Christmas Services at Inspire Church

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.

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Christmas in the Holy Land

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.

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Hungry at Christmas

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!

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Advent at Inspire Church

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What we don’t talk about in church …

When Inspire Church asked the community what we should talk about as part of our ‘what would Jesus say about …’ series it was suggested we should talk about human sexuality. Over the years, the church has been rather quick to moralise about the subject and in recent times you would be forgiven if you thought that homosexuality was perhaps the principle preoccupation of the gospels – but as with all things Inspire Church, we want to take a fresh look! Andy will lead our service as we celebrate God’s gift of our bodies and our relationships and as we explore some of the joys and challenges that come with being created to love and to be loved. 10am, Sunday. Everybody welcome – adult or child, gay or straight, single or hitched!

Also, the next Conspire evening will take place this Sunday at 7.30pm in the Inspire Cafe – it will be on the subject of ‘Identity’ – everybody’s is welcome to come along for reflection and discussion.

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#WWJSA November

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What would Jesus say about banker’s bonuses?

This week at Inspire Church our hot topic is bankers’ bonuses … and what Jesus would say about them. He turned the trading tables in the temple, he said it was easier for a rich man to pass through the eye of a needle than to get into heaven, so we think we know what he’d say do we? I wouldn’t be too sure! And we will have special guest, Stuart Mustow, who will lead our time of teaching and learning. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome – why not invite a friend who you might have had a good old rant with on this topic!!

Also, on Sunday evening a new church activity will begin: Conspire. Steve and Jo are setting up a monthly gathering in the Inspire Studio on the third Sunday evening of the month. It will start at 7.30pm and involve reflection and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. The first meeting will explore “In the beginning … “.

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Urban Harvest

This Sunday at Inspire Church we will be celebrating our Urban Harvest. It will be a really special celebration service to round off our series on creation. Our music and worship will be led by Andy Powell and the Prayer In the Park team; we will be ‘commissioning’ and giving thanks for our new staff and volunteers who work day-in day-out at the Inspire Centre; and we will be celebrating the wonderful creation that God has given us and all its abundant gifts of life. There are 4 things to remember though:

1) Show & Tell – if you grow something in your garden or on an allotment, or if you make something or create something special (knitting, brewing, painting, bread-making etc.) why not bring along some of your produce / creations to show everybody and (if you want) tell us a bit about it. Better still, if you have a friend who grows stuff or makes stuff, why not invite them to come along and show off what it is that they do.

2) Tins and Sleeping Bags – we will be taking a special harvest collection for our friends at Barnabus – the project that supports homeless people in Manchester. They would be grateful for all kinds of different non-perishable food stuffs (tins, pasta, long life milk, cordial etc); men’s and women’s clothes; and especially sleeping bags and blankets. If you feel you could bring something like this then please do. (But if you don’t feel you can then that is fine too!)

3) Harvest Lunch – after the service we will be holding a special baked potato harvest lunch. There will be plenty to go round but if you haven’t already it would be great if you could let Roz know you are coming so we get an idea of how many to cater for. And we need to supply our own fillings – a few people have offered to bring various fillings but if anybody feels they can bring a meat chilli then do let Roz know. Also, it would be great if people could bring some drinks to share and puddings. (And if you don’t like baked potatoes and want to stay then do bring something you do like!) You can contact Roz on rozh35.

4) The service starts at 10am. There will be joy!

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What would Jesus say about?

During October and November we want to throw our doors open to issues that get everyone talking in the Levenshulme community. In fact, we want Levenshulme to tell us what we should be talking about at Inspire Church. From sex to Syria, from angels to alcohol, from community to climate change – you name it we’ll explore it by asking what Jesus might say about it today! Let us know what you think we should be talking about here.

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In the beginning …

Summer holidays are nearly over and September is upon us. For many of us that means a new beginning: a new class, a new school, a new job, a new resolution, a new hope. And so what better time than to start a new teaching and learning series all about beginnings!

“In the beginning …” will be a 5-week series exploring the first chapters of the Book of Genesis. This Sunday in our all together service we will think about ‘beginnings’ but then after that we’ll think about the first creation story and how it relates to contemporary scientific accounts of creation. On the 15th of September we’ll be thinking about Adam & Eve and the special role that God has given humanity on the earth. On the 22nd of September we’ll think about Noah and the great flood and then on Sunday the 29th September we’ll have a special harvest service to give thanks for God’s wonderful creation.

As always, everybody is welcome to come along to Inspire Church – whether they are Christians or not. These might be ideal services for people who take an interest in matters of science and faith – perhaps even people who are sceptical of the Biblical accounts of creation. Our emphasis will be on learning and sharing our different perspectives together. It might also be a good time to to come if you’re somebody who is looking for a new beginning. 10am Every Sunday in September.

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