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What if Jesus Came to my House? – October 2021

October will be a month of changing things around a bit.  We are going to try all the options we have to engage with people who have not been attending our services during lockdown.  We hope it will look something like this.

Sunday 3rd October – All Age Communion Service 10.30am (9.30 prayer)

The Sad and Happy Home – Jarius’ Daughter

Sunday 10th October  – Breakfast church  10am soft start (9am Prayer with Informal Communion)

The Greedy home – Zacchaeus

Sunday 17thOctober  – ‘Juicy’ with Communion 10.30am (9.30 prayer)

The Snobby home:  The Woman who Anoints Jesus

Sunday 24thOctober  – Youth service with Communion 10.30am (9.30 prayer)

The Crowded home – Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

Sunday 31stOctober  – Trad Sunday School – with Communion 10.30am (9.30 prayer)

The Family home:  Healing Peter’s Mother in Law

‘Juicy’ is a the only relatively new concept to our Parish.  We can’t tell you exactly how it will look.  But the basic idea is that we meet together at the start and at the end of the service but the middle has many options of where you go.  Perhaps a craft activity, maybe you’d like to sit quietly, or make the story out of Lego, some may prefer a discussion group.

Please remember that we are trying these ideas out.  We’d love helpful and honest feedback – preferably not straight away, while people are tired and still processing it themselves!

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Parish Forum Report – 19th September 2021

Last week we met to talk about the future as a single Parish.  All four churches were represented and we ensured mixed tables for a well balanced discussion.  Below is a selection of the comments made both during feedback and written on the table notes.  Hopefully for those who were unable to come this will give a flavour of how this event unfolded.

How can we be a Church that reaches young people, families and non churched people?

  • Simple Language
  • More participation
  • Small groups for deeper discussion
  • Balance of formal and Informal
  • School work to reach Parents
  • Food is always a good way for relationship to form
  • Clubs – film club, revision club etc
  • An audit – who/where/why are the young people
  • Try ideas again – just because it didn’t work once doesn’t mean it was a bad idea
  • Participate – if we agree or not we need to try things to give honest feedback.
  • Are we willing to give of ourselves?
  • We mustn’t ignore the older folk. Harvest/Remembrance etc
  • We need the doors open – not just on Sunday
  • If we only cater for those who come now who will fill church offices (Wardens PCC etc) in the future?
  • Advertising?  Are services accessible?  Do the right people know about them?
  • Can we have a Mission field to those who haven’t  been to church for 70 years?
  • We need Stepping stones – don’t make the gaps too big for people to easily make the next step.
  • Listen to those on the ‘wavelength’ of those outside church
  • Buy a Minibus?
  • Gardening and other activities that may attract those living in the area

What are you anxious about?

  • If churches aren’t open we lose the congregation
  • The Traditional Communion service is not on Sunday
  • We are a missionary movement – why no Mission to Muslims?
  • That there will be no church in 30 years
  • Few people but many jobs
  • Dwindling numbers – closing churches

What are you Hopeful about?

  • During Plagues and pestilence – God’s people must overcome
  • Energized by numbers
  • Energized by feeding the community in the week
  • Coffee outside at St Barnabas
  • Young people and their climate challenge
  • God knows our fears, he loves us – we should trust him
  • This Parish Forum is proof people are willing to meet together.
  • The Holy Spirit will guide us
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Sunday 26th September 2021 – Heroes of the Old Testament – RUTH

This Sunday is the end of our OT series!  We finish with the story of Ruth at 11am at St Philip’s Church. We will be live on zoom for the prayers beforehand at 10am and the service will be livestreamed on Youtube at 11am.

https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Thanks to all who came and graciously talked about our future as a Parish last week.  It was a good and positive occasion.  Apologies that you haven’t had the notes from the discussions yet – they are on the way!

We will also be moving these Sunday services after this week – so come to St Paul’s Manningham the week after. We will be sending out far more details in a separate email early next week.

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd, Bradford BD8 7LS 

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NOTIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT – Rev Ben Care

The Revd Ben Care, currently Assistant Curate at Burton St Chad & Stretton with Claymills in the Lichfield Diocese is to become Associate Vicar of Girlington, Heaton & Manningham in the Bradford Episcopal
Area.   Ben will be licenced on 23rd  November 2021 at 7pm at St Paul’s Church, Manningham by Bishop Toby Howarth.

Ben introduces himself below….

I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Associate Minister for the parish of Girlington, Manningham and Heaton.

A little about me: I became a Christian aged 20 whilst at Warwick university and it transformed my life. Helen and I met and married on a Christian year out course in 2001 and have been trying to follow where Jesus leads ever since. Along the way I have worked and volunteered for mission organisations and I have long had a heart to see people of different faiths and backgrounds come to know Christ. Eventually the twists and turns of this journey led to being ordained in 2017 and serving my curacy in two churches in Burton upon Trent, in the Midlands. The things that I am passionate about are seeing God’s church become more fully what it can be; for us to be growing as disciples, living out His call on our lives wherever that finds us and being a people committed to His word and grappling with it. My hope is that as we grow and change more into His likeness this will spill over into the lives of those around us.

