Crafty Bezalel

Inspire Church continues its summer unplugged series looking at Old Testament Victors and Villains over the following 3 Sundays will be as follows:

14 August – 10am – Andy will be leading the service exploring the life and loves of Bezalel – the chief artisan in the Jerusalem temple.

21 August – 10am – Liz will be leading the service and she’ll be focusing on ??? – a nameless servant girl from Israel who advises Namaan’s wife.

28 August – THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SERVICE as it’s our annual ‘Do Something Different Sunday’ – Enjoy the Bank Holiday!

We’re pausing ConSpire too until the 4th September.

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Let’s hear it for Huldah

As we continue our series on Old Testament victors and villains, spare a thought for Huldah. Huldah who? you might ask. It’s true, she’s not caught the eye of Andrew Lloyd Webber. I’m not aware of her having books written about her. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard her mentioned in a church. A very good reason then to change all that. Amongst other things though, she was the keeper of the temple wardrobe. So come in your finest purple! 10am. Sunday. Unplugged but ready to make new friends.

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Let your hair down!

This Sunday we’re thinking about Samson – the Old Testament’s very own hairy hipster. Steve and Anne will be leading our service and they’ve asked me to let you all know that they will be providing breakfast too … so you can fall out of bed and straight into church if that’s the way your roll. So the emphasis on Sunday is on letting your hair down, coming to church and meeting God just as you are – cos that’s what God likes. 10am. Sunday. Unplugged.

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Ezekiel Day!

In the second of our summer series of services exploring the victors and villains of the Old Testament we are going to be thinking about Ezekiel. Here’s three things you might not have known about him: he was a refugee who longed to return to his home country; he had a vision of a united Israel with different tribes living there together in peace; our Muslim, Lutheran and Orthodox brothers and sisters will also be ‘venerating’ him around the world this week as this is his special season. Join is for ‘Ezeziel Day’ – this Sunday, 10am, Inspire. Everybody’s welcome here!

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Victors & villains

So the summer is upon us – not that the weather is trying very hard. And so Inspire Church moves into summer mode and a new series on some of our Old Testament heroes – the victors and the villains. Each Sunday now we’re keeping it simple and unplugged, adults and kids together, singing, prayer, discussion, tea & coffee, fellowship. And we’re kicking off this Sunday with a lesser-known Old Testament heroine – Hagar. Never heard of her? Great! Come along on Sunday to find out more – and perhaps why she’s not until recently been the focus of much attention. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome!

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Watch out!

Anybody who thinks that we are living through turbulent times might want to consider what it might have been like to live in AD66 when the people of Judea successfully overthrew the occupying Roman forces. Four years of turmoil followed. Saint Mark, caught up in the turmoil of that time, reminds his listeners of some words that Jesus shares with his disciples. “Watch out!” says Jesus – it is too easy to get drawn into taking sides. So we’ll be thinking about how we deal with the turmoil of our times. And we’ll also be making, baking and breaking bread. Everybody’s welcome! 10am Sunday.

On Sunday evening it will be Conspire. Slightly earlier time of 7-8pm at 3 Deanbank Avenue – off Grange Avenue – M19 2EZ. An hour of quiet prayer, discussion and friendship.

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Two copper coins

On Sunday we remember the story of the widow who gave two copper coins. In a week in which the news has seemed dominated by self-interest, her act of altruism is chastening. But it was chastening then too. Set in amidst stories of power squabbles with the Jewish leaders, the story has an even greater resonance with these tumultuous times.

Our service will reflect on these stories but we’ll weave in some conversations about our church – part service, part church meeting – through some small discussion groups. We’re postponing our shared lunch afterwards though until later in the summer. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s welcome!

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Vigil on the Village Green

Thanks to all those who came along to our vigil on the village green last Sunday. Our message was simple and clear – we condemn violence of all kinds and in Levenshulme we celebrate hope not hate.

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Levenshulme Hope Not Hate Vigil

Over the past few weeks we have been thinking about how Jesus used symbolic acts to bear witness to the kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven. Prompted by some of your ideas, this Sunday we are going to join in our own symbolic act: a community vigil on Levenshulme village green to stand up for hope and for love in the face of the hatred we see all around us. We are joining forces with Levenshulme Community Association to gather at the village green at 11am to join with other members of the local community to remember the victims of the violence in Orlando, the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP and indeed the shooting that has taken place in Levenshulme only this evening.

We will meet in church at 10am as normal for a short service, and then at 11am we will all make our way down the road to join with others from the community for our vigil. Everybody is encouraged to wear colourful clothes and to bring flowers as signs of hope and peace. At the village green there will be one or two short speeches and there may be a simple activity for children too. We’ll then return to Inspire for teas and coffees as normal.

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Many people see Jesus as a wise sage, pouring out advice and guidance to his followers about how to live the pure and upright life. A closer look at Mark’s gospel suggests this really isn’t the case: all too often, when Jesus is asked a question, he responds with another. No more so than when confronting those who rule society. Jesus is the great interrogator. On Sunday we will explore this idea some more by looking at a series of parables and instances where Jesus uses questions to reveal deeper truths. Sunday. 10am. Bring your questions!

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