Sunday 27th February – Parish All Age Worship – Genuine Faith

RESOURCES - Grove Park Church

This Sunday our series on Genuine Religion continues, reading in James chapter 4. We will be discussing Genuine Humility and Drawing close to God, we really hope to see you there with us.

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

Notices:

Ash Wednesday – as we begin Lent we have two services on 2nd March. As usual we have a 10.30am Communion Service at St Barnabas Church. We will also have a 6pm service at St Martin’s Church

Lent Course – “Tales of the Unexpected”

During Lent we hope to run a Lent Course in the evening and around lunch time – times to be firmed up in the next few weeks

But if you’re interested please book it in your diaries.

Monday Evening @ St Philips starting at 7pm: 21st March, 28th March, 4th April, 11th April

Thursday Daytime @ St Martins starting at 12 noon: 24th March, 31st March, 7th April, 14th April

‘The Mills Are Alive’ from Thursday 3rd to 5th March 2022, every evening from 6pm till 9pm, is an epic free projection show and will illuminate the Lister Mills’ chimney.The Mills Are Alive will use music, light, and colour to share the histories and imagined futures of Manningham and its people.
From stories of previous mill workers to the dreams of local school children, see the brickwork come to life and celebrate the rich cultures of our community. You can find out more at: themillsarealive.co.uk

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, even though the rules have changed! Please remember your mask and keep up the hand washing and distancing!

Sunday 20th February – Communion Service with Sunday School – Genuine Faith

The Book of James - Week 6

This Sunday we continue with our series on Genuine Religion, looking at James chapter 3, focusing on Genuine Wisdom – controlling your tongue.

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

This latest piece of art at St Paul’s is called ‘Gathered‘ bringing people at the Monday Place of Welcome together for a shared activity.  People from England, Scotland, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Morocco and Kenya have all made the circles together, cutting them out of fabric, sewing a hem around the edge and then gathering them in to make the smaller circles.  They look better arranged and gathered together than individual circles on their own.  They are all different shapes, colours and sizes, just like us.

Notices:

Ash Wednesday – as we begin Lent we have two services on 2nd March. As usual we have a 10.30am Communion Service at St Barnabas Church.  We will also have a 6pm service at St Martin’s Church

Lent Course –  “Tales of the Unexpected”

During Lent we hope to run a Lent Course in the evening and around lunch time – times to be firmed up in the next few weeks

But if you’re interested please book it in your diaries.

Monday Evening @ St Philips starting at 7pm:    21st March, 28th March, 4th April, 11th April

Thursday Daytime @ St Martins starting at 12 noon:   24th March, 31st March, 7th April, 14th April

 

‘The Mills Are Alive’ from Thursday 3rd to 5th March 2022, every evening from 6pm till 9pm, is an epic free projection show and will illuminate the Lister Mills’ chimney.

The Mills Are Alive will use music, light, and colour to share the histories and imagined futures of Manningham and its people.
From stories of previous mill workers to the dreams of local school children, see the brickwork come to life and celebrate the rich cultures of our community.  You can find out more at: themillsarealive.co.uk

 

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, even though the rules have changed!  Please remember your mask and keep up the hand washing and distancing!

 

 

Parish Forum update – Feb 2022

On Sunday 13th we held a Parish Forum after our Breakfast Church

We prayed for Obstacles and Opportunities in 3 areas of our lives here in the Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham. Under the pictures below are the slides that we used to aid us in prayer.  Thanks to all those who joined us for both events.

 

Sunday 13th February – Parish Breakfast Church – Genuine Faith

This Sunday we continue with our series on Genuine Religion, looking at James chapter 2.

As usual we don’t livestream this service as it is Breakfast Church.

Also, after the service we have out Parish Forum 11.45am – 1.30pm, we would love to see you there. (Advance Warning – we’ll be asking some questions about giving to the Parish at the Forum – so come prepared!)

Notices:

Lent Course –  “Tales of the Unexpected”

During Lent we hope to run a Lent Course in the evening and around lunch time – times to be firmed up in the next few weeks

But if you’re interested please book it in your diaries.

Monday Evening @ St Philips      21st March, 28th March, 4th April, 11th April

Thursday Daytime @ St Martins      24th March, 31st March, 7th April, 14th April

Just a little reminder that we have made a small tweak to our service pattern, which started last week.  We will have 2 services a month when the children and adults learn separately.  On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month.  2nd Sunday is still Breakfast church.  The All Age service will move from the 1st Sunday of the month to the 4th.  We will also try to particularly focus on our international members on the First Sunday of the month.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, even though the rules have changed!  Please remember your mask and keep up the hand washing and distancing!

