Don’t Luke back in anger

So we’ve come to the end of the Jesus story as told by Luke. We travelled the journey from Galilee to Jerusalem that Jesus once made and we’ve stepped into the shoes of the many characters he met along the way. On Sunday then we will bring our series to a close and remind ourselves of some of the things we have learnt – and the people we’ve met – along the way. 10am. Sunday. Everybody’s Welcome Here!

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Just Criminal

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M19 Church Without Walls

As part of this weekend’s Church Without Walls celebration, Inspire Church has commissioned Micah Purnell to produce three unique posters which will displayed around Levenshulme during Easter.

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Sycamore spy story

On Sunday morning we are stepping into the rather small shoes of Zacchaeus – you remember, the short guy that climbed the tree! Bethan and Liz will be leading our service as we explore once yet another story where Jesus invites himself over for tea! 10am Everybody’s Welcome! Invite yourself! It’s also Palm Sunday which means that Easter’s on the on the horizon too! Our Easter services this year will be as follows:

  • Good Friday – 3 April – 10-11am followed by hot cross buns and the Levenshulme Churches Together walk of witness.
  • Easter Sunday – 5 April – 10-11.30am – community celebration service with special worship band!
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Gay-friendly Church

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming congregation, recently Inspire Church has listed its details on a number of websites that enable gay Christians to find ‘gay-friendly’ churches like ours. You can find more details of gay-friendly congregations here: www.gaychurch.org.uk.

Inspire Church is a warm, welcoming and lively bunch, made up of people from all walks of life: young, old, single, married, black, white, gay, straight. Everyone is welcome whether they’re long-standing church-goers or people who’ve never been to church before in their lives.

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When GO met JC

I didn’t plan it this way but it seems quite timely that in Budget week our Sunday service will consider the time when a rich young ruler met Jesus. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” he asked. He’d clearly kept all the (fiscal) rules. So what was it that he needed to do? You’ll have to come along on Sunday to find out! 10am. Sunday. Everyone welcome – especially those with questions about eternal life and stuff.

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One in Ten

This week I met a friend who works in Sierra Leonne. His charity is setting up and running schools out there … or at least it was … until last June all schools were closed to halt the spread of ebola. They’ve not yet reopened. When I read the story of the 10 lepers it made me think about how they might have been treated in Jesus’ time – and what it might have meant to them to be healed … and yet only one returned to Jesus to say thank-you! And that one was a foreigner – doubly stigmatised, doubly grateful perhaps? Have you ever felt stigmatised? Have you ever felt doubly grateful? Come and step into the shoes of another unnamed gospel hero. Sunday. 10am. Inspire Church. Rejects welcome.

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Bent double

There used to be a lady in Levenshulme who would often come for a cup of tea at Inspire Cafe who had a serious back problem which meant that she was bent over as she walked. It didn’t stop her getting around and she was always ready for a chat but her disability gave her much discomfort and meant she was often treated badly by people. I haven’t seen her for a while now. Jesus once met a woman like this. If you want to find out what happened when he did then you’d better come along on Sunday! 10am. Everybody’s welcome.

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Skip breakfast Sunday

This Sunday we are encouraging everyone to come to church for a fairtrade breakfast. Our friends from ChristChurch Boys Brigade will be cooking us fairtrade banana pancakes and there will be other goodies on offer too. All of this to mark Fairtrade Fortnight and remind us that the church – so often seen as a marginal voice in our society – has been at the heart of a fairtrade revolution in our country … to the benefit of millions of farmers around the world. But there are challenges too … Sunday. 10am. Everybody’s welcome!

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Love without thinking

Valentines Day is drawing near. Many might see it as a reminder to do something special for the love of their life. To stop taking them for granted and celebrate the joys of unconditional love. But should we really need a special day to prompt us to remember how to love? This Sunday we put ourselves in the shoes of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus and kissed his feet. Her love is contrasted with poor Simon the Pharisee who seemed to lack a little spontaneity. No Valentine’s cards, no annual reminders – she loved without thinking. Come along on Sunday for a post-Valentines debrief!! Sunday. 10am. Everybody’s Welcome!

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