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Carol Service lights up the night

Lights inside gave a warm glow

We had planned to have our Carol Service outside as usual but the weather didn't look too good. So we moved back inside and instead of lighting up the building, lit up the hall.

Tim played a rousing medley of Carols on the keyboard ...........

Christmas Service is packed

All set up ready for people to arrive

On December 15th we had our Christmas family service, with drama, poems, songs and Kids Klub Prize Giving.

This year we were particularly please that most of the content was written and produced by the talented young people in our chu ...........

Sunday School Children Have Bags of Joy

Waiting for the door to be answered

We were very proud of our Sunday School young people who worked hard to prepare and give out bags of Christmas goodies to our community.

The children spent a couple of weeks in their classes decorating the paper bags with Christmas sce ...........

Local Photographer takes life in his lens

Welcome to our building

Local photographer Reece Horton is a talented young man, who is usually known for taking dilapidated and decaying buildings. Often these are churches which have been left by their denomination.

After seeing a request on Facebook for Re ...........

Smallbridge Street Festival

Lovely view of the weather and square

Well what an amazing time we had at the Street Festival on Saturday. It was fantastic to see so many people from our community all joining in and having fun together. The weather was great, we enjoyed meeting the lovely folks from the new pantry init ...........

Branches becomes a Place of Welcome (officially - though we always have been!)

Beth and Margot are ready with tasty cakes

Places of Welcome is a national initiative we are happy to be a part of. They are run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need ...........

Carols by Lamplight

Carols by Lamplight

Once again we held our Carols by Lamp Light Carol service at night.

Lots of people came and enjoyed a traditional Carol sing.

We then watched a great firework display and went inside for brews, hot chocolate and cakes. ...........

Christmas meal and Kids Klub prize giving

Tables set for the meal

We had lots of fun at our Christmas service on 16th December.

It started with carols from Tim, then there was drama, puppets and a song from Kids Klub.

Wayne shared with us that Jesus is interested in every area of our l ...........

Food bank launches

Rochdale Food Bank

At Branches we've always had a hamper to give out to people in need of food. But after learning about Rochdale Food Bank some people had a vision to take this further.

So in October we were very pleased to open a Saturday Food Bank ...........

School Uniform Pass Around (S.U.P.A.) Launched

Uniform ready and waiting

In August we launched our S.U.P.A. scheme.

This means we collect good quality School Uniform from local charity shops and schools. Lynne washes, irons and sorts it and then it's ready to give away.

We'll also acc ...........

Fun Day 2018

The BBQ well underway

Our Fun Day was a great time with the weather holding until the last 15 minutes.

We think around 150 people came which was great and a real chance to put our new improved building to the test.

We had crafts, bouncy castl ...........

Saplings Parents and Preschoolers

Our play room all set up

At Easter we launched our Saplings group. During term time parents and pre-schoolers can drop in between 1:30 and 3:00 on a Wednesday afternoon for play, learning and socialising.

It's free and there are drinks and snacks availab ...........

Look what we've done so far!

The Mayor uses 'the force'

On May 20th we held our Open Day so that people could come to see what we've done with the building so far, what goes on in it, and have some fun at the same time.
We were absolutely thrilled that the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale Borough ...........

Barry Woodward tells his story

Barry tells his story

As part of the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations we invited Barry back once again to tell his story.

See the video below to hear what he had to say......... ...........

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

Sharna won art materials and we sent the picture to the Queen

In June we had a fun afternoon in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The day had a traditional theme with a 1920s café, side stalls and competitions.

Despite the rain we had lots of visitors and although we had to ...........

Soul Cafe - Come as You Are

Stef and Sabrina 'Get ready for Church'

Around 4 times a year we hold a Soul Cafe.

It's an evening of drama, music and discussion based around various topics.

It's a cafe because we sit around tables, cafe style and as the team performs and talks at t ...........

Standing Together for Rochdale

Alan, Ruth, Jan and Stef Stand Together for Rochdale

The Mayor of Rochdale held an event for community groups, business and local government to get together and sign up to a pledge to work together to make Rochdale a better place.

More importantly to show people what a great place it alr ...........

Bielefeld visits Branches

Johannes tells the Good News

During July Rochdale Town Churches hosted visitors from our twin town of Bielefeld Germany.

A team of around 20 young people came over and spent their fortnight going to the town centre and getting to know people, praying for the town ...........

Coffee and Cake

Amazing Cakes Made by Bethea

A new venture in Branches is Coffee and Cake.

A simple couple of hours where friends can gather to chat while eating delicious home made cake over a cuppa. ...........

Barry Woodward tells his story to the community

Barry preaches in the sunshine

On 6th July we had a service with a difference when our friend Barry Woodward came to visit. We held the service on the garden at the front of church to give the local community the opportunity to 'try us out' without having to come into the ...........

Christmas carols 2013

The Phoenix Band provided the music

We held our annual outdoor Carol service on 22nd December and were thrilled to see large numbers from the community join us.

We strung lights across the street to provide a Christmas atmosphere and the Phoenix Band kindly turned up to ...........

Pentecost in the Park

Watching the games

On 19th May (Pentecost Sunday) we joined our friends from Littleborough Churches Together for Pentecost in the Park.

After the Walk of Witness from St Andrews to Harehill Park there was a short service.

Following that ou ...........

