This year’s Schools Experience Week – Moses

Our amazing interactive Schools’ Experience continues all this week! Members of our congregation are telling the Story of Moses with the enthusiastic help of children from three of our local primary schools! To give you a flavour of the unfolding drama, here is a selection of photos sent to us by their Head Teacher of some of the delightful children from Bollington St John who’ve clearly enjoyed their class visit today.

Christmas Eve 2016 – Nativity Service

Gathering in the whole woolly flock from our Bollington Advent Sheep Trail!

Hallelujah! The sheep were safely gathered in tonight from all around Bollington! Thank you, innkeeper Bev and all your willing staff, for helping the children experience the timeless Christmas story in such a lively and engaging way! We heard the angels’ message loud and clear: “Do not be afraid!” Wishing everyone a very happy and holy Christmas and a joyous and peaceful New Year!

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Christingle 2016

Another brilliant Christingle Service yesterday – thanks to Dean Valley School Orchestra and Bollington Cross School Carol Singers – and to Beverley Nixon and the team for preparing the Christingles beforehand and launching the Messy Nativity Sheep Trail around Bollington!

Looking forward to the flock being gathered in again on Christmas Eve at our Crib Service at 4.00pm!

Beep Beep!

beepbeepdayYou certainly couldn’t miss seeing our toddlers today dressed in bright colours for National Road Safety Week! At Praise & Play we focussed on keeping safe, on the road as well as in the car, at our Beep Beep Event, with Zak the Zebra and his special car seat. The children practised crossing our (pretend) road safely, by always holding their parent’s or carer’s hand and by learning the song: “Use your eyes and your ears before you use your feet!” Then they made big and small handprints with red, orange and green paints on our special poster! Everyone had great fun: playing, snacking on traffic light biscuits and supporting Brake, the road safety charity! Thanks to Bev, Nichola and Alison, for all your good ideas and for making it happen, safely!

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Congratulations Beverley!

Beverley Nixon is awarded her Church Colleges Certificate in Children’s Ministry 19 Nov 2016

Veronica writes…

It was a pleasure to be at Manchester Cathedral yesterday to celebrate Bev Nixon receiving her Church Colleges Certificate in Children’s Ministry! Participants on the year-long course came from both Chester and Manchester Dioceses, alongside several Youth Work Course awards which also included students from Blackburn Diocese. The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton and Chair of Manchester Diocesan Board of Education, gave a very moving and engaging address, speaking from his early vocational as well as his current personal experience. The unusual choice of a reading from the Bible was a passage from Job 32 vv 1-10, where a previously reticent young person, prompted by God’s wisdom, finally dares to speak out.

The whole service was very inspiring! It gave fresh impetus to all of us wishing to offer “Christian love and time” to children and young people and their families, and importantly to listen to and hear their voices in our midst as an inclusive Christian community. Thank you Bev for all you do to enable this to happen here!

…and after the service in Manchester Cathedral yesterday, we were delighted to witness the consecration of a new Bishop  … God bless you,  Helen! You’re a star too!

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