I will be coming with my family; my wife, Helen, and our daughters Anna (aged 11) and Lyla (aged 6). We love spending time outdoors, walking and exploring the countryside and nature so we’re really looking forward to getting to know the area. I am a board game geek, bookworm and coffee connoisseur.

I am excited to be joining you as we seek to serve Christ in this parish together.

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Sunday 19th September – Parish Forum – St Martin’s Hall

It’s a bit different this week.  We have no service at St Philip’s Church.  We will instead meet to talk and to pray and then share Communion together at St Martin’s Church – Haworth Road.

We will still meet to pray at 10am – please pray together with us at 10 from your homes even if you can’t attend.  It is an important day!  Sorry but we won’t be having this on zoom – there will be a lot to setup and the technology isn’t ready at that location.  Neither will we be livestreaming – it is not really a service. Many apologies for the inconvenience.

The Forum will begin at 11am.  We will think about the future, talk, pray and celebrate together at the Lord’s table.  At 1pm we will share a very simple lunch of soup and a roll.

Please try your best to be at this important event.

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Sunday 12th September 2021 – Heroes of the OT – DAVID

On Sunday we are backtracking a bit to look at the extraordinary life of King David.  (Then we’ll conclude the series in 2 weeks by backtracking again to learn about his Great Grandmother.)

This service will be livestreamed as usual at 11am.  We will pray together on zoom as well at 10am. Both the livestream and zoom link are here:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

A few weeks ago we mentioned that we will have a new ordinand starting with us on placement this week. Please pray for Daniel and his wife Jo with children Ariela and Ezra.

Next Sunday 19th September 2021 – We plan to have a Parish Forum to talk about the future of our Parish and how we will move forward out of the pandemic.

We will meet at 11am in St Martin’s Church Hall.  We will have a ’round tables’ time of discussion as well as a short communion service.  Afterwards we will provide a soup and roll lunch.

I have written down some thoughts of what we need to talk about as well as what will be unhelpful to talk about.  Please read it before the meeting.  You can download it here: Letter to the Parish – Gathered Worship 2021

As we move out of lockdown we are also planning to spend the whole month of October unapologetically focusing on children and families in our Parish Worship on Sunday mornings.  We must disciple and nurture young people however great the cost if we are to continue our mission to share the gospel in this city.

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Environment challenge – Creationtide 2021

Today  we have 2 things you need to know about in our Parish Worship service today – 5th Sept 2021.

Dear Prime Minister – The Climate Coalition is asking people to petition the Prime Minister, asking him to put climate issues in the forefront of his policies.  You can sign it online here.

Also we talked about a sheet which gives Nine ways to change how you live to be a ‘Green Christian’

You can download it – but if you print it out please ‘recycle’ it by passing it on to others. nine-ways document

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Sunday 5th September 2021 – CREATION – Caring for our planet

This Sunday we have a little break in our Heroes series.  We have been meaning to focus on our Environment and the world around us for some time.  We have just entered the season of ‘Creationtide’ we don’t want to just glory in the gift of creation.  We want to challenge ourselves and others about our behaviour and our attitude in this area.

So come along this Sunday.  The service will be livestreamed as usual – also prayer will be at 10am before the service in the church.

You can zoom into this prayer meeting – even if you can’t be with us in person.  Both the livestream and zoom link are here:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

A few weeks ago we mentioned that we will have a new placement ordinand starting with us next week. Please pray for Daniel and his wife Jo with children Ariela and Ezra.  They will be joining us next Sunday for the first time.  Please give them a warm welcome.

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The Future – Parish Forum September 2021

We plan to have a Parish Forum to talk about the future of our Parish and how we will move forward out of the pandemic.

We will meet at 11am in St Martin’s Church Hall on Sunday 19th September 2021.  We will have a ’round tables’ time of discussion as well as a short communion service.  Afterwards we will provide a soup and roll lunch.

I have written down some thoughts of what we need to talk about as well as what will be unhelpful to talk about.  You can download it here: Letter to the Parish – Gathered Worship 2021

Please remember that we MUST think differently, creatively and positively for our church to be here for future generations.  Remember the Parable of the Two Luncheon Clubs and the meaning explained on this video:

This meeting is really very important. Please come along ready to think, talk and pray about our future.

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Sunday 29th August 2021 – Heroes of the Old Testament – ESTHER

This Sunday we will be learning from the life of Esther.  We hope you can join us at 11am on Sunday at St Philip’s Church for our Parish Communion service.

The service will be livestreamed as usual – also prayer will be at 10am before the service in the church.

You can zoom into this prayer meeting – even if you can’t be with us in person.  Both the livestream and zoom link are here:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

As we move towards the end of the summer – please pray for our families and young people as the new school year is nearly upon us.  It has been a strange few years so we pray for some settled minds and spirits.