Christmas carols for all

Crowds arrive for the service

The rain stayed away, the band were fantastic and everyone had a great time signing traditional carols and finishing with we wish you a Merry Christmas.

After we had our fill of mince pies and cakes. If you were there you know how good i ...........

Street Cafe showcases talent from near and far

Dave cooks the BBQ

On 4th May Branches hosted Street Cafe on the steps of Smallbridge Church.

We had our obligatory BBQ cooked by Dave and as usual he got through lots of sausages and burgers. Kath and Gail manned the drinks section and God sorted out the ...........

Men's Curry Goes Down Well

The winning quiz team

In March we had a curry and quiz night for our men, friends and Kids Klub Dads and brothers. The ladies cooked curry, pickles, poppadums and side dishes and sent it along with their hubbies to warm through.

Tim set the questions and aske ...........

Family Fun Day 2011 DJs, Narnia and Steph McCleod

The door into Narnia

Our Fun Day for 2011 was a massive one! It started on Friday night and carried on to Saturday night.

It started with a DJ event for the young people of the area.

The next event was on Saturday afternoon when families were gui ...........

We weren’t lonely at Christmas

Kids Klub children perform a song

We weren't lonely last Christmas. We had two Christmas events in 2010 and it was fantastic to see so many people at both. We had a Christmas Service on 12th December at which our Sunday School and Kids Klub children  performed dramas and sang s ...........

2010 Survey

How the survey worked out

Over 2010 we knocked on the doors of Wardle Edge and Great Howarth with a survey to find out how the Branches could meet the needs of the community. Below are the results with approximately 60% of households taking part.

So what hav ...........

Pentecost in the Park

Walking along Halifax Road

On Pentecost Sunday we joined in with Littleborough Churches Together at their outreach event. The day started with a Walk of Witness from St. Andrews Church Dearnley to Hare Hill Park in Littleborough.
The weather was glorious and some of our ...........

A Pile of Rubbish

The skip has arrived !

Over the last twelve months we have carried out door to door surveys asking people in our community how we could best help them. One of the most popular requests was to clean up the area. So in April and June that's just what we did.


Easter 2010

A song from the children

On Easter Sunday we had a special family service, with drama, music and prize giving. For the last couple of weeks in Kids Klub we practised movements to a story about the crucifixion and hand dancing to the song ‘King of Love’ by Doung Horley.

No Room at the School Christmas 2009

As our usual meeting place Great Howarth College underwent refurbishment ready for Kentmere School to move in, we couldn't hold our services as we normally would on a Sunday morning over Christmas.
What was God saying? Should we meet with ...........

Fun Day 2008

As the Rochdale Observer are professionals we'll leave the write up to them! ...........

Breakfast with Branches

Serving breakfast

Each month we have 'Breakfast with Branches' We invite the local community and churches to join us for coffee, tea, cereal, toast and croissants before the start of our morning service. We chat and get to know each other in a comfortable atmosphere a ...........

Hope 08

Cleaning up the area

As a church we joined in with the national 'Hope' initiative.
There are several different parts to Hope:
1. Hours of kindness
Our Young People had already started their Random Acts of Saintliness scheme last year but the ...........

George Miller Speaks at Branches

George Miller

To complement our Open Day we were thrilled to have evangelist George Miller join us. George was the After Dinner Speaker at Great Howarth on the evening of March 14th and spoke at our Sunday morning service on the 15th.
George was born on 17t ...........

070707 Fun Day and Barry Woodard book launch

Praying for the weekend

Our 070707 weekend was a fantastic time for everyone involved. The fellowship had a great time and we hope all the people from the other Rochdale churches and the community did too.

The weekend began on Friday with the erection of the ...........

Puppet Party

Janet and Jacob meet a puppet

The party began by meeting the puppets and watching them perform a song and short story. Then it was time to have a go at making a puppet. The children chose from ducks, dogs, elephants,cats and pigs sticking the ears,eyes etc. onto the ready made g ...........

Easter Craft Party

Lucy tells a story

On Easter Saturday we had a craft party where local children came along to hear the Easter story, make some crafts and have some fun.

After Lucy told the story using words and pictures which some of the children helped to draw, we deco ...........

Fun Day 2006

Our 3rd annual Fun Day was yet again a great success. We estimate that over 300 people came along to join in the festivities and see the puppets and DJs in action.
Dave began cooking burgers as soon as we started and 300 had been polished off ...........

Carols by Lamp Light

Singing Carols in the lamp light

For the last few years Branches have braved the cold and held their annual Carol Service on the car park outside the community centre. We string lanterns from the trees and fences around the car park, which look very effective in the dark evening. T ...........

Five a side tournament

The winning team trophies

On 18th September we had a five a-side football competition on the field behind the community centre. After raining heavily all morning and us worrying that the event would have to be called off, the sun appeared and by the end of the afternoon peopl ...........

Fun in the sun 2005

All ages enjoy the day

On 9th July we had a fun day on the field behind the community centre. We had hot dogs, bouncy castles, face painting, organised games of football, made crafts and were entertained by Splodge the Clown and two puppet shows.
The day was gloriou ...........

Fun in the sun 2004

On 10th July we had a fun day on the field behind the community centre. We had a barbecue, bouncy castles, face painting and organised games of rounders and football. Although the weather hasn’t been too great this summer, it was fine on the day ...........