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Help needed in the Café

Help is always needed but we have identified something which almost anyone can do and that is to make people feel welcome when they arrive, and talk to them if they are on their own. We all know how nice it is for someone to open the door for you with a friendly smile and the regular volunteers often find they do not have the time to do this when things get busy.

If you feel this is something you could do, please talk to Deacon Annette, Pat Nicoll, Geoff Tomlinson (07717 221238), or any of the church stewards. If you feel you could also help to prepare food as well, you would be most welcome. Since we are a diverse and flexible team, we will only ask you to do things you are comfortable with and training will be provided.

Geoff Tomlinson, 07717221238 or Geoff@page9.org.uk

Saturday Morning Coffee Rota: January - April 2020 A huge thank you to everyone who has helped provide refreshments on Saturday mornings. These have been really appreciated by the parents and friends of the Kucera Dance School. Several parents have expressed their thanks personally and have said how grateful they are for the warm, friendly environment that we provide as well as the “posh coffees”, toast and teacakes! There is a new rota covering January to April on the noticeboard on the left as you go into 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.

A study day for all, led by Prof. Clive Marsh, Vice President of the Methodist Conference at Emmanuel Church, 174 Langworthy Road, Salford. M6 5PN on Saturday, 22 February at 10am. The study day is entitled ‘What does it mean to be “Biblical?”. An exploration of the use of the Bible today. Cost £5 including a light lunch. Please book with Angela Doyle - angel.doyle11@gmail.com Telephone 0161 226 2702. For more information see poster in Concourse.

Helpers are needed to set up for the Toddler Group on Tuesdays at 8.45am. Setting up is essential, but anyone wishing to stay on and help with the group would be extremely welcome. If you are interested, please speak to Sarah, or add your name to the rota on the notice board. Help is particularly being sought for the 14th January.

Romiley Pilgrims next meet on Monday, 20 January in the annexe at Romiley Methodist Church. Our theme will be ‘Self Help or Self Obsessed? Is self improvement compatible with the gospel in an age of life coaching, counselling and therapy, we are encouraged to both love ourselves and maximise our potential. Where does this fit in with the gospel of God’s grace and what might be missing? We meet at 10.45am for coffee, explore our theme from 11am to 12.15pm 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.

A talk by Mark O'Brien a former BBC producer on The Israel/Palestinian Conflict is to be held at Providence United Reformed Church, New Mills, on 14 January. Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30 pm.

Saturday, 25 January, The Wellspring Walk with opportunities for prayer:

Usual Sponsored Walk:
For those who like the full walk to all churches and also can get sponsors everything will continue as normal. (Sponsor forms are in the Concourse.) Meet at the Holy Spirit Church at 9.45 am to register and get instructions. The route will be as usual with the Parish Centre at Mellor open for eating packed lunch (which you bring yourself), tea and coffee will be provided. The walk finishes at St Martin’s Church.

Shorter walks and prayer:
For those who may like to walk along the canal to Strines, St Paul’s Church will be open between 10am and 12 noon for private prayer. You can get a bus back to Marple.

St Thomas’ Church, Mellor, will be open all day for private prayer. You can get a bus up to The Devonshire Arms and maybe walk back as it is down hill to Marple Bridge and then on to St Martin’s Church. St Martin’s Church will be open for private prayer between 1pm and 3.30pm. At these churches there will be prayer suggestions and a box for donations to The Wellspring. Please make your own arrangements for getting to these Churches – maybe join with friends and pray together when you get there. It is hoped those doing the sponsored walk will also find time to call in the open churches for a few minutes of prayer.

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