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St John & St Mark Church, Bury

From the Vicarage

FROM THE VICARAGE - For October 2017:

  • Thanks to all those who have participated in the discussions “A Vision for the Future” at Christ Church. The end of September marks the end of the consultation period and the Diocese of Manchester will now help us to move forward.The focus groups have been very useful and thanks must be given to Colin Barson and Heather Ford from Church House for all their help. Please pray for God’s guidance as we seek His will for the future.
  • Any enquiries about baptisms or weddings / marriage banns etc should be made at the Parish Office at St.John with St.Mark’s Hall any Wednesday evening between 6.30-7.00.
  • The Ministry Team consisting of all the Clergy, Licensed Readers and our Authorised Lay Minister meet every month – usually on the first Monday evening. If you have an issue that you would like us to discuss, please have a word with me.
  • Porch Boxes are desperately in need of food items to meet the current demand. A box is available at the back of both churches. Please support this worthy cause.
  • A farewell service for the Archdeacon of Bolton – who is retiring in December – will take place in Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 26 November at 5.30pm.
  • Regular attenders to church are encouraged to join our planned giving scheme. If you would like to do so or would like some further information, please speak to one of the wardens.
  • The next meeting of the MOB – Men of the Benefice – takes place on Monday 30 October. We will meet in the Lady Chapel at St John with St Mark beginning at 8pm, then over to The Sundial. Geoff Stokes will be speaking about music.  
  • If you would like to donate towards the cost of the flowers in church, perhaps in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special event, please speak to Betty Winterbottom (Christ Church) or Rosemarie Ashworth (St.John with St.Mark).
  •  Both of our Church Halls are available for a whole range of activities for use by church and community groups. Please however check with the bookings officers (June Banks for St.John with St.Mark and Jennifer Wood for Christ Church) if the building is otherwise occupied before anything is arranged.
  • Material for the parish magazine should be given in by the 14th day of the previous month. Articles may be sent via email to wrub@live.co.uk