4Louis – Christmas Fair

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.

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Harvest Sunday

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.

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Our journey

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. 

And that’s what we’re here celebrating today – our journey.  Whether we’ve only just begun it or we’re years into it, we’re on the same journey heading for the same destination which is heaven, where our place is assured by the sacrifice of Jesus.

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October Magazine

This is our October magazine which includes a farewell from Gill Barnett, who is moving to a new role in Rochdale…

“We are all called to be active members of the body of Christ – our anchor – but in that calling we will be gifted and prepared to do things that sometimes make us uncomfortable and which we find challenging. 

Both inside and outside the church we will cross paths with people who may not be like us.  They may dress differently, talk differently, vote differently, hold different things in high (or low) esteem.  There are people who are not like us.  There are people who we don’t like.  There are people who don’t like us.  But there is no-one to whom we shouldn’t show the love of Christ…”

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Prayers for a priest taking up a new role

These ‘prayers for a priest’ are for the Reverend Gill Barnett whose final service with us was today, Sunday 30th September. She takes up a new post from 21st October as Priest-in-Charge of Healey & Hamer and St. Ann, Belfield.

Today’s service was also a celebration of all the baptisms that had taken place in our two churches over the last few years. So, the intercessions reflect that too.

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