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Church Groups

Discover and Discuss the Word of God

Bowdon Parish is fortunate to have a number of active groups that are designed to help you on your spiritual journey. We are here to help in your life and please join us in our teaching, discussions and understanding of the Gospel.

We seek to support the growth in discipleship of every person, letting groups and activities flourish organically in response to what we see God doing in us, fostering our growth as whole and missional people in the community of God.

We make space for exploration through Alpha and Exploring Christianity courses, which often lead to confirmation.  Diversity thrives in our network of cell groups:  whether doing Bible-study or lectio divina, pilgrim courses or discovering the Holy Spirit.  There are groups for every personality and age – at the moment 11 adult groups and six Mettle groups for secondary school age young people are meeting, including one providing a link back to the parish in the holidays for those who have recently left Bowdon to go to university.

Our Life Recovery groups help people to find freedom from the things which hold them back:  whether it be people-pleasing or an addiction to something more serious.

Life Recovery and Life Transformation

Got a niggle?

Is your life perfect, problem-free, with blissful relationships, career soaring and faith secure? If so, read no further. Or are there circumstances that cause you to feel uncertain, dissatisfied, fearful, or just disgruntled? If so, our Life Recovery sessions may be right for you.

Using the Life Recovery Bible—following a 12-step programme with an initial welcome and final wrapping-up—we meet for 14 weeks to discuss reactions to the Bible readings. The pre-reading takes just 30 minutes each week. There is absolutely no pressure to speak, other than to say your name. You are welcome to come along and just listen to others, though many do discover their voice.

How might this group help you? Members of the last group said: ‘I was at a dead end. This has allowed me to look forward.’ ‘This is about real life, it is gut-changing. It has helped me to deal with issues I’ve inherited from my family that have been bugging me quietly for years.’

The 12 steps help to unpick all kinds of situations, especially old hurts.

Mike Duncombe, who leads the sessions, says, ‘Come along and keep coming; don’t leave before the transformation happens. You will be changed; you will see others change. It’s wonderful to see. At a practical level, I wouldn’t run the sessions if they didn’t work. Even if you have no faith at all and want to come along as an academic exercise, I promise you a warm welcome each week.’

We are currently running a group which meets in St Mary’s vestry on Mondays at 7.30pm and you are welcome to join us, and don’t worry we don’t bite. So if there is anybody or anything that niggles you, contact Mike Duncombe on 07971 233328, or simply come along to our next meeting, bringing a friend if you like. Troubles great and small are equally welcome and what is said in the vestry stays in the vestry.

All are warmly invited to join these new groups which use the 12 Step plan from the Life Recovery Bibles. Mike Duncombe & Marie Tierney are leading these evenings every Weds 7.30pm. Marie & Catherine Cleghorn have also started a daytime group every Thurs 1.45pm. All sessions in the choir Vestry.

Contact: Marie on 07739 048531 or

Mike at email:  transformation@bowdonchurch.org

Exploring Christianity

Is Christianity relevant in today’s world?

Exploring Christianity is an informal 6-week course for adults. Come for one session and see if itʼs for you … no obligation! Tim Borthwick, supported by Ambi Naylor, will be leading the next Exploring Christianity course (dates to be announced) for six sessions on Thursdays from 8 pm to 10 pm at St Luke’s in Bowdon Vale.

The interactive course for adults uses a variety of presentations, group discussion, self- reflection and video clips to encourage you to explore—among other things—how you see your life, how you see God, and how you see Jesus. Separate courses will be held for young people, which can lead to confirmation. For more information, please contact Tim, timborth@hotmail.co.uk.

• Friendly and relaxed with no questions barred

• For people starting from scratch or digging deeper

For more information and details of alternative daytime sessions for adults contact: Tim Borthwick, timborth@hotmail.co.uk or the Parish Office 0161 929 1537

If you are in Year 8+ and want to find out about practical Christianity in today’s world, there are six sessions that can also serve as preparation for confirmation by the Bishop. They run at various times and places; for details contact Will Sudworth, will@bowdonchurch.org.

Confirmation

A number of adults and teenagers who follow the Exploring Christianity course will often be confirmed by the Bishop. If you have already followed a similar course and wish to be confirmed, we will be running confirmation preparation sessions at some point in the future. Once you have been prepared for confirmation you will be invited to a special Confirmation Service. Everyone (family, friends, etc) is warmly invited to the service, so that together we can support and encourage the candidates as they publicly affirm their Christian faith and declare their intention to live a life of committed discipleship. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to congratulate them over cakes and a cup of tea or coffee in the Parish Centre.

For further information please contact the Parish Administrator, Kay Holt on 0161 929 1537.

St Mary’s Guild

St Maryʼs Guild was started more than 70 years ago by women who wanted to contribute to the welfare of their church in Bowdon. Members work by rota on Friday mornings, with duties during the week. Altar flowers are provided and arranged each week and everyone shares in decorating for Festivals.

Other tasks include the care of fair linen, silver and brass, and changing the altar frontals and curtains according to the season of the Churchʼs year.

Corporate Communions and Guild meetings are held twice a year and members are encouraged to be regular communicants. Each member has a copy of the Guild prayer and we say it together at the beginning of each meeting.

Contact: The Guild Secretary, Hilary West, via the Parish office on 0161 929 1537.

in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:6

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