We love the whole family, from birth to death…..and beyond!
Seriously though we recognise that adults have different needs to children and young people, and as such we realise that for adults there is a need to develop our understanding of who God is. Part of how we do this is by making space in our lives for relationships with those who like what we like, and then going on a journey of discovery together.
These are groups of folks that what to know more about God and the life He calls us to through Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. How we do this will look different to different people. So we have groups focused around things like Crafts, Walking or Cycling. We have discussion groups, Bible Study and prayer groups. All of these are helpful ways of being ‘us’ whilst searching for and discovering how to live Christ like lives.
We have two dedicated prayer meetings:
- Our Saturday morning prayer team meets weekly and focuses on praying for guidance, God’s healing touch, blessing and love for anyone in our fellowship and the wider community who may be in need.
- Our WHO Prayer Meetings takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. When Heaven Opens is open to anyone who earnestly seeks to see God’s Kingdom Come in our Fellowship, the community in which we are called to serve and in this city. It is a time of seeking God’s heart, listening to His voice and praying out His word.
Our Crafty Conversations small group meets on the first Thursday of the month and is for anyone who is or who wants to be creative. It is a place to share, learn a new hobby or skill, or carry on with a project over a coffee and a biscuit with like-minded people. It is a safe space to share stories of life and to journey together with Jesus.
This is an active group for those who wish to meet in a social environment to enjoy cycling, faith and fellowship. Various rides types are offered from Mountain Biking, Road and Trail riding, ranging from the gentle paced scenic canal towpath rides of around 7 miles up to hearty 70-mile long bike rides that take in hills and dales for the more adventurous among us. The shorter rides happen on Tuesday evenings between 7:30pm and 9:00pm, with the more adventurous rides taking place on Saturday Mornings.
While this is primarily an adult group there will also be rides organised that all the family can come along to (providing you have access to a bike). All cycling events are arranged through our Bolton Villas Cycling Club Facebook group, Strava BVCC or via Whatsapp. You can also contact Ric Haley on 07770 442930 to register your interest.
Our Saturday Seniors group meets monthly and provides an evening of good company, good food and good entertainment. It is a chance for those aged 65 or over to meet up with friends old and new.
Each evening usually starts with a buffet tea, followed by some form of entertainment – this could be singers, a speaker or a music group. Once we enjoy an outing, in the past they have been to the coast but we’ve also taken a tour round the Yorkshire Dales for instance. Outings always end with a meal out before travelling home.
The group is run solely by volunteers and members contribute by organising the meeting and helping out on the night. For those without transport a minibus is hired for a small charge. The group is busy and does sometimes have a waiting list of people wanting to come along, but if you are interested in joining them then do get in touch.
We recognise that men have often struggled to connect with Jesus in this modern age. We want to try and overcome this by providing a way and space for men to plug into Jesus.
This might include weekends away, to specific attractive invitational events that are directly focused toward men. In addition there will be space for men, without embarrassment, to talk about things that bother them, be that life, health, faith or anything else.
This is a fledgling ministry, but it is a direction that we are committed to.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)
We are starting a new ministry that recognises that women young and old play a valuable part in the life of the church. Our aim is to support and equip women to live a Jesus-centred life in a tough world, with a programme of events, activities and study aimed directly at them and for them.