This year, with all its Covid-related uncertainty, we have been working hard, together with many partners, to support vulnerable people in our community in a number of different ways. Hampers of Hope is the latest, made possible by a number of generous donations. The hampers were prepared by a team of happy volunteers, with special thoughts of peace, love and joy.
Christmas this year will be a bit different, with more than the usual mix of joy and sadness that this season brings. But there is still good reason for fresh hope for the future as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Find our Christmas Services and activities for 2020 here. A mix of in person and on Zoom, and everyone is welcome, in whichever way you find best.
Yesterday in our service on Zoom we looked at the armour of God. As always we have a creative activity, and here are two of the results. Looking good! Don't forget as of next Sunday, post-lockdown 2, we will be able to meet again in our building, but as before will keep the online access to the service running as well. More details here.
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Positive Steps Winter Wellbeing Project is an opportunity to connect with others and join in a range of arts, craft and music activities designed to support your wellbeing this winter. For Brunswick and Ardwick residents aged 50+ Everyone is welcome, particularly Black, Asian and other minority ethnic people.
Zoom sessions with run on Tuesdays 10-11:30am starting on 24th November. The project will run through to February 2021. Come to as few or as many as you would like to. Full details are on this leaflet. Supported by Buzz and S4B. Please email Mo for the Zoom code.
Third week back to meeting solely via Zoom found us looking at another picture of the Church from the passage in the Gospel of John where Jesus says "I am the Vine and you are the branches". Simon led the service from the church building and all others taking part (prayers, reading, song leading etc) did so online. Judith was our speaker, and we had creative things to do at home. Here are a couple of them – thanks Judith (the other one!) and Jenny.
Newly appointed HeartEdge rep Andy Salmon dropped by our church recently (pre-lockdown #2) to see what was going on. Here’s what he filmed, including one or two familiar faces!
To comply with the new lockdown we have reverted our Sunday morning service to being solely on Zoom. The technology did its thing (just like Paul's letters used to do with a far earlier form of communication) and we met, shared, prayed, worshipped and learned together. As usual, a number of people took part, reading, leading prayers, worship, teaching, and (of course) notices. Here is a screenshot, plus a couple of pictures from our service packs.
We're back again next Sunday at 10:45am. All are welcome. Please send an email for log-in details.
Coming soon – Saturday November 14 from 7:30pm on Zoom – the Tear Fund Big Quiz 2020. We will be joining with hundreds of churches and thousands of people for ONE BIG QUIZ.
It's free, it's for a good cause, it's going to be a lot of fun. To join in, send an email. We'll send you all the details you'll need. Meantime, dig out that thinking cap. Check supplies of tea and cake. Oh, and we've been not very reliably informed that chocolate is good for brain power.