Christmas Services at St Paul’s and St Andrew’s

PARISH CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2014

Saturday 7th December, from 2-30-4.30pm ‘Messy Christmas@St Andrew’s’

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Fun activities, craft, singing and stories all around the theme of getting ready to meet Jesus.

Free to get in, children must bring an adult. Meal provided.

Saturday 13th December, 2pm. Carols at St Andrew’s, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.Chocolate and Mince Pies

[Joint service with Worldwide Church of God]

Sunday 14th December from 3-3.45pm Coffee and Mince Pies  at St Paul’s (open to all).

followed by –  Festival of Lessons & Carols, 4pm

Friday 19th December at 2pm, St Paul’s School Christmas Service

in St Paul’s Church. Everyone is welcome….. please support our Church school.

Saturday 20th December from 11 – 12noon: Carol Singing in the Longfield Precinct (Prestwich)….come and join in!!

[Hot drinks afterwards at Our Lady of Grace]

This is a ‘Churches Together in Prestwich & Kersal’ event.

 Sunday 21st De386222_10150566106533408_391816289_ncember 

  • 10am: Nativity Service at St Paul’s
  • 11am: Nativity Service at St Andrew’s
  •  6pm: All Age Parish Carol Service  at St Andrew’s, by candlelight.  Followed by seasonal refreshments.

Tuesday 23rd December at 2.30pm, the Ladies’ Choir will be singing carols at Holt House . Everyone is welcome to join them for a musical sing song.

 

Wednesday  24th, Christmas Eveimgres

  • 4pm: Crib Service at St Paul’s. Especially for children and their parents. Hear the story and sing the songs of the first Christmas round the crib.
  • 11pm: Midnight Communion at St Paul’s. See in Christmas with a traditional service of Holy Communion and Christmas hymns.

Thursday  25th, Christmas Day

  • 10am: Quiet Service at St Paul’s – for those who want to meditate and pray peacefully about God’s greatest gift to us.
  • 10am: Family Communion at St Andrew’s – a lively, all age service to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Complete with birthday cake!! Bring your favourite present to ‘show and tell’.
  • 10.30am: Service at Broughton House – share a service of joy and hope with ex-servicemen and women. All welcome.

Sunday 28th December

  • 10am Morning Prayer at St Paul’s
  • 11am Morning Prayer at St Andrew’s
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EspressoChurch – November

Welcome to our – Newsletter…

Welcome again to the Espresso Church Mk 2. We are building Community that is Jesus centered, so come and help us discover what that means today, and be part of our journey. And, what does following Jesus, being in the Community, and Mission look like in 2014?

This Time @ Espresso.This Thursday @ 18:45 we have Chris Dallender from CAP (Christians Against Poverty). Whether you’re feeling the weight of debt, struggling to find work or just need a bit of help budgeting. CAP are helping over 38,000 people a year though their free debt help, job clubs and CAP Money courses.
Previously @ Espresso.One year on since Bishop David Walker was enthroned as the Bishop of Manchester. We heard all about what’s it like coming back home. We also found out about the challenges and opportunities he faces as Bishop of Manchester.
Verse of the Month.

This months Verse:- Proverbs 17:16

Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
Be Espresso. “W.W.G.G.D” What Would George Gekko Do? 
What to do in the Summer?Looking to send your children on an adventure and have an opportunity to get to know Jesus more? Children Aged  between 11 to 16 – why not book “Pathfinders” in Criccieth, From  4th to 14th August. For more information e-mail Sian.

Click on the website for more details.

Xpressions CafeHave a look at this months “Fresh Expressions”, update.

To see whats going on here and around,  Click.

Courses & Training…
Lucy Moore founder of Messy Church is coming to Didsbury on Saturday 8th Nov, to book a ticket (£5) please click.“So go on and lets see where God takes you.”
Mission @ Espresso@ Espresso, we also want to be a “Community Of Mission”, so please email us your stories and pictures of where God is at work in our community.
We need Your Feedback…We still need your Feedback, and as we only meet once a month and to help keep the conversation going forward, why not go to our Facebook page, or our Twitter account
Where we are…Next meeting is on Thursday 7th Nov at 18:45 @ Costa Coffee Prestwich, Unit 4 Radius, Longfield Centre, Fairfax Rd, Prestwich. Manchester M25 1AY.
Please Note, We meet in the upstairs room on the first floor, access via stairs, (unfortunately there is no lift).
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Espresso Church, Prestwich. (Mk 2)

Espresso Church, Prestwich. (Mk 2)

Church but not as you know it!

Relax over coffee and cake in an informal envirovnment, enjoying quizzes, interviews and great conversations centred on real and relevant issues.

All welcome – no previous church experience required!

It takes place on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month upstairs at Costa Coffee, Longfield,  Prestwich.

From 18.45pm.

