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Dayspring Steel Band 

As Christians, we are urged to praise ‘God from whom all blessings flow’, ‘Praise God in all things’ and ‘Make a joyful noise to the Lord’. There are many ways to do this, not all of them pleasing to the ear! Once in a while a band comes along that lifts both its members and all those who hear them, to a place of joyful praise. The ‘Dayspring Steel Band’ of Earlsdon Methodist Church is that sort of band. They are also a witness to our local community of the joy of playing music for God’s glory.

The band’s repertoire of both Christian and non-Christian scores are presently arranged by Steve Fox, the band’s co-leader. The children who make up this band are from the local area and are not all churchgoers. But welcoming local children in to feel at home in our church, whether Christians or not, is an important part of the mission of ‘Dayspring’.

The group meets weekly in term time to practice hard for concerts and shorter performances, that are aimed to build up confidence and self-esteem in the young people of the band. The band is kept running by a team of helpers, and the music side is run by Steve and Ruth Fox, who lead the rehearsals and concerts. Both Ruth and Steve started off in the band as teenagers and have carried on to become leaders themselves. Now they lead two bands, Dayspring 1 and 2 in addition to being parents to Jake and Toby.

Being part of this band is a huge commitment and presents many practical and mental challenges to both leaders and children. Last year for instance, the band played a number of venues, some of which were outside. Longford Park was memorable in that the band played on bravely despite there being no shelter, stage or marquees. Indeed, when rain clouds tipped out a shower during the intermission, the young people were offered the chance to ‘abort mission’. They all, to a person, chose to go out and play anyway, with parents holding umbrellas over the performers. There have been several experiences where problems with venues or hosts have failed to quash the band’s determination and sense of humour.

Steve writes "As a parent ‘roadie’, I see first hand the challenges of taking a children’s band on the road. I never fail to be moved by the upbeat attitude of the kids, the dedication of the leaders and the beautiful, positive and at times holy music that shimmers out from the pans of Dayspring. I am proud to be able to say, as I help unload drums and various kit from the van: ‘Yeah, I’m with the band.’" 

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Currently we are not offering tea, coffee and biscuits after the service due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, but it is hoped we can re start soon.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet off the back of church.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am, but when the music is led by our Worship Band, we have a few hymns &/or songs before the service starts. There is then a warm welcome from one of our Stewards. Church news & extra notices may also be given at this time. Our services are typically an hour long, with a mixture of hymns, prayers, bible readings and a sermon. One of our leaders will give the sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We finish with a final worship song before a final prayer is said. (Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.)

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What about my kids?

If you would like information of the activities available for children when they restart please Contact Us.

Have you got children? Would you like to bring them to church?

Earlsdon Methodist Church aims to provide a safe & welcoming environment in which children can be themselves & have fun learning about our Christian faith. Please see our Sunday Services page for more information on Sunday morning groups for children.

Current mid-week groups available for children are as follows:

  • Prayers & Bears – every Wednesday morning starting at 8.45 am. This is hosted by the church but led by Tulo & Sarah Raistrick from St Barbara’s C of E Church & is open to parents & carers with children aged ?).
  • Dayspring Steel Band – please follow this link for more information.

In addition to the above we now have two youth pastors, Ruda & Ady, & we welcome the new opportunities that they are bringing for our children & youth

If you have any questions about any of the above then please Contact Us .


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, morning, afternoons and evenings.

Our groups include:-

  • Tuesday Prayer Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship
  • Wednesday Word
  • Dayspring Steel Band
  • Wellspring Café
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.
  We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes