St John & St Mark Church Bury

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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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September Magazine

September Magazine

Creation Season runs from September 1st, the start of the Orthodox year, through to St Francis day on October 4th.

Churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the Earth and for all that lives upon it.

Its start and end dates reflect that it is a shared idea between Western and Eastern Christianity.

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July & August Magazine

July & August Magazine

Jesus took to the sea and to the hills when he needed time to rest, to reflect on his life’s journey. We all need to do that and if we are able to spend a little time in different surroundings it really does help our perspective on where we are at. It doesn’t have to be a fortnight sailing around the Mediterranean – a day or two on retreat at Formby can be just as rewarding.

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Harold Wild – Shot down by Blue Max

Harold Wild – Shot down by Blue Max

Second Lt Harold Wild served in 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He lived on Tile Street, Fernhill.

On the 16th June 1918 he was shot down by Karl Bolle who commanded the Jasta 2 squadron. Karl was a ‘Blue Max’ and had studied at Oxford.

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Co-op community support

From John Pearcey at the Co-op: I am going to set up a monthly coffee morning for local community groups. Come along, have a brew and a chat while learning what is going on in the area. It’s also a chance to pick the brains of others who more experienced in community work.

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Corporal Arthur Openshaw Siddell Smith

Corporal Arthur Openshaw Siddell Smith

Corporal Arthur Smith served in ‘D’ Battery, 23rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

He died of his wounds on 9th June 1918.

He was just 21 years old.

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Geoff Stokes goes to jail!

Geoff Stokes goes to jail!

Geoff Stokes began his journey to incarceration aged eight. A year later he joined Elmwood in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. John Stratton, a Peaky Blinders-like figure, became a very big influence in Geoff’s life.  John is still at large in the South Staffordshire area, so be careful!

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Surprise Find: W.Riley

Surprise Find: W.Riley

Dear Mr Midgley. It is not the children’s fault that they are late this morning. They were downstairs some 3 hours during the gunfire & were not roused until much beyond the usual time. Yours sincerely, W.Riley

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Being discerning

Being discerning

The cartoon below seemed appropriate as we think about what ‘being church’ means for us. We all have different callings. Some of that happens on a Sunday but mostly it’s what we do during the week that can make all the difference.

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Lance Corp John Smith

Lance Corp John Smith

In memory of Lance Corporal John Smith who died 21st April 1917, aged just 26. He left a wife and 2 children.

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Radio Manchester – April 21st

Radio Manchester – April 21st

Producer & Director Debbie Cooper will be on Radio Manchester on Saturday 21st April talking about the Giving Back award

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Cafe Church & Setting God’s people free

Cafe Church & Setting God’s people free

As part of our response to ‘Setting God’s people free’, Café Church on 8th April 2018 looked at 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 and considered what it meant to be the body of Christ

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