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Services this Sunday

30th November      1st Sunday of Advent


Early Morning Service - Christ Church                        

                                       Holy Communion                                      8.00 am to 8:30 am

 Late Morning Service - Christ Church and Holy Cross

                                      Holy Communion                                     10.45 am to 11.45 am

Evening Service -            Christ Church

                                        Evensong                                               6.30 pm


- Calendar


Breakfast Club

Come and join us for the new Breakfast Club for families with kids up to 11 (ish)! All very welcome:



All Age Service

Our next All Age service will be Sunday, 7 th December at Christ Church at 10.45am.

Now well established, these popular services are less formal than the usual service of Holy Communion. They use simple songs and hymns and there are dramatised readings and interactive prayers to enable people of all ages to engage in worship. The services are particularly relevant for families and children, but everyone from our church family is welcome.

 During our service, we will be welcoming to church our baptism families from this month and next month.

We look forward to seeing you there!


View from the Vicarage

When Christ Calls...

I am a bit of a fan of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran Pastor who ministered in Germany in the 1930s. He was a committed pacifist, and yet he became so troubled by what he saw happening in Nazi Germany that he felt compelled to act, and became part of the German Resistance Movement. Eventually this led to his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler, although the plot was not successful. In April 1943 Bonhoeffer was arrested on a number of minor charges, although the Gestapo remained oblivious to his involvement in the failed assassination plot. In April 1945, Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the conspiracy against Hitler was discovered, and he was sentenced to death. Tragically, his execution took place just two weeks before American forces liberated the concentration camp at which he was incarcerated. The camp doctor, who witnessed the execution, commented that he had “never seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God”. Although his life was short (he died aged just 39) Bonhoeffer leaves a great legacy, both through his teaching as well as his example. He was one of those rare people who managed to model in life what he taught in his writing and preaching; complete devotion and submission to the will of God, whatever the personal cost. I am unable to read Jesus’ call to his disciples to “take up their cross” without also being reminded of Bonhoeffer’s writing on discipleship. In The Cost of Discipleship, he observes: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die”. In this work, Bonhoeffer compares cheap grace with costly grace. Cheap grace demands little and offers little. It does not necessitate discipleship. Costly grace, on the other hand, asks us as Christ’s followers to lay aside our own desires and take on the mind of Christ. It is costly because it asks us to give everything for Christ. It is grace because Christ promises that his yoke is easy, and his burden is light.

This month we enter the season of Remembrance, giving thanks for all those who sacrificed their lives in the service of others. Bonhoeffer’s story is one among millions – stories of ordinary men and women who stood up to injustice, wrongdoing and evil, and paid for it with their lives. Bonhoeffer saw his involvement in the German Resistance Movement as a direct vocation from God. A vocation to fight wrong and work for good. A vocation that led ultimately to his death. Our own callings may not be so dramatic, and they may not lead to such destruction, but they will still involve cost on our part. In this month of Remembrance, can I encourage each of us to reflect deeply on the sacrifices made by so many before us, in answer to God’s call, and to heed their examples? When Christ calls a person, yes, he bids them come and die. But he also leads them into new life, new opportunities, and deeper communion with the God who gave his all so that we might inherit all. Do we dare to let go, in order to gain all?


Christ Church, Thorley Lane

    Christ Church WA15 7AN


Holy Cross, Park Road

Holy Cross WA15 6QG

Our Vicar

Jenny and Jim Bridgman

Contact Info

Parish Office

97 Park Road,
WA15 6QG

 0161 976 5837

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Clergy Contact

Rev J.W. Bridgman,
12 Thorley Lane,
Timperley, WA15 7AZ

0161 980 4330

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