St John & St Mark Church Bury

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Christmas Star

Christmas Star

We learn that each of us has something to offer in service to progress God’s kingdom. It may not be immediately apparent; it may be hidden beneath the surface; but there will be something to offer in each one of us.

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The body language of God

The body language of God

As the Word made flesh and dwelling among us, Jesus physically demonstrated the continuity of God, his unchanging love and mercy that we can always count upon. But he also showed us the God of surprises too. He changed what we thought about God and challenged the pre-conceived ideas that he came across. In physical, bodily form – as the body language of God – Jesus re-imagined God for us.

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Solidarity Christmas Party

Solidarity Christmas Party

On Saturday 14th December, Eagles Wing had their Christmas Party at our church hall and this letter is from their co-ordinator Sue Arnall… “Solidarity had a wonderful Christmas Party, thanks to funding from Autotrader and Forever Manchester, the kindness of St John & St Mark’s Church and the amazing hard work of 20 volunteers!”

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My time is in your hands

My time is in your hands

Our next Sunday@Seven service is December 29th in the hall at Christ Church Walmersley. The theme is ‘My time is in your hands’, which is taken from Psalm 31.

Sunday@Seven is an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services. It’s led by Nigel Silvester, our Authorised Lay Minister and Cath Hilton.

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Delicate but tenacious

Delicate but tenacious

What a lovely idyllic picture we have in our reading from Isaiah today. Woody Allen once said of this vision: “The wolf shall lie down with the lamb. But the lamb won’t get much sleep!”

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December 2019 & January 2020 magazine

December 2019 & January 2020 magazine

In this bumper Christmas issue we have details of all the many services and events that we have going on. There’s a letter from Dave, about God “mucking in” with us. There are also appeals to help those who are homeless and some reflections on Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

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Bible readings for December 2019

Bible readings for December 2019

Here are the Bible readings for December 2019 which we’ll be using in church for this Advent and Christmas season. The scriptures this month include wolves living with lambs, lame leaping like deer, John wearing camel hair… and Mary bearing a son called Jesus.

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Christ the King

Christ the King

Jesus the king wore a crown of thorns; his throne was a cross; his royal banner a scribbled sign. This is the gospel image of royalty; the king and a criminal going together into paradise. This is the king we believe in; the king we celebrate and whose values we are pledged to live by.

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Waiting for the Lord – S@S

Waiting for the Lord – S@S

Our next Sunday@Seven service is November 24th in the Barritt Room in the hall at St John with St Mark’s. The theme this time is ‘Waiting for the Lord’, which is taken from Psalm 130.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

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Frisky and frolicking

Frisky and frolicking

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

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Advent & Christmas 2019

Advent & Christmas 2019

Here our details for our Advent & Christmas activities and services this year at St John with St Mark’s, Bury and Christ Church, Walmersley. From Bible Studies to Brass Bands, Christingles to Carols…

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Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly

Shortly after the destruction, the cathedral stonemason noticed that two of the charred medieval roof timbers had fallen in the shape of a cross. He set them up in the ruins, on an altar of rubble, with the moving words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the Sanctuary wall…

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For all the Saints

For all the Saints

The grace of God shows its full colours in the glory that is at work in all of God’s people who are called to be saints. That grace which is at work in you, the saints of God who are in Bury.

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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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