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Show yourselves to be my disciples

Show yourselves to be my disciples

Our next Sunday@Seven service is October 27th in the hall at Christ Church.

The theme this time is ‘Show yourselves to be my disciples’, which is taken from John 15.

Sunday@Seven is held on the last Sunday of every month. If you enjoy hymns old & (very) new then we’d love to see you!

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Eagles Wing: Stay as friends

Eagles Wing: Stay as friends

Eagles Wing are a mutual support group for asylum seekers and local people in Bury, Lancashire. Their aim is to befriend newcomers to our town. Old friends can make sure that no one is lonely and isolated when they arrive here. They have members from all over the world, speaking many different languages.

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Mind the gap

Mind the gap

The message from Nigel and I is: go, share your experience, tell about what you’ve seen, testify to what you know to be true. Because whether you know it or not, or like it or not, you’re all preachers! You each have a story to tell, a testimony to give…

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October 2019 magazine

October 2019 magazine

Here is our October 2019 magazine.
We have write-ups from our various groups and lots of upcoming activities to tell you about. Plus a harvest letter from the Vicar.

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Bible readings for October 2019

Bible readings for October 2019

Here are the Bible readings for October 2019 (it’ll soon be Christmas!) which we’ll be using in church.

If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings – then here you go!

The scriptures this month include a wandering Aramean, a persevering wrestler and a mobile mulberry tree…

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The shrewd manager

The shrewd manager

When I first looked at our readings for today, I thought “O Good, the gospel of Luke. It will be a nice parable. But Oh no. A very difficult piece –and when I read the other passages it did not get much better” I didn’t get it. It was doing my head in.

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Our top posts

Our top posts

Three quarters of the way through 2019 already! So, we thought we’d share with you our top 5 posts so far this year. They are each very different but they are a good representation of what we publish. You might have missed them the first time – or you might enjoy reading them again!

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Moses and the Goldfish

Moses and the Goldfish

I read an article recently that said in the year 2000, TV adverts had to grab a persons’ attention within 12 seconds or they weren’t effective. By 2013 that had dropped to 8 seconds. The attention span of a goldfish is said to be 9 seconds. So, longer than humans now…

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The gospels

The gospels

There are four gospels in the bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Three are similar to each other: Matthew, Mark and Luke. One is very different: John. Why are there four gospels that are so different and yet so similar in the case of three?

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Bury FC – lessons for the church?

Bury FC – lessons for the church?

Bill Shankly famously said “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I can assure them it is much more serious than that”. Seeing the reactions of followers of Bury FC over recent days gives credence to that point of view. It comes home to you that football supporters do have a great sense of community, of belonging, of common identity, of being in fellowship, in a family.

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St Bartholomew and the PoW

St Bartholomew and the PoW

In a book written some 50 years ago, the Editor quotes a poem written on the wall of a prison cell by an English Prisoner of War. It was written before his execution. In it he unites himself to his suffering Redeemer and prays for his murderers. This poem is all we know of that heroic martyr.

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September 2019 magazine

September 2019 magazine

Here’s our packed September 2019 magazine. There’s a lot going on in the Walmersley Benefice at the moment and you’ll find plenty of news about upcoming events. There are also articles from the Walking Group, Open Group and Mothers’ Union. But there’s space too for prayer and reflection – plus some celebratory photos (including the one above with Vivienne and Barry being photo-bombed by the Bishop).

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Bible readings for September 2019

Bible readings for September 2019

Here are the Bible readings for September 2019 which we’ll be using in church. If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings then here you go!

This month’s scriptures include God’s promises to the children of Israel made in Deuteronomy and a selection of parables told by Jesus.

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You gotta have faith(fulness)

You gotta have faith(fulness)

My Mum’s family were very keen on taking and keeping photos. Her Dad wasn’t the greatest photographer though and most of them have the top of the heads chopped off, or half a person to one side, or a finger part-way over the lens. However, these photos were precious and kept in a box rather than thrown away.

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Hebrews to Dominic

Hebrews to Dominic

Faith, says Hebrews, ‘gives substance to our hopes and makes us certain of realities we do not see’. We have not seen Jesus, unless we have had a vision. We have not seen Jesus but at some level, in some way we believe in him and trust in him and see him as our friend and saviour.

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