 

 

Sunday 6th February – Worship & Communion Service – Genuine Faith

Who Wrote the Book of James - Author and Major Themes

On Sunday we are starting a brand new series at St Paul’s Church, about being genuine within ourselves, with other people and most importantly in our faith. This service will have international worship, Communion and Sunday School.

We will begin looking at the letter from James (chapter 1), focusing on Genuine Religion.

As usual we will livestream this service, see link to join – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices:

Lent Course –  “Tales of the Unexpected”

During Lent we hope to run a Lent Course in the evening and around lunch time – times to be firmed up in the next few weeks

But if you’re interested please book it in your diaries.

Monday Evening @ St Philips      21st March, 28th March, 4th April, 11th April

Thursday Daytime @ St Martins 24th March, 31st March, 7th April, 14th April

From this week we will make a small tweak to our service pattern.  We will have 2 services a month when the children and adults learn separately.  On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month.  2nd Sunday is still Breakfast church.  The All Age service will move from the 1st Sunday of the month to the 4th.  We will also try to particularly focus on our international members on the First Sunday of the month.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, even though the rules have changed!  Please remember your mask and keep up the hand washing and distancing!

 

 

Sunday 30th January – Youth Led Communion Service – The One Leper on the Road

On Sunday we have our Youth leading the Service at St Paul’s Church.

This week the topic is ‘The one leper on the road.’

This will be the last week for this series “On the Road”, it’s been a great series to do with you all. Next week we will move to look at the Letter from James together.

As usual we will livestream this service, see link to join – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices:

In February we will make a small tweak to our service pattern.  We will have 2 services a month when the children and adults learn separately.  On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month.  2nd Sunday is still Breakfast church.  The All Age service will move from the 1st Sunday of the month to the 4th.  We will also try to particularly focus on our international members on the First Sunday of the month.

Torrens family – you may remember that we support the Torrens family ministering in the Ukraine.  You’ll know it is in the news a lot at the moment so please pray for safety and wisdom for them at this complicated time!  If you didn’t know about the Torrens family working in Kyiv, Ukraine you can find out more here. They contributed to one of our Youtube services in June 2020. Sarah used to attend St Philip’s Church.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, even though the rules have changed!  Please remember your mask and keep up the hand washing and distancing!

 

 

Sunday 23rd January – Communion Service – Jesus Lost in the Temple

On Sunday we have a Communion Service at St Paul’s Church with Sunday School.

This week the topic is Jesus Lost in the Temple

We have only one more week with this “On the Road” series before we move to look at the Letter from James

We will livestream this service at the usual link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away!  Please remember your mask and keep up the handwashing and distancing!

Sunday 23rd January 2022 – is the week for Christian Unity.  In the past we met all together with churches from across our area for a United Service.  This year due to COVID it is scaled back so our service at St Paul’s will be continuing as normal.  Some of you may want to go and support this great event at 10.30 in Westgate Baptist Church, 107 Carlisle Road, BD8 8BY

In case you missed the information posted last week about our new curate please see the introduction to Emma Wilkinson

 

Introducing Emma Wilkinson – Curate from Summer 2022

Before Christmas we announced that we have a new member of the team arriving in the Summer – Emma Wilkinson.  Emma’s ordination will be on Saturday 2nd July at Wakefield Cathedral.

Emma says:

I am very excited to have been announced as your Curate in Girlington, Heaton and Manningham, I will be coming to join you in the summer after finishing my training in Cambridge.

Bradford might just be my favourite place in the whole world, I grew up here, became a Christian whilst at secondary school and then after my A-levels worked for a Church on my council estate for a year. I then went to do a degree in Theology at Durham, followed by two years of training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge where I am in my final year trying to complete a Masters! So after moving around for a few years, I am looking forward to coming home.

I really love the Church of England, helping people meet with God in worship and making theology accessible.

I don’t like tea or coffee but love a hot chocolate! You might often find me listening to music, musing about who might be the next Doctor Who, editing a video or playing my guitar who I affectionately call George.

Ordination has felt like a long time coming and I’m so excited to get to spend my first few years ordained learning from and with you all in Girlington, Heaton and Manningham.

Please do keep me in your prayers as I prepare to be ordained and to join you all, be assured that I am praying for you too.

(This is a photo of me excitedly posting my acceptance letter to say I’d really like to be the Curate here to the Bishop of Leeds!)

 

 

 

Sunday 16th January 2022 – The Family on the Road again – Fleeing Herod

 

 

On Sunday it is JUICY again.  This is a service when we meet together to start with for the Reading, but then choose from a variety of options of how we engage with the story. Perhaps some quiet meditation, perhaps some teaching, maybe a bit of craft, some may want to talk about it.  The Choice is Yours!

This week the topic is  The Family on the Road again – Fleeing Herod

We will livestream this service at the usual link – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away!  Please remember your mask and keep up the handwashing and distancing!

