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ACTIVITIES

The following are either church based activities or activities led by church members and as such are open to any member of the community as appropriate. Simply come along or call the contact listed. Also check the fortnightly notices for dates relating to these groups.  Further down the page (please scroll down) you will find a list of other regular activities that occur on our premises that may or may not involve church members but are not specifically church based or church run. Please make contact with the relevant people for these before turning up unless otherwise directed.

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SUNDAY WORSHIP - see Worship page

PRAYER GROUP - meets on ALTERNATE Tuesdays at 10 am. Anyone interested in supporting the church's prayer life is welcome. Prayer requests for individuals or situations in our world are also welcome and will be treated in confidence. For prayer requests or more information contact Angela and Ian Jones on 01527-876679 or email angela.ian23@talktalk.net 

COFFEE@CMCC - our name for Coffee at Catshill Methodist Church Centre - a friendly welcome awaits from 10 am until 12 noon* on Friday and Saturday mornings - no charges - just a small donation requested for coffee/tea and a biscuit - and the chat is free! Money raised from these small donations are given to charitable causes and since first opening we've given over £18,000 to local, national and international charities. 

* During term time the coffee shop opens at 9 am on Fridays for parents/carers of children from local preschools, nurseries, schools etc to pop in for a free drink and toast. During the winter it stays open until 1.30 pm on Fridays with soup and a roll from noon.

RENDEZVOUS - meets fortnightly on Thursday mornings from 10 am - a place to relax, meet new friends, have a laugh, chat over a cup of tea or coffee. At 10.30 we hear a variety of interesting speakers for about an hour and we finish around 11.45. An amount of £2 is requested to help with the cost of speakers etc.

All welcome. For further information contact either Tricia on 07973702507 email malcandtricia@outlook.com or Brenda on 07816627124 email Brendatristram@gmail.com  Also see the church notices for details of the next event (click here for the notices page) or click here for the current 6 month schedule of planned meetings.

BUSY BEES - A group for those interested in crafts such as sewing, crochet, knitting etc. Meets on alternate Thursdays 10.30 am - 12.30). Call 01527-836146 for information

YOUNG AT HEART (previously called Tuesday at 8) - meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 normally in the youth hall. Speakers on a variety of subjects. 

BaC-Up GROUP (Bereaved and Carer's Group) - previously called Carer's Group - meets for chat, coffee and relaxation (and occasional speakers) on the last Tuesday of each month from 2.30 until 4 pm. A chance for carers and those bereaved to get support. All welcome. Contact Di (0121 445 3595) for more details or encouragement.

AARADHANA - “Aaradhana”, which means 'an act of glorifying God' or 'Worship', is our monthly Wednesday evening group for Christian fellowship, conversation, Bible study and more. The group meets at 7.30 p.m. in the manse next door to the church and usually mid month - the actual dates will normally appear in the fortnightly church notices - click here to move to the notices page to view, download or print the latest notices/newsletter. All welcome to join in this midweek group - you can dip in and out, according to your interest or availability.

CHOIRS - the church has a choir that meets on Thursday evenings between 7 and 8 p.m. usually when preparing to take part in services. There is also a men's choir that meets between 6.15 and 7 pm when preparing to participate in services and other events. Email  miriambedford1955@gmail.com for details

YOUTH GROUPS - currently the youth group/club is not meeting, but watch this space for more updates.

Activites that are not specifically church based include:

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Rainbows & Brownies  provides opportunities for girls from the age of 5 upwards to meet together for fun, friendship and activity. If you would like further information about Rainbows, Brownies and/or Guides please email girlguidingcatshill@outlook.com  If you wish to enquire about a place and/or be put on the waiting list please go to https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/information-for-parents/register-your-daughter/ 

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Catshill Rising Stars Pre School takes children from 2 years old to school age, open Mondays to Fridays from 9-3 pm term time only. Call 07725 746829 or email catshillrisingstars@outlook.com for more information. Also see www.catshillrisingstarspreschool.com

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Bromsgrove & Redditch NHS Retirement Fellowship exists to maintain friendships and make new friends amongst those retired from the NHS (or those about to retire) or social care and their companions. The group offers a range of social and leisure activities and meets on alternate Wednesdays from 10 am until 12 (noon) commencing January 7th 2015. For more information contact Shirley on 07944 578509 or email br.nhs.rf@gmail.com or see Bromsgrove & Redditch NHS Retirement Fellowship.site123.me)

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Blackwell Concert Band rehearse on Thursday evenings in the church hall. It is a  fun and friendly band made up of over 60 players who play a wide range of music and perform at various venues around the region. These include local bandstands, village fetes, charity fund-raising events and more formal concerts raising money for our chosen charity Macmillan.  For more information about the band and gigs or for bookings please visit our website www.blackwellconcertband.co.uk or email us on blackwellconcertband98@gmail.com 

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Bromsgrove Amateur Strings is a very friendly training orchestra, formed to give adults and children the opportunity to explore the string orchestra repertoire and enjoy playing together. The standard ranges from approx Grade 3-8, and no audition is necessary. We perform from time to time, and past and present repertoire includes serious music by composers such as Handel, Purcell & Tchaikovsky as well as folk music and songs from the shows! Contact Marco at marcodeboni@hotmail.com for more info.

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Zumba with Kim meets Wednesday’s from 7.30-8.30pm. Kim is a ZIN™ Member and  licensed Zumba teacher. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music such as Salsa, Cumbria, Merengue and Reggaeton. Zumba can support a healthy heart, build muscle, improve coordination and flexibility, promotes healthy weight loss and can be a great stress reliever. If any concern about exercising you should check with your medical practitioner before starting. Classes are £5 each or 5 class card for £22.50 and you will need sensible footwear, a towel and water. There is more information and reactions from Kim’s students on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zumbawithkimbadger/ or you can visit Kim’s instructor Zumba page (https://www.zumba.com/en-US/profile/Kim_Badger/1769990 or call 07557 647072

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Chloe May's Dance Academy is a traditional dance school with a modern twist. With a combined number of 300 dancers in Bromsgrove & Kidderminster, they are passionate about providing an encouraging, supportive and fun dance environment for all and strive to help dancers become the best dancers they can be. Dance classes are available from walking toddlers right up to adults. In Bromsgrove, they offer Ballet, Tap & Modern Jazz, Acro Dance, Cheer Dance and Adult Tap Dance classes. From thematic and story-driven classes for younger dancers (Melody Bear and Acro Antics) to IDTA and Acrobatic Arts classes for older dancers, there is an exciting world of dance available to suit all ages, personalities and tastes. There are also opportunities to take part in regular performances, shows, fancy dress days and more. All staff at the Academy are fully qualified teachers and/or industry professionals with enhanced DBS certifications. All teachers are First Aid trained. Trial classes are £6/£6.20 for children and free for adults. Classes run at Catshill Methodist Church on Thursday evenings and various other locations throughout the week. To learn more and book a trial class, please visit their website here: https://chloemaysdanceacademy.co.uk/

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