February 2019 till further notice

We are in an extended period of transition and reflection of our God given Vision for us here in Saddleworth. As last week we continued with a reflection of Biblical insights around reconstruction in our worship – prayer and praise. Simply expressed in our strap line of to GATHER to GROW and to Go. Please be aware as part of this wider review the website is also under reconstruction. 

“Then I gave them my report: “Face it: we’re in a bad way here. Jerusalem is a wreck; its gates are burned up. Come—let’s build the wall of Jerusalem and not live with this disgrace any longer.” I told them how God was supporting me and how the king was backing me up.”               Nehemiah 2

 

January 20th

We plan to have a time of worship followed by opportunities to reflect, share testimonies and celebrate communion. 

Visitors welcome as ever, though we have no plans to run a separate Children’s/Youth ministry programme today. Our welcome team and PAIS worker can adapt to circumstances presented by unexpected visitors any how.

“When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
    our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.”  Psalm 91               (Passion translation)

We plan to meet with other churches  in Saddleworth this weekend as part of a National Week of Prayer celebrating and reflecting on Global Justice. There will be no meeting at our venue.

January 13th

Our plans today are for a time of worship followed by an input from Jonas (our  Apprentice PAIS worker this year). He plans to explain, share and explore Biblical insights using the “Haverim” study approach. If you want to find out more about this study approach access the PAIS ministry website at https://paismovement.com/programs/haverim-devotions/

Visitors welcome as ever.

Christmas and New Year

Jo, Martin and members of Family Church Saddleworth wish you all Festive greetings. At a difficult time for Saddleworth, following the tragic events of Friday December 21st evening in Uppermill, firstly our prayers and support go out to Danny’s family and all those affected. Bring healing to “Shattered hearts” as we draw to a close 2018 – as the Psalmist reminds us of the promise  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”.  147

Perhaps also you may wish to reflect and be encouraged by a Christian worship song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77v41jbOYs

Finally, traditionally as a church we don’t meet together on Christmas Day and plan to meet in the home next on Sunday 30th. Our next scheduled meeting for our Conservative Club venue is in the New Year – Sunday 6th. 

Be blessed and above all stay safe in the knowledge of His peace, love and hope – that the Birth of Jesus, God’s Son, gave to us all.  Amen!

December 23rd

Family Church invites anyone to share a time of worship, laughter, reflection, encouragement and seasonal fellowship this final Sunday of the year for us. An ALL age celebration with a mixture of traditional carols and modern seasonal twists await ….. 

In the meantime make “room” for joy and peace particularly in the rush and noises of seasonal stresses and strain perhaps. Having a meaningful relationship with our God and creator starts with Christmas, BUT like ‘pet dogs’ (that my two beautiful daughters Beth and Hannah want me to get me this my first post-retirement Christmas) isn’t just for this festive moment.

Enjoy and know that you are loved; and above all stay safe and blessed into 2019  

Jo will be sharing ideas on reaching out and witnessing. A time of worship also and opportunity for youth to have some separate input are planned this week.

Visitors welcome always. 

“You are the salt of the earth. …….You are the light of the world……..” Mt 5