NEWS 2024

 "The Church of the Warm Heart and the Open Mind"


 

A MEMBER CHURCH OF THE CONGREGATIONAL FEDERATION


A MEMBER CHURCH OF CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WALKDEN 


WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE                                                          OF WALKDEN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 

 

We are situated at the heart of the community, close to the crossroads  in the centre of town, between Walkden Gateway                                  and the Gill Medical Centre, opposite the Ellsemere Shopping Precinct.

 

As our Church Motto says, we seek to be                                            "a church with a warm heart and an open mind."

                                                             
Some years ago the Church Meeting resolved that these fine words should be more than just a motto and so applied to register our church for Same Sex Marriages. Confirmation that we are legally authorised to conduct same-sex marriages was confirmed on the 21st of December 2016.

We were the first mainstream Christian Church in the City of Salford to offer this ministry.


We believe that for the Gospel to truly be "Good News"                          it must be a gospel of;

extravagant grace,

radical inclusion

and relentless compassion.                                                                            

To that end, we welcome people of all ages and backgrounds

and affirm that God`s love as revealed in Jesus Christ is for everyone and not just a chosen few.                                                                                                          You are welcome to join us for worship any Sunday morning at 11am and to get to know us better over a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. 







     










                      





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Jesus didn`t reject anyone -


Neither do we - 


Whoever you are - 


Wherever you are on life`s journey -

     

You are welcome here!



CHURCH NEWS 2024


ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2023

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our Advent and Christmas program so enjoyable and meaningful.

From the Advent Communion & Dressing of the Tree to our Nine Lessons & Carols,        the Nativity and the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve when there was a full church.

Not forgetting those who led worship on New Years Eve

We appreciate everyone`s participation and support.


CHURCH CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2023

We had a new venue for Christmas Lunch last year,

the Glass House at Worsley College.         

It is staffed by the students of the Catering Department who are learning the relevant skills for a career in the hospitality sector.

The setting was warm and attractive, the young staff very polite and efficient,          the food excellent and no-one could quibble about the price!

We trust that you found the company congenial too!

We hope to return this Christmas.


BIBLE STUDY GROUP

Our Bible Study Group resumes on Thursday January 11th in the Coffee Room at 2pm.

New members are always welcome. If you want to know more, please speak to Lee.


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB

We did not have a guest speaker in January

but as usual our Minister hosted a New Year`s Quiz with refreshments.

A small but enthusiastic band grappled with a Photo Round and a Missing Vowels Round.

First prizes and booby prizes were awarded - no names, no pack drill!        

Fliers with details of the program up to June are available in the Coffee Room.


CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WALKDEN AND LITTLE HULTON


PRAYER BREAKFAST

We were represented by the minister at the first Prayer Breakfast of the New year 

at Bethany Church on Saturday January 6th.

The next two Breakfasts are at St Johns on February 3rd at 8.30am                              and Our Lady and Lancashire Martyrs on March 2nd at 8.30am.

The morning begins with breakfast and fellowship and then moves into a time of open prayer for the second half of the session.

There is no obligation to pray outloud if you are not comfortable.

You can bring a prayer to read or simply pray in silence.

If you haven`t been before, why not pop along.


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2024

The Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this year was held at Bethany Church on Sunday afternoon January 21st at 3pm.

Our minister presided at the piano and the worship was led by Rev Marie Pattison assisted by members and clergy from other local churches.


Thank you to Bethany Church for hosting and to Pastors Bill and Sue

for the refreshments afterwards.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM for Churches Together was held at Bethany Church on Monday evening January 15th at 7.30pm.

Rev Marie Pattison, Curate with the Anglican Churches in Walkden & Little Hulton

was nominated and eleceted as the new Chairperson.

Carol Gallagher volunteered to resume her previous post as Secretary

and thanks were expressed to former Chair and Secretary, Sue and Bill Davidson

for all their work. 



IN OUR PRAYERS


NORMA KAY

We regret to announce the death of one of our members, Norma Kay,                          who passed peacefully on Sunday January 21st,                                                          having attended worship with us in the morning.


We extend our sympathies and prayers to Andrew and family,

Jonathan and all Norma`s friends.


Norma`s funeral was held in church on Wednesday February 14th at 11.30am, followed by a Private Committal at Agecroft Crematorium at 1pm.

Refreshments were served at Ellesmere Golf Club following the Committal.



LESLEY PAINE

Most people will now be aware of the death of Lesley Paine.                                        Lesley passed away peacefully on January 6th at Bolton Hospital.

The minister had visited Lesley on January 2nd

and had commended her to the care and keeping of God.


We extend our sympathies and prayers to Lesley`s family and friends.


Lesley`s funeral was held at Agecroft Crematorium on Monday February 5th                at 11.40am followed by refreshments at our church.


We also keep in prayer those members and friends who are ill or recovering                  either at home or in hospital and those in nursing care, as well as those awaiting tests or surgery.


Pat Hilton

Carol Smith                                                                                                            Dorothy Coxon

Pat Varley

Helen Sharpe


and all others in need of our prayers.



COMMUNITY HALL HEATING


Unfortunately there have been some problems with the heating in the hall recently.

We have looked at various replacement systems and will be arranging installation of the new units as soon as possible. 



CHURCH GARDEN


Plans by our volunteer gardeners, Lee and Ian to enhance the garden are progressing.

We recently took delivery of a new seating bench and plant holder kindly donated by the Lowry Academy, one of our local schools.

Unfortunately two weeks after installation the bench was badly vandalised.

