With the new year now in full swing, many of the activities at church that stopped for Christmas are now up and running again. On Monday night we welcomed again a number of guests who for a variety of reasons find themselves sleeping rough on the cold streets of Manchester this winter. The Church of the Apostles in Miles Platting hosted the Night Shelter through-out the Christmas fortnight which enabled some of the regular guests to become good friends. And friendships continued to be formed in our building through the Community Well-being Café held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Finally, old friends and familiar faces have returned to our week day drop-in to either borrow a laptop, ask for help or just to have a cup of tea.
As well as helping those in need through-out the week, Brunswick Church continues to be a place for prayer, Bible study and spiritual support. And all this doesn’t just take place on Sundays. Yesterday morning a small number of us met again for Morning Prayer, whilst in the afternoon, the Mid-Week Fellowship gathered for the first time since the middle of Advent. We are always looking for new people to join us for prayer, so if you are free on a Wednesday during the day, why not drop by?
On both occasions, prayer was at the heart of our activity and discussions. During Morning Prayer, we took a look at 24 hours in the life of Jesus (Mark 1:29-39) discovering that whilst Jesus was very busy healing those in mind, body and spirit, he also took time out to be alone with God in order to recharge his batteries. We recognised that if Jesus needed to make time for prayer, how much more do we in the busyness of work, home life or church. In the afternoon group we thought about our hopes for 2017 praying that God would continue to be our guide with whatever the future might hold.
Prayer is also the theme of our new sermon series on Sundays. Hils (who managed to escape from the 4 churches she is supporting in North Manchester) visited Brunswick again last Sunday to talk about what for her is a key ingredient of prayer – the relationship that we have with God. It is because we find in God a loving Father and very good friend, that we are able to knock on his door and mither him with the things on our hearts at any time of the day or night. This Sunday we’ll be looking at Jesus’ call for us to be persistent in prayer and not to give up when our answers are delayed.
Before that some of us will be meeting up with Steve Waldron who used to come to our church many years ago. He’s coming along to share with us some of his ideas as to how we might continue to enable our church building to a place where friendships are formed, advice is given and prayers are offered up, through-out 2017 and into the future. Your views about our building count, so come along to meet with Steve at church on Saturday morning from 11.00 if you are free.
Enjoy the rest of your week