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July and August 2019 magazine

July and August 2019 magazine

Attached is our Benefice of Walmersley Road July and August 2019 magazine. It’s a bumper edition so grab a brew and find a comfortable chair… Alongside all the normal news, views and ‘what’s on’, you’ll find an article on Spring Harvest with Archbishop Sentamu’s challenge for 2020.

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Blue tokens at Tesco

Blue tokens at Tesco

St John with St Mark School has been chosen by Tesco Bury as one of their projects in their Bags of Help scheme. If they get the most tokens they will receive £4000 towards improvements to their Early Years Playground. Please support the school by asking for your blue tokens – and put it in their collection box.

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Making a donation – at no extra cost!

Making a donation – at no extra cost!

We’ve just registered with easyfundraising. This is a great site where you can raise money for St John with St Mark’s Church with your everyday online shopping. At no extra cost to yourself! Each time you shop online via the easyfundraising website the retailers give the church a percentage donation as a ‘thank you’.

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Formby 2019 – a personal view

Formby 2019 – a personal view

This year’s retreat to the St. Joseph’s Prayer Centre near the National Trust reserve in Formby was once again held in the week leading up to the second May Bank Holiday. The theme this year was the ‘Miracles of Jesus’ and we had several thought provoking sessions on some of these miracles and how they relate to our daily lives in the year 2019.

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June 2019 magazine

June 2019 magazine

Here is our June 2019 magazine. In it you’ll find articles on the fantastic Open Group talk by Jim Metcalf on Community Action Nepal, our Benefice Boundary walk and updates from the very active Mothers’ Union. We also look forward to the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ season which runs from Ascension to Pentecost.

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Summer Fair 2019

Summer Fair 2019

Our very popular Summer Fair will be on Saturday 1st June at St John’s Church Hall, BL9 6NY. Opening time is 11am and we’re normally done by 2pm. So, to avoid missing out on that special pre-loved book, toy or jigsaw please come early. There will also be a plant stall, bric-a-brac, tombolas, games, cakes and lunches. And yes, a raffle…

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Abooo Theatre – MotherAct

Abooo Theatre – MotherAct

Abooo Theatre will be using our hall this Friday 17th May to rehearse for a performance at The Lowry of MotherAct. This is a piece about mothering in all it’s messy glory. It’s being created by a team of mums including a musician, writer, director and several actors. If you’re a mum with a young child and want to participate in their community chorus next week then please read on…

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Boundary walk

Boundary walk

As is now traditional for May, the Walking Group met on the first Saturday to ‘beat the bounds’, i.e. walking the full boundary of both Parishes and reflecting at various points on the route. We were also pleased to be joined by Heidi, Lisa and Natasha, who were in training for a 26-miler later in the year.

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May 2019 church magazine

May 2019 church magazine

Here’s our May magazine. There are articles here on the recent Muslim Christian Forum and details of the walk around our Benefice Boundary. This is about 12 miles long and will be on May 4th. A particularly special date is Wednesday 8th May when Jim Metcalf will be talking to the Open Group about his work with Community Action Nepal. This is a charity founded by Doug Scott CBE. Jim will also be sharing some of his stunning mountain photography.

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Come as strangers, stay as friends

Come as strangers, stay as friends

The Eagles Wing are a mutual support group for asylum seekers and local people in Bury, Lancashire. They have drop-ins and support groups operated by volunteers throughout the week in a number of locations in the town. St John & St Mark’s are very pleased to host the monthly Socials, which meet on the afternoon of the second Saturday.

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April 2019 magazine

April 2019 magazine

It has been a long haul! I noticed in a certain large supermarket a notice reminding customers that Easter was on 21st April – and that was at the beginning of March. They must have been worried that after nearly two months of eggs on the shelves customers would be getting concerned about sell-by dates and/or whether, after all this time, they might have missed Easter altogether!

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March 2019 magazine

March 2019 magazine

Here’s our March 2019 magazine. The hard copy version is available in both our churches, St John and St Mark’s Bury and Christ Church Walmersley. It includes news and views as well as prayers, reflections and what’s on. There’s a special piece on John Wesley and details about our Lent Bible Studies.

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Church lunches in Bury

Church lunches in Bury

Many people live on their own and are looking for some company during the day. If there’s food involved then so much the better! So, we asked the ladies and gents that lunch at Christ Church for some recommendations of where to go at lunchtime…

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May Retreat

May Retreat

We’re returning to St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Formby for our annual Retreat. This will be from Wednesday May 22nd to Friday May 24th 2019. The Prayer Centre is in a really lovely position, close to both the sandy beach and the National Trust Forest. The break is a mix of time spent together, plenty of personal space and trips out in the local area.

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February 2019 magazine

February 2019 magazine

Here’s our February 2019 magazine. The hard copy version is available in both our churches. It includes news and views as well as prayers, reflections and what’s on. Plus a great letter from Margery Spencer about preconceptions.

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