This fortnights news letter from Steve

22nd October - 5th November
Dear friends
Only five more Sundays until Advent and then we are fast heading towards Christmas and the New Year … can you believe it!!!
I am really hoping that Covid-19 infection rates don’t increase too much and that we are able to go ahead this year with our Carol Service and Christingle Service as well as our school service in church, Christmas Day services and more. To help with this it would be great if you could consider wearing your masks again in church …and in particular when we are singing.
In the meantime we have lots going on at Christ Church Walshaw ….
 
Services
Sunday 24th October: Holy Communion and Children’s Church
11am with refreshments from 10.30am
A service of Holy Communion and … Children’s Church is starting too … our first session back since the pandemic began back in March last year! Our new leader’s team is very excited about this. The children (0 – 11) will be with us for the start of the service and then go in to their own time together to have some fun / listen to a story / join in with a craft activity / and more. They will join us for Holy Communion and towards the wend of the service they will re-join us to show us and tell us what they have been doing. As usual everyone is welcome.
Note: Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th October Lowercroft Road is closed near the bottom of Gisburn Drive, for raod works, so please come an alternative route and give yourself plenty of time to travel is needs be.
Sunday 31st October: Family Holy Communion
11am with refreshments from 10.30am
We will all share in Holy Communion together as well as pray and worship together too. Our toy corner will be open and Doodle Pads will be available for older children. All welcome to join us.
 
Porch Boxes Foodbank
Thank you so much to everyone who gave to Porch Boxes on our Harvest weekend and at Baby & Toddler Group last Wednesday. Your donations make a massive difference to the lives of very vulnerable and needy people in our community. The need is not diminishing … but donations are, so please do continue to give either in church on a Sunday morning or at the vicarage: 37 Gisburn Drive, Walshaw BL8 3DH (0161 797 5121)
 
Baby & Toddler Group: 10am – 11.15am Wednesday mornings
There is no Baby & Toddler group this coming Wednesday (27th) as it is half term. We’ll be back Wednesday 3rd November. If you would like to come along you will need to pre-register and to do this please contact Steph on 0161 797 5121.
 
Walshaw Community Choir: 7.30pm – 8.30pm Wednesday evenings
There is no choir this coming Wednesday (27th) as it is half term. We’ll be back Wednesday 3rd November. If you would like to join the community choir you cane email walshawcommunitychoir@gmail.com or just come along … you’ll receive a very warm welcome.
 
Things coming up
Sunday 24th Oct, 11am:                Service of Holy Communion & Children’s Church
Sunday 31st Oct, 11am:                Family Holy Communion
Monday 1st Nov, 2pm:                  Short Service of the Word with the staff and residents of Walshaw Hall …                                                       anyone who would like to join us is very welcome
Wednesday 3rd Nov, 10am:          Baby & Toddler Group
Wednesday 3rd Nov, 7.30pm:       Walshaw Community Choir
Thursday 4th Nov, 7.30pm:            Parochial Church Council meeting in church
Sunday 7th Nov, 11am:                 All Age Worship
Tuesday 9th Nov, 7.30pm              Monthly prayer meeting in church
Wednesday 10th Nov, 10am:        Baby & Toddler Group
Wednesday 10th Nov, 7.30pm:     Walshaw Community Choir
Sunday 14th Nov:                         Remembrance Sunday
                                                   10.45am a short service at Walshaw War Memorial
                                                   11.10am (approx) this service will continue in church
 
Finally just to let you know I am taking some leave this coming week, Monday 25th to Saturday 30th, as well as Monday 8th Nov to Saturday 13th Nov, but if anything crops up, and can’t wait, please contact Nicola (0161 272 0052) or Pat (0161 879 7655) our Wardens.
 
Please continue to keep the Church, our nation, community and one another in your prayers.
 
Every blessing
Steve

From Steve's 11th July newsletter ....

Who pays to keep Christ Church Walshaw afloat?

Did you know

  • Christ Church Walshaw is a registered charity?

Did you know

  • Christ Church Walshaw has to pay money into the diocese to cover the Vicar’s stipend, housing, training … to support churches in very deprived areas … and more (this is called our ‘Parish Share’)

  • Our church pays the Vicar’s council tax, water rates and expenses?

  • Our church receives no funding from national Church or the diocese to maintain our building or grounds, to fund our utility bills, to cover our ministry and mission costs, etc?

  • Our church has to keep itself afloat financially?

  • It costs over £60,000 a year to ‘run’ our church.

  • Our church depends on the giving of our church family to make ends meet?

  • If every person on our electoral role gave, through Tax Aid, £1.60 per day (£11.26 per week) … less than the cost of a coffee at Starbucks … our costs would be covered

Did you know

  • Giving to the ministry and mission of the church is a Biblical principle and command, running throughout the Bible for the people of God? (the Bible says we should give 10% of our income back to God who provides all we have in the first place)

  • ‘God loves a cheerful giver’?

  • The finances of our church have been severely affected by the pandemic … making it very very difficult for us to continue some of our ministry and mission and to look after our church building and grounds properly?

  • You can support our church by giving through a standing order on a monthly basis (see Steve if you would like more information on this)?

  • You can support our ministry by giving ‘on the plate’ in church on a Sunday morning?

  • You can give using your debit / credit card on the card machine near the entrance of church when you come on a Sunday morning?

  • You can give a one off gift to the church to help us at this difficult time?

'Parochial Church Council of Christ Church Walshaw'

Barclays Bank, Bury

Sort Code: 20-16-08

Acct No: 80255300

Did you know

  • You can increase the size of your giving to church by 25% through the Gift Aid scheme … the government puts the additional 25% in if you are a tax payer and you have completed the appropriate form. If you would like to help us in this please contact Diane (diane.ewartjones@gmx.co.uk)

 

If Christ Church Walshaw holds a special place in your heart can I encourage you to watch this short video made last year (you might even see yourself ‘on screen’) (https://video.wixstatic.com/video/4de4b2_bd0eb44606f44192b5d8806bc23e48d3/1080p/mp4/file.mp)

and have a think about how you can join in with the ministry and mission of Walshaw Church.

 

Thank you to all of you who already give so generously to the church. I am so thankful for your partnership in the ministry and mission of God in our village and beyond.

 

“Each man is to bring a gift as he is able, in proportion to the blessings that the Lord your God has given him.” (Deuteronomy 16: 16 – 17)

 

Finally

If anyone has any items to share with our church family please let me know and we’ll see if we can include them in my newsletters.

Please keep the financial situation of our church and one another in your prayers.

Every blessing

Steve