During January we will be starting the year concentrating on prayer.
There will be sermons that will be shaped around the Lord’s Prayer, but that will also try to engage with some of the tricky questions we all have about prayer.
There will be some themes to pray about each week, with reminders.
And there will be a couple of services when we will just pray together.
It’ll be good to bring ourselves back to relying on God to do what only God can do.
We want to develop a team of people willing to pray for one another at the end of services and first Sundays of the month.
On the first Sunday of each month at 10:30 we want to offer a special time and space for people who want to be prayed for individually. There will be the option to pop in for 5 to 10 minutes, or a space to stay longer and pray for longer. People would be available to pray for you if you want, or you can use the time and space to pause, pray and reflect personally.
If you would like to join the prayer team there will be a meeting on Sunday 7th January (after church) to talk, pray and prepare. Please let Natalie know if you would like to be a part.
Annual Review Meeting
On Sunday 14 January after the service we will have our Annual Review Meeting. We will present reports on the different aspects of church life, including the finances.
We will look ahead to how we see some things developing. It’s a meeting that is open to everyone who calls Salford Elim home.
It will last from about 12.30-1.30. If you think that might be too long to go without food, then bring some sandwiches for yourself.
Connect to Church Meal
On Sunday the 21st of January at 1pm in The Vine Cafe, there will be a chance for those who are new (or feel new!) to the church to come and speak with the leaders and find out a bit more about who we are and why we do things the way we do. It’s also an opportunity for us to find out a bit more about you. There will be sandwiches and brews provided. If you would like to come, please see Ian.
Caring for one another
The primary way that we care is by ‘looking out for’ and ‘looking after’ one another. There are so many scriptures particularly in the New Testament that advise us how to treat ‘one another’. Let’s keep our eyes and hearts open so that we can notice, support and serve one another.
Care through Counselling
Judith is a professional counsellor who offers some time to church members who may feel stuck with or in situation and would benefit from some help working through or considering their options. If you think some structured sessions and conversations would be a support to you please speak to Judith or Natalie.
Theology Thursdays will be changing to Wondering Wednesdays!
There will be two evenings in February all about prophecy. They will be on Wednesday 21 and 28 Feb at 7.30pm in The Vine. In the first we will look at what the Bible has to say about prophecy and in the second we will put it all into practise.
Church Weekend Away
We will be going away to Cefn Lea, Wales from 20- 22 April. If you would like to come along with us, please see Jo Northall as soon as possible for the details. If you want to start paying money, Jo or Bev will be very happy to receive it.
The Vine Cafe
Firstly, Ian wants to say a massive thank you to all who have given so generously to our recent fund raising drive. Together we raised over £3700!
This will be used to make our cafe an even nicer place to be, and will therefore mean we can reach out to more people in our community.
Ian also wants to say a big thank you to all who give their time to volunteer – without you, we simply could not remain open.