St John & St Mark Church Bury

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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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Radio Manchester – April 21st

Radio Manchester – April 21st

Producer & Director Debbie Cooper will be on Radio Manchester on Saturday 21st April talking about the Giving Back award

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The Forgotten Valley

The Forgotten Valley

Our walk was led by Geoff Hamilton and was an educational adventure of industrial mill ruins of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We were aided by the Bury & District Local History Society book titled ‘The Forgotten Valley’.

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Benefice Walk on May 5th

Benefice Walk on May 5th

Our annual Benefice walk around the Boundary of the two Parishes will take place this year on Saturday 5th May.

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Cafe Church & Setting God’s people free

Cafe Church & Setting God’s people free

As part of our response to ‘Setting God’s people free’, Café Church on 8th April 2018 looked at 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 and considered what it meant to be the body of Christ

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We shall remember them

We shall remember them

We remember that during the 1st World War, 123 men from the congregations of St John’s and St Mark’s churches in Bury gave their lives for their country.

A truly shocking number.

5 of these took place in one month, March 1918,

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Have a look at our new old page

Have a look at our new old page

This archive photo of the Mothers’ Union was taken in our church garden. David Howard has just added some names for us – but if you know more please get in touch

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