Our Advent Bible studies this year will be based on Rowan Williams’ book, ‘Being Disciples’.
The book was described by the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as ”Here is quite the most beautiful writing on discipleship I know. I am grateful for the inspiration that I find in these pages. I commend it to those who have been on this journey a long time, as well as to anyone who wonders what on earth following Jesus is all about.”Read more
From the little bit we know about the lives of Simon and Jude we can find an example of what it means to love one another. They stuck it out, even when times got tough. They might have hesitated a bit on Good Friday, perhaps even like the others they ran away. But Simon and Jude went on to be faithful witnesses of the saving power of Jesus.Read more
4Louis is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and the death of a baby or child. They also work to improve the care bereaved families receive from health care and other professionals.
To raise funds we will be holding a Christmas Fair at St John with St Mark’s Hall from 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Sunday 2nd December.
The church is ‘dressed’ ready for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 14th October at 10.30am. You’re very welcome to join us as we plough the fields and scatter! Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs will all be with us.
All donations of food will go to the Porch Boxes and the Booth Centre.
Afterwards there will be a Harvest lunch in the hall.Read more
On preparing for holidays, bags are packed and we’re ready to be off. It’s an illustration I often use at a Baptism service. Once your bags are packed and loaded into the car you don’t then just sit on the drive for a week and come back raving about what a lovely time you’ve had of it. That would be pointless. You’ve made preparations: you make the journey.Read more
A picture of wisdom was drawn by comedian, Milton Jones, comparing it to cutlery. He said wisdom is not like that special set of knives and forks you keep for certain occasions, locked away in a velvet-lined box – all pristine and shiny. Rather wisdom is like a Swiss Army knife, worn and pitted, used and useful, honed and sharpened.Read more
“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.”Read more
A few months ago, the CofE launched its Alexa ‘skill’, enabling users to ask the Church of England for prayers, explanations of faith and information about local church events and services.
“We’re thrilled to be launching the Alexa skill, to enable regular churchgoers and those exploring faith to connect with God in another way and at a time that’s right for them,” the Archbishop of York said.
How do you do it?
It’s easy! Once enabled you can launch the Church of England skill by saying: “Alexa, open the Church of England”Read more
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.Read more