|Who's up for fresh expression of ‘flash mob’?
Members of St Mary’s church in Upton, Wirral, are preparing to use the flash mob technique again to attract local people to their Christmas services. Sainsbury’s and Homebase stores in the village both allowed a group from the parish to do a three-minute ‘flash mob carol’ during the busy shopping time a few days before Christmas last year.
|A poignant light display of remembrance
St Mary’s church in Tilston, near Malpas, created an impressive illuminated call to remembrance to mark the centenary of the Great War. The idea to illuminate the church tower with poignant images for the rural community came from the Rector, the Revd Jane Stephenson.
|Remembering St George’s Men …
‘St George’s Men’, a musical drama and World War I commemoration, written and directed by Chris Dawson, finished to a standing ovation in St George’s church, Heaviley, Stockport, on Saturday 8 November. The piece, which was devised and staged to raise funds for the organ at the church, unfolded with great poignancy and humour.
|Talks on Judaism offered
Gertie Kallin (pictured) offers talks on Jewish faith and culture to various organisations, including parishes, and they have proved to be rather popular. There is no charge for Gertie’s presentations, but a donation to a charity is encouraged.
|Bromborough church celebrates 150th anniversary
150 years have passed since the present parish church of St Barnabas in Bromborough, Wirral, was consecrated. The anniversary was marked on Monday 17 November. A commemorative tree was planted, a time capsule buried, and a special service was held.
Cycle of Prayer (Download booklet)
Cycle of Prayer - 23/11/2014
Ambassadors in Christ’s name (2 Corinthians 6.1)
The Eve of Saint Andrew’s Day (29th November) is marked in the Church of England as a day of intercession and thanksgiving for the missionary work of the Church. With a renewed awareness that God’s mission is truly global in action and purpose – the Gospel from everywhere to everyone – we join with Christians on every continent in seeking mutual encouragement and inspiration for our part in that task, and we pray for all who dedicate themselves to those purposes: Ever present God, receive our prayer for your church universal: We pray for all those who cross human boundaries to serve your mission, and for local congregations witnessing to their neighbours. For those who find a ready response, and for those who struggle against the odds. For places where the gospel is still heard as good news, and for communities where it is counted as old and dispensable. For churches accepted within their communities, and those who go in fear, or who are treated with suspicion. For your mission in this diocese, and for all whom we work alongside. May we and all your people be faithful ambassadors, eager stewards, and ready witnesses, for Christ’s sake. Amen. Pray for the mission of the congregation to which you belong, and for courage to cross boundaries for Christ.
Bishop Carlos Lopez-Lozano, The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Spain) (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury)
Peace At The Last - a new book by Bishop Robert Atwell
Our former Bishop of Stockport says the book grew out of diocesan consultation with funeral directors who identified three essential qualities that only the church offers: a distinctive understanding of death continuing pastoral care hope, not just empathy. Building on this foundation, Robert Atwell suggests many practical ways in which the church can become better at conducting funerals and engaging with those who seek pastoral support at critical points in their lives.
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