Sunday 11th September 2022 – Baptisms, Confirmation and Commemoration

 

On Sunday we have our Baptism Service – clearly it will be a little different due to the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Bishop Toby will be joining us for this special occasion appropriately speaking on “I am the Resurrection and the Life!”

The Bible passage can be found in John 11:17-27

At Easter 2020 during the Pandemic Lockdown our late Queen addressed the nation.

As darkness falls on the Saturday before Easter Day, many Christians would normally light candles together. In church, one light would pass to another, spreading slowly and then more rapidly as more candles are lit. It’s a way of showing how the good news of Christ’s resurrection has been passed on from the first Easter by every generation until now.

This year, Easter will be different for many of us…. but Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever.

The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this.

We will take heart from this as we declare again the new hope and fresh purpose she so clearly knew in her own life.

This service is usually a breakfast church – so we will have Brunch after the service since it will be a little different

Live stream for our service will be available via this link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Due to the baptisms this service will have a service sheet that can be downloaded here – if you want to follow along at home.

 

Notices

Two downloads this week.

Tomorrow is also the 20th Anniversary of Bradford Interfaith Prayer for Peace, meeting at 7pm – poster here

Also later in the week on 16th September – Global Justice Bradford have a film evening with discussion afterwards.

A Time to Mourn – HM Queen Elizabeth II

Good Morning

We are going to open our churches between 3-4pm today Friday 9th Sept 2022 when school children are heading home – hoping to allow them to be spaces of remembrance and mourning for our whole community.  Hopefully members of our Church community will be able to be there for this historic occasion despite being so quickly organised.
There will be an opportunity to sit quietly – to think and to remember a live so very well lived.

Sunday 28th August 2022 – Through the Waters: Baptism in the Gospels

On Sunday we have our All Age Communion Service.

We are building up each week now to Baptisms and confirmations on Sept 11th.  This week we are looking at John the Baptist & Jesus trying to understand why this story means so much for us today. It can be found in Matthew 3:1-12

Live stream for our service will be available via this link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Sunday 21st August 2022 – Communion with Sunday School – Through the Waters in the Old Testament

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday morning at 10.30am – St Paul’s Church.

We’re still thinking about water in the Bible – “Through the water in the Old Testament”  Reading:

Noah – Gen 6-8

Moses – Exodus 2

Joshua 3: 11-17

Live stream for our service will be available via this link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Sunday 14th August 2022 – Breakfast Church – I am the good Shepherd

It’s Breakfast Church on Sunday! Please join us for food, fellowship and worship.  Please remember that we don’t livestream this service.

We are following a different series at Breakfast Church looking at the “I am…” sayings of Jesus.  This week it is “I am the Good Shepherd”

Remembering the verse in the book of John chapter 10 verses 1-16

This service is particularly geared towards those who don’t really get church or why we gather – if you have people in your life that don’t really understand why you go to church – why not bring them along?

Prayer and Praise

In the evening at 7pm we have our Prayer and Praise service at St Philip’s Church.  If you haven’t been to this service why not come along?  We sing, we pray, we spend some time quietly in God’s presence.  It would be good to see you there!

Sunday 31st July 2022 – Juicy – “Can service be worship?”

On Sunday our service is again a Juicy service – where we’re a bit experimental, trying new things and being a little ‘different’.  We still are in our series “Heart of worship, more than a song:” – this time asking the question – “Can service be worship?”

So we’ll be looking in quite a lot of detail at why we call our church meetings a ‘service’ – by literally doing some service – in the service.  Hope that makes sense.

We will be live streaming – but it might not all be clear from afar. Certainly the opening song and communion will be ‘normal’! (via this link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM)

 

Sunday 24th July 2022 – All Age Service – How do we worship in tough times?

This Sunday is an All Age Service.  We are asking the question “How do we worship in tough times?”. This question is one being asked far more often these days – would you know how to answer?

It is important for our young people to worship along side us – remember they will be watching you, as you keep an eye on them!

Our Reading will be Psalm 42 – Live stream for our service will be available via this link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Sunday 17th July 2022 | Parish Communion with Sunday School – What happens when we Worship?

On Sunday we continue with our Sermon Series – More than a song, Coming back to the heart of worship.

This week our Bible reading will be Psalm 146 – with a the sermon titled What happens when we worship?”

Live stream for our service will be available via this link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

New Wine – Next week some of the leaders will be away at New Wine Christian Camp. We hoped this would be more of a wider church event – but this booking was made in Autumn 2019 – and each summer it has been postponed!  Please pray for a time of good refreshment and spiritual input.  5 or 6 other churches in Bradford are also attending.  As well our Area Dean and the new Dean of the Cathedral.

Last time we went to New Wine!

Former Vicar of St Philip’s – Rev Anthony Greenhill

We are writing with great sadness to share that Rev Anthony David Greenhill, ‘Ant’, died on 5th July 2022, aged 83 years old.

We will be celebrating Anthony’s life with a service at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bamfurlong, Wigan on Thursday 21st July at 2pm.

There will be time to gather over tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches and share our memories of him in the adjacent church hall immediately after the service. There will be a brief committal for immediate family at the crematorium.

Anthony was a warm, kind, playful and patient father and husband and his memory will be treasured by his wife of 49 years, Pat, children, Beth and David, and his three grandchildren Lucas (5), Eva (3) and Jamie (7 months). Anthony also leaves behind him his two younger brothers, Richard and Chris, and his nieces and nephews, all of whom he was extremely fond. He will finally be reunited with his beloved sister, Sue, and has asked for his ashes to be scattered alongside hers on the Quantock hills in Somerset.

We are asking that any donations in lieu of flowers are made to Greatwood Christian Camp which was hugely important to Dad and which he attended from 1957 – 2021 https://greatwood.org.uk/support-us/donate/

All welcome. Please wear brightly coloured clothes to celebrate Anthony’s life.

 

Details : Church of the Good Shepherd, 112 Lily Lane, Bamfurlong, Abram, Wigan WN2 5JT

Sunday July 10th 2022 – Parish Breakfast Church – I am the Light of the World

It’s Breakfast Church on Sunday! Please join us for food, fellowship and worship.  Please remember that we don’t livestream this service.

We are following a different series at Breakfast Church looking at the “I am…” sayings of Jesus.  This week it is “I am the Light of the World”

Remembering the verse in the book of John chapter 8 verses 12

This service is particularly geared towards those who don’t really get church or why we gather – if you have people in your life that don’t really understand why you do the church thing – why not bring them along?

Prayer and Praise

In the evening at 7pm we have our Prayer and Praise service at St Philip’s Church.  If you haven’t been to this service why not come along?  We sing, we pray, we spend some time quietly in God’s presence.  It would be good to see you there!

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