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Gabriel's Dedication

Dan and Stef promise to teach Gabriel about Jesus

Our second dedication in February was for Gabriel. Dad Dan and Mum Stef promised to teach him about Jesus and bring him up in the church. Mum Stef was born a member of Branches and it's wonderful to see the next generation, dedicated to God.

Eliyanah's Dedication

Peter and Donna with the important ladies in their life

Eliyanah's was a special dedication because she was a miracle baby. All babies are miracles, but Eli was a special one as Mum Donna, was told she couldn't have children.

Before the Dedication ceremony, Donna gave testimony of h ...........

National Women's Day of Prayer

A room full of praying ladies

We were honoured in January to host the NWDP meeting, at which ladies from all over the North West gathered to pray.

There was a focus on Rochdale which we appreciated and praise God for their hearts. It was a lovely time of fellowship ...........

Christmas Family Fun

Singing Carols to find our team

Our Christmas party was good fun, with a fabulous buffet and several daft games.

Our Youth group had decided the games over a pizza in November.

First off was a quiz prepared by Sabrina and Ben. This was won by Stacey ...........

Three down one to go

Three down one to go

In 2019 Branches was blessed with 4 births (and 2 arriving with new families in church).

In October we had Oksana's baby shower. We all brought cake and set up afternoon tea style. We had a quiz on Mum and some baby based games. We ...........

Weekend in Wales

Breakfast time

In October we had our annual church weekend away. We couldn't stay at our usual place - Knock in Westmoreland because - praise God we have outgrown it!

So 66 of us went to Wales and stayed at the Arete Centre near Canaerfon.

Good Friday reflections

Rose petals represent the blood

On Good Friday 2019 we held a Reflection Drop In.

Items and pictures were placed around the room, with Bible verses and descriptions reminding us what each scene meant to the Easter story.

Some were designed to make us ...........

Quizmas party

Tim and Peter are the Quiz Masters

We had a quiz for our Christmas Party this year. We started with a buffet and then had 5 rounds of questions all based around Christmas.

These included sayings from Christmas films, the Bible, Christmas music and guess the picture to n ...........

Main Hall finished and looks great!

Our finished main hall

In May and June we did a final push to get our building ready for our Open Day on June 16th.

The main hall was the biggest job as we erected a new porch ready for our accessible entrance to be put in, a balancing area at the back on th ...........

George's Birthday Party - you can hire this hall

Shooting from behind enemy lines

Our big hall is now ready to hire out. Slimming World meet in it each week.

But the honour of the first birthday party went to George who had a fabulous Nerf Gun party organised by Mum Helen. ...........

Wonder Walls

The finished wall

In April we were coming close to finishing our renovation and decided to get all arty on a couple of the walls in the building.

Margot and Gill painted a fabulous children's frieze showing the Bible and many popular stories emergin ...........

Good Friday Prayer Room

Nailing worries to the cross

On Good Friday we opened up church for prayer and reflection.

Music played in the room and various stations were set up, where art and activities could be used to express thoughts, prayers and feelings about what Jesus did for us.

Burns Night 2018

Bethea and David sing traditional Scottish songs

We didn't paint the room specially for Burns night but we think Dave may have been influencing looking at how well it matches the Scottish flag.

We were treated to many new and old favourites on Burns Night. Including a song about ...........

3 Weddings - no funeral!

Stef and Dan - married in June

2017 was the year of weddings in Branches, we had 3!

Congratulations to Stef and Dan (June), Helen and Stuart (July) and Peter and Donna (December) ...........

Sleepless in Smallbridge

Toasting marshmallows on the fire

In November the older Sunday School class had a sleep over. Four brave adults also slept over.

The evening started by burning some wood left over from the restoration works and taking the opportunity to toast marshmallows on the fire. ...........

Dreaming Dreams and Catching Fire

Entry to Log World at Knock Christian Centre

After a few years away we once again visited Knock Christian Centre in November.

Mark Curtis from PFJ Ministries came with us and did the teaching for the two days. Everyone was blessed and inspired as Mark talked about dreaming and us ...........

Entering the Promised Land

Tim battles the plumbing

Over the years we have met in several places across the area including Birch Hill Hospital (now knocked down), Wardle Community Centre and a local primary School.

In November 2012 we began looking to buy our own building and as part of ...........

More decorating and DIY

Sophie and George get stuck in - almost literally!

Over 2 weekends in July we decided to 'crack on' and get a lot more of the jobs done inside the building.

Lots of people turned up over the two Saturdays and we achieved a great deal.

Plastering and painting mean ...........

