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Two kinds of Wisdom

Two kinds of Wisdom

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.

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Harvest Festival and giving back

Harvest Festival and giving back

For many, today is Harvest Festival. It’s celebrated on the day of the full moon in the Autumnal Equinox, which this year is the 24th Sept. So, if the sky is clear then tonight you’ll see the Harvest Moon.

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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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Alexa: Who is God?

Alexa: Who is God?

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”

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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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Fruit and veg of the Spirit?

Fruit and veg of the Spirit?

For Paul, an ideal community shows love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He called these qualities the ‘fruit of the Spirit’. But did Paul mean that as an exclusive list – or are there ‘vegetables’ too?

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New dance class

New dance class

Malcolm is starting a new Latino and Latin dance class on a Thursday.

Give him a call on 01706 872129 to mark your card.

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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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Then sings my soul

Then sings my soul

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on September 30th. The theme is ‘Then sings my soul’.

This is our (slightly delayed) chance to sing some of your favourite hymns, songs and choruses. Nigel already has a very full list but please let him know in advance of any special requests.

This time we’ll be in The Barritt Room at St John with St Mark. And yes, surprisingly, it starts at 7pm.

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Immortality and Eternal Life

Immortality and Eternal Life

Immortality & eternal life might seem to mean the same thing, but they don’t – even tho’ they both describe something that won’t ever end.  What matters is to look at the start of what they describe rather than the end. 

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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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Bible readings for September

Bible readings for September

Here are the Bible readings for September. 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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Are you an icon?

Are you an icon?

This icon, ‘written’ by Andrei Rublev, is a familiar one to many. It’s often used on Trinity Sunday to explain the relationship between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I’m struck by something else though. But you’ll need to read on…

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Get Wisdom

Get Wisdom

Wisdom says, “lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”  That implies getting up and leaving the table, going back to where you were called from and sharing the invitation.  The seats at this table will never be full!  This is a perfect party from which no-one will be turned away once they respond. 

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