St John & St Mark Church, Bury

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Half-term lunches - we are hosting lunches for local school children during their half-term break this week. Monday & Tuesday at St John's then Wednesday & Thursday at Christ Church. If you can help then please contact our curate Gill Barnett.

Coffee Morning & Book Fair - is Saturday October 28th from 10am. So as the nights draw in and there's nothing much on telly, stock up on some pre-loved books. We raised just over £300 in September so many thanks to all involved!

Solidarity - is an organisation that helps refugees and asylum seekers settle in Bury. They meet in our hall once a month and are looking for donations of Christmas Crackers and Father Christmas gifts for girls and boys. If you're able to help then please see June & Ian Banks, or leave your gifts at the back of church marked 'Solidarity'. Thank you.

Stewardship Mission - started on October 1st. If you want to learn how to get more involved then please pick up a pack from the back of church - and please do your best to attend at least one of the Sunday services in October since Stewardship will be the theme of the month. The Mission concludes with a joint service at Christ Church on October 29th.

Men of the Benefice - will next meet at 8pm in the Lady Chapel of St John with St Mark's on Monday October 30th where Geoff Stokes will talk about and play some music. Then on to a local hostelry...

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

Web-Site updates - to see the October 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.

Next Walk - Saturday November 4th. Please meet at Bury Metrolink station at 9.00am for the tram to Manchester. We will then walk back from Victoria via Peel Park in Salford, Irwell Sculpture Trail, Outwood and return to Radcliffe for tram home. Please bring bus/tram ticket/pass or fare.

Sunday @ Seven - the next of our Sunday evening 7pm praise services is November 5th in Christ Church Hall. Expect fireworks... Earlier, at 3pm, there will be an All Souls Service at St John's.

Open Group - on Wednesday November 8th, Rev Paul Sanderson will be talking about his walks on the Pennine Way. We meet in the Library Room from 7.30pm.

Buffet Dance - with live band Lite Music, on Friday November 10th. Tickets from Rosemarie or June, priced at £7.50 each. The band are fabulous, so if you can't dance it's still worth coming along just to listen!


Bacon & sausage butties - at Christ Church on Saturday October 21st and some really interesting old photos of the Walmersley area were on display.

Open Group - Linda Thompson helped us make some stunning Christmas cards at the session on October 11th. Thank you to Linda. We also had a lovely 'thank-you' from Sister Joan at Caritas for the donations and ongoing support that we give.

Girls Night Out - at 150 Walmersley on Friday September 29th. One or two discussed the new film Victoria & Abdul while the rest tucked into cheese & wine...


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.

Christian Meditation - is now meeting every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel. Contact David McKenna at wccm.bolton@gmail.com for further details.

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. 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.