Sunday 23rd January 2022 – is the week for Christian Unity.  In the past we met all together with churches from across our area for a United Service.  This year due to COVID it is scaled back so our service will be continuing as normal.  Some of you may want to go and support this great event with Churches Together – the full notice is below:

Girlington, Heaton and Manningham Churches Together
United Service 10.30am January 23 2022
“We saw His Star in the East”
Westgate Baptist Church, 107 Carlisle Road, BD8 8BY, is willing to host our annual United Service in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this January (18-25) for those of us willing and able to come.  We feel it is important to keep our GHM Churches network alive in these uncertain times.  The Church is large and airy so we can be reasonably spaced out.

Sadly, due to covid, we will not be able to meet for lunch afterwards but Westgate is willing to provide drinks and light refreshments for those wishing to stay.
Sadly, also due to covid, we will not be able to provide any separate activities for children.

This year the service has been prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches and is based on the story of the Journey of the Magi “We saw his star in the East”.
So we have invited the Rev Stephen Griffith, a retired Minister from York, who has worked with Embrace in the Middle East, to come and tell us something about the situation of the Churches in the Middle East and the work of Embrace alongside them.  Those of you who have used the Bethlehem Carol Sheets will already know something of the medical and educational work of Embrace (Embrace the Middle East – previously known as Biblelands).  Our offertory will go to Embrace.

Parish Forum Report (5 Dec 2021)

On 5th December 2021 we held a Parish Forum – below is a report of our discussion as we look at the way forward.  This report has been delayed so we didn’t lose it in all the Christmas information.  We have another Parish Forum booked in for 6th February but we are delaying it a week to 13th February 2022 after the Church service at St Paul’s.

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Parish Forum Purpose

There has been a lot of change in the parish. A key aspect of this has been our gathering as one church as on a Sunday. Having sufficiently emerged from COVID to run a few months of primarily in person services, the leadership team wanted to hear how these were landing with people across the parish.

Focus

The chief aim of the Parish Forum was a listening exercise to create a number of ways for people to express their views and opinions.

The key focus was the new roster of services that had been trialled across October and November.

Summary of discussions

Following post it notes, table discussions, group sharing, and anonymous feedback the following summary briefly represents the main ideas emerging at the forum:

What have you enjoyed? What has surprised you?

  • Increased attendance of children. Something positive being done for families with children
  • Bringing people together from all four churches
  • Variety of the services and contributors
  • Juicy

What would you change? What has been missing?

  • Length of services – keep it shorter
  • Live music/worship – reflective time of worship, sense of transcendence
  • Deeper Bible teaching
  • Building and lay out of church
  • Less variety – 3 or 2 different styles
  • Eucharist/traditional service
  • Catering for older people
  • Feeling of school assembly/primary school
  • Had enough change/want familiarity
  • The words ‘proper’ or ‘real’ were used a number of times in different contexts.

Have the changes helped you think differently about who we are as a parish and what a church can look like?

  • Helped understand that we are one parish – Widened understanding of who is in our parish
  • The scale and complexity of the challenge is more apparent
  • The need for deeper relationships/getting to know one another has been shown

What one thing would you change?

A number of things were listed here, but only two occurred on more than one list:

  • Bible teaching 
  • More/better worship and reflection

To fully view the contents of the table discussions which have been summarised above, please click here.

Initial reflections

While the discussion highlighted several tensions, there are a couple of key themes coming out of these discussions. These could be summarised most succinctly and teaching and music. There seemed to be an appreciation and a celebration of children, those on the fringes and those new to church being able to participate in church. This was held alongside wanting something geared more towards those who are historically part of those four churches and have been part of the Church for many years.

Outcomes

The leadership is committing to creating an additional space that meets the desires expressed at the forum for this teaching and music. It is likely that this will occupy a Sunday Evening slot with many of the other details to be decided.

The creation and detail of this space will form the topic for February’s Parish Forum, looking at what this space for worship, teaching, prayer and discipleship can look like.

There were many other important issues raised as to how we continue with our Sunday morning worship, some of which will hopefully be reflected in the services themselves over time. There are then some more complex issues which will continue to be reflected upon by the leadership and inform our thinking. 

Pastoral implications

We want to recognise that what we are doing in this parish is new for all of us. We are really grateful for your openness to the journey we are all on. A key part of that is to remember that we need to know how you feel, so that we can include that in our decision making. And if ever you have questions as to why a service or mid-week space looks or feels a certain way, please ask and Chris, Ben and Clare are always more than happy to chat with you.

If ever you wish to raise anything anonymously, or simply chat something through, Daniel, who ran the discussion, is happy to chat with you or for you to email him: danielfurlong88@gmail.com

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