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December Magazine

December Magazine

If you come along to either of the churches in our Walmersley Road Benefice you can pick up a copy of our December magazine. We would love to see you! Inside this Christmas and New Year edition you’ll see prayers, Bible readings and meditations plus details on activities and services. There’s also a letter from Barbara Silvester…

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Standing at the gate – S@S

Standing at the gate – S@S

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on December 30th. The theme is ‘Standing at the gate’.

This is a chance for more informal worship, prayer and meditation.

We’ll meet in the Back Room at Christ Church Hall. Brews and cake will be on hand!

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Bible readings for December

Bible readings for December

Here are our Bible readings for December 2018. So if you can’t get to church and want to follow the same scripture passages then here you go. Or if you just want to read up in advance for the Sunday to come, then please make use of below.

But come on – it’s Christmas! We’d love to see you in church! Our carol service is on Sunday 23rd December, 6.30pm at Christ Church, Walmersley.

And if you live away from us then please go to a service near you.

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Jonah, Jesus, Fred and you

Jonah, Jesus, Fred and you

We’re each asked to follow our own particular call, to make the most of what we’re given and not waste it. To show the love & mercy of God to anyone we come across – even when we don’t feel particularly able. Because if we don’t then who will? And we too can be messed up and conflicted, just like Jonah.

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Flippin heck – Lazarus and wow moments

Flippin heck – Lazarus and wow moments

I used to play the piano at a nursery school, so that the children knew that music didn’t always come from a machine. There was a 3 year old who had major problems who called me Mrs. Piano and he was a gem…

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Being disciples – Advent Bible study

Being disciples – Advent Bible study

Our Advent Bible studies this year will be based on Rowan Williams’ book, ‘Being Disciples’.

The book was described by the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as ”Here is quite the most beautiful writing on discipleship I know. I am grateful for the inspiration that I find in these pages. I commend it to those who have been on this journey a long time, as well as to anyone who wonders what on earth following Jesus is all about.”

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May he keep you from falling

May he keep you from falling

From the little bit we know about the lives of Simon and Jude we can find an example of what it means to love one another. They stuck it out, even when times got tough.  They might have hesitated a bit on Good Friday, perhaps even like the others they ran away. But Simon and Jude went on to be faithful witnesses of the saving power of Jesus.

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Bible readings for November

Bible readings for November

Here are the Bible readings for November. So if you can’t get to Church and want to follow the same scripture passages then here you go. Or if you just want to read up in advance for the Sunday to come, then please make use of below.

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Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday

The church is ‘dressed’ ready for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 14th October at 10.30am.  You’re very welcome to join us as we plough the fields and scatter! Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs will all be with us.

All donations of food will go to the Porch Boxes and the Booth Centre.

Afterwards there will be a Harvest lunch in the hall.

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Our journey

Our journey

On preparing for holidays, bags are packed and we’re ready to be off.  It’s an illustration I often use at a Baptism service. Once your bags are packed and loaded into the car you don’t then just sit on the drive for a week and come back raving about what a lovely time you’ve had of it.  That would be pointless.  You’ve made preparations: you make the journey. 

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October Magazine

October Magazine

This is our October magazine which includes a farewell from Gill Barnett, who is moving to a new role in Rochdale…

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Prayers for a priest taking up a new role

Prayers for a priest taking up a new role

These ‘prayers for a priest’ are for the Reverend Gill Barnett whose final service with us was today, Sunday 30th September. She takes up a new post from 21st October as Priest-in-Charge of Healey & Hamer and St. Ann, Belfield.

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Bible readings for October

Bible readings for October

Here are the Bible readings for October. So if you can’t get to Church and want to follow the same scripture passages then here you go. Or if you just want to read up in advance for the Sunday to come, then please make use of below.

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Two kinds of Wisdom

Two kinds of Wisdom

A picture of wisdom was drawn by comedian, Milton Jones, comparing it to cutlery. He said wisdom is not like that special set of knives and forks you keep for certain occasions, locked away in a velvet-lined box – all pristine and shiny. Rather wisdom is like a Swiss Army knife, worn and pitted, used and useful, honed and sharpened.

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Harvest Festival and giving back

Harvest Festival and giving back

For many, today is Harvest Festival. It’s celebrated on the day of the full moon in the Autumnal Equinox, which this year is the 24th Sept. So, if the sky is clear then tonight you’ll see the Harvest Moon.

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