year’s fabric report, this year’s report is
going to sound a bit like ‘Groundhog Day’.

As there is still uncertainty about the future of the main buildings we
have not embarked on any real “new” works this year, the main
work that is being done is all about keeping the place in reasonable
order so that we don’t have any major problems building up.

General maintenance is the order of the day, with bulbs being
replaced, flooring being stuck down and toilets being unblocked,
etc. We have installed a blue-roll holder above the baby changing
unit and we are experimenting with double toilet roll holders, the
first being installed in the disabled toilet.

With regards to the ministers’ manse we have replaced some
wallpaper in the hallway which was removed to have damp work
done and we are finalising arrangements to have a complete
kitchen refit, with the outside toilet being moved inside and the
semi-partition wall being removed at the same time.

Don’t forget about the ‘near-miss’ reports – they are located both
upstairs and down. If you spot a problem around the building please
submit one and we will get onto it. Just fill the form in and pop it in
the post-box on your way out of the building.

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Guides Report (16th)

Time to report back again,
can’t be 12 months, how time
flies!

Well firstly, we’ve been trying to get used to a complete overhaul of
our programme. We are still getting used to it. Some really good
ideas and activities, but all information for leaders and Guides is
very wordy….and over complicated…that’s our current impression,
but things are changing as feedback is taken on board!

Our 6 Baden Powell girls from last year have been presented with
their awards and moved on and we have a few more working on the
Baden Powell/Gold Award (the new highest award) overlap
qualification.

We have taken part in trips to Drayton Manor, Wicksteed Park, the
theatre, ice skating, swimming and kayaking and a Division First Aid
day.

We have had a visit from Guide Dogs for the Blind and hope to do
some fundraising next year.

We have taken part in our usual camps as well as some of us being
lucky enough to attend the 4 yearly Arden International Camp held
at Blackwell Court. For most of the time the weather was amazing
(apart from the day with the giant hailstones!) and camping with
girls from Guyana and America was great fun. We made new
friends and learnt lots about them and their ways of life (including
opinions of Donald Trump!)

Our own camp in Norfolk went well, with raft building a firm
favourite. We enjoyed weekends at Fillongley and Rough Close and
the annual overnight challenge of the CASMO competition.

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Hope Village in Malawi

Having visited Hope village in 2008, I left a part of my heart there.
Since then Hearsall has been very supportive of my efforts to fund
raise for them. As well as the church sending money each month to
help with work in the day centre, we also send money for our
sponsored child, Andrew.
With plant sales, coffee morning, walkathon and donations
throughout the year we sent £867.00 in 2018.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Kay

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Inspire School of Dance
Inspire School of Dance offer classes in
Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle to children
and adults here at Hearsall Baptist Church
and have done for over 10 years.

As always the last 12 months have been
incredibly busy ones with our show,
'Dancing Around the World in 90(ish) Minutes', being a huge
success with a record number of dancers taking part and tickets
selling out! Our dancers have also taken IDTA examinations with
fantastic results and are now working towards their next
examinations held in July. In September we begin working on our
next show which will be held in February.

There have been a number of changes within the teaching team as
both Zoe and Rachael decided to hang up their dancing shoes.
Rachael joined the dance school as a primary school pupil and
passed her dance teacher qualifications a few years ago. After a
change of job, she decided that she couldn't commit to the dance
school anymore as her new job involved travelling. Zoe joined the
dance school as a teenager and for many years has volunteered
helping out in the younger classes. Zoe, understandably, decided
that she wanted to spend her Saturday's at home with her family.
We all miss them both terribly.

Andy (my husband and partner in dance related crime) has had an
operation and has been unable to dance for several months. We
look forward to welcoming him back soon.

My daughter Carmen and Lucie (one of our more experienced
dancers) have been excellent, helping out with the younger children
and keeping a smile on my face.

Despite our many changes, we are continuing to go from strength to
strength and have lots of exciting things to look forward to in the
next year.

Kelly-Marie Cooke Page 20

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Lunch Club
Hearsall Luncheon Club continues to flourish and provides a
delicious cooked meal but also friendship, company and
entertainment to 26 members ranging in age from 64 to 93 years.

Sadly we lost Doreen Lewis last year and are grateful to the late
Doris Lea whose £500 donation to the Lunch Club enabled us all to
go on a most enjoyable summer outing to Nottingham where we
embarked onto the Nottingham Princess for a cruise on the River
Trent including a three course meal.

Sandra Noel retired in January 2019 from running the Lunch Club,
which coincided with her 80th birthday, but happily she remains a
member with her husband Derek. We had a wonderful occasion
organised by Annie called ‘This is your Lunch Club’ to reminisce,
celebrate and say a big thank you. Sandra’s contribution to Lunch
Club cannot be underestimated and it says a lot that it now takes
two of us (Annie Leonard and myself) to run it. Thank you and
bless you Sandra for all your hard work and dedication to making
Lunch Club such a wonderful success over so many years.

