St John & St Mark Church Bury

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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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February 2020 magazine

February 2020 magazine

Here’s our February 2020 magazine. There’s news and views plus articles on Lent. There are also pieces on the Lite lunch and the Pantomime. Plus this letter from our Authorised Lay Minister Nigel Silvester…

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February 2020 Bible readings

February 2020 Bible readings

Here are the February 2020 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church as the season of Epiphany moves into Lent. This month we leap from the Presentation in the Temple to the Transfiguration, encountering soap, salt and bushels along the way… all in a few weeks.

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Ecclesia

Ecclesia

This is challenging stuff. It is clear that ticking-over is not an option. To achieve the Vision we do need to change gear from just maintaining what we have and to move into mission mode. That means we need to do more than turn up for worship on a Sunday…

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Stop and Listen

Stop and Listen

Moses was 80 years old. He’d been tending someone else’s flock for 40 years. One day, he was out with the sheep, probably thinking about his pension plan, when he took a different path – and from there he saw a bush that was burning. His life completely changed direction…

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Identifying

Identifying

Old Trafford has a number of places of worship. Our banns were heard at St Hilda’s, Old Trafford. But far and away the largest place of worship has thousands of adherents. Every Saturday, or thereabouts, they gather to chant devotion to their god. At times they will invite the leader of the worship, dressed in black, to improve his eyesight. They cheer whenever the team in red puts the ball into the net…

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Wade in the water

Wade in the water

It’s often said that history is written by the victors. But what must it feel like to be defeated in war? Ashamed, frightened, disorientated, demoralized, physically hurt, mentally traumatized, angry at those who promised that you would be victorious, relieved the fighting is over, struggling to survive, cold, hungry…??

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New heart, new spirit

New heart, new spirit

Our next Sunday@Seven service is on Sunday 26th January 2020 at 7pm. For the first meeting in 2020 our theme is: ‘New heart, new spirit’ which is taken from Ezekiel 18:31.

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Bible readings January 2020

Bible readings January 2020

Here are the Bible readings for January 2020 which we’ll be using in church for this season of Epiphany. The scriptures this month include travelling wise men, a baptism, disciples being called – and people that had been in darkness now seeing a great light.

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