Here is your start-of-the-week newsletter. It should have all you need to know about what’s happening amongst us. And a quick look should mean you are updated each week.
What’s Happening on Sundays in November
We want to invite you to pray together before the service. From 11am there will be chance to gather together in the small chapel area in the side aisle in the church. It would be great if you could be there.
Sunday 28th November: Time to Reflect on the Sermon
Sunday 4th December: Communion
The Vine Community Hub
After many weeks of waiting, praying and hoping, we have finally moved all the furniture in to our new place of community engagement on Cholmondeley Road!
A massive thanks to all who have helped load vans, paint walls, dig up weeds, cut grass, clean windows, install wi fi and more – we couldn’t have done it without you!
It’s really exciting to be able to have such a great space to reach out in the name of Jesus.
Like most things, it’s a work in progress; there’s still bits to do and we may try some things and see how they go. We can’t do this without volunteers and here are just some opportunities for those who have some free time through the week.
What’s Happening this week
Tuesday 23rd November
10am: Art Group
On Tuesday Janet has started a new art group that will in The Vine from 10am. Chat to her if you would like more info.
The Crafty Crew Gang will be meeting in the Vine Community Hub from 1pm – 2.30pm. If you’d like to turn up earlier and bring your own lunch, then come from 12.
Wednesday 24th November
7.30pm: The Tear Fund Big Quiz
St Johns, Bolton Rd, Pendlebury, Manchester M27 8XS
St James are inviting us to bring some teams along. Each team will have 4-5 people, and will cost £5 per person. Finds go towards Tear Fund’s work around the world. You might have a team that you know will rock this quiz or you might want to belong to one. Either way let Neil know.
Thursday 25th November
7.30pm: Housegroups: online and In Person
Contact Neil if you want to join one.
Saturday 27th November
9-11am: Ladies prayer breakfast at The Vine Community Hub 87-89 Cholmondeley Road M6 8PU
Thank you to those who came to our first ladies’ prayer breakfast back in September. I believe it was a resounding success, well Jo’s amazing pancakes definitely were!
So I’d like you to invite all the ladies to the next prayer breakfast hopefully of many more to come. For those who couldn’t make it last time this is an invitation to meet together as the women, feminine heartbeat of Salford Elim to eat together, share our stories, encourage and support each other and pray.
All prayer levels welcome and all those simply intrigued welcome too. Cereal, toast, pastries and perhaps pancakes will be provided but feel free to bring your own breakfast if preferred.
Sign up on the Info Table, or contact Kate Blundell 07805 069033 or Jumi Isibor 07703 028936 for more details and to let us know you’re coming.
Thursday 2nd December
2-3.30pm: Christmas Themed Afternoon Tea.
You’re invited to come along to this afternoon tea, and bring friends that you know would love it. The afternoon will include live music by Heather Kass.
There will be a £3 minimum donation.
Tickets are required in advance and are available at the church information point on Sunday mornings or contact Judith.
Friday 3rd December
Play and Stay Begins again!
Play and Stay is starting again. There will be two sessions every Friday. One from 10.00 am – 12.00, and one from 1.30-3.30pm. If you would like to be involved as a helper, please talk to Judith or Colin. If you have little ones, please come along.
Saturday 11th December
Christmas at The Vine
In the afternoon from 2.00 – 4.00 there will be a Family Fun Christmas Time. There will be games, food, crafts and all the fun you would expect at Christmas.
In the evening from 7.30-9.30 there will be an evening of songs, quiz, mince pies and mulled wine.
Sunday 19th December
4.30pm: Carol Service
There will be traditional carols, a sprinkling of newer ones, readings, a brass band, candles. All you would want in a carol service. Invite family and friends to join you.
There will be NO Morning service that day.
Monday 20th December
4.30pm: Carol Singing in the Royal Sovreign Pub (opposite church building)
Join us for some carols, and a chance to have a drink together afterwards. We will be doing this with folks from St James.
Christmas Day: 10.30am
It’s our traditional gathering – ask your children to bring some of their presents, come ready to worship in a relaxed environment as we get Christmas off to the best start.
There will be NO service on Boxing Day
We have just finished the first of three Alpha courses we are running this academic year and it was great. There were five regular attendees and a couple of others who came to some sessions. One of them said:
It was not what I was expecting at all. There was much more debate and open discussion and the videos answered most of my questions about the Christian faith; in fact, the arguments were really compelling! There was a lot of diversity in the people who shared their stories too. Since starting the course, I’ve noticed things changing in the way I think and react and although I wouldn’t say I’m ready to commit just yet, I’m much nearer than I was. Alpha should be advertised much more!’
The next course starts on Monday the 10th of January 2022 and will be hosted by Dave and Chris Swindells online.
Do think and pray about who you could invite – it might just change their life!
How we Support One Another
We are a church that wants to be a place where relationships are formed that will ensure you will have people around you who will be able to support you on the hard days.
But there is more.
One of the things we want to be true is that every week there will be a chance for you to be prayed with individually if that would help. At the end of each service there will be chance for you to have an unhurried time of prayer in the side chapel.
Another way we can help is through the ministry of the Community Counselling Service. Headed by Judith Thompson, this counselling ministry offers you the space to explore what is happening in your own life at this time. Anyone can access this ministry and there is no cost. If you feel you would benefit from this please don’t hesitate to contact Judith, Neil, or Ian or fill in the form on the church website.