CRE in Manchester this week

The Christian Resources Exhibition is coming back to Manchester this week. On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March you’ll find all that every church needs at Event City, near the Trafford Centre.

CRE North in Manchester 2019 includes a sold-out exhibition floor of 150 organisations including the Compassion Experience, CRE’s first-ever Study Zone featuring eight theological colleges, Dana in concert and several up-and-coming artists; Youth and Children’s Trail; Cindy’s Sofa; Brexit: Bridging the Divide with Andy Flannagan of Christians In Politics; Walk Through the Bible: every hour on the hour, and more than 30 seminars and presentations covering everything from cyber security to safeguarding.

Event City, Manchester

Faith in Manchester was there when CRE was launched by the Bishop of Manchester. The launch was held at Spotland, the home of Rochdale Football Club.

The launch last year was opened by Bishop David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, pictured above with Stephen Goddard, the owner of Christian Resources Exhibitions, who bought the company from Bible Society when it looked like it would close. Other speakers on the day included Gospatric Hume, the founder of CRE and Chris Dunphy, the Chairman of Rochdale Football Club, a supporter and exhibitor at Christian Resources Exhibition over many years.

The Christian Resources Exhibition is the biggest show of its kind, featuring every resource that any church could need, from the roof to the hymn book, with resources for mission, music and much more. It has been called the “ideal church show”.

Faith in Manchester spoke exclusively to Stephen Goddard about bringing CRE back to Manchester for the first time since 2014 and the first time under his ownership.

Listen to the interview by pressing the play button below.

Prayers for Manchester on the first anniversary of the Arena attack

Manchester city centre will come to standstill on Tuesday for the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack last year. The attack claimed the lives of 22 people and left those of many others changed forever.

The National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral will welcome a congregation including bereaved families, first responders, city leaders and senior national figures at 3pm. Limited space in the Cathedral means that the service will be by invitation only, but others are invited to watch the service on a big screen in Cathedral Gardens.
And in recognition of the fact that many of the victims came from across the North of Britain, the service is also being screened at York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Many in these cities and across the world will be joining Manchester in solidary and prayer.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The attack at Manchester Arena last year was an attack on our common humanity. The solidarity, love and support shown across the country and beyond helped us through an incredibly difficult period and demonstrated a collective refusal to give in to hatred and fear”.

Later in the day, from 7.30 to 9.00pm, Albert Square is the venue for Manchester Together – With One Voice, where choirs will come together in song to remember all those affected by the  attack, culminating in a communal singalong from 8.30pm to 9pm with everyone encouraged to join in. The singalong will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.

Later, from dusk the focus will move to St Ann’s Square for Manchester Together – There is a Light. Each day from Tuesday to Saturday, the words of songs chosen by the public will be projected onto the pavements and buildings in St Ann’s Square.

Churches across the city centre will play their part in the memorial at 10.31pm, exactly one year from the moment the attack took place. Bells will ring out from church towers in an act of solidarity and remembering.

 

Christians and others are called to pray for Manchester on this anniversary. At Faith in Manchester, we call on people of faith in this city to pray for our city and our region:

for comfort and support for those who are affected by the events of one year ago, either directly or indirectly: Lord Jesus, bring your peace.

for strength for our city to continue to recover with fortitude and resilience: Lord Jesus, bring your healing.

for restoration of relationships between troubled communities, broken neighbourhoods and fractured families: Lord Jesus, bring your reconciliation.

for the favour of God to reign over our city and our region this day and in the days to come: Lord Jesus, bring your love that never fails.

 

 

 

 

 

Cathedral to host Manchester Arena attack memorial service, one year on.

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral will be the venue for a civic service on Tuesday 22 May, to remember the day 22 people lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack.

An invited congregation including the families of those who died, people who were injured, first responders, civic leaders and national figures will gather in the Cathedral for an hour-long service from 2pm.

Outside, in Cathedral Gardens, the service will be shown on a big screen, and will be watched simultaneously by crowds at York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral..

In Manchester Together – With One Voice, choirs will join together in song to remember those affected by the Arena attack. Choirs and groups of singers from the region are invited to perform at the event and can register their interest at the Manchester Together site. The event will conclude with communal singing which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.

From 22 May to 26 May, words of songs will be projected onto St Ann’s Church and other parts of St Ann’s Square as part of an artwork called “There Is A Light”. The city council is inviting people to suggest song lyrics which have a personal resonance for them to include in the projection.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester city council leader said: “Music is in Manchester’s soul and it is only fitting that it should play a central part in marking what will be an emotional anniversary. We saw in the aftermath of the 22 May attack how spontaneous song captured the city’s spirit, its solidarity and refusal to give in to hatred.”

Christian communities across the Manchester region are being asked to pray for the city on May 22nd. Many churches will be including special times of prayer on Tuesday 22nd and on the Sunday before. They will be praying for continued healing of bodies and minds for those who were affected by the attack in any way, and comfort for those who will be feeling the grief of bereveament most acutely on this first anniversary.

Weekend of Invitation, inverview with Michael Harvey

The National Weekend of Invitation has been launched in Greater Manchester.

Michael Harvey, who came up with the idea of Back to Church Sunday while he was working with Manchester Anglican Diocese, is now spearheading its successor, the Weekend of Invitation. The Weekend, which runs from June 15 to 17 2018, encourages people in churches to invite people to events at their home or at their church.

Michael wants to emphasise that success is not whether the people being invited say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to an invitation to a church event, success is the faithfulness of doing the inviting. The response, he says, is down to God.

Faith in Manchester spoke to Michael Harvey @unlockinggrowth about the National Weekend of Invitation. Hear the exclusive interview below.

 

 

 

Manchester, a faithful city

 

 

This webspace is in the early stages of development, so please be patient with us.

Our vision is to make this webspace  a showcase for people of faith, people passionate for building the Kingdom of God in Greater Manchester.

We’d love you to send us your stories, your audio, your video, your news, to build this web community. We want to showcase the Christian church in action in Manchester.

The “Faith in Manchester” vision

Manchester, as you know, is a vibrant city. It’s a city with faith in itself and faith in its people.

It’s also a city where many people have a vibrant Christian faith. That faith doesn’t make them boring. It makes them committed to their city, committed to their communities, committed to serving in innovative ways. Christians have faith in a God who loves the world and wants to see the world better than it is: more loving, more caring, more just, more green, more healthy, more prosperous.

The vision of Faith in Manchester is to showcase that vibrant Christian faith in our city and region. A team of creative local people want to put together a website, social media presence, maybe a podcast, that will host and feature content from Christians across Greater Manchester. That content will be stories, pictures, audio and video. It will tell tales of good work going on. It will carry the stories of lives being changed. It will showcase regional events and activities.

Faith in Manchester aims to serve the Church in Greater Manchester by sharing what we’re doing with each other. This should serve to encourage and to build us up, to draw us together and showcase best practice. It will cause us to pray for one another.

Faith in Manchester aims to serve the Church in Greater Manchester by bringing what Christians are doing to the attention of the wider media and the wider world. It’s hard to get the message out there, but our ministry could be an amplifier of the work of the churches and ministries its serves, to make our message heard a little louder. Because we have a wider audience in mind, we will try hard not to use Christian jargon and assume people know what Churches are talking about.

Faith in Manchester also has a dream, a wider vision, to replicate this work in other city regions and areas across the UK. Now that is thinking big!

Please pray for the work of Faith in Manchester. Please. We mean it.

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