This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day when we celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem at the beginning of what we call Easter or Holy Week. You can read about the entrance into Jerusalem in Matthew 21. Paul Magnall will be sharing his thoughts on Palm Sunday and Micah 4:1-4 with us in our meeting at 10:30am. We will also be thinking a bit about whether we invest our money in fossil fuels or not.
This will be the third Sunday in Lent and we will be continuing our series on “What do we value?” by thinking about the more vulnerable people in our community and how we can keep them safe and help to meet their needs. We will be meeting at 10:30am as usual and there will be safeguarding training from 12:30pm.
This Sunday is the second Sunday in Lent and we are really excited that four of our friends are going to be baptised! Baptism has many meanings for different people but some of them are about purification, regeneration, forgiveness, a sign of membership or belonging, initiation, obedience, declaration, new life. You may have your own thoughts that you can share with us or you may not know what you think about baptism – why not come along and find out a bit more?
We will be meeting at 10:30am, our meeting will be led by Heston and Nigel Greenwood will be sharing his thoughts on “What do we value?”
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent.
Lent is more than just give up chocolate. Lent can be a profound spiritual adventure.
It’s a time of fasting, praying, penance and charity.
It’s a time when we take a long hard look at ourselves and the ways in which we are not loving God or our neighbour.
It’s a solemn time – but not a depressing time! It can be full of challenge, growth and real closeness to God.
This Sunday we are starting a new series – “What do we value?” and we are very fortunate to have Paul Ayers, the Archdeacon of Leeds, coming to share his thoughts with us.
In case you want to know what an Archdeacon is Wikipedia says “Archdeacons serve the church within a diocese by taking particular responsibility for buildings, including church buildings, the welfare of clergy and their families and the implementation of diocesan policy…” If you want to know more then you will have to ask the Archdeacon over coffee or tea after the service!
This weekend is the Patronal Festival of St Chad’s so we will NOT be having a normal service at All Hallows this week, we will instead be joining with St Chad’s at their 9:30am service.
This Sunday we are delighted to welcome Angela Coggins, fresh back from a trip to Denmark, who will be sharing her thoughts on the third and final part of our series “building a house / church / lives where love can dwell” You can read notes from the previous two parts here and here. The readings will be Matthew 7:24-29 & Ephesians 2:19-22
After the service there will be an opportunity to see the Urban Angels do a performance of what they have been working on this week – that should be very exciting! Do join us at 10:30am, everyone is welcome.
This Sunday is the Universal Day of Prayer for Students – or Student Sunday for short! We will be celebrating our student community through prayer, and members of the University community will be leading throughout our worship, including the Rev. Anthea Colledge from the University Chaplaincy who will be sharing with us on the topic “Building a house/church/lives where love can dwell”. This will be based around Isaiah 58:6-12 and Matthew 16:13-18
What a perfect way to celebrate our university neighbours and members! Do come and join us at 10:30am.
Sunday is Candlemas.
“Candle what?” you might say.
Candlemas is all about promise and hope and light, things we desperately need in the dark, cold, damp days of winter and Graeme Hay will be sharing with us his thoughts about Candlemas in our meeting at 10:30am on Sunday.
So, what is Candlemas? I’ll let Malcum Guite explain:
Though the 12 days of Christmas ended at Twelfth Night and Epiphany, there is another sense in which this season, in which we reflect on the great mystery of God in Christ as an infant, continues until February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.
This feast came to be called by the shorter and more beautiful name of Candlemas because the day it celebrates, recorded in Luke 2:22-40, is the day the old man Simeon took the baby in his arms and recognised him as ‘A Light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.’ It became the custom of the church to light a central candle and bring it to the altar to represent the Christ-light, and also on the occasion of this feast to bless all the ‘lights’ or candles in the church, praying that all who saw that outward and visible light would remember also and be blessed by the inner light of Christ ‘who lightens everyone who comes into the world.’
It had always been prophesied that God would one day come into the Temple that human beings had built for him, though Solomon, who built the first temple had said ‘even the Heavens are too small to hold you much less this temple I have built’. Candlemas is the day we realise that eternity can come into time and touch us in the form of a tiny child, that God appears at last in His Temple, not as a transcendent overlord, but as a vulnerable pilgrim, coming in Love to walk the road of life alongside us.
As this is the first Sunday of the month we will be having Taize style worship and the meeting will be followed by a bring and share lunch.
This Sunday is the second Sunday after Epiphany and one of our readings tells how Jesus helped to celebrate the wedding at Cana by turning water into wine. It didn’t seem as though Jesus could do the right thing according to some people as he was accused of enjoying parties too much!
Our readings this Sunday are Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and John 2:1-11 and Jon Dorsett will be sharing with us his thoughts.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of 2019 and also, this year, coincides with Epiphany which falls on 6th January and traditionally is the day when we celebrate the visit of the Wise Men to see Jesus (and we usually take down our Christmas decorations!)
We will be having a quieter, more reflective service this Sunday based around Taize music. After the service, as it is the first Sunday of the month, we will be having a bring and share lunch together – do join us!