One down, two to go

Didsbury Arts Festival is now in full swing. There is quite a buzz about the place and the events seem to be going very well. We hosted a world music event with Dunyana on Monday evening. They played to a packed house and were fantastic! I do not have a photo but I noticed that a few were taken. If anyone reading this has photos of the event and would give me permission to upload one here I would be very pleased to do so. Leave a comment and I’ll send you an address to upload to.

We look forward to hosting the South Manchester Amateur Operatic Society event tonight and the Cavendish Singers on Friday.

House-groups are back

coffeecupnbacklrOur house-groups return after their summer break this week. The Tuesday evening group, Cakes, Coffee and Colossians began last night. It meets at Brian’s and Jenny’s and, over the next few weeks, will study the letter of Paul to the Colossians as those who are trying to live Christianly in a society with other loyalties.

The Wednesday Group begins tonight at 7.30 and will meet in the manse. Tonight, we will support and pray for each other and discuss what we might study in the weeks ahead. Please feel free to join a group. For further details, please drop me a line or give me a call.

Marion Scott Playgroup Outdoor Play Area

playareawork01lrAfter years of hoping and months of planning the builders are on site and so far are doing a fantastic job. With a new doorway children will be able to move freely from inside to outside. It should all be done in another week.

Midsummer Mix – the SK6 Crawl

People travel from miles around to come to Didsbury Baptist Church! Some of our congregation live in the Marple and Romiley areas of Cheshire, which is ten miles from Didsbury – but nicely situated close to the facilities of the City and on the border of the countryside.

A few weeks ago, on a late August Wednesday, three families in this area played host to a group of sixteen DBC regulars in the ‘Midsummer Mix’ series (see elsewhere on this blog for reports on other activities). The group assembled at church and (with suitably eco-friendly car-sharing) drove to Fay’s home, to sample her famous home-made soup. Some of our newer friends were a bit puzzled as to why Fay’s home-made soup should be described as ‘famous’ – but a few spoonfuls settled that question! There was a mouth-watering selection of four different varieties and all were pronounced delicious. Most came back for second – or even third – helpings. There was no time for over-indulgence, though, and soon we were being chased to get back into the cars for the short trip to Judy’s house.

Judy’s kitchen table was groaning with a generous selection of savouries: quiches, pizzas, salads, chicken drumsticks etc and, despite the enthusiastic efforts of many, there was still plenty left at the end – not quite twelve baskets, perhaps. Incidentally, you may have noticed that many DBC events involve food, somewhere along the way. Anyway, no time to dally because we were soon being hassled back into the cars for the few minutes’ drive to …

… Ann & Malcolm’s – where puddings were provided. This included apple and blackcurrant crumble, bonhoffie pie (is that the right spelling? I’m not sure because by the time I got to it, it had all gone!), ice cream and fruit salad. Since this was the last stop, people were able to enjoy chatting (and eating) in the garden as the evening sun sank below the horizon. For those who stayed inside, there was a brief slide-show of the church walk up Pendle Hill – and of Ann & Malcolm’s new granddaughter!

By this time, it was 10 pm and time to return, in convoy, to Didsbury. From comments afterwards, it seems that people enjoyed the evening and the rather novel idea of eating successive courses in the homes of people who don’t live in Didsbury. There was even a suggestion that we might do the whole thing again next year – in Sale!”

International Day of Prayer for Peace

Haiti, 2004. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / ACT

Haiti, 2004. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / ACT

Today (21 September) is the World Council of Churches’ International Day of Prayer for Peace. It coincides with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

Yesterday, Didsbury Baptist Church, along with many others, observed Peacemaking Sunday and made use of the resources provided by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches Working Together.

The following prayer of intercession is taken from the booklet “Imagine peace“, a collection of Bible meditations and other texts on biblical aspects of peace and overcoming violence.

Lord, we pray for
Peace for those who weep in silence
Peace for those who cannot speak
Peace when all hope seems to disappear.

