Abba Father

This Sunday we are starting a new teaching and learning series exploring The Lord’s Prayer. There is no right or wrong way to pray, our conversations with God can be as free as a chat with a friend or as carefully crafted as a poem. Jesus gave his disciples a model prayer – yes to be repeated in it’s own right but also as a pattern for our own prayers. Each Sunday for the next six weeks we will consider the different elements of the Lord’s Prayer, phrase by phrase, as we explore how we might communicate with the one who let’s us call him Abba Father – Dad! 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome – this Sunday will be an ‘all together service’ with lots of all age learning time.

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Happy Easter! It was a wonderful Easter Day service and I’m especially grateful to the Levy Chorus for their beautiful singing and great to have such a full church too. There was a real sense of resurrection hope. This Sunday is the last in our series on Matthew’s gospel when we will be looking at what is often called ‘the great commission’. We will also be trying to draw together some of the themes that have inspired us over the months since Christmas. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s Welcome Here!

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It’s Friday … but Sunday’s Coming

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All means all

At the beginning of Easter week Jesus entered Jerusalem and set about upsetting the powers that be. Lettings kids into the temple. Saying that tax collectors and prostitutes got the kingdom of God. And welcoming everybody – good and bad – to the king’s banquet in heaven. The only condition: accept the invitation. So Jesus invites us to share in the Easter celebrations today too …

  • Tonight (Wednesday) – there will be a special passover supper at St Mary’s RC church on Elbow Street – it’s advertised as 7.30pm but I suggest you go for 7pm to be sure of a place at the table. For those that have never been to a passover supper before I’d highly recommend the experience.
  • On Good Friday morning we’ll have a special 30 minute reflection at Inspire Church at 10am followed by hot cross buns and cups of tea. For those that want to, we can then join the other churches together in Levenshulme for a walk of witness at 11am, concluding at St Peters.
  • And then on Easter Sunday we’ll have a special Easter Day celebration from 10-11am complete with band, Levenshulme Chorus, chocolate, Easter bunnies … and of course, our Risen Saviour!

Do bring any friends and family who might be visiting … or why not invite a neighbour or friend. All are very welcome at Inspire Church and all means all!

Happy Easter!

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The Two Commandments

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Sheep & goats

There’s no getting away from it. Sometimes the teachings of Jesus seem pretty tough. When did you see me hungry or thirsty? When you did something for the least of these, you did it to me? And when you did not … ?? You probably know the story. Sheep & goats. Eternal life, eternal damnation. So what might it all mean for a new community in a time of crisis? On Sunday we can explore this together. But if all that is a bit heavy, then let’s not forget it’s Mothering Sunday too. Cue daffodils, breakfast in bed and spring hope. 10am. Everybody’s welcome!

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Levenshulme Churches Together Lent Series 2014

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
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Get out of the boat

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.

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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!

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Sunday rebels

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!

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