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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Don’t look back in anger

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. The day that we remember all those who have given their lives in war with a minute’s silence at our memorial – one of the very few features we brought with us from our old church building.

As we look back we will consider the importance of reflection and remembrance of the difficult things as well as the happy memories. This is something the psalmists knew well:

By the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept when we remembered Zion
Psalm 137

10.30-11.30
Sunday

Everybody’s welcome here!

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Real Gospel: Real Living Wage

This Sunday marks the beginning of Living Wage Week. At the Inspire Centre we pay the ‘real’ Living Wage (more than the government version!) to staff because we believe that everybody should be paid at least as much as they need not just to survive but to thrive. (The real Living Wage is calculated independently each year according to actual living costs – currently it’s £8.45 an hour).

But on Sunday we’ll explore why this is a ‘spiritual issue’ and sits at the heart of the gospel values we are called to celebrate as we bring glory to God in our special neighbourhood.

10.30-11.30
Sunday
Everybody’s welcome here!

Also on Sunday, we are once again invited to join with the Inspired People’s Project to sit down for a nice Sunday Roast with some of our older friends – many of whom now live alone and miss their family Sunday lunches. Do feel welcome to stay and enjoy the food and fellowship. (It’s just £5 for an adult or £1.50 for a child but it would be helpful if you could book in advance with Kate or Geraldine on 0161 850 4044).
Ed Cox
07961 979 262

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Bring cake! We’re 500 and 7 on Sunday.

It’s our birthday. Yes. This Sunday not only marks the 7th birthday of the Inspire Centre and the re-opening of our church but we will also commemorate the 500th anniversary of the reformation. History tells us that on 31st October 1517 Martin Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. We’re going to spend some time thinking about how Luther’s protest has affected the life of our very special church today.

If you think that sounds a little dry, I can promise it won’t be … but even if you don’t believe me then how about this …

There will be cake! How could we celebrate a double birthday without cake? Cake will be provided, but should you fancy turning your hand to a little baking this week and to bring along something special I’m sure it wouldn’t be wasted.

Sunday 10.30am

Everybody’s Welcome Here!

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Wheels ablaze

Having spent the last couple of weeks thinking about the Trinity as a divine dance in which we are invited to participate. This week we’re going to explore the Trinity in action bringing examples of our own experience of stepping into God’s love.

10.30am – Inspire church – Everybody’s welcome here!

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