Good Book /// Harvest

So what’s your favourite book? It could be a children’s story. It could be a novel. It could be a cookbook, a picturebook or a biography. I love encyclopaedias and atlases. Over the next few weeks we’re going to give one another the opportunity to talk about our favourite books in church – why do we like them? How do they inspire us? Do we associate them with particular times or places? So – volunteers please! Who wants to go first?

The other thing we’re going to be doing is looking at a whole book of the Bible at a time. So often when we look at a single passage or verse we can miss the broad sweep of our Bible, its bold messages and themes. Last Sunday you suggested some of the books you’d like to read and so this Sunday where better to start than with Genesis.

As if that wasn’t enough, this Sunday we’ll be celebrating harvest and giving thanks to God for the many fruits of the earth. As part of our celebrations we’re going to be collecting various items for our friends at Boaz Trust to give out to asylum seekers. They are collecting tins and packets of dry food, they’d like toiletries and they can even take fresh fruit and vegetables too.

10am /// Sunday /// Everybody’s Welcome Here

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Known by God

This week we will finish our series on new beginnings by exploring what it means to be “new creations in Christ” – a phrase that Paul uses in his second letter to the church in Corinth. It has been wonderful to see so many people at church in the past couple of weeks – for those that perhaps haven’t been for a while can I really encourage you to come along soon. Every Sunday brings together a different group of people which is just wonderful – but every single one of us is special, and every individual always deserves a special welcome here. 10am. Sunday.

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Wiping tears away

This week our “all things new” Sunday service will give us time to think about God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth. The Book of Revelation paints a remarkable picture of a new city coming down from the heavens … and one where there’s no more crying or injustice. We’ll be imagining what that city might be like? And what it might take for our city to become more like that one. Everybody’s welcome. 10am Sunday.

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As we continue our series on ‘making all things new’ this week we will be thinking about life-changing moments. By definition, they don’t come along very often, but when they do … If anybody has a story they’d like to tell then do let me know. Everybody’s welcome here! 10am Sunday.

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Look! I am making all things new.

New term. New school. New job. September marks a new start for many of us. And there’s something good about new things. The smell of a new pair of leather shoes. The crisp whiteness of a new shirt. The sparkle of the sunshine on a newly polished floor. And there’s something good about starting all over again too. Past mistakes put behind us. Old relationships left behind. New friendships set before us. New goals to achieve.

At Inspire Church we are all about making new starts. We are a community of ordinary people exploring life together. We come from all walks of life – young, old, single, married, black, white, gay, straight – where everyone is welcomed anew every week. And we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to start again.

Each Sunday in September we’re going to be thinking about what the Bible says about making a fresh start. For some people new beginnings bring fear and anxiety, in which case we can be reassured of a God who travels with us; for others new starts spell excitement and opportunity and a God who steps out with us on new ventures.

Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more, whether you’re a long-standing church-goer, somebody who hasn’t been for a while, or someone who’s never been to church before in your life. A fresh start is waiting for everyone … and you will be welcome here! 10am. Every Sunday.

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Summer Play and Pray

Summertime is here and so over the coming weeks Inspire Church will be doing things a bit differently with play and pray services. Each Sunday, somebody will open up shortly before 10am and serve tea, coffee and juice. We’ll get some toys out for the kids and pull up a few chairs for people to sit and chat. At about 10.30am, somebody will lead a short time of prayer and reflection. There will be no service at all on Sunday 30th August (the bank holiday weekend). We are really returning to the very essence of the early church: fellowship, prayer and listening for the Holy Spirit. 10-11am. Every Sunday. Everybody’s Very Welcome.

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From Levenshulme to Lima

This Sunday’s service will have a South American feel. It will be a very special privilege for us to welcome Bishop Henry Scriven, Church Mission Society mission director for South America, who is going to come and talk to us about the work of CMS and share some mission perspectives on the latest instalment of our Moses story. Our link with Bishop Henry is as a result of our support for the lovely Anna Sims in Lima, Peru who we will try to skype to catch up with her latest news. We’ll sing some Latin American songs and we’ll serve Peruvian hot chocolate after the service!! 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s Welcome as ever.

After the service, Bishop Henry will have some South American arts and crafts for sale so do bring a few extra pennies if you think you might be tempted … or you’ve got a birthday coming up to buy for!

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This Sunday bring your jewellery. Bring any fine gold you have lying around. Bring the family silver. Bring some cash. Coins will do. Bring any stocks or shares you have. Bring your savings. Bring your TV – the bigger the better. Bring your phones and ipods. Bring your shoes and any special clothes (not Primark). Basically, bring anything that’s worth anything. We’re going to make a big pile of wealth in the middle of the room and spend our service all dancing round it. Who knows what will happen. It might grow. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s Welcome Here.

[This is a joke. But it’s what Aaron did. And it’s what some people still do today. We’ll be thinking about what makes heroes and anti-heroes and whether Moses was the former or the latter.]

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The Power of 10

Before the major refurbishment of our church building, on either side of the old organ pipes there were two large painted panels each bearing 5 of the Ten Commandments. They reminded us of God’s authority and the importance of the basic rules of life. This Sunday we’re going to be thinking about the time when God gave them to Moses and the way in which authority works in our lives today. We’re also going to be joined by some members of the staff and volunteer team from Inspire and Board members too. Do come along and join the fun! Everybody’s welcome here! 10am Sunday.

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