St John & St Mark Church, Bury

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Sunday @ Seven - the next Sunday night worship will be January 21st, meeting in the Library room at St John's Hall at, yes you guessed it, 7pm. The theme will be 'New Year, New Beginnings'.

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 every second Saturday and the next is Saturday February 10th.


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.


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.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - We had normal Sunday services at 8.30am and 10.30am on Christmas Eve morning then a Crib Service at 5pm. In the evening there were services at 7.30pm at St John's then 11.30pm at Christ Church. On Christmas Day both churches had a 10am service as we celebrated the birth of Christ. Then in the afternoon there was Christmas lunch at St John's which was open to anyone who would otherwise be on their own.

Advent Bible Studies - followed the God with Us, Your Christmas Journey booklet produced by the Church of England. We had 2 groups meeting, one at 150 Walmersley Rd and the other at Christ Church with people from at least 5 churches around Bury attending.

Carol Service - this year our traditional Benefice carol service was at St John's on Sunday December 17th then mince pies and a brew afterwards.

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


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.

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.