A successful application to the ‘Together for Change’ initiative
resulted in a £950 grant towards entertainment costs, basic
equipment and transport. It was also decided after discussion with
our members to increase our weekly prices to £5 per meal with an
extra £5 for those who come on the minibus. This now means that
our monthly expenses for running the kitchen and transport are now

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breaking even. We have also received nearly £500 in donations this
year which is most generous and supportive.

Activities this year have included trips to the pantomime and a meal
out in the countryside, armchair keep fit, performances by Martin &
Nick (Separated at Birth), informative talks by Chris Arnot, Harold
Croft, Andy Minty and myself, together with quizzes, bingo, fund
raising for Cancer Research and of course the chance to have a
good chat.

Finally thanks to: Dean’s minibuses which do a marvellous job,
Elspeth, Maureen, Kay, Cynthia, Sue & Anne for their delicious
lunches and to Annie who with Dorothy and Evelyn look after
hospitality. Without their help Lunch Club would not be the success
it is.

Jan Clemons

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Madeira Group.
The group has grown in both numbers and understanding over the
past year. There have had attendance from eleven different people
with an average of seven or so. We now have a ‘WhatsApp’ group
to communicate with each other.

We have learnt many things from scripture, thanks to the support of
David and the continuing of ‘The Week’. Not only have we learnt
more of the Lord and our relationship with God, but we have also
learnt about more ourselves as individuals. Many have found the
opportunity to look at, think about, discuss and pray about the
previous Sunday’s service of great help in enabling them to get the
most out of the spiritual life of the church.

We have always been a caring, sharing group and as such we have
been able to give spiritual and emotional support to each other. We
give each other the reassurance of complete confidentiality within
the group, unless specifically told that it is alright to share
information. We pray together for the Church and for other
members of the church family, and place the situations in the hands
of the Lord. We often pray for individual group members, and their
families who are in need. We also pray for many others on a regular
basis as part of the groups intersessions.

We have taken the opportunity to contribute to the overall spiritual
life of the church and have prepared and lead services I the church
for Easter Wednesday and when visiting preachers are unavailable.

We all enjoy, and look forward to our meetings to learn, share and
pray. The Madeira Group is becoming very much an important part
of our church life and we look forward to continuing and learning
together In the future.

The banter, laughter and good coffee still part of our meetings, as
last year.

Nick.

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Music Report
This year has again been a very
encouraging year for music at
Hearsall. Joan and John have
provided piano and organ
faithfully. Martin, Nick, Peter,
Cynthia, Anne, Annie, and Orane
make up the music group. It
takes huge commitment on
everyone’s part with private
practicing and learning that takes
place out of sight, as well as
needing to turn up early on a
Sunday morning to prepare.

With David, we aim to provide a range of styles and tastes of
musical worship and appreciate that we cannot please everyone all
the time, so bear with us if something facilitates your worship less
well and be encouraged that someone else may be blessed!

We are always looking to embrace new people into the music
group, both vocally and instrumentally, so please talk to Martin if
you would like to get involved.

Thanks also to Frances, who has gathered together, rehearsed and
conducted the choir for our Christmas Carol Service and the
musical contributions were very well received. The Carol Service
again had the musical support of The Midland Brass Ensemble
whose contribution was greatly enjoyed.

I would like to express my thanks to the whole team and a special
thanks to Andy, Peter and Uche who balance the sound each week
and make us appropriately illuminated.

Martin Prue

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Pastoral Care Group

Pastoral Care is at the heart of Christian ministry and many of our
congregation visit and help friends who are either not well, can no
longer get to church, or have problems that cause them concern.
The Pastoral Care Group meet bi-monthly at the home of John and
Linda Wallace and we are very grateful for their warm hospitality.
Our meetings are chaired by our minister David who opens with
prayer which continues throughout our discussions whenever David
deems it appropriate.
To help focus our concerns we often have a topic which can be
wide-ranging, such as loneliness, depression, chronic pain, illness,
bereavement. It is a privilege to be able to help in this way and as
was said in our last report:
‘We as a group are fully aware of the need to respect a person’s
privacy and will never put pressure on any individual to disclose
anything that they are not comfortable with. We aim to just be there
in whatever capacity is needed and never discuss with anyone else
anything that is said between us, unless safeguarding is an issue’.

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Rhymetime

This year we continued our support for the library by running
children's events free to the public, but welcoming donations to
raise library funds. The regular Rhymetime slots comprising of
rhymes, songs and musical movement continued to be popular
throughout the year. In addition to them we ran a number of special
events based on children's books, or a theme which provided free
crafts, stories and singing to over 160 children.

