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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

The Wellspring - At the Churches Together meeting on May 22, some members, who had visited The Wellspring recently, were told that they are running low in tins and toiletries. Please help them to boost their supplies for this very worthwhile service by leaving a tin or toiletry item in the box in the concourse. Many thanks, Janet Holwill.

Shoe Box Appeal - For July and August we are concentrating on stationery items for our shoe boxes: Pens, pencils, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, felt tips and crayons. No doubt some time in early August when the school holidays have just got going there will be plenty of ‘Back to School’ displays to choose from! We still need small toys, teddies, jewellery, flannels, combs, brushes, and toothpaste so please keep up the good work! Jill Kenna, Marple U.R.C.

Connect ‘Help’ - Alongside the Job Club. which has recently transferred to the connect building in Queen street, we are now offering “CONNECT HELP"...a wider service where we are seeking to help people who have concerns or problems with issues concerning benefits, housing, employment, or maybe consumer issues. We are now open on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at CONNECT on Queen Street, Marple. Stockport. SK6 6BQ from 12.30pm through to 3pm.

Cook Wanted for Luncheon Club - The “ Lunch Club” that meets at the Marple United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, Marple  on a Monday and Friday  is staffed by local volunteers mainly from the local churches. The club is for older people and provides a 2 course meal along with good company and some entertainment. We are looking for several people to come and help Cook on Monday. This would be once a month. Could This Be You!!! The team would be most grateful for your assistance. Some training in Food Hygiene would be helpful but could be organised. If you are interested and available please contact Joan Brown  0161 427 8757 or 07717 033219.

Woodley Methodist Church - 150th Church Anniversary Woodley are holding an ‘Open Weekend’ on 28th - 30th September. If you have any items, articles or photos of events or special occasions you have attended and are happy to lend them to be put on display please contact Phil Taylor on 430 8518.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2018/19 A World Transformed I am now taking orders for the booklet which will be available during August for use in September. Price still only £3.50. Winifred Glynn. Tel 427 7322

Would anyone having a contribution to the HARVEST NEWSLETTER please pass it to Winifred and Michael Priestley by not later than Monday, 13 August, sooner if possible.

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.

Christian Aid Elizabeth Paxton, the organiser of the Christian Aid collection in Marple and District, wishes to thank everyone, whether you organised an area, were a collector, or a donor. She is delighted to announce that the grand sum of £8,248.28 was collected this year, and has been sent to Christian Aid.

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.

Churches Together This week our NEW much loved cross was erected on Cobden Edge... and we have the money to pay for it !!!! It is made of solid treated oak which came from a managed forest in France and should last for 500 years. The contractor Peter Lowe felt this was preferable to the original design. It went up according to plan and looks good. We are planning a service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at the Cross on Sunday, 16 September to which all those who can get up there are invited. It will start at 4 pm and last about 30 minutes. As there is no real car parking at the cross the Linnet Clough Scout Camp have agreed to us using their car park as we do on Good Friday. This will be available from 3.15pm which should give us plenty of time to walk to the cross - no stopping on the way. I hope many of you will manage to go up and see for yourselves over the holiday time. I am so grateful to God and to all of you and your churches for the support we have received for this project. Marion Thompson

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