Den of robbers

This Sunday we’re embarking on the next stage in Mark’s gospel – when Jesus enters Jerusalem itself. Unlike last week, when we were reminded that Jesus seemed more comfortable at a picnic rather than a synagogue, this week Jesus heads straight to the temple – to offer up a prayer? To preach a sermon? No. To stir up trouble. Come along on Sunday to find out why. 10am. Everybody’s welcome here.

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What do you want me to do for you?

Last week we wondered what question would we ask of Jesus. This week, Jesus has a question for us – what do you want me to do for you? He asks it of his disciples. He asks it of a blind man. And the responses he gets are very different. So what would you ask? Bring your questions on Sunday and we’ll discuss them together. Our guest preacher will be our old friend Stuart Mustow. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s (answers) welcome here.

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Give it up

If you met Jesus, what would you ask him? Which is his favourite gospel? Didn’t he wish he’d had some female disciples? When is he coming again? Once upon a time, a rich young man met Jesus and asked him what he had to do to receive eternal life. He received an answer that I’m not sure he was looking for? Come along on Sunday morning if you want to find out what Jesus said. And you may get your questions answered too! 10am. Sunday morning. Everybody’s welcome – bring your questions.

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This Sunday we have a very special visitor coming all the way from Peru. It’s not Paddington Bear either. No, the lovely Anna Sims will be joining us to tell us all about her work in Lima and how God is moving in that city. For those who may not have met Anna, we couldn’t wish for a more lovely and interesting visitor. Do come along to find out more … and to hear the latest instalment of Mark’s gospel – a lesson about the greatest and the least. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s Welcome Here, including bears.

It’s also Conspire again on Sunday. 7.30pm at 3 Deanbank Avenue – off Grange Avenue – M19 2EZ. An hour of quiet prayer, discussion and friendship.

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Walking through a park this afternoon, I noticed that quite a few people had seized the opportunity to go and sit in the Spring sunshine. How lovely – to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces inducing a nice warm glow. Jesus once went up a mountain where it is said that all his clothes suddenly started to glow – not any old glow, but a bright dazzling white. So on Sunday we’ll ask the question – what makes us glow? And what might the story of Jesus transfiguration mean for us today? 10am. Everybody’s Welcome Here – glowing or not!

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Spit & dust

On Sunday we are resuming our series looking at Mark’s gospel and remembering that it’s OK to change your mind! We’re going to plunge back in with the amazing story of Jesus’ healing a blind man with spit and dust. Everybody’s welcome. 10am.

In the evening we can dig a little deeper at our ConSpire gathering. 7.30pm at Fred’s Ale House. Do come along – especially if you’re one of those who struggles to get to church at 10am. ConSpire is for you!

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I love the word ABIDE. I don’t really know why. It sounds good, it’s pleasing to say. It’s one of those words we kind of know what it means but we don’t use it every day so we have to think a little about what it might mean. In John’s first letter he talks about abiding in God’s love – that makes me think of a baby resting in its parents’ arms, or the patience of an old couple, caring for one another at the end of their lives. Do we abide? What does it mean to us that God is love? On Sunday morning we’ll be doing some open heart surgery. Do join us. 10am. Everybody’s welcome here!

The service will be short and sweet! Why? Because I want to encourage as many people as possible to join me in an act of love and to pay a visit to our friends at Levenshulme Baptist Church who will be celebrating their 141st anniversary. As their congregation is now so small, it will mean a huge amount to them if some of us were to join them and make it a special occasion.

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Love One Another

Our All-You-Need-Is-Love mini-series continues on Sunday morning with John’s reminder that we are called to love one another. Sound easy? Sound difficult? Let’s meet to discuss this and more. And pray. And sing. And share fellowship. And celebrate communion and our own unique resurrection community. Everybody’s welcome! 10am. Sunday.

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All You Need Is Love

We’re going to take a short break from Mark’s gospel over the next few weeks and delve into a new topic: LOVE! We’ll focus our reflections around the New Testament letter called 1 John – the first epistle of John. It’s only a short book but it’s beautifully written and all about God’s love and our response. It all starts on Sunday morning. 10am. Everybody’s Welcome Here!

Also, on Sunday evening it will be ConSpire at Fred’s Ale House from 7.30pm. It’s a relaxed evening of simple worship and discussion. Do give it a try.

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Easter at Inspire Church

Happy Holy Week! We will have a very simple Good Friday service from 10 until 11am on Friday morning with music and reflection followed by hot cross buns. For those that would like to, we can then join the Levenshulme Churches Together Silent Walk of Witness which will pass by at 11 and normally takes around 30 minutes to walk up and down the Stockport Road, finishing at St Peters. In recent years, many of us have found the sombre service followed by the silent walk to be a very special part of our journey of faith. If you’ve not done it before then do join in.

And then on Sunday we will celebrate! Our friends from Levenshulme Baptist Church will be joining us for what I hope will be a very happy occasion with worship and singing and resurrection joy … and no doubt some chocolate too! Again, don’t miss it. 10am Sunday Morning.

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