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Messy Church@St Andrew’s

Messy Church@St Andrew’s

Don’t forget Messy Church on the first Saturday of the month. from 2.30pm until 4.30’ish’.

Fun activities – art and craft, puzzles and games, singing and story telling.

Food and drink.

Children must bring a grown up!!!

Free to get in, donations towards the food appreciated.

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Messy Church

mc_logo_sWhy start a Messy Church?

  • We want to make disciples.
  • The people in our area who don’t belong to church would like coming to a Messy Church.
  • We want to share the love of God in Jesus in a way that’s as accessible as possible to families.
  • We believe that the best way for people of all ages to come closer to God is by journeying together.
  • We want to share Jesus more than we want to share our particular denominational traditions.
  • We want to model who Jesus is to those around us.
  • We believe God is in Messy Church and we want to follow where he leads.
  • We think Jesus is the person to give people in our community life in all its mc_logo_sfullness

Messy Church is :

  • Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality.
  • It’s primarily for people who don’t already belong to another form of church.
  • It meets at a time (and sometimes in a place) that suits people who don’t already belong to church.
  • It typically includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a sit-down meal together at tables. All elements are for, and should include, people of all ages, adults and children.
  • It’s all-age.
  • It’s fun.
  • It’s a church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age – a congregation that is as valuable and worthy of investment as any of your other congregations.
  • It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family, and a global and local church family.
  • Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
  • Messy Church is resourced, supported and enabled by BRF, The Bible Reading Fellowship.
  • Most Messy Churches meet once a month, although a few meet more frequently or more occasionally.

Messy Church isn’t

  • … just mc_logo_sfor children – It’s much easier to aim a Messy Church at one particular age group, but do stop and reflect on whether the non-verbal messages that this sends are what you want to say about God. If your Messy Church’s teaching, crafts and food are all aimed just at the under-11s, think what message you’re giving both children and adults: church is only relevant/fun/meaningful/interested in you until you’re 12? God is for babies? No, Messy Church needs to be constantly creative in its thinking about how to involve very different people: young and old, families and single people, male and female, academic and practical, poor and rich.
  • … a club – The whole of Messy Church is about worshipping God, having fellowship, exploring faith matters. It welcomes everyone, involves everyone, values everyone, is always there for the outsider. It’s a church.
  • … a way of getting people to come to church on Sunday – There are examples of people starting in Messy Church and deciding to join Sunday church as well but these are the exception rather than the rule. If people wanted to go to established church, they would be going by now. Messy Church is interdependent with established church, but will usually operate as a separate congregation or church.
  • … just for church families – Anyone already belonging to church should be thinking about serving on the leadership team of Messy Church, however old or young they are, and helping others come to know Jesus.
  • … just for families – All are welcome: single, widowed, childless, divorced. Church is inclusive, not exclusive.
  • … a quick fix – Growing disciples takes time. Messy Church has only been going a few years anywhere. It usually only meets once a month. Growth will probably be slow.
  • … an easy option – It takes money, time, prayer, commitment and energy from the church and leadership team.
  • … a drain on church resources – Yes, it will take money and time, effort and gifted people to run it, but it will give back in return a group of people who are fired up for mission, empowered by using their God-given gifts. It will spark off ideas and inspiration about what church is all about and will renew vision. It will grow goodwill in the neighbourhood towards the church and, most importantly, provide the opportunity to do effective mission in your own community.
  • … set in stone – We’re learning all the time. As the network of Messy Churches grows and develops, so the best ways of delivering Messy Church will develop and grow. BRF has deliberately chosen to have a ‘non-controlling’, ‘hands-off’ approach in the way it promotes Messy Church in the hope that this will give God space to grow his church as he wants to, and that it will give everyone encouragement to experiment and innovate.

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Christ-centred: Messy Church is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

All-age: It is for adults and children to enjoy together – every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.

Creativity: It uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.

Hospitality: It reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together – whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, or sausage and mash.

Celebration: It reflects a God of joy who wants his people to have life in all its fullness.

 

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New PILGRIM course

New PILGRIM course

NEW PILGRIM course

This interactive six-session course is for anyone – Christian or not – who is ‘on a spiritual journey of discovery’.

On Tuesdays,  7.30-9.00pm At Andy’s: 5 Heathland Road, Kersal. Please come and bring a friend.

For more information contact:

Andy on 07824461427 or Lisa on 0161 792 5362

 

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A COURSE FOR THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY

 

STEPHEN COTTRELL

STEVEN CROFT

ROBERT ATWELL

PAULA GOODER

 

Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England that explores what it means to travel through life with Jesus Christ.

A course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Enquirers are encouraged to practice the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer, exploring key texts that have helped people since the early Church.

Pilgrim is made up of two parts: Follow and Grow. Follow introduces the Christian faith, while Grow aims to develop a deeper level of discipleship.

Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship and by every tradition in the Church of England.

‘The Pilgrim course is a journey to the heart of God and to a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.’

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York

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