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The Bridge News and Information from Bridge Chapel & Centre


elcome to our new, full colour edition of ‘The Bridge’, bringing you news and community information about the range of activities and services on offer. Read on to find out about a new service to those suffering financial hardship, information about our regular weekly activities, opportunities to ask questions about the Christian faith and more...

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW SOUTH LIVERPOOL FOODBANK ho cares when our neighbour goes hungry? We do!


Poverty could happen to any of us at any time, through no fault of our own. Tomorrow it could be YOU! In the current economic climate, many people are struggling for different reasons such as unemployment, shorter hours, sudden illness and stress. Because of the heavy demand, it is now taking much longer to process benefit claims and families are going hungry.

will be the first in the North West. At Sainsbury’s we shall be asking customers to buy one item from our ‘shopping list’ of basic food items. We shall also be collecting food at the reception desk at Bridge Chapel & Centre between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. If you feel that you could help, the items we need are: Baked Beans Sugar (500g) Biscuits

Tea Bags



Tinned Fish

For this reason we are opening a Foodbank, a store of tinned and dried food donated by the community for the community. This will be a joint venture involving several churches in South Liverpool, but based initially at Bridge Chapel & Centre.

Fruit Juice (carton)

Tinned Fruit

Instant Mashed Potato

Tinned Meat

Pasta (1 kg)

Tinned Soup

Volunteers will pack enough food for three days’ emergency supply. Front-line care professionals such as Social Services, doctors’ surgeries, schools, Job Centres and Citizens’ Advice Bureaux will issue vouchers, which are then taken to the Foodbank office at Bridge Chapel & Centre.

Pasta Sauces

Tinned Sponge Pudding

Rice (1 kg)

Tinned Tomatoes

Snack Bars

Tinned Vegetables

Milk (UHT or powdered) Tinned Rice Pudding

We are most grateful to Sainsbury’s Woolton for allowing us to have our official launch there with cakes and balloons on 1 October, from 10.00am until 4.00pm. It would be great if you could come along and support us.

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Several other local supermarkets have been most helpful, and we have already arranged dates for a food collection at Tesco Woolton in September, a ‘bag pack’ at Morrison’s Belle Vale at the end of October and another food collection at Asda Hunts Cross in January. There are over 40 Foodbanks in other areas of Britain, mostly in the South and Midlands, but this

Volunteers with Julie Atkinson of Sainsbury’s Woolton

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES t Bridge Chapel & Centre there is something for everyone, from babies and toddlers to adults of all ages. You don’t need to be a member of Bridge Chapel or any other church – all are welcome to come along and take part in this wide range of activities.


SUNDAY 9.30am Family Service 11.30am Morning Service 6.30pm Evening Service

Worship service with provision for children up to age 14 Worship service with crèche only Worship service with no separate provision for children

MONDAY 9.30am Bridge Tots 1.00pm Bridge Tots 5.00pm Bridge Kids Football 7.30pm Self Defence 7.30pm Discover Christianity

Parent and toddler group (no vacancies at present, waiting list) As above Free (adult to sign in) at New Heys Sports Field For children in school years 3–6 Styles are Wing Chun and Eskrima £4.00 per lesson Explore the Christian faith (details on opposite page)

TUESDAY 10.30am Barnabas Bible Class 1.30pm Film Club

6.15pm Weightwatchers 8.00pm Pilates

Bible teaching for adults Enjoy a range of classic and more recent films on our big screen free of charge (Second Tuesday of every month) Friendly meeting providing support for you to lose weight, feel great and be healthy Gentle form of exercise designed to tone core muscles. £3.00 per session

WEDNESDAY 10.30am The Stroke Association For details, call Daisy on 0151 529 3122 1.15pm Facing Life In Pain Self-help group for chronic pain sufferers

THURSDAY 9.30am Bridge Tots 1.00pm Young At Heart 7.00pm Thursday Club

Parent and toddler group (no vacancies at present, waiting list) Social activities for the over 55’s (Last Thursday of every month) Very popular club for adults with learning disabilities

FRIDAY 9.30am Atelier de Couture 6.15pm Mini Kids (YR-Y2) Bridge Kids (Y3-Y6) 7.45pm Target (Y7-Y9) Quest (Y10-Y13)

Workshop of fashion, incorporating pattern cutting Games, singing, crafts and Bible stories Games, quizzes, singing and Bible stories Games, activities and Bible teaching Games, activities and Bible teaching

SATURDAY 2.00pm Tea Dance

An afternoon of fellowship, music and dance (First Saturday of every month)

If you would like more information about these activities, please call Bridge Chapel & Centre on 0151 281 9716 or browse our website at


ALSO AT THE CENTRE... In addition to this weekly programme, Liverpool Community College offer a number of courses at the Centre, and also run an employment related community Drop In Study Centre (DISC). Call 0151 427 3290 for more details. Two Liverpool NHS Personal Health Trainers, are based at the Centre and they are happy to work with anyone over the age of 16 on a one-to-one basis to support them in developing a healthy lifestyle. They deal with issues such as smoking, exercise, diet, stress, alcohol and finances, and anything else that could improve your quality of life. Call 0151 494 1768 if you would like to know more.

CAFÉ ESTA afé Esta is a popular venue for the people who use the facilities at Bridge Chapel & Centre each week, but did you realise that our café is open to anyone – not just people using the Centre? Recently refurbished in a contemporary style, Café Esta is open all year round (except Christmas and New Year) from Monday to Friday, and everyone is welcome to call in for a coffee and a chat.