In the midst of rage, of violence and disappointment,
In the midst of wars and destruction of the earth,
Lord, show us your light in the darkness.

Lord, we pray for
Peace for those who raise their voices to demand it,
Peace when there are many who do not wish to hear of it,
Peace as we find the way to justice.

First or last?

The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday is one of the greatest:

Mark 9.30–37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Didsbury Arts Festival at DBC

I am looking forward to the Didsbury Arts Festival that will take place between 26 Sept and 3 Oct in Didsbury. The following three events will take place at Didsbury Baptist Church:

Monday 28 September 2009, 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

A World Music Event

‘Dunyana’ meaning ‘our world’ in the Arabic language is a World Music Band presenting an eclectic mixture of music from around the world. Their repertoire explores folk melodies intertwined with jazz and classical traditions.
Band Members: Sara Dowling – vocals; Yanis Gjylaci – guitar; Litsa Levendis – violin; Barry Howard – bass; Ben Chadwick – saxophone; Rick Farrow / Mark Bottomley – Percussion
Free event

Wednesday 30 September, 7.30 p.m.
South Manchester Amateur Operatics Society
Didsbury Meets Broadway
Spend an evening with local group SMAOS and enjoy a packed musical programme including songs from an eclectic selection of Broadway West End and Big Screen musicals as well as a sneek preview of their next production, The Boy Friend.
£3 / all proceeds to Francis House Children’s Hospice

Friday 2 October, 7.30 p.m.
The Cavendish Singers & Cymbalon Quintet
Join the Cavendish Singers on a journey through English music from the 16th Century to the present day. They will be joined by the Cymbalon Quintet who will perform a varied programme of music from their repertoire.
Donations on the door

Perfect day for fun run


Runners beginning to gather at start line

About a hundred and fifty runners took part today in the annual Didsbury Fun Run. The weather was perfect for a fun run though perhaps a little too warm for the serious runners. What a welcome problem to have after our dismal summer! Young children, adults and families participated. Some wore fancy dress (spider man was particularly popular this year), while others took the event more seriously. Proceeds of the run will be divided equally between Francis House and Didsbury Baptist Church Community Building Fund. We don’t know how much was raised yet but when the figures are in, I’ll let you know. Thanks to all those who organized the event or helped out on the day. It takes a small army of volunteers to make the event a success. Thanks especially to Nicky, Ian, Anna, Kevin, Malcolm and Ann. More pictures will follow.

You don’t have to wear a silly hat

funrunner01You don’t have to get sponsors, you don’t have to wear fancy-dress, you don’t even have to be enthusiastic (though it all helps) but do join us on Saturday (12 Sept) for the Didsbury Fun Run!

There will be 5k and 1.5k courses. The run starts at 10 a.m. so you will want to get there earlier to sign up or register. It all takes place at the Old Bedians Rugby Club, Millgate Lane, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5QX where parking, changing and refreshments facilities will be available. For more information see our web site.

See you Saturday!

Bullfrog Brown, 30 Aug

BullfrogBrownPicture040Sunday, 30 August history was made in Didsbury Baptist Church – those who had an opportunity to put in an appearance from 7.30 pm onwards were pleasantly surprised to find an up and coming alternative Blues band from Estonia – Bullfrog Brown – give their third concert in Manchester.  As the gig was a very last minute arrangement and it was on the Bank Holiday Sunday, my most pessimistic prognosis was that we could get 8 people in the audience. This, however, did not put the Frogs off and they were more than happy to sing for our family only for an hour and half. We did, in fact have more than 8 people and the Frogs were very pleased to find such an appreciating and knowledgeable audience. The band gave a breathtaking live performance.

As I later learned, useful contacts were made  and if all goes well, Manchester can welcome Bullfrog Brown again next April. Sadly, no-one seemed to take any photos of the evening, so the one that is here is from an earlier concert this year, on the up side, you can see the faces of all three on that pic.  🙂

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