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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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First Aid @ St John’s – session 2

First Aid @ St John’s – session 2

The British Red Cross will be holding a free 2 hour training course on ‘Helping adults at greater risks of falls’. Particularly appropriate with the weather as it is! This will be at St John’s Hall from 9.15am on Saturday 2nd February 2019. It’s a repeat of the course held in November.

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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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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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God here…hello?… hello?

God here…hello?… hello?

“By entering this church it may be possible that you hear “the call of God”. 

However, it is less probable that He will call you on your mobile. 

Thank you for turning off your phones.     

If you want to talk to God, enter, choose a quiet place and talk to him.  

If you want to see him, send him a text while driving.”

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Bury to Heaton Park walk

Bury to Heaton Park walk

During our Bury to Heaton Park walk we took in the River Roch, Unsworth Pole and Egypt Farm before getting to Heaton Park.

Whilst there we visited the monument to John Paul II who with the help of his ‘popemobile’ had taken mass there in 1982.

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Journey of faith & Gill’s leaving do

Journey of faith & Gill’s leaving do

Join us in a celebration of our journey of faith on 30th September from 10.30 am at a joint service at Christ Church.

We’ll also be saying goodbye to Gill Barnett as she packs her bags and takes up her new post in Rochdale.

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Open Group in Autumn

Open Group in Autumn

As the name of the group suggests the evening is open to all. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. It starts at 7.30pm and normally lasts just over an hour with a brew and a chat at the end.

One of the sessions is a Craft Night, hence the photo above. But most evenings are listening to speakers, either visitors or people from our own congregation.

If you’ve not been before, go on, give it a try!

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