Abundant Lives

Happy New Year!

This Sunday we will be beginning our new series as we journey through the Gospel of John. Between now and Easter, each Sunday we will explore a different encounter between Jesus and the men and women he met along the way. What do these encounters teach us about the character of Jesus? What can we learn about ourselves and our own relationship with him? And what can we learn about God’s abundant generosity as we try to follow him?

This Sunday we will begin with an introduction to the new series and an opportunity to explore our church motto for 2018.

10.30-12
Sunday
Everybody’s welcome here!

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Christmas calm

After two very busy but very special Sundays, the fourth Sunday in advent will be an opportunity for us to find calm as Christmas Eve chaos whirls around us. It will be a short service of quiet reflection and prayer as we light candles and dig deep to remember some of the earliest Christmas traditions within the Christian faith.

10.30 – 11.30am
Sunday

And then on Christmas Day (Monday) we’ll have a short but special celebration service with the usual Christmas Quiz, lots of carols and festive fun. All this will be at the slightly earlier time of 10-11am … before the Inspired People’s Project arrive to do their special Christmas lunch for older people.

10-11am
Christmas Day!

Everybody’s welcome here!

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Beer & Carols

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Advent Extravaganza

The third Sunday in Advent is cause for a double celebration: an advent extravaganza.

Our morning service will see the culmination of the last few weeks of rehearsals when our drama groups and scratch choir finally take to the proverbial stage. Who knows what entertainment and inspiration that will hold … and perhaps more importantly, how God will choose to speak to us through all their imagination and hard work.

10.30 – 11.30
Sunday

Everybody’s welcome here!

And then in the afternoon, we are all invited to gather at The Bluebell Pub on Barlow Road where we will join friends from all around Levy for "Beer & Carols".

4-5pm … more details below …

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Water birth

The second Sunday in Advent will be a very special occasion indeed as two of our lovely young people are going to be baptised. Thinking about being ‘born again’ during a season of expectant hope for the birth of a saviour seems a particularly exciting combination so do come along and join the celebration.

We will be lighting the second candle on our advent ring and having our collection for Boaz too (see Boaz box below). And there will be more rehearsals for our special carol service.

After the service we will celebrate with a church lunch. We are all asked if we might bring ‘sides’ – pasta salads, crisps, snacks etc – or cakes and desserts. (No pressure – there should be plenty anyway).

10.30
Sunday

Everybody’s welcome here!

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Christmas Festivities at Inspire Church

INSPIRE CHRISTMAS FAIR
This year’s Inspire Christmas Fair is happening from 12-5pm on Saturday 2nd December.
Inspire will be full of fab stalls selling Christmas gifts and goodies. And the Café will be serving up some Inspired festive foodie treats!

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
This year we’re going to have our special carol service in the morning at the normal time of 10.30 on Sunday 17th December. Plans are afoot for some special music and drama. Don’t miss it!

BEER & CAROLS
Later on the same day – Sunday 17th December – we’re all invited to head to The Bluebell Pub on Barlow Road for an hour of ‘beer & carols’. 4-5pm. Everybody welcome!

CHRISTMAS EVE
We will have a short, quiet, unplugged service from 10.30-11.30 with prayers and readings and a carol or two. an hour’s peace and quiet away from the madness!

CHRISTMAS DAY
A birthday celebration for baby Jesus. Slightly earlier time of 10-11am. Including the inevitable Christmas quiz!

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No room at the inn

This week is the first Sunday in Advent, so we will light the first candle on our advent ring and begin our collection for Boaz.

Our theme this week is ‘No room at the inn’, and we are very lucky that Jez Green has agreed to share worship with us to help us explore this.

Jez’s work is spit between the charity Mustard Tree and the Manchester Homelessness partnership. He is also a poet. He is often called on to share his experience of working with the homeless and sometimes called on to share his poetry, but he has never been asked to combine the two, so at Inspire this Sunday he will be doing this for the first time!

Jez would really like part of the morning’s worship to include a question and answer session, so please start thinking about what you would like to know about homelessness in Manchester, and what is being done to combat it. .

10.30-11.30
Sunday

Everybody’s welcome here!

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2017 Review of the Year

Last Sunday we reviewed the year gone by and enjoyed looking at photos and talking about the highs and lows of 2017 and holding our AGM meeting.

If you’d like to see the PICTURES you can click HERE.

If you’d like to see the CHURCH ACCOUNTS then you can click HERE.

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Debbie who has been elected as a new elder to join our church leadership team … and big, big THANKS to Andrew for having served as an elder for so many years and who is now standing down.

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Sabbath Suspense

And so we come to the last Sunday in our sabbath year. We’ll take time to remind ourselves of some of our sabbath learning as well as reflecting on what we have learned as a church from our year of rest, remembrance and rebellion.

We’ll also begin preparations for advent with a special breakout group for anybody wanting to share and practice readings, poems, songs, drama in advance of our special advent celebration service on 17th December.

10.30-11.30
Sunday

Everybody’s welcome here!

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It’s that time again

… when we look back at the year gone by and celebrate our life together as Inspire Church. This year has been particularly special as we have celebrated a Sabbath year, we’ve welcomed new faces, we’ve presented flowers to the new mayor … and there’s been some bad stuff too.

On Sunday we’ll put it all out there and once again wonder at the remarkable ways that God is moving in our midst.

10.30-11.30
Sunday
Everybody’s welcome here!

[In other words … on Sunday it’s the church AGM. As well as a service where we look back over the year, we’ll hold a special meeting immediately after the service. Our agenda is as follows:

  • Mission Partnerships – what do they mean for us?
  • Church finances and mission fund
  • Plans for next year
  • New elders
  • Farewell plans for Andy, Michelle, Emily & Rebekah

Do stay for an hour or so to discuss these important issues. We’ll finish by 12.45 latest.]

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