Flourish 2013 was led by Neil Hudson,
the project director for ‘imagine’
on Fri 3rd – Sat 4th May 2013 at
Neil Hudson asked us:
Do you remember being a child and long car journeys?
Maybe you were the one asking: ‘Where are we going?’
‘Is there anything to eat?’
’I need to stop’
’Are we nearly there yet?’
For Christians, life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. Our 4 ‘Flourish’ sessions explored this journey; they supplied a map, offered supplies for the long haul and provided hope for the final, brilliant destination.
This annual event was led this year by Malcolm Duncan, director of ’Church and Community ‘ and was held on Fri 11th – Sat 12th May at St Paul’s, Moor Lane, Kersal M7 3QH
Malcolm, a regular speaker at Spring Harvest, is passionate about the need for Christians to be ‘good-news people’ and the importance of combining preaching, service, advocacy, prayer and partnership so that followers of Jesus can be effective in changing the world.
He regularly helps the government and other groups to understand the role of Church in society and encourages local churches and Christian groups to be the change that they want to see in their community. He is deeply committed to serving the poor and excluded.Read More
To be a Pilgrim……
A personal view of the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in December 2011
On Easter Sunday 2012 it was exactly four months since 19 weary travellers arrived back at Manchester after a most inspiring, challenging, educational, friendly and busy week in the Holy Land.
It is impossible to write about everything I experienced as it would be too much, so here are some of my highlights…………
On the first morning we travelled to the Mount of Olives. It overlooks Jerusalem and is the way Jesus would have travelled into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with the crowds shouting ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Save Me!’ It was a beautiful sunny morning and the view of Jerusalem was wonderful. Before I went to Israel I did not expect it to be anything more than interesting to see the places mentioned in the Bible and seen on the TV, after all ‘it’s 2000 years since Jesus lived on Earth and everything will have changed so much’. But here I realised that I was in the place where all the things that I base my faith on happened. I felt so close to Jesus that I felt I only had to put out my hand and I would be able to touch his cloak and be healed. We followed in the footsteps of Jesus down the Mount of Olives and at the bottom of the hill is the Garden of Gethsemane. The rock where Jesus prayed before he was arrested is inside a Church with a beautiful ceiling painted like the night sky.
Brenda was our host for the trip; she looked after us and was always at the back making sure we did not get lost. If we lagged behind we were advised to ‘walk and talk’ and I am sure she was counting to nineteen her sleep for weeks afterwards!!Read More