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Worship at Marple Methodist Church

You are warmly invited to come and talk about the worship menu that we feel is important to our church community going forward over the next few months. Come and share your thoughts, ideas and preferences on Thursday, 1 November at 7.30pm in the concourse. Everyone's input is needed so please do try to come along.

The Stewards

Action for Children Lantern boxes are now due for opening. Would you please let me have them as soon as possible and if you are interested in finding out more about the work of Action for Children or would like to start collecting, please let me know. You may be interested to know that 2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of Action for Children, which was founded by the Methodist Minister, Rev Thomas Bowman Stephenson as a direct response from destitute children living rough in London. Thanks for your ongoing support. Sue Palmer 427 5487.

Joint Jubilee, Ridge and Marple Christmas Meal at Marple Golf Club on Sunday, 25 November at 12.30pm . Cost will be £16 a head - no need to pay now - the money will be collected on the day at the meal. If you would like to go then please sign up after the service on the list in the concourse. Initially there are 20 places available, however, if the first 20 places have been filled, and you would like to go, please still sign up and if more places become available we will let you know. The menu for the meal is available in the concourse. Please indicate your choices on the sign up sheet. Phil Le Sueur, on behalf of the stewards.

Toys - Although we no longer have a Toy Service at our church, we are having a collection of toys over the next few weeks for both Wood Street Mission, (with U.R.C.) and Mellor Country Homes. Wood Street Mission - New toys only please for individual gifts for the children. Mellor Country Homes - New and used toys for gifts and for their toy store available when families visit on holiday. (No used soft toys or books please). There will be a box to collect donations over the next few weeks. Thank you, Gill Robinson - 427 7902

EducAid Over the year to July 2018 a total of £l,877.29 has been raised for EducAid. EducAid currently manage a network of primary, junior secondary and senior secondary schools over 10 sites in Sierra Leone, providing free education to vulnerable children and young people. The money has come from your donations for refreshments on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as home collecting boxes and other fundraising activities, and also includes gift aid payments. We are continuing to raise funds for EducAid. If you would like to know more about the charity, please see the notice board in the concourse or visit their website www.educaid.org.uk. If you would like to have a home collecting box to collect small change, please take one from the table in the concourse. Thank you for all your support. Marion Jefferson

Community Café Helpers Can you spare a few hours a month to help with the community café? As the café develops and with Gerard leaving we have a number of vacancies for people to help on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The jobs are not difficult and we give both practical support and training plus written information on how things operate. The café has a welcoming friendly atmosphere but we particularly need people who will work “front of house” - that is talking to customers, keeping tables clean and tidy and generally supporting those who are working behind the counter. For this you will mostly be able to set your own hours. We also need people willing to be behind the counter to prepare and serve drinks and light snacks – nothing you would not do in your own home. Don't be put off by the complicated looking coffee machine – it works like a vending machine so you just push a button and the machine does all the hard work. The morning is split into early and late sessions so most people only do 3 or 3½ hours. Please think carefully and prayerfully about this as the café is an important part of the church's outreach and, as a service to the community, brings us into contact with local, non churchgoing, people. For more information you can talk to Kate Turnbull, Pat Nichol, Philip Singleton or Geoff Tomlinson. To volunteer please contact Geoff on geoff@page9.org.uk or 07717 221238.

Saturday Morning Coffee Rota A big thank you to everyone who has helped to provide refreshments on Saturday mornings. These have been much appreciated by the parents and friends of the Kucera School of Dancing. There is a new rota on the noticeboard at the back of Church. Please would you sign up for the dates when you are available. If you would like to join the band of volunteers but are unsure what is involved please contact Hazel Meakin, telephone 427 7343 for an informal chat. You won't be thrown in at the deep end. Training will be given and you can buddy up with an existing volunteer.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. “The Producers”. Tuesday, 4 December at 7.30pm We have been able to reserve 50 seats at preview prices. The cost of the theatre ticket and a seat on the coach will be £26.00. The coach will leave from outside the Church at 6.00pm prompt. Information sheets and reply slips will be available in the concourse from Sunday, 9 September. Gordon Greenwood - 427 3530

Christmas Shopping Day Coach Trip, Tuesday, 27 November - The coach will leave Church at 10am prompt for Barton Grange Garden Centre a few miles north of Preston. After lunch we drive to Boundary Mill at Colne leaving at 5.15pm to be back in Marple by 6.30pm. Cost is £12 per person. Information sheets are available in the concourse today. Gordon Greenwood - 427 3530

