Latest Bulletin - Altrincham Baptist Church

Welcome to ABC
Sundays at ABC are the times 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.
New to ABC - If you are visiting ABC for the first time and wish to find out more
about us, please fill in one of our ‘Welcome Leaflets’ (available in the stand in the
atrium and landing foyers) and hand it in to one of the welcome team, wearing a
blue t-shirt.
Can we pray with you? - After each service, there are members of our church
who will be happy to pray with you about anything that may be on your heart.
Anyone is welcome to come and receive prayer. The team will be in the front left
hand corner.
8th February 2015
Sung worship has been one of the features of a Christian gathering which has
changed most over the past 40 years. Our understanding of it and the nature of it is
significantly different from the practices of our grandparents.
But has the change been entirely for the good?
Have we lost anything along the way which we might now regret?
Once again 1 Corinthians speaks into our context today, with chapter 14 acting as a
benchmark for all that gathered Christian worship should be.
So how do we stack up?
Does ABC truly represent what Paul sets out for us in the Bible?
This Sunday
10am the ABC of Worship - at ABC
This service will include family communion
7pm 21st Century Woes: Rest for your Soul and how to find it.
Quote for the week : ‘In December 2014 the United States saw the 150th
exoneration (since 1976). That means for every nine executions, one person was
found innocent. What if the Postal Service lost one letter for every nine it delivered?
What if an airline crashed one in every ten flights? Innocence has raised questions for
many of us’
Shane Claiborne
What’ s on
15th February - Spread the Love this Valentine's! Join us for our
Alternative Valentine's Banquet, 1212-2pm.
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 Message)
A massive thank you to everyone who so far has volunteered to help at or offered a hot
meal for the banquet.
We currently have offers of about 50 hot meals and we are in need of at least twice that
number if possible (options of lasagne, chilli, chicken curry or veggie pasta dish). We also
need lashings of delicious deserts! We also need extra volunteers to help with the kiddies
and adult craft activities if anyone fancies helping out.
The banquet is designed to include anyone and everyone and will take place directly after
the morning service. The event is free, but please see Andrew Smyth or Lindsay Grant to get
your ticket or call the Hub office on 0161 941 2018.
16th & 17th February - Polar Explorers Holiday Club closing date for
bookings is 9th February. Also if you are available to help with the running of the club
please contact Sarah Court.
22nd February - Messy Church at the Hub
24th & 27th February - Altrincham Christians Together 2015 Lent
Courses. The York Course for this year titled ‘Praise Him’ will take place on Tuesday
evenings, 8pm and Friday afternoons, 2pm at St Alban’s Church, Broadheath for 5 weeks. All
are welcome to go along.
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 - Messy Church & Easter Extravaganza
18th April - The legendary ABC Family Concert is on again! The fourth ABC Family
Concert is happening. Previous events have featured performers of all ages, offering
classical, popular, folk, blues and jazz music, as well as monologues and poetry reading.
The evenings have been highly enjoyable, providing a relaxed and affirming environment for
performers of a wide range of abilities.
Offers of acts and of help to stage the event to Henry Law
Life at ABC - news & info
The Prayer Ministry Team is up and running after both services and they would love
to pray with you! Please see Helen Roberts if you have any questions.
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)
Tuesday Receptionist Vacancy at the Hub Do you enjoy helping and welcoming people?
Meeting new people and helping them feel at home?
Are you confident on the telephone?
We are looking to recruit a volunteer receptionist for a Tuesday morning.
Hours are 9.30am-1pm. Training available.
Please contact Lindsay at the Hub office on 941 2018 or email [email protected] if you'd like
more information.
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 :
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