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St Mary’s

Sunday   8.00am, 10.45am and 6.30pm
Monday – Friday   8.00am and 5.00pm
Wednesday    11.30am

St Luke’s
Sunday                    9.30am
Tuesday                  7.00am

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Click here to listen to the sermon from September 18th at Zone2 by Phil Potter

‘You are warmly invited …’

I wonder when you last received a card which started with those words? It’s nice to be invited, isn’t it. Whether it’s a wedding invitation, a call from a friend asking if you’d like to go for a coffee, a neighbour popping round to see whether you’re up for a trip to the cinema or would like to go to a concert, it’s really nice to be on the receiving end of an invitation. And yet my suspicion is that, although we like being invited to something, we may not find it very easy to be the one who issues the invitation.

One way of reading the Bible is to see it as one long invitation from God to everyone to join him on the adventure of living life to the full. Some of Jesus’s earliest recorded words are deliberately invitational: ‘Come, follow me’. There was even an occasion when Jesus knew the fear factor was so high, because Zacchaeus was one of the widely disliked tax collectors, that he decided to invite himself: ‘Zacchaeus, I’m coming to your place for tea.’ It was a life-changing encounter (Luke, 19: 1-10).

The Church is still very much in the invitation business. On this website you’ll find a comprehensive catalogue of the huge variety of services, groups and activities which are run, partnered or sponsored by people in our church congregations here in Bowdon. If you are already part of one of these, please would you choose a friend you could invite to join you?

If you haven’t joined us on our adventure of living life to the full, especially if you have recently moved to the area, we hope you will take a look through what’s on offer to see what you might enjoy. And please consider yourself very warmly invited.

Ian Rumsey, Vicar of Bowdon


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Professor Katharine Perera and Nazarene Theological College

  Professor Perera’s most public engagement with Nazarene Theological College was, appropriately, as a regular participant in our Graduation Ceremonies.  I say this was appropriate because Graduation marks the intersection of the University with the College, and blends an act of worship with a grand academic occasion. Nazarene Theological College is academically validated by the […]


Katharine Perera and Withington Girls’ School

  Katharine joined the governing body of Withington Girls’ School in 1995 and chaired it from 1998 – 2006. This piece of writing is from the Founders’ Day speech that I made as headmistress in 2006:   ‘I cannot let this opportunity go of publicly stating my thanks to Professor Katharine Perera, first of all for […]


Katharine at Salford Royal Hospital

Katharine was a remarkable, very able lady who served her community in so many ways.  In November 1999 she joined the board of what was then Hope hospital as a Non-Executive Director, and she served on the board until June 2009, helping guide the hospital into gaining its Foundation status in 2005 and beyond.  She took on […]

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