The funeral of Ann Bouchier will be held on 14th May – 11.30am at the crematorium followed by a service at Marple Methodist at 12.30pm.

FLOWERS 2024 - Thank-you to everyone who has donated money for flowers to decorate the church every Sunday during 2023. If you would like to give money for flowers for a particular date in 2023, please write your name and contact telephone number on the new calendar which is available in the concourse on Sunday mornings. At other times, please speak to a steward.

BIBLE STUDY - Jude will be running a Bible Study based on the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ fortnightly for 6 sessions, starting on the 16th April at 7.30pm at the manse. Please let Jude know if you will be coming so that she has an idea of numbers.

STOCKPORT CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING - Founded 30 years ago by Churches Together in Stockport, SCC offers professional counselling free to all in five venues round the borough. I’ve been a receptionist/chaperone for 25 years! Now I’m a trustee, and also responsible for the rota of receptionists for the counsellors working at the St Matthew’s Church House in Edgeley on a Tuesday evening. We have four people at the moment, but we really need at least one more person to do the fifth Tuesdays and to cover on the odd occasions when we can’t help each other out. Usually 6-8pm, it’s a pleasant task, bring a book, knitting, Ipad, and spend a quiet couple of hours knowing you are supporting a splendid Christian initiative. In all my 25 years there has never been any cause for concern. If you are interested please phone me on 07984 039 139 - Hilary Brooks

SHOE BOX APPEAL – We continue to collect items for the shoe boxes between ourselves and Marple URC throughout the year for International Aid. There is a box in the concourse into which items such as small toys, pens, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, rubbers, combs, tooth brushes and soaps can be placed. And to all you knitters, if you feel able to knit hats, mitts or scarfs, these are always greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance and we hope you can help.

CHRISTIAN AID PLANT & CAKE SALE – There will be a plant and cake sale in aid of Christian Aid on Sat 11th May from 10am – 12.30pm. Plants can be dropped off between 5.00pm and 7.30pm on Fri 10th May or from 9.30am on the Saturday. Please support this event by growing some plants for sale and/or baking a cake and, of course, coming along on 11th May to buy some plants and cake.

COACH TRIP – There will be a coach trip to Bowness on Tuesday 28th May. Full details are in the concourse. Cost is £20. Cheques payable to Marple Methodist Church please.

The sale of Easter Chicks raised the sum of £125 for Francis House. Thanks have been received from Francis House to everyone who supported the sale and to Pat Nicoll and Margaret Bostock who organised it and made the chicks.

Circuit Events

May 5th - ‘Celebrating God’s Creation’ - Circuit Service at Tiviot Dale at 6.30pm, preceded at 5.30pm by refreshments.

June 9th - ‘Ordinands Testimonly Service’ for Deacon Janet Amey and Rev. Catherine Hughes at Tiviot Dale at 7.30pm preceded at 7.00pm by refreshments.