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Writing the Divine

Writing the Divine

‘Writing the Divine’ was a workshop held at St Chad’s, Rochdale on Saturday 19th October 2019. It was led by author, poet and priest, Canon Rachel Mann.

The intention is to make this an ongoing Christian writing group with people from any and all denominations that have an interest in creating new Christian writing.

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November 2019 magazine

November 2019 magazine

Here’s our November 2019 magazine. It’s our Remembrance edition. We have write-ups from our various groups and all the upcoming activities to tell you about. Coventry Cathedral’s work on peace and reconciliation crops up too.

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Bible readings for November 2019

Bible readings for November 2019

Here are the Bible readings for November 2019 which we’ll be using in church.

If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings – then here you go!

The scriptures this month include dreams, blessings, woes, hair being preserved, scattered sheep… and the forgiveness of Christ from the cross.

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What’s important to you?

What’s important to you?

What is important to you? What is worth fighting for? What would make you be determined and persistent, not give up on, not be put off until you got it sorted? Is there something that you are so passionate about that you would stick with it and be prepared to struggle for as long as it takes?

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The servant girl and Naaman

The servant girl and Naaman

Into the story comes a tiny, unnamed, Israelite slave girl. She would have been on the bottom rung of society, if she was on the ladder at all. A slave, female, foreign and young. In modern parlance we’d say she’d been trafficked.

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Harvest festival 2019

Harvest festival 2019

The church is ‘dressed’ and ready for our Harvest festival today. We’ll also have St John with St Mark’s School with us on Tuesday morning for their Harvest service. Donations of food will again go to the Porch Boxes and the Booth Centre. There will be a Harvest lunch in the hall after the Sunday service.

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Jigsaw by Lawrence Kushner

Jigsaw by Lawrence Kushner

Last Sunday we used the ‘Jigsaw’ poem by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner as part of a celebration service at Christ Church Walmersley.

Often we have little idea of either the impact that we have on others or of our interconnectedness.

Sometimes though you can meet someone for the very first time and know straight away that there’s a reason why you met. You’ve changed them and they’ve changed you.

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Show yourselves to be my disciples

Show yourselves to be my disciples

Our next Sunday@Seven service is October 27th in the hall at Christ Church.

The theme this time is ‘Show yourselves to be my disciples’, which is taken from John 15.

Sunday@Seven is held on the last Sunday of every month. If you enjoy hymns old & (very) new then we’d love to see you!

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Eagles Wing: Stay as friends

Eagles Wing: Stay as friends

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. They have members from all over the world, speaking many different languages.

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Mind the gap

Mind the gap

The message from Nigel and I is: go, share your experience, tell about what you’ve seen, testify to what you know to be true. Because whether you know it or not, or like it or not, you’re all preachers! You each have a story to tell, a testimony to give…

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October 2019 magazine

October 2019 magazine

Here is our October 2019 magazine.
We have write-ups from our various groups and lots of upcoming activities to tell you about. Plus a harvest letter from the Vicar.

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Bible readings for October 2019

Bible readings for October 2019

Here are the Bible readings for October 2019 (it’ll soon be Christmas!) which we’ll be using in church.

If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings – then here you go!

The scriptures this month include a wandering Aramean, a persevering wrestler and a mobile mulberry tree…

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The shrewd manager

The shrewd manager

When I first looked at our readings for today, I thought “O Good, the gospel of Luke. It will be a nice parable. But Oh no. A very difficult piece –and when I read the other passages it did not get much better” I didn’t get it. It was doing my head in.

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Our top posts

Our top posts

Three quarters of the way through 2019 already! So, we thought we’d share with you our top 5 posts so far this year. They are each very different but they are a good representation of what we publish. You might have missed them the first time – or you might enjoy reading them again!

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Moses and the Goldfish

Moses and the Goldfish

I read an article recently that said in the year 2000, TV adverts had to grab a persons’ attention within 12 seconds or they weren’t effective. By 2013 that had dropped to 8 seconds. The attention span of a goldfish is said to be 9 seconds. So, longer than humans now…

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