We expanded to twice weekly sessions in October and added
refreshments to increase the perceived value of the group. To do
this the group of families increased their support of the library by
donating cakes, money (and their own skills) to further the project's
success.

The group enjoyed an average attendance of 18 children on a
Tuesday with a maximum of 30. A large pool of families came to
the group with between 66 and 89 different children attending a
term. Of the 30 newcomers each term, 95% returned.

The Friday group enjoyed an average of 11 children per session, 75
different children attended. A large proportion of families attended
both sessions rather than reducing the Tuesday group as expected.
With a similar new attendance and return rate as the Tuesday
group (within the shorter time period).

We ended the year with a Christmas song session and donated 32
books to the children attending them, raising over £40.

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Unfortunately, in January, Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library
group (ECCL) decided to cancel the sessions without warning or full
explanation to either the public or the 7 Rhymetime volunteers.

Initially it was suggested that the group may resume after the
committee had cemented their policies, vision and after April, when
they would be in full managing control of the library. We were
assured that this would be developed with the support of a
community consultation and developed with the same families and
parent volunteers that supported and attended the group.

However we were later informed that this was not to be the case
and the class was resumed by a librarian, then another "sponsor".
Some of the families tried the new groups but the majority either felt
less welcome at the library or that the new group wasn't as suitable
for their children.

Despite our personal upset and disappointment about Rhymetime,
we wish ECCL every luck in the huge responsibility they have taken
on.

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Scout Group Report

This has been yet another busy year for
the group. We have had numerous camps
throughout the year for all the sections,
this means that the young people have
gained several badges each.

This has resulted in three Cub Scout Silver
Chief Scout Awards and three Scout Chief Scout Gold Awards.
Congratulations to all six of them. Hopefully there will be several more
in the next few months. The Sections have also gained their Faith
badge, Disability Awareness badge, Skill’s, Craft, Hike’s Away, and
Nights Away badge, plus many more.

One of our Leaders has completed her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
by doing her residential part in Borneo working with an Orangutan
colony.

We have had four new leaders, two from other groups that have closed,
and two from Warwick University, plus one of our young leader’s has
reached 18 so is now a leader as well. Unfortunately, we had to say
goodbye to a long serving leader with Coventry Scouts who is now living
in Halesowen and finds getting to scouts difficult.

During the year the sections have taken part in District competitions and
events. The Cubs came second in the craft completion in January and
also came second in the quiz. The Beavers won the sports trophy in the
summer of 2018. The Scouts took part in the District trolley Race and
came second. Both the Beavers and the Cubs enjoyed taking part in the
District Christingle services at Christmas, and the Scouts had their usual
meal out instead of a party.

Finally, thoughts of our scout leader Rosemarie, as she is still having
some problems with her health and strength but is recovering slowly.

Joan Beever. Group Scout Leader.

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Social Committee
Last year, 2018, was a very busy
year. We did much cake baking for
our usual cake sales in church and at
Allesley Primary school’s two fund
raising events, also Strawberry Tea,
always a popular event and Cake
Sale Coffee Morning in church. We
also support Kay for her Malawi
Coffee Morning. The cards are still
selling at a steady rate and we thank
Debby for keeping our supply topped
up.

We had the sad privilege of doing the catering for the funerals of
four of our dearly loved church family. We thank everyone who
joined our small team in making each funeral buffet special, and
prepared and served with much love

Once again we thank everyone for their support. Our money pot is
growing, still in the hope that there will be much to spend it on in the
future.

THANK YOU.

Cynthia, Anne, Kay & Angie

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Song and Song and Story Time Story Time

Upon discussion with a core group of
families and volunteers, we identified the need to
develop a new group for us to continue to meet together
after Rhymetime and other provision cuts. Song and Story Time
was born with the following features being seen as vital:

 To run in the afternoon: such sessions are less common but a
lifeline for new parents, and those with children who don't nap.

 For it to be accessible, non-judgemental, non-religious and
inexpensive - parents contribute voluntary.

 For it to be, initially, in a recognisable location (Earlsdon
Methodist Church) and for a mixed age group, so siblings
could attend together.

We wanted it to be run by parents with their children and, as such,
be flexible around families' needs: a flexible start and finish time
where parents/children can participate how they feel able.

As well as providing a fun song and story sessions for under 5s, it
became evident that we had the vision of a developing a group
providing pastoral and practical support to each other. We aim to
foster the right environment for caregivers to share their stories of
parenthood to create a support network.

The twice-weekly group started 2 weeks ago with the financial start
up costs and logistical backing of Hearsall Baptist Church, a
reasonable room rate from Earlsdon Methodist Church and
donations from CTEC. So far we've recruited approx 10 volunteers
and had an attendance of 8 to 17 children per session (during a
holiday period).

