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2022


Walking up to Blackstone edge to pray

Prayer week

In September we decide to dedicate a week to praying. We met each night of the week at church and met with God.

To start us off, some met at the White House Pub on Blackstone edge at 6:00am on a Sunday morning! They walked to the summi ...........


Queen and Doris show us how it's done

Out of Africa

One of our family groups decided to invite the rest of the church to their social event. Some of their members are Nigerian, so they went for an African theme.

We had good food together, most with an African flavour, then we put on Afr ...........


Learning new games

Fun in the sun builds the family

Sometimes in summer, people are on holiday and there's not as many children in Sunday School. Sometimes it's a lovely sunny day and we don't want to stay inside.

So why not have a little fun together on the park? We can sti ...........


Looks yummy

Men and Mental Health

One of our young men has recently felt God prompting him to look at the issue of men and mental health. He recognises that often men don't meet and talk together, just for the sake of friendship.

With this in mind he organised a ti ...........


Super Heroes

Super Heroes Sunday School

Our youngest class continues to have a lot of fun in their Sunday morning sessions. One week they learned about being heroes for Jesus. They were very pleased with their masks and super hero capes, which they made to remind them. ...........


Adam and Sabrina relive their youth

Festival Manchester

At the beginning of July we took a coach to Festival Manchester for the day.

We had a great day out, on all the free rides, we ate together, laughed together and younger members tried to relive their festival days.

As th ...........


Enjoying the concert

Youth Festival Manchester

At the beginning of July the youth group went to the Friday night Festival Manchester event and loved it.

They saw well known bands such as Goodboys and absolutely loved the atmosphere, music and talks.

They came back en ...........


Stef paints glitter on faces

Fun in the Sun (the rain stopped just in time)

The rain stopped just in time for our fun day in June. All day it was raining on and off but we had faith and as usual we weren't let down. The wind dropped and the rain stopped and the sun came out for almost 2 hours. At 3.45 it started to cloud ...........


Barry tells his story

Curry Night is hot stuff

After our Fun Day in June we held a curry night, with speaker Barry Woodward. Barry is a former addict and dealer who began his life changing experience in our church. He now heads up a trust and speaks in prisons, schools, rehabs and churches all ov ...........


Brave!

Wriggly Roadshow

In Spring we invited the Wriggly Roadshow to Youth. They'd been to Kids Klub and the younger children had really enjoyed it.

The youth were just as happy to see the various animals that were brought along and being that bit older g ...........


Easter at Kids Klub

At the last week before the Easter holidays, Kids Klub rounded off the Spring Term with an Easter craft eggstravaganza.

They did all manor of Easter themed crafts, including decorating eggs (chocolate and polystyrene) and making rabbi ...........


Angela lights the candle to begin the evening

Understanding our heritage

At Easter one family group decided to explore how Jesus celebrated Passover. We did not stick strictly to the Passover ritual, but took excerpts from it, which are described in the Bible when it talks about the last supper.

We looked a ...........


Worshipping with our team

The family is getting bigger

We keep getting emails and seeing news items that tell us Covid and lockdown has damaged the church.

We want to praise God that this is not true for us! We have lost no members of our congregation to Covid despite meeting back in perso ...........


Teddy feels the mixture

Thank you God for touch

Another of our creative Sunday School lessons involved playing with cornflour and water. The children felt how it was hard and soft, gloopy and powdery depending on how it was touched.

They learnt about the sense of touch and the stor ...........


Jonny tells us how God changed his life

Jonny tells of the change in his life

It was amazing to hear Jonny tell of how God had changed his life in March this year.

He chose the song 'No longer a slave' to express his feelings about what God had done in his life and remarked how his family could see, he w ...........


Worshipping God Together

Soulbox visit Branches

Our March Youth night was really special as we welcomed SoulBox from Festival Manchester to our building.

We were also thrilled to see young people from all over the area come to join us.

SoulBox are an amazing group in ...........


I'm forever blowing bubbles

I'm forever blowing bubbles

Our youngest Sunday School class has done a great series on the senses recently.

Here they are playing with bubbles and learning about touch ...........


Not quite 99

Not quite 99

Our older Sunday School classes are not left out when it comes to creativity.

When learning about the lost sheep they made these fabulous sheep cakes! ...........


Women gather for prayer

Women gather to pray for families

In March we were honoured to host the CWOI national women's day of prayer.

What a blessing to see around 80 women praising God and praying on the theme of family for the nation.

Time was taken over lunch to pray fo ...........


Beth gives her testimony

Triple baptism

In February it was an honour to baptise Beth, Hadi and Farnoush.

Beth had support from friends and work colleagues Julie and Gill who had helped to lead her to Jesus. They stood with her as she shared how she was not the anxious lady ...........


Making the best smoothies

Taste and see that the Lord is good

Another in our creative Sunday School series on the senses.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

The children had a fabulous time choosing ingredients and making their own smoothies as they learnt about the goodness of G ...........


Impressive work!

Spreading the love

In February our Youth Group made cakes. Remembering that Valentines day was just around the corner, they decorated cupcakes with a love theme.

We didn't ask who they were going to give them to - we suspect many of them never made i ...........


Concentrating on their task

We're all part of the body

As part of their creative way of teaching our fabulous Sunday School Teachers used gingerbread men to talk about the body of Christ.

We love the way they get Biblical truths across to our children. ...........


An amazing ambience for the Encounter night

Encounter night

As part of our month of prayer in January we held an Encounter night.

At these the band locate themselves in the middle of the room and we gather around them. The music is planned but very flexible and we pray and sing as God's spi ...........


The family gathers around to pray for each other

Family Prayer Night

In January we held a month of prayer and fasting. We met together each night Monday to Friday.

One of the nights was given to celebrating our whole family. Our fantastic youth set up various prayer stations around the room. These inclu ...........