Vi Palmer – our much loved 'Auntie Vi' – died earlier this afternoon. Both family and church members were with her, surrounding her with love, singing and prayers, as she passed peacefully from this life to the next and into the presence of the God she loved and served. She will be missed by many. As soon as we know funeral details, we will circulate them.
Only a week to go to our Brunswick "Sports-tacular", a sport-themed community fun day for all on Saturday September 14, 12-3pm.
There will be 'taster' sessions for a variety of sports and activities, all of which are or can be run from our building. Not only is this an opportunity to showcase some of what goes on under this roof every week through Positive Steps and other organisations, but also we want to tell you about our Refurb project. After many years of wear and tear serving the community, this is a plan to refurbish and improve the building, so that it can continue to do so – only even better – for many more. Read more here. We are currently fund-raising for Refurb Phase One, and proceeds from 'Sports-tacular" will go towards that. More info and a timetable of activities and sessions here. Download a leaflet here.
Yesterday was the 91st birthday of Mrs Margaret Barnett, one of our longest-serving members at Brunswick Church. So a bunch of us, including Charlotte (who is nearly 90 years Margaret’s junior!) took a cake round to her house to wish her much love and a great day.
Week Commencing Monday 22nd July 2019
Open: Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 10am – 12noon
Thursday 25th July 2019, 10m – 2pm
Week Commencing Monday 29th July 2019
Open: Tuesday 30th July 2019, 10am – 12noon
Thursday 1st August 2019, 10am – 2pm
Week Commencing Monday 5th August 2019
Open: Tuesday 6th August 2019, 10am – 12noon
Thursday 8th August 2019, 10am – 2pm
Week Commencing Monday 12th August 2019
Open: Tuesday 13th August 2019, 10am – 12noon
Thursday 15th August 2019, 10am – 2pm
Here is the video made by Mo, Siobhan our over-50's at Positive Steps with memories, animations and stories.
These were words used to describe the funeral of ex-Brunswick church minister Martin Gooder last Friday in Bacup. There were around 150 people present, many of whom were Brunswick members past and present, all with stories of how Martin, with his wife Carol, had a positive influence on their lives. So, sadness at his passing, but good memories, joy at his certainty of eternal life and hope that it is on offer for anyone. Martin's farewell message on the back of the service booklet said as much.
Today our curate Jess was at the Cathedral, along with over 20 others, to be ordained as a priest after completing her year serving as a deacon at Brunswick. If you look closely we think she is glowing slightly!
Then it was all round to the Rectory garden for a barbecue, for which a big thanks to Simon and Helen.
Sad news this week with the passing of our former minister, Martin Gooder (a.k.a. "Mr Goodyear"!). Martin and Carol were at St Saviour's church before Brunswick and Martin was influential in the great design of the new church building, which has helped us serve the community for 45 years (needs a bit of TLC now - hence our Refurb project). They stayed at Brunswick until 1992 and we're sure many on the estate will remember them. Some of us long-term Brunswick church members owe a lot to their example of following Jesus well. Martin's funeral will be on July 5, 12:30pm at at Holy Trinity, Tunstead, 318 Newchurch Rd, Bacup OL13 0LD.