St John & St Mark Church Bury

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Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

The latest Covid-19 guidance from the Church of England is that Clergy can enter the church building for any or all of the following: pray the Daily Office and/or celebrate the Eucharist on behalf of the community they serve and live stream or pre-record worship.

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When we pray

When we pray

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on Sunday 29th March 2020 in the Barritt Room at St John with St Mark, Bury. The theme this time is ‘When we pray’ which is taken from the Tauren Wells song of the same name.

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Be curious

Be curious

People have always looked up at mountains and hills. Maybe it’s because they are there – you can’t miss them – they stand out. They look strong and majestic. And when you get to go up to the top of the mountain or hill you look again and see for miles – you can see further than from down on the lowland.

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We don’t go alone

We don’t go alone

Can I ask all the men and boys in the congregation to stand up please if you’re able? If you’re 80 years or older then please sit down again. If you’re 69 or younger, then please sit down. That should leave us with men in their seventies… So, can I borrow you up at the front here for a few minutes please?

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Eagles Wing update

Eagles Wing update

Eagles Wing are a mutual support group for asylum seekers and local people in Bury, Lancashire. Their aim is to befriend newcomers to our town. Old friends can make sure that no one is lonely and isolated when they arrive here. This is an update to our post in October 2019 since some details have now changed.

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We are prepared

We are prepared

Jesus shared this story to give us our own template on how we too can resist temptation. He taught us which tools we can use, the words of God. To be prepared for when it comes our way, when we are vulnerable.

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Lent 2020

Lent 2020

Lent is one of the most important periods in the Christian calendar. So, it would be really good to see you at one or more of the following events…

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March 2020 magazine

March 2020 magazine

Here’s our March 2020 church magazine. There are thoughts about Lent and Mothering Sunday plus more on the upcoming 250th celebrations for St John’s. Also lots of news and views from our various groups as well as this letter from our Reader Emeritus Margery Spencer…

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Sit somewhere different

Sit somewhere different

He walked down one of the narrow streets then hesitated a moment before entering the potter’s shed. First, he was hit by the smell of wet clay. Then the sound of the wheel turning. He saw the bowl of water, the liquid clay on the hands…

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March 2020 Bible readings

March 2020 Bible readings

Here are the March 2020 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church during the season of Lent. This month includes eating the wrong food, getting away from it all, being asked to ‘go’ but no destination given, spit (!), skeletons and someone special in tears.

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In the beginning

In the beginning

Here are the opening verses of Genesis… ‘First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared’.

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Coffee morning & book-fair

Coffee morning & book-fair

This Saturday, February 15th, we’ll be having another of our very popular Coffee Mornings with lots of pre-loved books. This will be in the church hall from 10am – 12pm. Our postcode is BL9 6NY. There will be plenty of home-made cakes, bacon butties and thousands of books.

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A well-watered garden

A well-watered garden

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. The Lord will guide… but often he’ll do that through you and me. We’re the ones who act as signposts for others.

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Be transformed

Be transformed

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on Sunday 23rd February 2020 in the Barritt Room at St John with St Mark, Bury. The theme this time is ‘Be transformed’ which is taken from Romans chapter 12.

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Carrying hopes and dreams

Carrying hopes and dreams

We are the inheritors of the salvation Simeon proclaimed. We are carrying hopes and dreams of a time when God’s kingdom will fully come and God’s will be fully done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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