Christmas Funday – 20th December

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We’ve been quiet for a few months mainly so that we can consolidate all the great work we’ve done this year. But after the huge success from our Summer Funday we have decided to have a Christmas Funday.

Come and join us on Sunday 20th December at the Community Centre anytime between 2 and 5pm.

Expect Santa! Expect mince pies! Expect carol singing! Expect turkey! Expect a community nativity play (bring your camera)! Expect crafts! Expect festive games! Expect face painting!

In fact, just expect a really good Christmas Funday. Free entry and all activities are free. (Small cost for Santa but kids get a gift). You only need to pay for food and refreshments.

We are really looking forward to seeing you there – and what better way to start Christmas.


Le Tour in Kidsgrove Sunday 26th – 4pm

Some of you might have been wandering past the Community Centre and wondering why a child’s bike is sprayed yellow and surrounded in Bunting!


Well many of us at immerse love cycling and love the Tour de France. So we thought we might as well watch the final stage ‘Live’ all together at the Community Centre and invite anyone else who wants to join us. There’ll be food and refreshments so come along.

If you love cycling you’ll love this.

If you don’t even know if you like cycling – come along and find out.

If you just want to hang out with everyone else – well we are always good for that.

See you Sunday 26th, at The Galley Community Centre, from 4pm.

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Sunday Funday : 19th July : Free (Except for refreshments)

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We are all very excited here at immerse – not long to go now until our  Sunday Funday on July 19th at The Galley Centre,

Lots and lots of stuff going on and all the activities are …..


So all you need to pay for is refreshments.

A reminder of what’s on:

Garden games
Volley Ball
Children’s craft activities
Teddy Bears Picnic
Bouncy Castle
Face painting
Dance taster session/demonstration

There will also be Cream Teas, Coffee Refresh and a BBQ if you want to buy some refreshments.

Should be a great afternoon

See you there.


Sunday Funday – 19th July 2015!!

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Here it is folks!

Sunday Funday at The Galley Centre, Kidsgrove. This really should be a great afternoon for everyone.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to:

  • Judo Displays
  • Garden games
  • Cream Tea
  • Volley Ball
  • BBQ
  • Children’s craft activities
  • Teddy Bears Picnic
  • Coffee Refresh
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face painting
  • Dance taster sessions

It’s going to be great!

Keep coming back for more details but for now put July 19th, 2 – 5pm in you diary.


See you there!

From past to present …. raising a flag

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immerse is part of the Methodist family and it seems no coincidence that we have found our home in a community centre that is only a couple of miles from Mow Cop.

Mow Cop is the place where Methodism underwent a kind of spiritual revival. A group of Methodists at Harisseahead, influenced by camp meetings in America, decided to hold a gathering on Mow Cop on 31st May 1807. This is the account of William Clowes, one of the key instigators of the revival:

‘The morning was unfavourable; it was rainy. Nevertheless I resolved to proceed to the place; and on my arrival at the hill, about six o’clock, I found a small group of people assembled under a wall, singing. I immediately joined them, and several of us engaged in praying services, one Peter Bradburn preached a sermon, and an individual from Macclesfield followed with another. The people now began to be strongly affected, and we commenced another praying service. During the progress of these labours the people kept in large numbers, but as they came from various places, many were at a loss to know to what part of the hill they should make. At last a person of the name Taylor, from Tunstall, suggested that a flag, or something of the kind, should be hoisted, as a guide to the coming multitudes, directing them to the place where the religious services were going on. Accordingly a Mr Edward Anderson, from Kilham, in Yorkshire, unfurled something like a flag on a pole in a conspicuous and elevated position, which became the centre of attraction.’

(taken from  The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion by John Petty)

According to Joseph Ritson Captain Edward Anderson, who raised the flag, had led a pretty dramatic life, in fact he told his story on Mow Cop on the 31st May 1807:

‘He had been a shepherd-lad, a sailor, a rhymester, a Methodist, an antislavery advocate and a temperance reformer. He had been shipwrecked, captured by French privateers and in the hands of the press-gang; but in Liverpool he had been arrested and soundly converted at a Methodist meeting, and was now among the foremost in promoting weal of his fellows’

(taken from The Romance of Primitive Methodism by Joseph Ritson)

If you’ve passed the community centre recently you might have seen our flag outside. Originally we bought it so that people would know someone from immerse is in the building, but since discovering Captain Anderson’s flag it has taken on a new significance. The flag, just like Anderson’s, is a symbol, a sign, to tell those who are looking where to come. It announces to all who pass by that here is a group of Christians who are passionate about their faith and deeply committed to Kidsgrove.

