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Sunday 9th May 2021 – Looking Back, Looking Forward

 

This Sunday we will be returning to the story of Jesus’ Ascension.  Acts 1: 1-12

What were his final words to us?  What priorities did he set his disciples before going away?

The service will be at St Philip’s at 11am – Zoom prayer as usual at 10am.  Links all available at the usual site

https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Next week we will be focusing on Thy Kingdom Come – the 10 days from Ascension to Pentecost – more information to come.

THANK YOU – so much to all those who gave of their TIME – TREASURE – TALENT last week.  We are still processing the offers of help – we’ll be in touch!  Also we had some very generous donations too – more information to come on that as we get it!

Advance Notice – the APCM will be on 30th May at 11am – we will finish with an act of Communion together.

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Sunday 2nd May 2021 – The Best – Not the Scraps – GIFT DAY

On Sunday we conclude our Stewardship Series.  We have been looking at our Time our Treasure and our Talent and challenging each other on what we can give to God in a new way.

Our Topic this week is The Best, Not the Scraps, we will read Luke 16: 19-31, the story of the Rich man and Lazarus.

As usual we will be having prayer time on zoom at 10am – hope you can join us. https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

There will be an opportunity to offer our Time our Treasure and our Talent in the service.  We are also encouraging those who would like to give a little extra to do it on Sunday – all together.  We will have TWO collections – the normal one and a Gift Day one – so be ready!  For those who prefer to give online have a look at this analysis of our current situation.  There is an online version available too – it is called “All things come from you – and of your own do we give you.”

Last week we did the sums during church and we came to the conclusion that with our current membership it costs £3 each daily to keep our Parish going!  You can give directly online with our Gift Day page

You can give Gift Aid on this page too – which will allow us to claim 20% more on your gift.  This is the Heaton Hub account which is setup for online giving.  But it all goes to the same place!

(On that note – we now have a joint bank account so the best way to write a cheque is to Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham)

 

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Sunday 25th April 2021 – Praying and Sharing

On Sunday we continue our series on Generosity

This week our topic is – Praying and Sharing – John 6: 1-13

We will be meeting together at 11am for a Communion Service in St Philip’s – please come and join us there is still plenty of room.  Our Prayer time before will be still on Zoom – at 10am.

The following week will be our Gift Day – please begin to think about how you can give something of your Time, Treasure and Talents to the work of the Kingdom. May 2nd – The Best, Not the Scraps – Luke 16: 19-31

For those attending our service on Sunday there will be a leaflet with analysis of our current situation.  There is an online version available too – it is called “All things come from you – and of your own do we give you.”

We would love to hear your testimonies about how God has provided for you in times of hardship so if you wish to share with the rest of the Parish either in these updates or at Church on Sunday please Contact us

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Sunday 18th April 2021 – Generous: A Life Worth Giving

On Sunday we will begin our new series on Generosity.

This week it is – Loving Generously – Luke 7: 36-50

We will be meeting together IN PERSON for this service at 11am for a Communion Service in St Philip’s – please join us.  Our Prayer time before will be on Zoom still – at 10am.

The following weeks will be on the same topic

April 25th – Praying and Sharing – John 6: 1-13
May 2nd – The Best, Not the Scraps – Luke 16: 19-31 – GIFT DAY

For those attending our service on Sunday there will be a leaflet with analysis of our current situation.  There is an online version available too – it is called “All things come from you – and of your own do we give you.”

We would love to hear your testimonies about how God has provided for you in times of hardship so if you wish to share with the rest of the Parish either in these updates or at Church on Sunday please Contact us

Notices

Rev Sue Jennings

On Easter Sunday it was announced that Rev Sue Jennings is leaving us at the end of June.  Sue and her husband Ian have been accepted as CMS Mission Partners, more information to come on this exciting development.  Sue will leave a huge hole in the life of our Parish and our ministry in this city.  Her last Sunday will be 20th June 2021 – the day before COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be fully removed so watch this space for what we can do to mark the occasion.

St Barnabas Communion

We will begin the Communion Service at St Barnabas again this Wednesday 21st April at 10.30am.  We will attempt to also have the option to phone in too.  Sometimes this works brilliantly, sometimes not!  We will use an Easter Season Service you can find here.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Our APCM has come around quickly.  We will hold this during our Sunday service on 30th May 2021.  We will still not be able to sit and share as we usually do – so we will hold a slightly longer service incorporating the APCM and end with taking Communion Together.  For those unable to attend in person the option to attend via Zoom or by calling in will be available.

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New Series. GENEROUS: A life worth giving

From this Sunday we will start looking carefully at our resources across the Parish .  Our time, our energy, our finances, our staffing and our buildings.  Each Sunday service will focus on a different aspect of this theme

April 18th – Loving Generously – Luke 7: 36-50
April 25th – Praying and Sharing – John 6: 1-13
May 2nd – The Best, Not the Scraps – Luke 16: 19-31 – GIFT DAY

Our Discovery Groups will also be looking especially at Bible passages, joining together to read and talk more deeply on the same theme. There is still time to join one if you like – contact us.

  1. Community – Matthew 4: 1-11
  2. Living generously – Luke 11: 1-4 and John 6: 30-35
  3. Open invitation – Luke 19: 1-10

For those attending our service on Sunday there will be a leaflet with analysis of our current situation.  There is an online version available too – it is called “All things come from you – and of your own do we give you.”

