St John & St Mark Church Bury

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June 2019 magazine

June 2019 magazine

Here is our June 2019 magazine. In it you’ll find articles on the fantastic Open Group talk by Jim Metcalf on Community Action Nepal, our Benefice Boundary walk and updates from the very active Mothers’ Union. We also look forward to the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ season which runs from Ascension to Pentecost.

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Prayer for peace in Ukraine

Prayer for peace in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Church on Bury Old Road is inviting Christians from all traditions to join them in prayers for peace.

The postcode for the church is M7 4PX.

The service will take place on Sunday 23rd June at 3pm.

It will be supported by the Right Reverend John Arnold, Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford. Also helping will be Reverend Karen Lund, Anglican Archdeacon of Manchester, along with other church leaders.

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Summer Fair 2019

Summer Fair 2019

Our very popular Summer Fair will be on Saturday 1st June at St John’s Church Hall, BL9 6NY. Opening time is 11am and we’re normally done by 2pm. So, to avoid missing out on that special pre-loved book, toy or jigsaw please come early. There will also be a plant stall, bric-a-brac, tombolas, games, cakes and lunches. And yes, a raffle…

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Abooo Theatre – MotherAct

Abooo Theatre – MotherAct

Abooo Theatre will be using our hall this Friday 17th May to rehearse for a performance at The Lowry of MotherAct. This is a piece about mothering in all it’s messy glory. It’s being created by a team of mums including a musician, writer, director and several actors. If you’re a mum with a young child and want to participate in their community chorus next week then please read on…

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Thinking of fostering?

Thinking of fostering?

Currently Bury has a shortage of foster carers.

Perhaps you’ve thought about it before but never taken the next step?

Or maybe this is the first time that you’ve considered it?

The poster on this page gives you all the details that you need.

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Boundary walk

Boundary walk

As is now traditional for May, the Walking Group met on the first Saturday to ‘beat the bounds’, i.e. walking the full boundary of both Parishes and reflecting at various points on the route. We were also pleased to be joined by Heidi, Lisa and Natasha, who were in training for a 26-miler later in the year.

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Light up the world – S@S

Light up the world – S@S

Our next Sunday@Seven service is May 26th. We’ll be meeting again at the hall in Christ Church. The theme is ‘Light up the world’ which is the strap-line from Thy Kingdom Come.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. It’s an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

We will have both churches open for morning and evening prayer during Thy Kingdom Come, which runs 11 days from May 30th.

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Easter us

Easter us

Easter us – a modern day Psalm written by Walter Brueggemann. You God who terrified the waters, who crashed your thunder, who shook the earth, and scared the wits out of chaos. You God who with strong arm saved your people by miracle and wonder and majestic act…

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The heavens declare

The heavens declare

At our last Sunday@Seven I was given a two minute slot to say something about Psalm 19. Think of it as a speed sermon! The intention is to have an ‘open mic’ section in future Sunday@Seven services for anyone who feels led to share a word or two, either prepared or off the cuff.

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Seeing is believing – or is it?

Seeing is believing – or is it?

Seeing is believing – or is it? Do we believe everything we read in the newspapers or see on television or on film? Not always and rightly so. You only have to see what can be done to a digital photograph using the latest computer technology to know that the old adage “What can’t speak can’t lie” is no longer true.

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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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Bible readings for May 2019

Bible readings for May 2019

Here are the Bible readings that we will be using in church during May.

In this Easter season we have readings from Acts rather than the Older Testament.

You could play ‘spot the sermon’ – which passage is the preacher most likely to preach on and what do you think they will say?

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Glory of the Risen Lord – S@S

Glory of the Risen Lord – S@S

Our next Sunday@7 service will be on April 28th, meeting together in the hall at Christ Church. In the follow up to Easter, the theme this time is: ‘The Glory of the Risen Lord’.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

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Blowing the doors off

Blowing the doors off

Fragrance has deep significance for us. It’s supposed to be one of the best memory triggers. Even years on, a certain aroma can take us back to a particular time and place. Our Gospel reading tells us about Mary, washing the feet of Jesus with a pint of pure spikenard. A pint!

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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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