We are now starting to advertise the group on social media and
appreciate the church's support.
https://www.facebook.com/sasearlsdon/
songtime@hearsallbaptist.org

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Sunday School
Sunday School is now well-
established at Hearsall, but is
somehow ever-changing. We have
a calendar of all-age communion
services and parade service which
are designed to be accessible to all
ages so those weeks we do not
meet. But other Sundays, during
the morning service, the children
and leaders leave the main church
during the sermon to go to one of
our three groups.

Our main group is aimed at primary school aged children. In this
group, we take a theme, usually from the lectionary and explore it
through stories, songs, crafts, discussions, drama and games. We
have a group for any younger children called “Preschool Praise”. In
this group, we focus more on praise through song and dance, but
always have a short bible story, prayer and colouring. Our final
group is for any older children and this is more of a bible study
discussion group.

We currently have very few children in our older age range in
regular attendance, and so this older group hasn’t met very often
this year. And in recent months we seem to have had most of our
children in the 3-5 year range and so have had many sessions with
the pre-schoolers joining in with the main Sunday School group.

This year we have had 37 children take part, with an average
number of 7.5 each week. As ever, the numbers and age ranges of
the children can vary significantly from week-to-week which can
make it more challenging to prepare materials, but this hasn’t
stopped it from being a great success with children telling us that
they look forward to coming to learn about God in such a fun way.

In August, we enjoyed our annual picnic in the park, enjoying our

lunch and games with friends in the sunshine. At Christmas, we

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danced and sang in another Nativity performance and were blessed
with yet another newborn taking the lead role of baby Jesus. We
again entered in to the Earlsdon Methodist card competition but
didn’t place this year. In January we enjoyed our first epiphany
party, and had a visit from a wise man.

We'd like to thank the church family for the continuing show of
support for the Sunday School, especially the volunteer leaders
who work in pairs on a rota and to those members who have been
bringing their children and grandchildren to join in the fun. We’d
also like to thank Jackie & Fran for organising the Christmas
activities and Sandra for continuing to organise the weekly
resources.

Looking ahead, we hope for continuing growth within the Sunday
school and anticipate many more fun-filled Sundays. Our main
challenges continue to be the fluctuating numbers and wide age
range, but also with fewer leaders, and some taking maternity
leave, we pray that new volunteers might come forward.

Zoe, Andrew and the Sunday School team

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Talking English

During the last year the Talking English group has continued to
thrive. It’s not an enormous group; we had ten enthusiastic
speakers/learners one week, but the average attendance is around
five or six.

There are three or four stalwarts, one who has been coming from
the very beginning, and others who have been regular for two or
three years. We are also still in touch with some who came, and
have moved away, or whose work commitments mean that they
can’t join us any more.

We sit and chat about almost anything – sport, food, shopping,
gardening, world events, and often about the cultures which are
represented in the group. Amongst other activities and games, we
sometimes have a go at an English riddle, with varying amounts of
success. Riddles from other countries present other interesting
challenges. Some riddles translate almost directly, as do some
sayings and proverbs that we come across. The words “It is the
same in my language”, are often heard. Oddities in language,
misunderstandings, mini-confusions and jokes, all lead to a lot of

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laughter, something which keeps us all happy and keen to come
again each week.

To join with visitors from Sri Lanka, Russia,
Romania, and Pakistan, this year we have had
new visitors join us from Venezuela, Hong Kong
and Bulgaria. The list of countries represented
over time gets bigger and bigger.

Some of the group were able to come to our International Evening
in April. They brought family, friends and some amazing examples
of food from their homelands. They all seemed to take part with
gusto, especially three-year-old Ludmilla from St. Petersburg who,
for me, was the star of the Bhangra dance session.

It is quite likely that one of the topics over the next few weeks will
be doctors, nurses, hospitals, operations and how to use crutches
effectively!

Alan Pritchard

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Technical Report
The team have performed steadily through the year providing
technical support for Sunday services and background support for
website updates, etc.

The team are currently three, headed up by Andy Thompson with
Peter Rée on sound and Uche Onyekepe who fills in for absences.
We are grateful to Uche’s wife Orane who also ably assisted when
both Andy and Peter had holiday at the same time.

This year we were tasked by the membership to look at replacing all
the Audio-Visual kit in the Lounge. After casting around for
companies who were interested we only came up with one, and
their quote was rejected on the grounds of cost.

It now looks very much like we will be replacing the bulb in the
projector and fitting a new screen.

If you are from one of our room hire groups and would like to use
the projector/screen/DVD, just let me know for an up-to-date hire
rate.

The children’s Christmas service went with a BANG this year as we
again loaned some pyrotechnics kit and provided some surprises
during the ‘finale ‘.

After renewing our business contract with British Telecom we have
installed a new router which provides free Wi-Fi for our room users.
Unfortunately we can only get it to reach the Pierson Room and the
Lounge at present. To log on, follow the instruction on the purple
posters.

Andy Thompson

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