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Carol Service - this year our Benefice carol service is at St John's on Sunday December 17th from 6.30pm. Refreshments available in the hall after. Please take a look at the calendar for other services over the Christmas period.

Advent Bible Studies - are following the God with Us, Your Christmas Journey booklet produced by the Church of England. The fourth and final session is in the Hall Library room on December 18th at 7.30pm.

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.

Solidarity - is an organisation that helps refugees and asylum seekers settle in Bury. They meet in our hall once a month and had their Christmas party with us on December 9th. They wish to pass on their very grateful thanks to all who donated money, gifts and crackers to make the day such a success.

Christmas Day lunch - we are offering a lunch in St John's Hall on Parkinson Street for anyone who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. There is no charge for the lunch but there are obviously costs and donations would be very welcome. Lunch is served from 1pm, with the Hall open from 12 noon. Contact Gill Barnett via the contact form to get your name down for the meal or if you want to help in any way.

Web-Site updates - to see the December & January 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.

JUST GONE...

Carol singing in Bury Market - many thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday morning December 16th.

December Walk - Two Breweries Stagger (sadly reduced from three since the closure of The Raglan). Saturday December 9th, in the snow...

Open Group - had their Christmas Dinner on Wednesday December 6th along with a couple of quizzes. Did you know what Santa Claus did on June 3rd 1964? Look it up...

MOB - Men of the Benefice had a night out at La Dolce Vita on Friday December 1st. Sadly no sign of Anita Ekberg.

Christmas Fair - was Saturday November 25th and we had the 'bonus' of seasonal weather... Father Christmas, lunches, pre-loved books, tombola, bottle stall, cakes, jigsaws, toys, games, raffle, St John & St Mark School Choir... together helped us raise nearly £1900! Many thanks to all concerned.

REMINDERS:

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 sermons in 2017 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.

Follow this link to get church news from across the Diocese. For general news and events in and around Bury please follow this link for the Bury Council site or this one for Your Local Bury.