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What You Need To Know (December 2022)

Christmas Events

On 4 December we will have an all-age worship service at 11.30 in the Church Hall. The teenagers will meet at The Vine as usual. Please note that we will not be able to stream this service online, as we won’t be in our usual building.

There will be a morning service on Sunday 11 December at 11.30am as usual in the church with new radiators all installed!

Our Candlelit Carol Service will be on Sunday 11 December at 4pm. It will have traditional and modern carols, the story read and a short explanation about why this is brilliant news for everyone. Invite friends, family and work colleagues to come along. 

There will be a morning service on Sunday 18 December at 11.30am as usual.

There will be a Christmas Day service at 10.30am – it’s a great time for us to celebrate. It will last around 45 minutes. If you have children and they will already have opened some presents, then let them bring one or two of them along. Adults can join is as well if you want!

There will be NO service on New Years’ Day.

Christmas Carols on the Street

Together with other Churches

Ian brought together some of the other Salford churches to think about how we could do some things together in the run-up to Christmas. There is a chance to sing together on these dates at these places, or at the very least for you to come along and support:

Sunday 4 December • 2pm-3pm • The Lowry Mall

Saturday 10 December • 3pm-4.30pm • The Height Aldi

Monday 19 December • 7pm • Salford Royal Hospital

Monday 19 December • 8pm • The Royal Sovereign Pub

Speak to Ian for more details

New Year, New Opportunities: Ready to Serve?

If you’ve been part of church for a while and want to know how you can serve others in church, we need to talk! You might want to welcome people as they arrive, play in the worship band, work with children, read the Bible in services, be involved in the tech side of things, lead a small group, help to clean the church or prepare tea and coffee after services. You might want to be part of the Info Point team. You might have skills and gifts we had no idea about. This is your moment! 

Specifically, we need more people willing to work with our children in Junior Church – leading groups, helping out and working one to one with children who need extra support.

Please contact Neil, Ian or Morag for a chat together.

Easy Worship and Streaming Rota – volunteers needed.

We are looking to train up some more volunteers to help serve on Sunday mornings, to ease the burden on our current volunteers. Both tasks are relatively straightforward, and we can show you how to do them. Please see Ian if you are able to help.

Church Band Jam

Do you sing or play a musical instrument, but are not currently serving on the church band rota?

Every now and again we organise a jam at church, for those who are keen to grow in confidence and practice with others in a supportive environment. If you are interested in getting involved, let speak to Ian.

New Year, New Groups

You might be ready to join with others in a small group from January onwards. Here are some opportunities to meet every other week.

Tuesday evening: in-person groups led by Jumi & Emmanuel; and a new one at The Vine led by Ian

Thursday: in-person groups led by Julian; Charlie & Kate; Judith

And online groups led by Neil and Ian

If you want to make this one of your new year’s fresh starts, please talk to Neil.


Tuesday 10 January • 7.30pm-9pm • The Vine Community Hub

A chance to discuss the big questions of life and faith in a relaxed, non-judgemental environment over 12 weekly sessions.  Who might you invite? Speak to Andrea Catherwood, Ben Cain or Ian Peacock if you are interested or have any questions.

Have you been baptised?

Jesus was baptised as an adult and commanded his followers to baptise all who wanted to follow him. If you have made a commitment to the Lordship of Jesus but haven’t yet been baptised, we would love to get you dunked! Speak to Neil or Ian for more details.

Big Dates for 2023

The Hog Roast is Back

Saturday 24 June 2023 • 6-9pm

Before Covid’s disruption the Hog Roast was becoming a regular event in our diaries. Well, it’s back. Keep the date! Tickets will be on sale in due course – at the moment just keep the date free.

The Big Day Out

Saturday 23 September

It’s not a weekend away – it’s just some of the best bits – all together on one day. We have found a fantastic site – it’s Barnstondale, Storeton Lane, Barnston, Wirral CH6 1BX. There will be an activity programme for children and young people, things for people to do together in the afternoon, and the prospect of an Elim’s Got Talent show in the evening, finished with a fire pit (and probably Beatles’ songs!)

You will get a feel for the place here.

Many more details in due course, but for now… start filling in the new calendars when they arrive.

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