Stay and Play is a lot of fun

Having fun on the bouncy castle

In May we held the second of our Stay and Play sessions. These are a chance for parents and children to get together and have fun.

We get out the bouncy castles, box games, sports equipment and art stuff and everyone mingles, moves ar ...........

Angela and Robin Celebrate a Golden Time Together

Angela and Robin cut their cake

We loved celebrating Angela and Robin's Golden Wedding anniversary with them on Sunday 12th February both in the service and afterwards.

During the service we prayed a blessing on them and thanked God for a marriage which has stood ...........

First room finished!

It's looking good!

The first room we wanted to get ready in the church was the kitchen.

We moved it from the small room behind the main hall, to the yellow meeting room.

This was for two reasons -it allowed us to have a big kitchen, where ...........

Rochdale, Restoration and Relationships

Worship time at the joint service

At the end of January it was our privilege and pleasure to host the first in a series of joint services for the churches in Rochdale.

Churches will meet on a Sunday evening every two months, in March for a big Sunday Service and in Se ...........

Growing up, getting involved

The 'old' Elders and Deacons pray for the new ones

Over the past year God has blessed Branches with new members as well as the new building.

He's also clearly shown that some members of the fellowship were ready to take on more responsibility (or actually continue what they were do ...........

Trimming up the trees

Adam decorates the tree in the main hall

At the end of November we had a mass 'decorate' for Christmas.

We went to town on the whole church, with trees in 3 rooms and a mural by the Sunday School Children on the wall.

This year we've been joined by ...........

Some of the men enjoyed a spot of boules

In summer we had one of our family outings to Todmorden Park.

Everyone took a picnic along and played football, rounders and cricket.

Some of the men enjoyed a game of boules before walking back to join the ladies and c ...........

Trip to Formby Beach

Picnic time

In August around 50 of us had a trip to Formby Beach.

We just hung around together as a family, eating a picnic, playing games and entertaining Stef's dog Django.

It was a great day, lots of fun and lots of sleepy ch ...........

Ann's Story is Amazing

Ready for the baptism

It was a lovely night last Saturday as Ann got baptised. Family supported her as she took the step of faith and showed her love for Jesus by getting baptised.

Ann told how she had faced serious medical issues last year. Her friend of 25 ...........

Christmas Party 2011

Making the longest paper chain

For our 2011 Christmas Party we took advantage of our empty building and played games in the hall. We also made use of our newly installed table tennis and pool tables both of which have been kindly donated.We finished off with a buffet of course! ...........

The sun shines on the righteous (yes we know the unrighteous too)

Walk along the path to Watergrove Reservoir

Blue skies over Wardle - we have the pictures to prove it! We often say that it rains in Wardle quite a lot even though it is a lovely place to live rain or shine. Well on 2nd May it was a beautiful day and we have the pictures to prove it. In our fa ...........

Move into Great Howarth College

Outside our new base

On 14th March we had an Open Day in our new base at Great Howarth. We had a barbeque,face painting, a quiz, made crafts and many exhibitions and stalls.

Our friends from Release International, Reconciliation Ministries and Proclaim Tru ...........

Alan's 65th Birthday

What could they have bought me?

We celebrated a belated Christmas Party and Alan's 65th birthday with a party on 26th January. ...........

Knock Knock who's there? Chocolate Eaters!

A lovely country walk

The church weekend for 2007 started on Friday in a relaxed manner, with people chatting, getting to know the centre and playing pool, table tennis and football. A few hardy souls did a jigsaw puzzle until past midnight and the teenagers waited until ...........

Murder Mystery Night

Guests at the Canaan Wedding

Always on the look out for a good way to have fun together we decided to try Murder. Just a pretend one of course! Our young people wrote a murder mystery story and gave characters to everyone in the church. We turned up dressed as our character and ...........

Knock Knock who's there? A Sheep

Cooking tea for everyone

The church weekend for 2006 started on Friday in a relaxed manner, with people chatting, getting to know the centre and playing pool and football in the excellent facilities. When everyone had arrived we had a barbecue in the pitch black! Well we th ...........

Adventures in Lakeland

The church weekend away was a good time of fellowship and fun. The weekend started on Friday in a relaxed manner, with people chatting, eating take-aways and generally settling in to Keswick Convention Centre where we were staying.

On ...........

Janet and Keith renew wedding vows

Janet and Keith with some of their family

It was a privilege on 3rd October to be present when Janet and Keith dedicated their marriage to God. When they married 25 years ago, neither of them were Christians and now that they are together in Christ, they wanted to acknowledge before friends ...........