In the morning we had a Cultural Dance Workshop. This was a fantastic time of music, exercise and dancing from around world with Magdalene our brilliant facilitator.
No Monday afternoon snoozing for our Young@Heart group, even if it is armchair exercise.
Positive Steps is our community hub, running every Monday to Thursday and open to all. Lots to do, good company, great fun. Come and join us.
It was good to welcome Amna Abdullatif to our Sunday morning service yesterday. Amna came as a Muslim to show her sympathy and horror at the bombing of several Christian churches Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. She brought flowers which we placed at the front of the Worship Room.
Some members of Brunswick recently attended the vigil at Victoria Park Mosque after the New Zealand mosque shootings. These are important gestures to make to demonstrate our common rejection of the hatred behind such attacks. Thank you Amna.
Our Easter Sunday morning service began in semi-darkness as we remembered that first Easter early morning. Then we came out into the sunshine where we burned our sins and regrets (℅ the 'holy shredder') remembering God's promise to cast them away as "far as the East is from the West". All made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus. We further celebrated new life in the baptism of Kaisa.
On Maundy Thursday we celebrated a community Passover Meal, as Jesus and his disciples would have done for their Last Supper. Only we also had hotpot and cake! We also had delicious flat-bread made fresh on the premises during the afternoon in one of two workshops. The other one made Easter gardens (see photos).
We recently had our church Annual General Meeting. Being Brunswick, we don't do a boring AGM, but make it part of one of our Sunday morning services. We look ahead to the next year with prayer and look back on the previous one with thankfulness. And we produce a booklet of reports and photos documenting the year just gone. It's a good snapshot of what we've been up to, and what we believe God has been up to in and through us and in our community. Download a copy here.
At Christmas Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and why he came into the world.
At Easter we remember his death and why he left the world, and then celebrate his return to life again, and what that means for each of us.
You are invited to come and join us at Brunswick Church this Easter as we remember and celebrate
A number of us from Brunswick were there last night to celebrate with Hils and Mike Corcoran as they took on joint ministry at St Paul's Withington. It was good to see them receive such a warm welcome from their new church. It was good also to meet and each up with several old friends from Brunswick afterwards. This Big Christian Family thing we're a part of is really good!
The Church of England has called for communities to join together in conversation and prayer as discussions over the UK’s departure from the European Union reach a pivotal point. The debate is splitting communities in the UK and there is concern that Brexit “could bring a time of confusion and anxiety as the country begins a new era.” Churches are being encouraged to host “informal café-style meetings” over the weekend of 30 March “to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion.” We can also be praying as individuals. Read more here. Download a poster here. More resources for prayer and conversation can be downloaded here.