Welcome to St John the Evangelist, Old Trafford--a worshipping, learning community in urban, diverse Manchester. On the 2nd Sunday in Lent, our Reader John Ward preaches with a focus on prayer.
Notices for the coming week
Olga McCloud’s 100th birthday.
Olga, a long-time member of our church community, was 100 on Thursday. She would like us to sing part of her favourite hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (106). We’ll sing three verses: 1,2 and 5 as we think of her and thank God for her life and faithfulness.
Lent Course at St John’s. On Wednesdays at 11 we have been meeting for an hour to eavesdrop on conversations in the gospels. The sessions are based on the new book for Lent by Henry Martin: Eavesdropping…. Learning to pray from those who talked to Jesus
Here too are the details of the Lent course at St Matthew’s which will use the same book and will meet on Wed 20th March, Thurs 28th March, Wed 3rd April, 10th April at 7.30pm in the Choir Vestry, just by the Chester Rd. The conversation we eavesdrop on next Wednesday, includes ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs’ Mark 7:28. Come and eavesdrop with us in the chapel.
Sunday March 24th Our church service at 10 will be followed at 11.30am by cake and APCM.
Sunday March 31st Mothering Sunday. Flowers and prayers in church for all who nurture.
Sunday April 7th The Manchester Marathon flows through our streets early on Sunday morning, so access to our church may be tricky until after 12, so our main service will start at 12.30pm and will include an infant baptism
Sunday April 14th Palm Sunday
Maundy Thursday April 18th: Agape / Last Supper starts at 18.30pm.
Good Friday April 19th: Stations of the Cross / Walk of Witness. Gather in Hullard Park at 10.45 for 11am start. Finish at St John’s at 1pm with light lunch in hall. Last Words service in church @ 2 finishing by 3pm.
Easter: Sunday 21st April: Dawn Fire in Garden and Service of Light follows in church. Early Breakfast @ 6 + services @ 8.30 and 10.00 am, including Easter Egg treasure hunt.
As part of the Climate Coalition's 'Showing the Love' campaign, we applied last month for our first eco church award. Here's one good news story about what we've been up to: https://1010uk.org/articles/food-banks-and-bee-hives-in-manchester. And here's the ecochurch award we have just received.