St John & St Mark Church, Bury

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Testing - we're trying out a new website format. It's not got everything loaded up yet but please take a look at: https://stjohnstmarkchurchbury.com/ and let us know what you think. Use the link provided rather than trying to search. You'll find it using firefox but Google are a little slow recognising new sites.


Book Fair and Coffee Morning - Saturday February 24th. Stock up on some good reading to see you through the rest of Winter and into Spring. The sale will include ex Moorside Library books with proceeds from these going to the National Literacy Trust and Bury Hospice.

Lent 2018 - groups will be meeting at 150 Walmersley Road on a Monday, Seedfield Methodist on a Tuesday and Christ Church on a Thursday. We will be following a new study by York Courses called 'On the Third Day' written by Bishop John Pritchard.


Our next walk - includes Holcombe Hill and Irwell Vale on Saturday March 3rd. Please meet at Christ Church Walmersley, Lych Gate, at 9.30am. Packed lunch and usual essentials are required please. All are welcome.  

The Open Group - will resume after the Winter break on Wednesday March 14th at 7.30pm. We have invited Reverend Keith Trivasse for our Lenten evening for a time of reflection and maybe a chance to hear a little about Keith’s journey of ministry and faith.

Welcome - The Bishop of Manchester has appointed Canon Jean Burgess to be the new Archdeacon of Bolton. Jean began her ordained ministry in the Diocese of Derby, when she became Assistant Curate at St George and St Mary, Gresley in 2003. In 2008 she was appointed Assistant Curate at St Alkmund and St Werburgh in Derby. She has been Priest-in-Charge there since 2013, when she also became Dean of Women’s Ministry. Jean will be living in our Walmersley Road Benefice.

Web-Site updates - to see the February message from the clergy team please follow this link. Digital versions of our Magazines can be found via this link. Sunday readings can be found here and the latest Dave Walker Cartoon is here. There are also new reports on The Walking Group & Open Group pages.


Thank You 1 - Jean Thrower and Joy Dures had a joint 80th birthday celebration at the hall recently. Over £640 was raised for charity in lieu of presents! Jean and Joy wish to pass on their thanks to all who made that possible.

Thank You 2 - for everyone involved in making our 2018 Pantomime Dick Whittington such a success.

Sunday @ Seven - the theme for the Sunday night worship on January 21st, which met in the Library room at St John's Hall, was 'New Year, New Beginnings' which included a brand new hymn especially commissioned for the night. Hopefully more to come if people rise to the challenge!

January Walk - We did the 3 reservoirs (Jumbles, Turton & Entwistle & Wayoh) on Saturday January 6th  Approx. 10 miles. We're resting our weary feet in February but back we are back on March 3rd with a walk which includes Holcombe Hill & Irwell Vale. Meet at Christ Church Lych Gate at 9.30am.


Rev Paul Sanderson - Paul will be ministering to and with St Stephen's during 2018. We wish Paul and St Stephen's all the very best.

1st World War - the page remembering those who gave their lives during the 1st World War is continually being updated as more research is done. Please visit when you can and let us know if you have any additional information or corrections.

Insurance offer - our Insurance company, Ecclesiastical, is celebrating its 130th Anniversary. To mark the event they are very kindly offering to donate £130 to our church for each time one of our church family takes out a new home insurance policy between now and October 31st 2018! Simply call 0800 783 0130 quoting Trust 130 or visit www.ecclesiastical.com/Trust130

Recycle your ink cartridges! We can get £1 for each branded ink cartridge donated! Either leave in the box at the back of church or donate directly by following this link and following the instructions. Thank you!

Sermons - the text for many of our recent sermons can be found here. So please take a look if you're thinking about coming to our church and want a flavour of the preaching and teaching. Or maybe you're a regular and missed a particular Sunday. Or you just want to take the opportunity to think and pray more about a particular passage of scripture. There are more in the archive section. We now have over 80 sermons available on-line altogether so there's plenty to choose from.

Prayer Chain - we have a Prayer Chain for cascading urgent prayer requests. If you want to be part of this ministry or have a request for prayer then please contact Gill Barnett either directly on 0161 971 6318 or via the contact form.

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