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 


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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:


Pat Hilton

Carol Smith                                                                                                            Dorothy Coxon

Pat and Robert Varley


and all others in need of our prayers.



COMMUNITY HALL HEATING


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

We hope that a temporary fix will tide us overuntil a replacement system can be installed.

We are looking at different systems

but plan to have a new one in place as soon as possible.


We apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime. 



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.


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 is Dr Eric Lupton whose subject is,

"Composing Legends of the 20th Century".



WORLD DAY OF PRAYER


The service this year has been created by Palestinian women and will be held at Walkden Methodist Church on Friday March 1st at 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome.







Minister ~ Rev Alan Kennedy 07733153203 01612703296 alanrk1690@gmail.com