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What You Need To Know – Our Latest News (28th June 2021)

As promised, here is your start-of-the-week shorter, leaner 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.

Coming Up

Our Sunday Gatherings

We want to invite you to pray together before the service. From 11am there will be chance to gather together in the small room at the front of the church. It would be great if you could be there.

After each service there will be chance to be prayed with personally. This will be in the side chapel. If you have been part of the prayer team, or would like to pray with people, let Neil know.

What will be happening on Sundays in July

Sunday 4 July: Julian will be preaching and we will take communion together. In light of the ongoing restrictions, can you bring your own bread and wine/juice.
Sunday 11 July: A fantastic Baptismal service
Sunday 18 July: Interview with Ian and Morag. They have been with us for 10 years. That’s worth celebrating.
Sunday 25 July: Prayer & Ministry – a chance for us to have more time to offer prayer to those needing God to act.

From 4 July: Exciting New Plans for our Children and Young people

High on our priorities is the work we do with children and young people.

During the months we have been separated, Morag and Ian and Andrew and Alex have continued to do brilliant work online with all their different groups. This has largely been unseen by most of us but they have done a great job.
Going forward, this will be the rhythm of our children and young people’s work:

  • Twice a month, they will have their own services in the minor hall – with competitions, scripture, prayer and worship
  • Once a month there will be supervised games and spaces for them to build friendships together, the 15-18s will meet in The Vine with adults offering safety and a listening ear
  • Once a month they will be in their age-appropriate groups.

Through July we will continue to use the space at the back of church for the very youngest children, though a creche will be offered in the minor hall going forwards.

If you’d like to know more or be involved, contact Morag.

As we look forward to welcoming Kid’s work back, we’d like to invite as many of you as possible to help us clean the Hall ready for the fun to begin. We will be meeting at the hall Saturday 3rd July, 2:00pm

Feel free to bring cleaning equipment of your choosing and gloves if you’re a Marigolds kind of cleaner. Please come, lighten the load and get your clean on!

Contact Morag if you are coming so she can confirm the time with you after it’s been confirmed. Thanks.

Taking the plunge on Sunday 11 July

This is the day we will be baptising folks. If you have been waiting for this moment or are wondering if this is the next step for you in your discipleship journey, please talk with Neil.

For those getting baptised, can you stay behind after Sunday’s service for a few moments to meet Neil.

Getting Involved in the New Phase of Church

Now that we have moved back to onsite worship there are lots of opportunities to be involved in the ministry of the church.

You might be wondering where you fit into the church after all this time of scattered worship. You might wonder where your gifts and passions fit in. Or you might just want to know how you can serve generally.

Please talk to us – we want to help you feel confident in knowing how your gifts can be a blessing to us all.

Going forward, we will need help to form these teams:

Welcome Team – see Judith and Colin
Prayer Team – if you are willing to pray with others, see Neil
Worship Band – see Ian
Readers – see Neil
Operating the PA System – see Jay
Operating the Streaming Computer – (we will show you how) – see Steve
Operating EasyWorship to project words – see Ian
Cleaning Team – this is a team that will be willing to clean the church and hall once a month. See Neil

And if you’re not sure who these people are:

An Offer of Counselling Support

One of the ministries we have as a church is the Community Counselling Service. During this Covid crisis we have continued to offer Counselling remotely via zoom or telephone. There are however, limitations with remote sessions.

We are now offering Walk And Talk Counselling to anyone from church who would benefit from counselling or those known to church members. We would agree a time to meet at the Tea Kiosk in Lightoaks Park and would walk at a slow pace for the 50 minute session.

If you feel you would benefit from this please don’t hesitate to contact Judith Thompson, Neil, or Ian or fill in the form on the church website.

Looking for Help

Yvonne and Martin run a food-poverty programme, Salford Food Parcels. They would be grateful if there are any of you available to deliver parcels to people who are unable to get to their offices on Langworthy Road. Please contact them if you are able to help.

Midweek Gatherings

1. This Thursday: Housegroups

At the moment we are going to continue with all the housegroups being online. This will change going forward to a mix of some online and some in person. Housegroups will meet on 1 July and 15 July and then have a break over the summer, beginning again in September.

If you would like to be part of a group now, then contact Neil and he will give you the details for next Thursday’s group night.

2. Prayer Meeting: Friday at 10.30-12.00 on Whats App

Contact Corinne Baines or Gill Oldham and they’ll make sure you are able to connect.

3. Young Adults group (18-25-ish!)

If we fall into this age band and want to connect with others, you will be really welcome to turn up at these events:

For more details contact Alex and Andrew

On Friday 9th July, 7:30pm: Garden Gathering (Alex and Andrew’s house in Salford)
Saturday 17th July, 1pm: Picnic in the park (Location TBC)

4. The Vine Community Hub

We opened this week after being closed for so long. At the moment it is open Monday-Friday from 10.00 – 2.30. It’s a place to have a drink, meet people, and have a chat. There will always be someone there that you can chat with, so feel free to just drop in.

If in doubt

All the links to the meetings are in Church Suite and on the ‘Calendar’ section of our church website:

You’re not alone

If you need help and don’t know where to turn, you are always welcome to contact Neil on 07771 558058.

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