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Category: Nurture

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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Don’t miss out

Don’t miss out

There’s lots going on in the next few weeks at St John with St Mark’s and Christ Church Walmersley. So, don’t miss out! Next up: Saturday 28th Sep is a Coffee Morning & Book fair at St John’s. Then on Sunday 29th we have our ALM Celebration service at Christ Church then Sunday@Seven in the evening.

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The faith challenge

The faith challenge

Picking up on recent media sound bites, faith seems to getting a much more negative vibe – “We’ve lost faith in the justice system”; “The country has no faith in politicians”.
Closer to home, in relation to Bury FC, “the fans have lost faith in the current owner”. Though the latest chairman statement calls us fans to hang on in there and have faith!

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Possessed by possessions?

Possessed by possessions?

My sister was on a course for very important nurses. She was, at the time, the senior nursing officer for Cambridge and attended the course with matrons from all over the country – a fierce regiment of women. During the night the fire alarms went off and gathered on the lawn of the house were these redoubtable ladies in dressing gowns and hair nets…

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Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty

Christian debt support is now available in Bury thanks to Bury Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

The new service is offering free, face-to-face debt counselling to all, regardless of age, background, ethnicity or faith.

The CAP Debt Coaches visit people in their homes, negotiate with creditors on the client’s behalf and support people until they are debt free.

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I called, you answered – S@S

I called, you answered – S@S

Our next Sunday@Seven service is August 25th in the hall at Christ Church.

The theme this time is ‘I called, you answered’, which is taken from the amazing Psalm 138.

If you enjoy hymns old & (very) new then we’d love to see you!

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Bible readings: August 2019

Bible readings: August 2019

Here are the Bible readings for August 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!

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The art of hospitality

The art of hospitality

Can I ask an indelicate question? Who here is in their 80’s? Or 90’s? Anyone older? Today we have that wonderful picture of the 3 visitors who come to bring startling news to Abraham and Sarah. Well, more to Sarah actually. The news is that within a year, the 89 year old Sarah will become pregnant and have that long-awaited, long-promised child.

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