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Welcome to Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership

Welcome to The Partnership

Welcome to Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership. We are a fellowship of three Christian congregations seeking to embody and share the loveUniting Church of God in the neighbourhoods of Whaley Bridge, Fernilee and Kettleshulme. 

We believe that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ reveal God’s loving purposes for all creation, and direct Christians to work together to fulfil a common calling ...

  • to be faithful followers of Jesus, reflecting his will and way in everything we do.

  • to help other people to discover what being a follower of Jesus could mean for them.

  • to work for global justice, peace and the wellbeing of all creation (the values of God’s coming kingdom). 

FernileeWe also believe the Christian church is meant to be diverse and available to people of all sorts, and strive to achieve this in our life together. Our three congregations are different sizes, and gather in different surroundings. They have different traditions and different ways of worshipping. But you can sure of a warm welcome in each of them, whether you have been a church-goer for years, or just curious to know what we are about. As you browse our website, you will discover groups and events that reflect our interest in people, the local community and the wider world. Kettleshulme

We are not the United Partnership – we are the Uniting Partnership. We believe that God is leading us on a journey that is still ongoing, and we look forward to welcoming you as a companion on this journey.

All three churches of Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership are members of Churches Together in Whaley Bridge.

Revd Michael Peat

 

Heavenly Art in an Everyday World

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Heavenly Art in an Everyday World

by Michael PeatPage from the Lindisfarne Gospels (c. 700 AD). The decorative monogram at the top of the page combines three Greek letters, ‘Chi-rho-iota’, an abbreviation of the Latin, ‘Christi’. It marks Matthew 1 v 18, the first mention of Christ’s name in the Gospels.  (Explanation derived from the official Guidebook of the 2013 Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition in Durham.)

By a happy coincidence, this month I arrived at a conference in Durham on the same day as the opening of a new exhibition at the Palace Green Library, alongside Durham Cathedral. The centrepiece of the exhibition was the famous Lindisfarne Gospels, a magnificently illuminated manuscript of the four gospels produced around 700AD within the monastic community living on Lindisfarne Island in Northumbria. In fact, the text and accompanying illuminations of the Lindisfarne Gospels are thought to have been a single monk's labour of love, Eadfrith, who became Bishop of Lindisfarne in 698 AD.

The Lindisfarne Gospels are a shining example of the way in which art and spirituality were seen as intimately linked in Celtic Christianity at the time. Beauty and belief were regarded as alike in that both were gifts of God and means through which God's presence could be glimpsed in the world. For the Celtic Christians, skilled craftsmen and women of any sort had a divine vocation as valuable to the Kingdom of God as any priest! Furthermore, these artisans were recognised as serving God's purposes as much when they decorated eating utensils as when they decorated biblical texts: beauty belonged amongst everyday objects because all aspects of creation were suffused with the presence of God. C.S. Lewis once said that he believed in God, "not because I can see him, but by him I can see everything else." Early Christian Celts valued the skills of artisans who could create aesthetic 'thin places', works whose beauty could reveal to our senses the deeper spiritual reality underlying all of our everyday experience, and which shared in our human response to God.

Nowadays we live in a culture where spirituality is often sidelined as merely private belief with no relevance to the 'real' world of public political life. This can make it harder to sustain the sense of God's presence in all aspects of our everyday life. Similarly, modern lifestyles crammed with urgent activity leave little space for the kind of patient attention to our surroundings through which we can become more aware of divine meaning in the ordinary. By way of a gentle challenge to these prevalent shortcomings, let me leave you with a prayer written in the tone of ancient Celtic spirituality, but with a modern situation in view which, I suspect, is rarely remembered as a realm of God's action. The computer users amongst you might like regularly to make this prayer your own!

O God of the Internet:

My hands upon the keyboard.
Keep my eyes from evil.
The world is at my fingertips.
Keep my thoughts from evil.
Untold wealth of knowledge.
Keep my heart from evil.

O God of the internet.
O Christ of the wireless networks,
O Spirit of the world of information,
Turn my eyes to You,
Fix my thoughts on You,
Attune my heart to You.

You are ruler of the wild streams of information,
Of the chaos of images, both seemly and unseemly.
There is nothing You do not touch.
There is nothing beyond the reach of Your fingers.
There is nothing that cannot be redeemed by You.

Open my eyes, O God.
Show me Your truth in all I read.
Show me Your beauty in all I see.
Show me Your love in all there is.

(from Earth Afire with God: Celtic Prayers for Ordinary Life)

 

Page from the Lindisfarne Gospels (c. 700 AD).
The decorative monogram at the top of the page combines three Greek letters, 'Chi-rho-iota', an abbreviation of the Latin, 'Christi'. It marks Matthew 1 v 18, the first mention of Christ's name in the Gospels. (Explanation derived from the official Guidebook of the 2013 Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition in Durham.)

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20 April 2014
Easter Sunday

Whaley Bridge Uniting Church

10:30am - Morning Worship with Holy Communion

Fernilee

2.30pm - Aternoon Worship with Holy Communion

Kettleshulme

2.30pm - Aternoon Worship with Holy Communion

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Palm Sunday - 13th April Joint Partnership & Parish Service
10.30am at St James' Taxal

Tuesday 15th April Churches Together Service for Holy Week
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Good Friday - 18th April Churches Together Service
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Easter Morning Communion & Breakfast
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