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Sunday 21st November 2021 – On the Road with Jesus – The Good Samaritan

This Sunday we have another JUICY! – This is when we meet all together to read the bible passage for the day, but then separate around the building to learn in different ways.  We’re looking at the story of the Good Samaritan.

We meet to pray beforehand at 9.30 and the service is at – St Paul’s Manningham

 – St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd, Bradford BD8 7LS – at 10.30am

We will be livestreaming at https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

We will have tea and coffee after the service!

Notices

St Paul’s Church Clean up 20th November 10.30

St Paul’s has never been fully refitted since the refurbishment in late 2019.  We would like to put a few things back on walls and generally get the church spruced up before lots of visitors over Christmas time.  To tempt you to come and help we are offering bacon butties at 10.30 as long as you promise to work hard from 11-1pm!  If you’re not able to do the heavy lifting we would love you to come and keep the kettle on and morale up.

Rev Ben Care will be licenced on this Tuesday 23rd  November 2021 at 7pm at St Paul’s Church, Manningham by Bishop Toby Howarth.  We’ll send another reminder out about this!

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Remembrance Sunday 2021

 

A year ago we were in a sudden short lockdown 2. It was planned to ‘Save Christmas’ – but we knew that Christmas didn’t need saving because Christmas is what saves us! So plans for Remembrance Sunday were rapidly changed.  This year we have the chance to remember together again.

Sunday 14th November 2021 we have our Breakfast Church – we will Remember in all sorts of ways.  We will incorporate a short communion in our 9.30am prayers.  Breakfast will begin at 10.30am – it will be a bit different from last month.  We will meet and pray and then get our food so we eat together.  This is at St Paul’s Manningham

This service will not be livestreamed – we’ll try to give a flavour of how it went on our Youtube channel later in the day.

Notices

The reason for this early email is because we have a Remembrance Service in Heaton Graveyard on Friday 12th November at 10.45am.  Children from local Primary schools will be joining us.

The Manningham War Memorial was unveiled in February 1921 and on Sunday there will be a short ceremony there at 12 noon to mark 100 years – the names of the fallen from the memorial were moved from St Luke’s and are now in St Paul’s.

St Paul’s Church Clean up 20th November 10.30

St Paul’s has never been fully refitted since the refurbishment in late 2019.  We would like to put a few things back on walls and generally get the church spruced up before lots of visitors over Christmas time.  To tempt you to come and help we are offering bacon butties at 10.30 as long as you promise to work hard from 11-1pm!  If you’re not able to do the heavy lifting we would love you to come and keep the kettle on and morale up.

 

 

 

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Sunday 7th November – NEW SERIES – “On the road with Jesus”

We are moving on from our series looking at Jesus visiting homes.  For the next three months we are going out on the road with Jesus to look at famous encounters on his travels.  We have just two stories this month, with a break for Remembrance next week. Then during Advent we look at some of the famous journeys taken in the build up to Jesus’ birth.  Then after Christmas we will look at some of the first journey’s Jesus took.

We start this Sunday with “Jesus on the road to visit John the Baptist”.  This is a well known story and we will learn together in church in an All Age Communion Service.

We meet to pray beforehand at 9.30 and the service is at – St Paul’s Manningham – St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd, Bradford BD8 7LS – at 10.30am

We will be livestreaming at https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

We will have tea and coffee after the service!

Notices

Rev Ben Care and his family are moving to Bradford shortly – after they have settled in Ben will be licenced on Tuesday 23rd  November 2021 at 7pm at St Paul’s Church, Manningham by Bishop Toby Howarth.  See below for a reminder about them – please join us in praying for a stress free move to our Parish!

NOTIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT – Rev Ben Care

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Sunday 24th October – The Crowded home – Youth Led Service

This Sunday our Youth group will lead the service.  Our topic is looking at Luke 5:17-26 – the story of the Paralyzed man, his faithful friends and the broken roof! Please come to encourage them.  This is the first time trying this and as you know the reason we have made this latest change is to support and encourage our youngest Disciples.