So in memory of Captain Anderson – we raise our flag!

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Good Friday

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One of the key moments in the Christian story is Good Friday. It’s the day we remember the death of Jesus who was crucified by the Romans just outside Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago. It’s a poignant moment for those of us who are Christians because we believe that because of Jesus’ death our lives are transformed for ever; that somehow are lives are bound up with his life, death and resurrection.

This means that as we remember Jesus’ death …. something in us dies

and on Easter Sunday when we remember his coming to life …. something in us is reborn

but first the agony of the cross.

A few of us will be gathering at The Galley Community Centre on Friday 3rd April at 2pm to spend some time remembering. It is not an easy time together, it is not joyous or raucous or loud but it is beautifully special.

If you would like to join us – you are more than welcome.

Comic Relief with immerse



Join us at Refresh Coffee and Stay & Play this week for some fundraising fun for Comic Relief!

Everyone loves cake, so we’re holding a bake sale on Thursday 12th March at Refresh Coffee, grab a slice, a couple of cupcakes or a mouthwatering muffin to go with your latte or hot chocolate and we’ll donate your bill to Comic Relief.


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On Friday 13th March we’ll be ‘aping around’ for Red Nose Day. Bring along your little monkeys to Stay & Play and you can join us in the jungle for a really wild tea party, with lots of fun & food you’re sure to have a swinging good time!

And don’t forget to bring your red nose!

Happy Birthday – Brighter Nights



We are very proud to work alongside Kidsgrove Care Solutions, a CIC that provides opportunities and support for adults and young people with disabilities. This week they celebrate the first year of Brighter Nights, a social club for adults with disabilities at the Galley Centre on a Tuesday evening. Mick and Wendy (founders of Kidsgrove Care Solutions) have kindly written a short piece to celebrate a year with us:


“A year ago this week “Brighter Nights” a social club for adults and young people with disabilities was launched.The club runs from 7-9pm every Tuesday nights at the Galley Centre, Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove.Our activities include cake making / decorating, crafts and card making, sports multi-skills, aerobic exercises, a health and beauty nail bar, Karaoke, Discos and much more.

Our aims include helping people to maintain and gain social and daily living skills, supported by experienced, professional, qualified staff.11041823_837395629670853_2337229030419740858_n

Brighter Nights social club was started on March 4th 2014 by work colleagues Wendy Lear and Mick Lunt who have 24 years combined experience of running sessions and activities for people with learning disabilities.

The club has become more and more popular as the year has gone on and has become a great meeting place for socialising and making new friends.

Because of the popularity of the club, a second “Brighter Nights” will be starting every Thursday night at the Haregate Centre in Leek.

We have lots of new things planned for this year so keep an eye on our Facebook page for all the latest news.

Finally we would like to thanks to Simon and the team at immerse for their support.

All the best

Mick, Wendy and everyone at Brighter Nights social club



We also want to say a big thank you to Kidsgrove Methodist Circuit who kindly donated £702 towards the rent of Brighter Nights.

This is such a great piece of work and we are so proud to be associated with it. Well done Mick and Wendy and all the team – so glad we can be part of the journey.

Stay & Play …… starting February 27th

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So last week we told you that we are launching our new pop-up coffee shop. This week we have even more exciting news:

STAY & PLAY is here!

Stay & Play is our new parent/carer and toddler group that will be opening every Friday morning from 9:30am – 11am. The price is £1.50 for one child with parent/carer and then 50p for each additional child.

There will be tea, coffee, juice and toast included.

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks stocking up on toys, highchairs and crafty stuff and we are really looking forward to the place filled with the noise of children playing and parents/carers nattering!

With your help we can make this a place for parents to connect with each other, form and nourish friendships … and most importantly, a safe and fun place for kids to play and socialise.

So if you have a little one, and you have a Friday morning free – why not pop in? We’d love to see you.

If you want more information then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on