Ainsworth Community Coffee and Conversation is our new venture to support the older folk of the area, especially those who might be in need of some company. It runs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12 noon, at Ainsworth Church & Community Hall. There is a bookstall (profits to Bury Hospice). There is a nominal charge (£1) for coffee / tea & biscuits.
'A cup of coffee shared with others is happiness tasted and time well spent.'
Borough Dean: on 29th June, the Vicar (Revd Dave) was licensed as the new Borough Dean for Bury. This is in addition to being Vicar of Ainsworth.
The role involves promoting the civic role of the Church of England in the public, private, voluntary, community and faith sectors. It will mostly involve: building relationships; encouraging Anglican churches to engage in public life more; attending civic functions as Bishop David’s representative; and attending lots of meetings!
The photo (taken at his licensing) shows Revd Dave (2nd left) with Cllr Sharon Briggs (1st left), the Mayor of Bury (Cllr Dorothy Gunther) (middle), Bishop Mark and, Leader of Bury Council, Cllr Rishi Shori.
We have a new Deacon! Debra Johnstone was ordained at Manchester Cathedral on 2nd July. The dog collar suits her!
Posada: As we approach Advent, we are getting ready to do 'Posada'- an old Mexican (and now Ainsworth) tradition, which in this country uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from home to home. Each host has an opportunity to create their own celebration in their home. This reminds us all of the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in our lives. Will you be a host to Mary and Joseph for a night? Sign-up sheets and further details are at the back of Church. Please return forms by 19th November if possible.
The Christmas Fair raised £2,107 for Church funds. Well done all those who worked so hard to ensure the day was a great success.
Christmas Winter Warmer: on Sunday 26th November following the 10:30am service. 'Christmas Winter Warmer' consists of a bowl of home-made vegetable soup, served with Roast Turkey on a bread roll (cranberry sauce and stuffing available); followed by dessert; and tea, coffee or juice – all for £7. Tickets are available at the back of church.
Rucksack Project: Homeless Charity Emmaus are seeking donations of clothes, non-perishable foods and toiletries, which they will distribute to those in need during December and January. Especially required are hats, gloves, socks, new underwear, coats, sleeping bags and flasks. All donations to Revd Dave, who will pass them on.
Key103 Mission Christmas: Christ Church CE School are supporting this project and are collecting unwrapped presents suitable for children aged 0 - 18 years. Please take any presents direct to the school, where they will be placed in the school crib.
Christ Church CE School has been given an outstanding rating following in its recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools report. Follow this link for the Bury Times article.
Ainsworth Parish Church Mothers Union: Meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday in the Ainsworth Church and Community Hall. Meetings commence at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Branch Contact - Sue Mellon (01204 371903)
Choir: if you enjoy singing, why not join our choir? New members, including juniors, are always welcome. To find out more, pop into the choir vestry one Sunday morning before the 10.30am service.
And this video by the Bible Society presents some really Good News!
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