 

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He is Risen Indeed! 2nd Sunday of Easter – 11 April 2021

Happy Easter again….. we hope that you had a great celebration.  We loved being together for Communion on Easter morning.

This Sunday we begin a slow transition back to what we called normal before Christmas!

The service will still be online but we will be livestreaming it from St Philip’s Church.  This is in preparation for next week – 18th April – when you will hopefully be in the building too!

We will pray on Zoom as usual at 10am and the service will be on at 11am at the usual link.  Please be aware that the link only appears when we click the button – so it will not be there until about 10.55.

https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

From next week we will begin a new series looking at our resources – it is called:

GENEROUS: Living a life worth giving.

More information to come about the series and how you can help early next week.

Notices

Our Zoom prayers at 10am will continue online for a few more weeks while we move back to gathering physically.  This will maintain connection with those who cannot join for whatever reason.  We promise to finish in time for you to get to Church by 11am.

Schools are back next week.  Please particularly pray for  the Schools in our parish and their staff that have been having to change their routines so often in the past year.  Also pray for those in exam years.

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Holy Week & Easter Sunday 4 April 2021

Maundy Thursday

Whose Feet Would You Wash?

Jesus Washed Judas' Feet - Olive Tree Blog

Jesus washed feet as a prelude to the last meal he shared with his disciples. Part of Jesus’ washing of feet was a prayer for the disciples to notice the community of people so often unseen and passed over. It was a reminder that everyone no matter how insignificant in the hierarchy of the day, has a place at God’s banquet table and we are called to join in and serve others as part of our daily worship.

What would happen if every meal we ate became a prayer of anticipation for the great banquet feast of God?

Come and join us as we look at the intimate and personal story of the meal Jesus shared with his closest friends, where he bowed his knee and washed his friends feet to start a world changing journey.

While we can’t meet in person this year, there is still an invitation to come and get involved. No pressure, but you may want to come prepared with a bowl of warm water and towel ready.

Please be welcome to come, pull up a chair and join the feast.  This will be a ‘Youtube Service’ the link as usual will be on https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Good Friday

You’re warmly welcome to this service outside, behind St Martin’s Church, where there will be space to reflect and meditate, walk the stations of the cross, create an Easter Garden or help paint a montage of Holy Week. Something for anybody of any age.
We will finish with a short service together around the cross before leaving for home in quietness.  We begin outside at 2.30pm and the church will be open for personal prayer from 1.30pm
This service will not be livestreamed – sorry.
Christ was not held on the cross by nails but through the love of God for us all.

Easter Sunday

We meet outside behind St Martin’s Church at 11am on Easter Sunday to declare that

Jesus is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

This will be a communion service and the good news is that outside we can now sing… and so we shall…LOTS! Looking forward to seeing you there.

This service will not be livestreamed – sorry.

Notices

If you missed it last week please read our Letter to the Parish for Easter

 

 

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Palm Sunday 28th March 2021 – Parish Boundary Walk

This Sunday at 10am we gather as usual to pray on Zoom.

Then at 11am we will meet outside at 6 points around our Parish boundary – from each of those points we will set off in opposite directions to create 12 circular walks.  All the details are found here.

 

We are still bound by lockdown rules so although we are walking together we are only actually ‘together’ online as we share our progress with each other and those at home on our WhatsApp group.

In the evening we will watch ‘together’ a compilation of all your photos and videos, prayers and thoughts on the walk – that will be at 7.30pm

All links as usual on https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Holy Week is upon us and there are many details to share about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Another update will be out on Monday about services.  We are going to try and read some of the key scriptures together in the coming week.  Details are to be found on this Letter to the Parish for Easter

 

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Sunday 21st March 2021 – Forgiving from the Heart

This week is the last in our series on Freedom in Christ – Forgiving from the heart. It is quite possibly the hardest of all the things we talk about, but the source of so much freedom.

The reading is from Matthew 18:21-35 – The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

As usual we’ll pray at 10am and the Youtube service will be live at 11am.

An Easter Egg prize to whoever gets on the ‘front row’ in the chat this week.

https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

As we’ve said we will be doing something a little different for Palm Sunday – information here Please let us know what walk you’re planning to do so we can cover the whole Parish.

Day of Reflection

As you will know we are at the point when we remember a year of Coronavirus lockdowns.  On Wednesday the nation will be remembering the pain, the grief and the anxiety that has been caused by COVID-19.  There are resources and prayers to be found here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/national-day-reflection

Easter

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Mothering Sunday – 14 March 2021 – Handling Emotions Well

“So put away all pride from yourselves. You are standing under the powerful hand of God. At the right time he will lift you up. Give all your worries to Him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-8)

Let’s talk about emotion. Emotions are like that annoying warning light that comes on in our cars. The light is alerting us to a potentially serious problem – how do you respond?

Talking about how and why we feel a certain way will always be hard – it means we have to dig under the surface and take a deep look at things we have spent a lot of time covering over.

God wants us to live free of these ties and invites us to handle our emotions better than we do on our own.

Join us on Sunday as we look at the subject of emotion and how we can live better as emotional people with an emotional God.

As usual prayer on Zoom at 10am and the Youtube Service at 11am

https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

We will be doing something a little different for Palm Sunday – information here

Easter

More details to come, but the main dates and times to keep free are on this poster