Latest Bulletin - Altrincham Baptist Church

Welcome to ABC
Sundays at ABC are the time when we gather together as a whole church, in the
presence of God. We pray, sing and read scripture in order that we might follow
Jesus. As we do these things we open ourselves to the power and influence of God's
Spirit, as he forgives, restores, heals and guides us. In this way, we find purpose and
meaning, hope and grace for all that life holds. If you have any questions about the
church, or require any assistance today, please make yourself known to a steward
and we will be very happy to help.
1st February 2015
“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and
freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a
religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.”
― Steve Brown (Not the ABC one, but it could be!)
We are serious-minded people who sense the urgency of the call to mission and take
seriously the call to take up our cross daily.
So in that context, we don't often name the truth that laughter, joy and celebration
are all fundamental to the life God wants for us. We live complicated and pressured
lives; lives which replace lightness with heaviness and put an ill-fitting yoke on our
So, read the quotation again. And may we hope that the day will never come when
we fail to enjoy each other and our life together.
This Sunday
10am ‘Love Language
1 Corinthians 14: 1-25
6.15pm ‘What’s next’
meal and teaching
7pm The Way Baptists live: Inclusively
Quote for the week : 'My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be
able to persuade my wife to marry me.' Winston Churchill
What’ s on
2nd February - Missional Communities, Small Group and
Leaders - ‘Equipping Leaders’ , 7.45pm at Hale Rd
6th February - ‘Halestock’ charity event at Hale Rd, 7pm—
popular music for everyone, come along and hear a variety of music to
raise money for Christies Cancer Research and the Hub. Donations for entry, min
£3, passes can be bought in advance from Sam Richards
15th February - Spread the Love this Valentine's! Join us for our
Alternative Valentine's Banquet, 1212-2pm.
Valentine's Day in our culture is primarily centred around couples and an idealised
vision of romantic love. Yet the Bible asks us ALL to love one another in an inclusive
way, and this community meal is one way of reaching out - to those both in our
own church community and beyond - who may otherwise feel excluded by this particular
time of year. It's a way of demonstrating God's love by extending friendship and love.
“My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has
seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us.... “ I John 4: 11-12 (The
Each year this event becomes more and more popular!
We need donations of hot dishes for the buffet. We'd like offers of the following hot dishes:
Chicken curry - Lasagne - Veggie pasta - Chilli
Or if you'd prefer, we'd also love donations of desserts.
We also need help to set up, welcome and chat, serve, and clear up. We have family
craft activities and a quiz, but most of all we just want people to feel at home and cared for.
So please put the date in your diaries. Come along. Invite friends. Let us know if you're coming and let the Hub office know if you can help with any of the practicalities. Thank you so
16th & 17th February - Polar Explorers Holiday Club bookings now being
taken. Also if you are available to help with the running of the club please contact Sarah
22nd February - Messy Church at the Hub
27th February - The art of Journaling, 10.30am - 12noon at the Hub
Come along to start on a journey to healing and wholeness. Sessions will be fortnightly. Join
the group at any point. Contact Isabelle Djossou for more information, There is No session
on 13th February.
28th February - Men’s Breakfast @ Hale Road, 8am - 10am A
chance to meet together with other men of the ABC community. Family, friends and
neighbours are welcome. David Andrews will be sharing his story. For catering
purposes please contact Jonathan Burr
Dates for your Diaries
11th March - Women’s Craft Evening, 7.30pm at the Hub
19th March - Church Meeting
21st March - Women’s Breakfast
29th March - Easter Extravaganza
Life at ABC - news & info
The Prayer Ministry Team will be up and running from today after both services and
they would love to pray with you! Please see Helen Roberts if you have any questions.
Special Communion - our next morning communion on 8th February will be a
Special Communion service where the children and youth will be joining with us.
Women Welcome - SAME DAY, NEW TIME! The second Wednesday of the
month, 12.30pm meet in the still space at the Hub to pray and 1.15pm to meet in the coffee
lounge to eat. Come to either or both.
UgandAid February 2015
In the next few days 40 new students will be arriving at Nile Vocational Institute on the
UgandAid programme to start three year courses such as plumbing, electrical installation,
catering and motor vehicle mechanics. All of these will be from the poorest of the poor, and
are severely disadvantaged. By studying at NVI they have the chance of a lifetime. Ideally
EVERY ONE of these will be sponsored by someone in the UK in due course. We will meet
each of them when we visit in February and bring back photos and news to their sponsors.
If you think by you, your office, school, small group, family or another group could sponsor
one of these young people please speak to Christine Booth or Mike Wright. More
information on www.ugandaid .com.
If you are a sponsor and would like to send a letter to your student please give them to
Christine or a team member by 8th February (nothing bigger due to space restrictions
A team of 27 people leave for Uganda on 9th February. You can follow our blog on (or link on home page of website)
Have you any Old Spectacles? We can take them to Uganda
This year Jan Webb, with Gospel Cross, will be focusing on healthy eyes education. As part of
this we hope to be able to give out spectacles after basic testing. All donations to Helen or
Steve Edwards please.
Our Cafe Needs You !!
We would desperately(!) love to welcome new volunteers to the Hub Cafe Team. We have a
number of key regular team members unavailable due to short term mission, gaining
employment and health issues.
Working in the cafe is often busy, sometimes manic but always rewarding and certainly
fosters a great sense of community and team
If you can support this core ministry please contact Bethan
Or you could help behind the scenes Tea Towels - a volunteer is also needed to help with the washing of the café tea towels.
As you can imagine in a busy café a lot of towels are used and this is a vital, useful and quiet
way to help out. Please contact Isabelle
Hope for Justice Cycle Team 2015 Challenge - Martin Mackay Smith has signed
up for this fundraiser taking place in May this year. If you wish to donate to the Hope for
Justice charity got to :
Prayer Letters - Carole Jaffrey’s Spring Prayer Letter and Rhema Theatre Company’s are
available in the foyer
Job Vacancy -
Regular Activities
The following activities take place each
week during term-time, mostly at The Hub
unless stated.
Children’s Church @
Hale Rd - Yr 5 & 6 go to
The Hub
Reflection meet @ Hale
Rd then go to The Hub
Wythenshawe Hospital are
Au Pairs (4th Sunday)
English Class
Watercolour Class
TLG, a Christian education charity
that supports children who are at a
crisis point in their education.
They are looking for an inspirational
teacher with a vibrant faith to manage
our Manchester Education Centre.
We're looking for someone who's
passionate about turning around the
lives of disaffected young people.
Contact the church office in the first
Closing date Monday 9th February
12.30pm Women Welcome for
prayer & lunch (2nd Wed)
Meeting Point (1st Wed)
Good Companions
(3rd Wed)
Distribution Drop-in &
Intention 11-14
Intention 15+
Knit & Natter
Church Meeting
(3rd Thurs ) @Hale Rd
looking for volunteers who are fit
enough to push a wheel chair and are
happy to offer 2 – 3 hours a month or
every other month as a volunteer at the
Chaplaincy. Contact Rev Liz Leaver,
Chaplain, 0161 291 2297
Home for Good - Help us find
a home for every child who
needs one
Have you thought about adopting but
not sure where or how to start?
Phone the Home for Good team on
0300 001 0995 to find out more
information about some of the routes
to adoption. Or visit to request a
call or email response to your
Baby & Toddler
Healthy Hearts & Hips
20’s group (venue contact 20’s
Church office)
Contact Centre
Altrincham Baptist Church
Hale Road, Altrincham Cheshire
WA14 2EW
0161 941 3052
the Hub
Pownall Road, Altrincham Cheshire
WA14 2SZ
0161 941 2018