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.