About Ash Wednesday

About Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes”. It is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday. It gets its name from the practice of blessing ashes made out of palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words:”Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins. The ashes, applied in the shape of a cross, are a symbol of penance, mourning and mortality. Centuries ago, participants used to sprinkle themselves with ashes and repent much more publicly, but the practice fell away sometime between the 8th-10th century before evolving into what it is today. There aren’t any particular rules about how long the ashes should be worn, but most people wear them throughout the day as a public expression of their faith and penance.

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The Alpha Course

The Alpha Course

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work?

Alpha is about ten sessions with the option of a day or weekend away in the middle. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

What is Alpha? Typically Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.

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Espresso Church

Espresso time – 2016.

Hi Kath,

We are building Community that is Jesus centered, so come and help us discover what this means today and be part of our journey together. Lets see what following Jesus feels like at home, at work and in our whole life.

@ Espresso, we also want to be a “Community of Mission”, so please send in your stories and pictures of where God is at work in our community.

Happy New Year For 2016

We are back in our normal venue, for Monday 4th Jan, around 19:00 at @ Costa Coffee Prestwich, Unit 4 Radius, Longfield Center, Fairfax Rd, Prestwich. Manchester M25 1AY.

We start to gather around 18:45 for a 19:00 start.

Flooding On Boxing Day

Can you help? A few from Espresso are helping to clean out St Clements Church Lower Broughton in Salford. If you can help and want to get dirty please come down, your support will be much appreciated.
Address: 55D Broughton Ln, Manchester M8 9UE
Date/Time: Saturday 2nd Jan @ 10:00am
First Guest For 2016

Rev, Deborah Sandercock-Pickles will be our first guest in 2016. Hear about her “faith journey” from headteacher to Priest-in-Charge at St Margaret’s – Prestwich.

And come and find out how we can listen to Gods, direction in our lives

2016 Verse – Hebrews 11 1-3.

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
Zac’s Place..

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New Year – New You? (new job)

Salford Loaves and Fishes would like to appoint an Administrator to provide a comprehensive administrative and financial support service to Salford Loaves and Fishes.

Location:        The Windsor Drop-in Centre, Churchill Way, Salford, M6 5BU

Hours:            26 hours per week (Monday to Thursday)

Salary:            £13,338.48 for 26 hours (Annual increments apply and salary and working hours will be subject to review)

We are looking for an experienced administrator who is enthusiastic and has the ability to work in an extremely busy office and who has excellent organisational skills as the job will involve managing multiple tasks on a daily basis.  Ability to deal with confidential information is essential as is someone who has a methodical approach to their work and the ability to complete work accurately within the given deadlines.  Flexibility will be required to work on Christmas Day.
The charity is moving to new premises within the next 6 months. The Administrator would be expected to provide admin, financial and planning/operational support to the project team responsible for the redesign and relocation process.
This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) as it will involve work with Vulnerable Adults.
For full Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form, please apply to the Administrator at the Windsor Centre, Churchill Way, Salford, M6 5BU Tel:  0161 737 8775 or by email: info@salfordloavesandfishes.org.uk.  A full application pack can be downloaded at Administrator Job Pack
Closing Date for applications: by 4pm on Thursday 7th January 2016

Northern Power-House – For 2016….

We can confirm the meeting of the “Northern Power-House which will be Thursday evening, 11th Feb. So if you are interested in “Fresh Expressions of Church” (FxC), or different forms of PioneeringMinistry”. Whether you are just interested in knowing more, or if you are already involved with these types of ministry’s – then this will be the place a for you.
This gathering is ecumenical, and so is open to ALL CHURCH DENOMINATIONS. Venue will be Church House on 90 Deansgate, Manchester City center. M3-2GH. Please contact Neil on 0161-708-9366 in office hours.
Find Us on Facebook.

As part of building Community and getting information and events as they happen. Why not go to our Facebook Page, and check it out.

Meeting Date: Monday 4th Jan-16

Next meeting is on Monday 4th Jan at 18:45 @ Costa Coffee Prestwich, Unit 4 Radius, Longfield Center, 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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Messy Church@St Andrew’s

Messy Church@St Andrew’s

Don’t forget Messy Church on the first Saturday of every month   The next one is on Saturday 6th Feruary from 2.30pm until 4.30’ish’.

All the usual 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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Small groups in the parish

Small groups in the parish


Our homegroups provide opportunities for spiritual growth in an atmosphere of fellowship and support.  Each group lasts about 1½ hours; the evening groups start at 7.30 pm.

Tuesday: at Janet Wood’s house (fortnightly at 1.30 pm); phone her on  0161 792 4694, mob 07763575203 or  jhjw@care4free.net

Wednesday: at Anne Rockley’s house (fortnightly); contact details: mob 07834154840 or email annerockley155@outlook.com

Would you like to start a homegroup? You could host one – or run one yourself. Which ever way there is lots of support and help available in the parish to get you started. Contact Lisa on 0161 792 5362 or  lisabattye@stpaulsparish.org.uk

Other groups which meet regularly are:

Bible Study: Every Thursday from 7.30 – 9.00pm. in the Rectory. Weekly study course in evangelism on Thursday evenings from Oct 22nd to Nov 19th in the Rectory, called ‘Putting people on the Moon’. Each session will be DVD-led and last 90 minutes, with teaching and discussion. To book in or for more information, please contact Lisa Battye on 0161 792 5362 or email her at lisabattye@stpaulsparish.org.uk

Time Out: an afternoon (from 1.30pm) craft/discussion/leisure group on Tuesdays (fortnightly) at Eileen and Chris’ house :- 5 Moorside Road, Kersal. M7 3PJ. Contact Eileen on 0161792 9960 or 07752882245 or email reidbooth@aol.com

Young People’s Group: A group for young teens (11-16) which takes place every Wednesday in the Youth Room at St Paul’s church between  6.30 and 8.00pm . Led by Chris Chen. For details phone Chris on: 07400 160108 or email him at: chrischen101@hotmail.co.uk

Men’s Group: Meets on the first Tuesday of each month, usually at the Rectory, led by John Battye on  0161 792 5362 or email battyejohn@gmail.com

You’ll find a warm welcome at any of our groups – give it a try!

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