We meet to pray beforehand at 9.30 and the service is at 10.30am – St Paul’s Church Manningham

We will be livestreaming at https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Great news. From now on we will have tea and coffee after the service!

Notices

Please make an effort to visit one of our Places of Welcome this week if you haven’t been yet.  We are working hard to make our churches open for our community at different times.

Monday – St Paul’s – 10.30-2pm

Tuesday – St Philip’s Community Pantry 10.30-1

Wednesday – St Barnabas Communion and fellowship 10.30-11.30

Thursday – St Martin’s, Heaton Hub Library and Pantry – 10.30-1pm

Friday – St Paul’s Café – 12-2pm

At the very least all of these events will offer you a cup of tea or coffee – but you might meet some people you don’t know. You could also help make the tea!  All welcome.  Don’t forget all rotas and timetables are published in our Diary online

Also this coming week the Seated Aerobics will start again live and in person!  St Barnabas Village Hall Thursdays at 2pm.

U:nite – a united youth group of Churches across Bradford. This month hosted by us at Heaton St Barnabas School

 

 

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Sunday 17th October – The Snobby Home – JUICY

On Sunday we continue with our series “What if Jesus Came to my House?”

The service will be in a style we’ve never tried before. Essentially we will start and end together in one place – but in the middle you choose where you want to go to engage with the Bible Story. Each room and space will be in a different style suitable for all.  We’re calling it JUICY because we really want to squeeze everything we can out of the story. The Snobby home: The Woman who Anoints Jesus

This Communion service is at St Paul’s Manningham – at 10.30am (9.30 for prayer beforehand)

We’ll try to livestream it at https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM but it may not be the ‘normal’ offering!

Please remember that as was said at the Parish Forum – it really helps us evaluate these new types of service if you give constructive feedback.  So please come along, even if it may not be what you’re used to!

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Sunday 10th October 2021 – Breakfast Church – 10am

This Sunday we will have our first Breakfast Church in almost 18 months.  This service is particularly designed to be ‘non churchy’ – so please think about who you could bring with you!  We will eat and worship all at the same time.  We are continuing our series  “What if Jesus came to my house?” This week it is The Greedy home – The Story of Zacchaeus

We will begin serving food at 10am – so come then to be sure of a seat!  We usually pray an hour before our services begin so we will pray at 9am.  This Sunday only our prayer time will include a short informal communion service.

Livestreaming – we don’t plan to stream Breakfast Church.  It doesn’t lend itself to YouTube.  We will try to put a short excerpt online before the end of Sunday to give a rough idea of what happened.

Notices

U:Nite is a united Youth group with young people from across the churches in the city.  Again, we haven’t met for a long time.  The first one is tomorrow – Saturday 9th at St Barnabas Village Hall.  Our Parish is hosting it.  Please pray for good new connection for those who have a faith, but find it hard to be a Christian in 21st Century Britain.  U:Nite is supposed to encourage them by meeting others in the same situation.

Highgate Graveyard is currently tended to by one stalwart member of the community.  Members of our parish are invited to help with a general clear up  from 10am-12 on Saturday 16th October.

 

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Sunday 3rd October – What if Jesus Came to my House? – All Age Communion Service

This Sunday marks the start of something a bit different.   Our Series “What if Jesus Came to my House?” kicks off looking at  The Sad and Happy Home – Jarius’ Daughter.  This will be an All Age Communion Service.

We will be meeting in St Paul’s Manningham – St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd, Bradford BD8 7LS – at 10.30am.  We will pray from 9.30am for 25 minutes

Please bear with us as many changes are being made in the space of a week.  We will be livestreaming at the usual link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM but sound and songs may not work quite the same.  We can only experiment well with a full church and during a service.  So we hope it works out well enough for those who can’t join us to still enjoy the service.

The whole month schedule was in a previous update this week if you missed it.

Notices

It is two years since the sad loss of Janet Fry to cancer.  Her family are holding a Macmillan fund raiser at St Martin’s Church from 1 – 4pm on Sunday.  It would be great to support his event after the service at St Paul’s.  This is a follow on from a successful coffee morning for the same cause last Wednesday at St Barnabas Church.

 

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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