Music Concert at DBC

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Now that the Arts Festival is over it is time to publicize our own music concert at Didsbury Baptist Church. Malcolm Sargent has been working hard at calling together a group of musicians from the Didsbury area (and beyond) to participate in  a musical concert. It will take place on Saturday 24 Oct. Various musicians will perform works of Mozart, Rutter, Mendelssohn and Howard Goodall. Though entrance will be free, there will be a retiring offering to benefit our building fund. If you are near Didsbury perhaps you would like to join us for the evening. All are welcome.

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An introductory course to Christian faith

FMpic01_450Have you ever wondered if the Christian faith is for you? On Sunday we are a starting an introductory course to Christian faith. It will meet in our home over the next 6 weeks. The group will set its own agenda but currently we plan to discuss: Belief in God, We need God in our lives, The life and ministry of Jesus, The death and resurrection of Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and Becoming a Christian. You are welcome to join us. For further details please call 0161 438 2927.

Harvest / Sukkot

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mobile-phone photo, Anna Wright

Last Sunday we held an all-age harvest celebration for morning worship. Truth is, harvest festivals are not what they used to be and in urban environments they can be distinctly out of place. Still, with issues of food production and food security high on the agenda these days, harvest provides all kinds of possibilities for worship and reflection.

On Sunday, I combined Christian harvest themes with some of those of the Jewish (and biblical) festival of Sukkot. The date of our harvest celebrations does not always coincide with the Jewish holiday but this year it did. Our Jewish neighbours are celebrating Sukkot right now, so I drew on some of the themes that form the basis of both celebrations.

We built a (very non-kosher) sukkah inside the sanctuary. (I know, the whole point is to build sukkot outside but this was the only way I could introduce the theme to a Christian group meeting indoors.) Then we brought our harvest gifts and displayed them in the sukkah.  The gifts, of course, are then donated to local charities. We also took up our offering for the Seeds of Hope harvest appeal for the work of BMS World Mission.

Christians recount that it was during the Festival of Sukkot that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8.12).

If you would like to learn more about Sukkot there is plenty of information on the net. You might try Hebrew for Christians, Judaism 101 or, a favourite of mine, Rachel Barenblat’s blog — the Velveteen Rabbi.

The close of Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival logo (ben)The Arts Festival is now over but what a great week it was! Three musical performances were held at Didsbury Baptist Church. All three were excellent events: Dunyana on Monday night, SMAOS on Wednesday, and the Cavendish Singers and Cymbalon Quintet on Friday. All played to packed houses and were enthusiastically received.

For the churches, the Arts Festival closed last night with an International Songs of Praise at Christ Church, West Didsbury organized by Churches Working Together in Didsbury. We anticipated the forthcoming One World Week and worshiped together as churches and people from many nations and backgrounds. It was a great event that reflected the sheer joy of belonging to a people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

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