**NEW** Christmas Services
Details of our upcoming Christmas Services can be found here.
**NEW** Christmas Appeals
We will be supporting the Booth Centre in Manchester as usual this Christmas and are asking for donations to help them supply the homeless and rough sleepers of Manchester this winter. We are asking for toiletries, hats, gloves, scarves etc as usual, and as always, cash donations can be used to great effect. Please either drop items into one of our churches if you wish to support us in our support, or visit their website for more details of how to donate directly.
We are also supporting a homeless shelter in Harpurhey and we are asking for donations of men’s toiletries as well as hats, scarves, gloves, socks etc to help them. If you have any items you wish to donate, please drop them into one of the churches over Christmas and we will pass them on.
Harvest – 7th October
THIS SUNDAY All three Blackley churches will be celebrating Harvest and we would love you to come and join us. St Peter’s 9.45am, St Andrew’s 9.45am and St Paul’s 11.15am.
As in previous years, we are supporting the Booth Centre in their annual harvest appeal and though they accept any non-perishable food items, they have particularly asked for the following items:
Tinned beans and spaghetti
Tinned meat (corned beef, ham, tuna, meatballs, hot dogs, stewing steak)
Tinned potatoes and vegetables
Tinned fruit, custard and rice pudding
Jam, marmalade, honey, peanut butter and other spreads
Sauces for pasta and curries
Condiments, sauces, salt, pepper and spices
FOR MORE INFO please visit http://www.boothcentre.org.uk/harvest-appeal.html
We begin our Lent journey on Ash Wednesday, 1st March with three services across our churches. We will continue with a series of studies on consecutive Wednesday evenings and we welcome everyone who is interested in taking part in this journey with us.
Messy Church – Mardi Gras!
Join us this Sunday – February 5th at 6.30pm for our monthly YASHA service at St Andrew’s Church. A time of peace, relaxation, silence and prayer. Tea and coffee with biscuits served after the service alongside a chance to chat with other folk. Please join us – All Welcome.
Messy Church – 21st January 2017
We had our first Messy Church of 2017 today where we learned all about being obedient to God through the story of Jonah and the Whale. We made our own “clippy whales”, boats adrift on the sea in the shape of cupcakes and we looked at revealing God’s word through “magic” pictures using wax and paint. We also made three prayer nets for the three churches, with lots of prayers written on fishes.
Our next full Messy Church will be on February 25th at St Paul’s Church Hall, and we will be holding a Messy Church “lite” on 9th February for children of Crab Lane school in St Andrew’s Church and one on 15th for the children of Pike Fold school in St Peter’s Church. If your child goes to either of those schools keep an eye out for your invitation and for the start times of each of them.
Christmas in Blackley
We have enjoyed a spectacular Christmas across the Blackley churches this year, with carol services, midnight communion and Christmas Day Communion in all three Blackley churches, a special Crib Service on Christmas Eve for younger children and memorial services to remember those who we have lost this year.
With school visits to St Peter’s from Pike Fold, to Experience Christmas visits from Crosslee and EAct at St Paul’s, and from Crab Lane to St Andrew’s PLUS numerous assemblies at MCMA, the Co-op Academy and Bowker Vale Primary School it has been a kid-tastic time sharing the Christmas gospel with the children from all over Blackley. Photos will follow!
Our older folk have not been neglected neither, with carol singing Polefield and Allendale nursing homes and a carol service held in Hudson Court before Christmas. Some of our older folk visited the Co-op Academy for Christmas lunch, and for those who had room for more turkey, the annual Silver Service Christmas Lunch was held complete with karaoke and a quiz.
It really has been a wonderfully busy time and a glorious opportunity to share the love and peace of God with the people of our town this Christmastime.
We held Messy Church yesterday where we shared the story of Christmas with around 30 families. With lots of singing, storytelling, activities, crafts and lunch together, this video shows a little of what we got up to.