Of course, we serve much more than tea and coffee. There is a choice of breakfasts and snacks available, and we serve a range of light meals (all produced on the premises) as well as home-made cakes. On Friday, you can buy an all-inclusive meal consisting of a main course and dessert for as little as £3.50! And when the weather is suitable, you can enjoy your refreshments at a table outside. Why not pay us a visit? We are just inside the main reception area. Open: 8.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am – 2.30pm on a Friday.

SARAH’S STORY arah is one of many who have taken part in Discover Christianity. Here, she describes how she became a Christian and how she found the course helpful.


”From my early 20’s I was fascinated by psychic powers. I was interested in anything that would give me an indication where my life was heading. I guess I was looking for something, but not sure what. During this period I had numerous psychic and medium readings, eventually leading to me purchasing my own tarot cards and pendulum. One day, on the news, I heard that scientists were doing an experiment to recreate ‘The Big Bang.’ Silly as this may sound, it really scared me, and I began thinking daft thoughts like: What if this is the end of the world? I began to realise that I was fearful of God’s judgement on my life.

DISCOVER CHRISTIANITY Discover Christianity – What is it? Discover Christianity is a course run regularly by Bridge Chapel for those enquiring about the Christian faith. Discover Christianity – Who is it for? Discover Christianity is for anyone who has questions about Christianity. It doesn’t matter if you have never stepped into a church before, have just started coming to church or if you’ve been going to church for years. Whatever your circumstances, if you would like to find out more about Christianity and what it means to be a Christian, this course is for you. Whether you are developing a new or renewed interest in the Christian faith you are welcome to join us. Discover Christianity – What goes on? The first session is an opportunity to enjoy a meal with others considering joining the group and to be introduced to the team running the course. Each further session begins with an activity followed by a short presentation to explain an aspect of Christian belief. After a break for tea, coffee and cakes we have an interactive group discussion time. Group leaders will help, and answer any questions. The course is designed to give you a relaxed opportunity to discover first hand the Bible’s claims. You are welcome to ask any question you like or simply sit back and listen to others ask them.

Through my upbringing I knew all about Jesus dying on the cross for me, so I prayed a prayer from my heart asking Him to come in to my life, cleanse me of my sins, and help me lead a life worthy of Him. Initially I thought my prayer hadn’t been heard, yet slowly, I noticed a change. I couldn’t get enough of the Bible and I lost all interest in tarot, etc. I joined the Discover Christianity course a few weeks after this because it was a long time since I had looked at the Bible and the course covers a lot of topics that people raise questions about. What I liked most about it was that we could ask any questions we had, and then open discussion would be held around them and Bible verses shown us to support the answers. It reaffirmed my faith.”

Do I have to bring anything? No, all course materials are provided free of charge. Dates for the Autumn 2009 course The next Discover Christianity course starts on Monday 28 September 2009. It is held from 7.30pm – 9.15pm in the Lloyds Room at Bridge Chapel & Centre. Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9



28 September 5 October 12 October 19 October 26 October 2 November 9 November 16 November 23 November 30 November


If you have ever asked these or any other questions about the Christian message, or if you want to re-examine your own beliefs, please come along to the Discover Christianity course. Listen, learn, discuss & discover. Do let us know for catering purposes if you are planning to attend the Welcome Meal by telephoning the church office on: 0151 281 9716. If you have any queries about the Discover Christianity course please contact Steve Evans at the church office.


THE JOURNEY two hour stage production combining music, drama, video and other visuals, The Journey takes the audience into the dark world of youth addiction.


It follows a young man who has great dreams and goals for his life as he explores the allurement of the illicit pleasures offered by his peers. Eventually trapped and craving for relief, he resorts to a destructive lifestyle to survive. The nightmare and his desperate struggle for freedom begins. This event is suitable for ALL ages and will entertain, inform, inspire and challenge. Members of the cast and crew are former drug and alcohol addicts who now live free from the misery and slavery of the past and are passionate about reaching others with their message of hope. Admission free, tickets available from Bridge Chapel & Centre reception desk, telephone on 0151 281 9716, or register on our website

sk the local police when they are most likely to get trouble and they will probably mention ‘Mischief Night’, which is the name given to the night before Halloween.


Activities for the 12-17 age group will take place on the evening of 30 October, and activities for the younger children will be held on 31 October. More specific details, e.g. times, will be available nearer the time.

Bridge Chapel & Centre

Heath Road

Liverpool L19 4XR

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Words: Lynn Bass & Steve Evans

A DVD produced last year, featuring the mother of Daniel Baxendale who died tragically on Mischief Night two years ago, will be used again, and the hope is that it can be used city-wide to prevent any further tragedies of this kind. As in past years, there will be lots of exciting activities. For children aged 4-11 there will be inflatables, games, music and craft. For young people aged 12-17 there will be a climbing wall run by the Army, a football cage inside All Souls Church Hall, and a weights challenge from Tough Talk, who have supported this event several times in the past.

Tel: 07752 581 554

Three churches within the local community – All Souls, Long Lane and Bridge Chapel – are getting together once again for the seventh year to put on alternative activities for children and young people in an attempt to turn Mischief Night into a thing of the past, and present them with positive and helpful things to think about at Halloween rather than the dark and disturbing images we have come to associate with this time. They are being supported by Merseyside Police, New Heys School and Liverpool City Council.

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