Wythenshawe Collection - The items you brought to church last Sunday have now been delivered to the cabin where they were gratefully received. I intend to have another collection next Spring. Margaret Riley

Shoe box appeal - Thank you for all the contributions so far received for the shoe boxes. We have sorted all the items we have to date and are in particular need of the following: Small packets and tubes of sweets (not chocolate as it can melt) with as long a “best before” date as possible but at least March 2019 will be gratefully received! Brushes and combs, balls such as tennis balls (not the ones for pets as they don’t bounce as well) or rubber bouncy balls, toothpaste, and wax crayons for the youngest children. We have now set the date for packing the boxes – Saturday, 10 November at Marple U.R.C., from 10am. If you are able to come along and help you would be most welcome. Even if you would simply like to call in and see what goes on please feel free to pop in. There is a box in church for your contributions. Jill Kenna, Marple U.R.C.

Mellor Country House - A Ladies' Night to raise funds for Mellor Country House will be held at the home on Tuesday, 16 October, at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 each and this includes prosecco or drink on arrival, chilli and rice (vegetarian option available), pudding (to be decided), quiz, raffle at £1 per ticket, a Clarins demonstration with the option to purchase on the night, and a surprise on the night. If you would like a ticket, please contact Sharon at the home (0161 427 1893) as soon as possible as places are limited. Marion Jefferson

Rev Dr Peter Phillips from the University of Durham will be Talking about his latest book, “Engaging the Word” at Emmanuel Church, 174 Langworthy Road, Salford. M6 5PN (Just off the M602) on Saturday, 13 October from 9.30am – 3.30pm Only £10, with lunch and Peter’s book included in the price! He will be speaking about his new book, which you get a free copy of, in which he is convinced that the church in the West is not devouring the Bible or meditating on the word as it should, and therefore is spiritually malnourished and failing to thrive. Engaging the Word will transform the Bible engagement habits of Christian disciples, improving the health of the church by opening up new opportunities for drawing on God's word and new life as a result. Pete used to work half-time for the Methodist Church in Great Britain as Faith and Order Secretary, and is now full time Director of the CODEC centre at Durham University, leading a team of researchers currently exploring the establishment of a North European Collaboratory in Digital Theology. With a PhD in John’s Gospel and many years’ experience of teaching/researching the New Testament, Pete now explores the interface between all things digital and theological, and is passionate about the Bible and all things theological.

10.00amIntroductions etc., Opening devotions
10.20amSession 1: “God addressing me”
11.20amSession 2: “Powering Discipleship”
12 noonWorkshop – What the Bible Says
1.20pmSession 3 – “Tabling Ideas – Bread for the People”
2.20pmLectio – “On Listening to the Word”
3.10pmQuestions, Closing Devotions

For further information and bookings, please contact Alan Rashleigh by email: alan@vatmanar.demon.co.uk or phone: Daytime: 01625850642 or Mobile 07710082830 Free parking, nearest station: Salford Crescent. Everyone is welcome to attend, not just LPs and WLs. The day will count towards your professional development as a LP or WL.

Stockport Council together with Start Point at Woodley are wanting to create a number of DigiKnow centres to support people learning to use the Internet for accessing council services etc., and we are exploring the possibility of the Café becoming one such centre.  We are not sure which day of the week yet but if you have basic computer skills (just know how to get on the Internet and use email) which you feel you could share and become a Digital Champion please talk to Geoff Tomlinson (geoff@page9.org.uk  07717 221238).  Training is available for the Champions and there is a comprehensive online course that can be used to help learners.

Romiley Pilgrims meet next on Monday, 15 October in the annexe at Romiley Methodist Church. The theme will be: ‘One Big Happy Family? - Living with contrary convictions - how to disagree without killing each other’ We shall look at the Derby Conference resolutions on human sexuality plus recent statements on marriage and relationships as part of a wider discussion on how we handle hot potatoes such as talking about politics and religion. We meet at 10.45am for coffee, explore our theme from 11.00am to12.15pm and then enjoy a simple ‘Bring-and-Share’ lunch together finishing about 12.45pm. All are most welcome! Further details from Rev Will Hunter on 0161 430 2964.

Older Pilgrims’ Workshop at The Ridge Church on Monday 26 November. The theme will be “Perspectives - A different way of seeing”. A morning of discussion and conversation together led by Deacon Annette Sharp. Coffee/Tea, 10am, Start 10.30am, Finish. 12.15pm. Bring your own lunch all welcome. £2 donation. To reserve a place contact Rev Graham Hawley 0161 449 5647, email margram@talktalk.net

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