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Category: Nurture

We don’t go alone

We don’t go alone

Can I ask all the men and boys in the congregation to stand up please if you’re able? If you’re 80 years or older then please sit down again. If you’re 69 or younger, then please sit down. That should leave us with men in their seventies… So, can I borrow you up at the front here for a few minutes please?

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We are prepared

We are prepared

Jesus shared this story to give us our own template on how we too can resist temptation. He taught us which tools we can use, the words of God. To be prepared for when it comes our way, when we are vulnerable.

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Lent 2020

Lent 2020

Lent is one of the most important periods in the Christian calendar. So, it would be really good to see you at one or more of the following events…

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March 2020 magazine

March 2020 magazine

Here’s our March 2020 church magazine. There are thoughts about Lent and Mothering Sunday plus more on the upcoming 250th celebrations for St John’s. Also lots of news and views from our various groups as well as this letter from our Reader Emeritus Margery Spencer…

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Sit somewhere different

Sit somewhere different

He walked down one of the narrow streets then hesitated a moment before entering the potter’s shed. First, he was hit by the smell of wet clay. Then the sound of the wheel turning. He saw the bowl of water, the liquid clay on the hands…

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March 2020 Bible readings

March 2020 Bible readings

Here are the March 2020 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church during the season of Lent. This month includes eating the wrong food, getting away from it all, being asked to ‘go’ but no destination given, spit (!), skeletons and someone special in tears.

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In the beginning

In the beginning

Here are the opening verses of Genesis… ‘First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared’.

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A well-watered garden

A well-watered garden

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. The Lord will guide… but often he’ll do that through you and me. We’re the ones who act as signposts for others.

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Be transformed

Be transformed

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on Sunday 23rd February 2020 in the Barritt Room at St John with St Mark, Bury. The theme this time is ‘Be transformed’ which is taken from Romans chapter 12.

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Carrying hopes and dreams

Carrying hopes and dreams

We are the inheritors of the salvation Simeon proclaimed. We are carrying hopes and dreams of a time when God’s kingdom will fully come and God’s will be fully done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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February 2020 magazine

February 2020 magazine

Here’s our February 2020 magazine. There’s news and views plus articles on Lent. There are also pieces on the Lite lunch and the Pantomime. Plus this letter from our Authorised Lay Minister Nigel Silvester…

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February 2020 Bible readings

February 2020 Bible readings

Here are the February 2020 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church as the season of Epiphany moves into Lent. This month we leap from the Presentation in the Temple to the Transfiguration, encountering soap, salt and bushels along the way… all in a few weeks.

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Ecclesia

Ecclesia

This is challenging stuff. It is clear that ticking-over is not an option. To achieve the Vision we do need to change gear from just maintaining what we have and to move into mission mode. That means we need to do more than turn up for worship on a Sunday…

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Stop and Listen

Stop and Listen

Moses was 80 years old. He’d been tending someone else’s flock for 40 years. One day, he was out with the sheep, probably thinking about his pension plan, when he took a different path – and from there he saw a bush that was burning. His life completely changed direction…

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Identifying

Identifying

Old Trafford has a number of places of worship. Our banns were heard at St Hilda’s, Old Trafford. But far and away the largest place of worship has thousands of adherents. Every Saturday, or thereabouts, they gather to chant devotion to their god. At times they will invite the leader of the worship, dressed in black, to improve his eyesight. They cheer whenever the team in red puts the ball into the net…

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