St John & St Mark Church Bury

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Bible readings for July

Bible readings for July

Here are the Bible readings for July. So if you can’t get to Church and want to follow the same scripture passages then here you go. Or if you just want to read up in advance for the Sunday to come, then please make use of below.

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St Stephen’s Flower Festival

St Stephen’s Flower Festival

Images from the very successful flower festival at St Stephen’s Church, Elton. The event was to celebrate 125 years since the installation of their church organ. St Stephen’s are currently looking after the Rev Paul Sanderson for us…

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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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Stand up – I will speak to you

Stand up – I will speak to you

Sunday @ Seven is led by Nigel Silvester and Cath Hilton. It’s an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services.

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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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The Bury blossom trail: our benefice walk

The Bury blossom trail: our benefice walk

The first Saturday in May is now established as ‘Benefice Boundary Walk Day’. Or it has for us! Over the last couple of years we have also linked this Benefice Walk with the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ global prayer initiative.

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Sunday @ Seven: May 27th

Sunday @ Seven: May 27th

Sunday @ Seven is led by Nigel Silvester, our Authorised Lay Minister, and Cath Hilton. Plus anyone else they can ‘volunteer’ on the night. It’s an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services.

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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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Afternoon Tea and Book Fair

Afternoon Tea and Book Fair

A reminder that tomorrow, Saturday April 28th, we’ll be having an Afternoon Tea and Book Fair. This will be in the hall and Barritt Room from 2pm – 4pm. So tea and coffee, dainty cakes and sandwiches – and all the best china that we’ve been able to acquire!

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Recognize the possibilities – Thomas Merton

Recognize the possibilities – Thomas Merton

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

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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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Thy Kingdom Come – in Bury

Thy Kingdom Come – in Bury

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement. It invites Christians from around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. 

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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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