Our Church Community garden continues to take shape. Here are some recent photos. Some great news is that local company Rosgal will be helping us to develop the area. Rosgal also helped prepare the car-park area for our Refurb building work.
For several weeks now we have been running our Sunday morning services in the building, and also with the option of joining in via Zoom for those still uneasy about safety or with health concerns. These photos, taken over the last couple of Sundays, show how the physical congregation can be joined by the virtual one, who can share in and even lead parts of the service. Afterwards we can meet up and chat safely in the new garden space.
It has been great to welcome visitors and new people to both parts of our hybrid service. We would love to see more!
A big thank you to our very own Manchester Diocese for a significant donation to our Refurb project. Even though we have raised enough for work to start next week, some unexpected extra costs meant we had to cut a few things out of the plans. Thanks to this donation some of these can now be put back in and will make the building more user friendly (if a job's worth doing...) which we feel our community deserves.
Our Women's Footprints group have two excellent online events happening on the next two Mondays in April.
Rosalyn Magowan and Kathy Williams. April 19, 10am-12noon. 2 Special Guests will share with us. Rosalyn works for the Caribbean Health Network (CAHN) as the Counselling Services Manager and Project Coordinator for the Black Single Mothers Project. Kathy is an Olympic gymnast and an award-winning director of RJC Dance. For more info download a flyer here.
What is the next best move? April 26, 10-11:30am Join Dr Dionne Spencer to explore goal setting, challenge your thinking and provide practical steps towards achieving your desired outcome. Download a flyer here.
Zoom Meeting ID: 853 7266 5033 Passcode: 048294
For more information contact Mo by email or phone 07938 959284.
We have had another grant of nearly £10,000 towards our Refurb project Phase One. This time thanks go to the National Lottery Community Fund. As we near the beginning of building work next month this will enable us to give the go-ahead to some of the nicer finishing touches that we would like to include, and which our community deserve! There is still a bit of fund-raising to go, but the finish line is in sight.
As previewed yesterday, here is the completed artwork by Millie for our Church Community Garden. It features the blessing we have been using at the end of our services throughout the Covid lockdown.
"May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors".
The journey that has been our Refurb project over the past few years is about to see some concrete results (excuse the pun). As with every new thing, something has to go first to make way. So here are some pictures – and a very brief video – of the demolition of our car park wall. A sort of pre--Phase One which is due to start in a few weeks. (Also, slipped in from round the other side of the building, another contribution to our Church Community Garden jigsaw, ℅ Millie.)
We are grateful to God to have got this far, but also for this bit to the Council's Social Value Register and local company Rosgal, who did the work for free!
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Some pictures and a short video – thanks Heidi – from our Easter Sunday morning service yesterday morning. So we could legally sing again, we started and finished outside in our new Church Community Garden (work in progress). Great to see lots of people gathering safely to celebrate, sing, and smile.
Thanks to our "Easter Rocket" we may have a slight amendment to the liturgy:
For our Easter services at Brunswick Church this year we are able to meet in our building. This would be a great time to get out from behind our screens and see each other face to face (though still socially distanced etc). Services will still be available via Zoom as well.
We have also produced an Easter Good News edition of 'Brunswick News'. Find out more about the Good News of Easter and also our other good news about the Refurb project and the new Church Community Garden. Download here.