Big Day Out 2015

      A date for your diary: North Western Synod and Mersey Synod BIG DAY OUT 2015 18th July 2015 10.00am–5.00pm Southport Convention Centre Even bigger and even more fun than before, North Western Synod is joining with Mersey Synod to bring you the Next BIG DAY OUT. BIG worship National speakers Family activities Games and sports Stalls and displays Quizzes Bible Study Entertainment Book now and save ££££££s! Early bookings £7 per adult (will be £10)     Find it on Facebook:- or Twitter :-     Detailed information about the event is listed below   Churches/individuals are invited to bring a decorated shoe box in order to build a wall/structure which would link the churches across the synods together. A brick by itself is not very strong, or much use, but, when put together they can become something much bigger. The Big Day Out is one way our synods are building our relationships with each other. Please ensure your shoe box is clearly marked so that can be collected at the end of the event. Worship (10.00 – 11.00) Theatre What an inspiring way to start and end the Big Day Out – worshipping among the multitude! The day will begin with the Blackburn People’s Choir… Blackburn People’s Choir In early 1998 half a dozen people attended a series of Bulgarian folk song workshops in Blackburn Museum, and had severe withdrawal symptoms at the end of the six week session. They embarked on a search for funding to start a choir that could continue to explore unaccompanied harmony singing. Now in 2015 regular singers number over 100. The choir maintains an open door, offering the opportunity for anyone to try out a cappella choral singing, without stress, without an audition, and with a guaranteed warm welcome and lots of fun. Songs are from all over the world – African, folk, gospel, pop, lullabies, classical and brand new. The choir has sung on visits to Northern Cyprus, Munich and the Krokstrand Man Must Dance Festival in Sweden. They won trophies at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs in 2011 and 2013. Session 1 (11.00 – 12.00) Michael Jagessar – Theatre Radical Sidewalk: Funding the Imagination There is no ‘they’ or ‘them’ in the Jesus way! Yet, in spite of all our good intentions we find ourselves stuck to polarising pronouns (‘them’ and ‘us’; ‘they’ and ‘we’). To break-out, find new language, and discover new habits we need to fund and feed the imagination with a different menu. Come let us explore together exciting ways to fund the imagination to trash exclusion. Bollywood – Floral Hall The Bolton Interfaith Young Ambassadors – (BIYA) are a group of young girls from various faiths working together on a project which can only be described as “outside the box” thinking to make them more worldly. This in turn will help them to be good citizens and leaders for the future. It is without doubt an excellent project with a good future ahead. Fresh Expressions – Waterfront 1…

Minibus no longer available

Thomas Risley Church has decided to pass on the minibus to another organisation as it’s  age meant that it was becoming too much of a liability. Unfortunately therefore, it’s now no longer available for hire / use. The minibus has been a fantastic resource for our church and our community, thanks to everyone who’s used it, looked after it and especially to Sue Harrison,  Derek Tabor and Andy Shelley for all their hard work.