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!Read more
God uses that amazing visual aid. He says to Abram “Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be”. Abram had said look at me… God said look up, look out, look beyond. I’m going to wildly exceed your expectations.Read more
Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on March 31st, meeting together in the Barritt room in St John’s Hall.
The theme this time is: ‘Approaching Easter’ and we will be looking at some of the events leading up to Easter.
Of course the technical term for this period is Lent. As someone once said “Lent is from the Latin word meaning giving stuff up and not banging on about it!”Read more
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.Read more
Here are the Bible readings that we will be using in church during March.
We’re in the run-up to Easter and there are some wonderful, familiar passages to rediscover.
So if you can’t be with us or if you want to read the passages in advance, then here you go.Read more
For our Lent Bible Studies this year we will be following a fascinating approach to looking at Scripture.
This will be based on work done by Anna Carter Florence, in her book ‘Rehearsing Scripture’, which really encourages us to encounter and experience the Bible passages together.
We’ll be meeting throughout Lent at Christ Church Hall on Thursday afternoons from 2pm and Monday evenings at 150 Walmersley Road from 7.30pm.Read more
The Beatitudes in Matthew are essentially attached to what you might call inner, spiritual qualities – things like meekness, righteousness and mercy. In Luke they are attached to external, physical conditions of poverty and suffering. Both lists are a series of bombshells.Read more
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.Read more