Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

An important time in our Church calendar – a time to celebrate, as various denominations, that we are all part of the body of Christ, that we value each other as individuals regardless of our different traditions and practices.  So on Sunday 19th January at 3pm, the churches in Failsworth will meet together at Roman Road Independent Methodist to share in a united act of worship followed by the customary refreshments when we can meet with friends old and new.

During the following week, several of the churches will be opening up one of their activities to all-comers – a chance to find out about each others’ traditions and understandings. Details of these activities can be found on the FCU Unity Poster 2014.

New Year

Well here we are at the beginning of another New Year in our old building and still no contract signed!  But as we met on Sunday, we focussed on the gifts that the Magi brought to the baby Jesus and we explored what gifts we, as a fellowship, should be offering to our community.

The Lighthouse has been running for about 18 months now and was as a result of a vision held by John and Iris for many years to provide a place where people can drop in for a chat/cuppa.  It was slow to get going – some weeks no-one turned up at all.  But now we have a group of folks who come regularly and a lot of folk who come now and again. In September, they held a Macmillan Coffee Morning/Bring and Buy and they raised a staggering £255 for the Macmillan Nurses. In December, they held a short Carol Service before heading over to the Willow Tavern to share a Christmas Lunch together.  And they are now planning regular (monthly-ish) trips across the road for lunch.

The purpose of the Lighthouse is not to get people to come to church on Sunday mornings (though we wouldn’t turn them away!) but to provide the opportunity to get to know one another, provide friendship – especially for those who live alone, and to ask questions, or even pray for one another.

So the Lighthouse is one of our gifts to our local community – no strings, just friendship and a cuppa.

Heating is fixed

Disaster struck in the week before Christmas and we were left with no heating.  A couple small heaters proved totally inadequate – heating only the roof space – and none of us is 30 foot high so we felt no benefit.  In spite of that, and in spite of a Church meeting decision to not meet for worship on Christmas Day, we changed our minds and planned to meet at 10:30am prepared for a short cold session!

But a second engineer fixed the problem and we were able to meet after Christmas Eve carol singing and also on Christmas morning in a warm church – truly joyful and triumphant

Alleluia!