Our Levenshulme Churches Together Lent series begins next Wednesday on the theme ‘Led by the Spirit’. Each week we visit a different church. 7.30pm for refreshments then 8-9 for a Bible study. The sequence is as follows:
- 12th March – St Peter’s (Stockport Road)
- 19th March – Levenshulme Baptist Church (Elmsworth Avenue)
- 26th March – Inspire
- 2nd April – Levenshulme Methodist Church (Stockport Road)
- 9th April – St Mark’s (Barlow Road)
- 16th April – St Mary’s Church (Elbow Street) – for a Passover meal – time to be confirmed
- 18th April – Good Friday Walk of Witness starting at St Peters at 11am
After last Sunday’s banana-fest, this Sunday we’ll be considering the memorable story of the time that Jesus walked out onto Lake Galilee only for Peter to try his water-walking skills too. What could this mean for us today: nervous disciples in a new community, living through a time of crisis? 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome. Especially those for whom coming to church might feel a bit like stepping out of the boat.
So it’s fairtrade fortnight! Those of you who came to the Inspire Market Fair last Saturday or who have dropped into the cafe this week will have noticed something of a banana theme going on – because this year fairtrade fortnight has gone bananas! To find out more then do come along to our special all age together service on Sunday morning. (And if anybody has any ideas about how to link bananas to Matthew’s gospel then let me know ;)) 10am. Sunday morning. Everybody’s welcome! And bring a fairtrade banana!
Who likes to break the rules? When it came to the petty observances and shameless scams of the religious authorities, Jesus was a real rebel. This Sunday, we will be thinking about Jesus relationship witht he scribes and the pharisees in Matthew’s gospel, as we look in particular at the time when Jesus and the disciples gathered grain on the sabbath. 10am Sunday. Everybody’s welcome!
This weekend also marks the beginning of fair trade fortnight and so Roz will be selling some fair trade goods after the service – bring a little extra money with you!
Written by the lovely folk of Inspire Church – based on the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 5)
It is perhaps quite topical that as the rains come down and the floods go up on Sunday we will be thinking about another famous part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount: the parable of the wise and foolish builders. It will be a special all-age service with lots of fun and activities to help us think about what this parable might mean for our lives today. Don’t expect a lesson in house-building or environmental risk assessment, do expect some wise words, warm fellowship and some firm foundations for the week ahead. Sunday morning 10am.
The new year is upon us and so is a new teaching and learning series at Inspire Church. For the next 17 weeks until just after Easter we are going to explore Jesus’ life from the perspective of the gospel of Matthew and what it might mean for us all today. So I’ve called the series: Jesus & Matthew & Me. On Sunday we will take a first look at who Matthew was, where he lived and why he wrote his gospel before launching out in the weeks to come about what it means for us to be a new community in a time of crisis. Don’t miss it! Starts 10am Sunday morning. Everybody’s welcome!
This Sunday is our Community Carol Service at 4pm at Inspire. It is going to be a mixture of readings, carols (of course), drama and Christingle-making. It promises to be lots of fun so do bring a friend or two. Remember there will be no morning service at 10am!!
And then on Christmas Day we will have a special celebration service from 10 – 11am. If you’d like to then do bring a present which you can show everyone. There will be more fun there … and birthday cake for Jesus! … but we promise it will be a shorter service so you can get back to your turkeys, sprouts etc.
This Sunday, as part of the Just Christmas series, Inspire Church will welcome Ian Rowe from Christian Aid who is coming to speak to us about Christmas in the Holy Land and some of the justice struggles that sadly beset places like Bethlehem today. But also the hope that is still to be found in the lives of many people who live there – just as it was to be found there 2000 years ago amongst the ordinary folk of Palestine. Jenny will be leading our service and there will be junior church activities as normal too. 10am Everybody’s Welcome!
Also on Sunday, Conspire will meet at 6.30pm to consider: ‘Right here? Right now?’. There is a lot of pressure to try to enjoy the perfect Christmas (as defined by the major retailers) but this puts great pressure on everyone to be in the right place (both mentally and physically) at the right time (Christmas comes but once a year). In addition Christians have the added pressure to not lose sight of the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ (whatever that is!!). In the midst of it all here is a chance to share our festive thoughts and experiences. Everybody’s welcome.
This Sunday our ‘Just Christmas’ advent series will remember the challenging circumstances of the ‘holy family’ – young, hungry and homeless and yet at the centre of God’s plan for the world. We’ll be thinking about the hungry and homeless in our own city and we’ll welcome Niall Cooper, National Co-ordinator of Church Action on Poverty, who will challenge and inspire us about the relevance of the Christmas story then to our circumstances today. 10am. Everybody’s Welcome!