The school have looked at what was left, but sadly it cannot be repaired.

When the plant holder is installed, we hope that it lasts significantly longer!


We are looking at a metal bench as a replacement and are exploring sources of funding for it`s purchase and installation.


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB


Due to a misunderstanding, we did not have our expected speaker in February but we enjoyed a hour of conversation and cake instead.


The speaker for the March meeting was Dr Eric Lupton whose subject was,

"Composing Legends of the 20th Century".



WORLD DAY OF PRAYER


The service this year was created by Christian Palestinian women and was held at Walkden Methodist Church on Friday March 1st at 7.30pm.


PALM SUNDAY & CHURCH AGM


There were nearly 40 in worship on Palm Sunday and we presented Real Easter Eggs to our junior worshippers. The Minister blessed the Palm Crosses which were then distributed by the young people.


The Annual General Meeting took place after worship and included reports from the Secretary, Treasurer, Pulpit Secretary, Bible Study Group Leader and the Minister.

It was good for everyone to hear about the work and witness of our church.

We were pleased that over 20 people shared in fellowship over lunch afterwards.



GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE


March 29th 10am: Good Friday

Short Service of Reflection

led by Rev Alan Kennedy


March 29th 10.45am: Churches Together Walk of Witness

Walkden Costa to Little Hulton Precinct


March 29th 11.30am: Churches Together Good Friday Service

Little Hulton Precinct



March 31st 6.15am for 6.30am: Easter Sunday

Churches Together Easter Sunrise Service

Blackleach Country Park

Led by Rev Alan Kennedy


Followed by refreshments at St John`s.


March 31st 11am: Easter Sunday

The Sacrament of the Lord`s Supper

Celebrant and Preacher

Rev Alan Kennedy


EASTER SERVICES


We were pleased to welcome a number of visitors for our Good Friday Service including Chris Lawton, from Eccles Church, who very kindly played the organ for us.


We also welcomed a new young family to our Easter Communion Service

and presented their children with Real Easter Eggs.


Thanks to Dorothy for the cream eggs on Palm Sunday

and Susan for the chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday.

The minister had already bought mini-eggs for everyone for Easter

and also provided Simnel Cake for the after church refreshments.

So our Lenten Fast was well and truly over!


CHURCHES TOGETHER PRAYER BREAKFAST


The Prayer Breakfast for April took place at Our Lady & Lancashire Martyrs

on Saturday April 6th at 8.30am.


BIBLE STUDY GROUP MEAL


Our Bible Study Group extended a welcome to other members of the congregation to join them for a meal on Saturday April 6th at 2.30pm at The Woodside.

Just over 20 of us were there on the day and enjoyed good food and conversation.

Thankyou to Lee for organizing this.


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB


The  April meeting was held on Wednesday the 17th at 2pm, when the speaker was Brian Halliwell. He had been billed as presenting the next installment  of his Golden Age of Comedy talks. But on this occasion he decided to offer us something different. 

Based on the title of the film, "It`s a wonderful life", Brian mentioned the many inventions and concepts that have improved our lives, from the mundane to the spectacular.


The speaker in May will be Richard Hall and his subject is "Say it with flowers".

As Richard is a musician, we assume that the music will have floral connections.



AFTERNOON TEA JUNE 8TH 20.30PM


There are still tickets available at a cost of £5 per person.

Please obtain these in advance, to enable us to plan for catering.

Contact Lee or the Minister for tickets.


We are currently collecting raffle prizes and all donations will be welcome.


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB


We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon on May 15th listening to the selection of music and song compiled for us by Richard Hall on the theme of Say It With Flowers.


The next meeting, the last before the summer break, will be on June 19th when we welcome back Rob Mason for more of his ever popular Northern Humour & Song.



PENTECOST SUNDAY


As is our practice, Pentecost Sunday worship included the Sacrament of the Lord`s Supper and an opportunity for new members to be received into the congregation.

As at least one person could not be with us on that date, Reception of New Members will now take place on November 3rd, the Sunday nearest to All Saints.


IN OUR PRAYERS


We continue to remember in prayer all those members and friends of our church in any kind of need.


They include;


Carol Smith

Dorothy Coxon

Pat Varley

Barbara

The minister would like you to also pray for Lynsey,

a young woman from Northern Ireland.


Do let us know if you wish us to pray for anyone and we can include them on the list.



AFTERNOON TEA


Our grateful thanks to everyone who supported our Afternoon Tea on June 8th.

There were over 50 in attendance and £500 was raised for church funds.

In addition, sales of `doggy bags` afterwards brought in enough money to buy a further two goats for our ongoing project with Concern Worldwide which supplies the animals to needy families in parts of Africa.

We are particularly indebted to the kitchen and backroom team who put in a lot of time and effort to ensure that the event was such a success.



BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN


PAT HILTON

We are sad to announce the death of Pat Hilton, who passed away at home on June 20th. Pat was a member of our church and was a faithful attender before her recent illness. We extend our sympathy to Fran, Kath and all the family.


Pat`s funeral will be held at Agecroft Crematorium on Thursday July 25th at 11.40am and will be conducted by the Minister.


RITA WOODS

We are also sorry to share the news of the sudden death at home of Rita Woods on June 8th. Kevan and Rita were supporters of our Community Coffee Morning and the Third Wednesday Club. We send our sympathy to Kevan, Gaynor, Craig and the family circle.


Rita`s funeral will take place on Tuesday July 16th at 2pm at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel and will be conducted by the Minister.


"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more,

neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more,

for the former things have passed away."

Revelation 21 vs.4