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Helpers are needed to set up for 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. 

A Christmas Quiz is taking place on Saturday, 14 December from 6.30 pm to 8 pm in the Concourse. It would be lovely to see as many people as possible there - everyone welcome. Fun for all ages. £1 entry fee per team. Refreshments available.

On Saturday 14th December a family friendly craft morning ‘Christmas Crafters' will be taking place in the church between 10am and 12 noon. There will be a range of Christmas themed activities suitable for all ages. If you are able to help, please contact Sarah. Please could the congregation help spread news about this event to family, friends, neighbours etc. Leaflets are available in the concourse. Sarah Rose Tel. 07541961700 email jobsbehemoth@yahoo.com

If you enjoy singing carols, how about adding your voice to the church choir at the Carol Service on December 15th? It would involve attending our rehearsals on Fridays, December 6th and 13th at 3pm in Room 7 to prepare the carols for the choir to sing on its own. Please let me know if you would like to take part, or speak to any of the choir members. Janet Holwill (427 4054).

Stockport Foodbank - Following very high demand for their services over the summer holidays, Stockport Foodbank is asking for church members to support them with either one off or regular donations. If you have anything to donate, please contact Nigel Tedford on 07483 1115349 or email him at nigel@stockportfoodbank.org.uk

HELP NEEDED - Sarah Rose is seeking another person to set up for the Toddler Group once a month. It only takes about 15 minutes and can be completed by 9am. Please speak to Sarah if you might be able to help.  Sarah Rose is continuing to collect kitchen roll tubes. There is a bag in the concourse to put them in. All donations gratefully received.

Churches Together in Marple - We at All Saints’ Church, Marple, are passionate about supporting those in our church and community struggling with mental heath issues. To help us do this better we are excited to be partnering with a new charity Kintsugi Hope and we are going to be hosting one of their training sessions for running a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group. All of the other training venues so far are south so this is a great opportunity for us to have a more local training venue. If you have not heard about them please google them here: https://www.kintsugihope.com/groups This training is for those who you think might like to explore running one of their groups. If you would like to book please do so online on the same page. I hope you can join us in this valuable ministry.

“… jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today." So said the White Queen to Alice, but how about JAM every other Sunday on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month? Have you tried JAM recently? If not, you might like to know that it’s informal worship and suitable for all ages. JAM attracts a small number of people; some come regularly, others occasionally. We meet in Room 10 upstairs, start at 9.30am and finish by about 10.20am so you can go to the downstairs service as well if you want to. A JAM service may include any or all of these: prayers, a Bible reading, a song, time for reflection, discussion, a video, a simple craft activity. It is led by various people. So why not pop along and see for yourself, you would be very welcome.

Prayer Book - At Worship Consultation it was agreed to bring our church Prayer Book to the attention of our congregation. The Prayer Book is at the back of church on the lectern and we would ask you to use it more for your prayer requests. These will be said to God during our prayers in the service. Please just put full names of folk but no details needed. Permission must be given by the person named. Your other concerns for situations or our country, the world, people in general can also be put in. Happy prayers of thanks and congratulations would also be welcome. If you don't wish to write in the book, please ask a Steward to do it for you. God bless The Stewards.

ON THE MOVE Dear Friends, Will and Pat would like to announce that Will has accepted an invitation to become the Superintendent of the North Fylde Circuit from September 2020 subject to confirmation by the Methodist Conference next summer. They will be living in Poulton-le-Fylde which is the location of the larger of the two churches of which Will is to have pastoral charge. Best wishes, Will and Pat.

Advent Study - 'Humbug and Happiness' Deacon Annette will be holding an Advent Study Group for 4 sessions on Wednesdays at 2.30pm in the concourse at Marple Methodist Church commencing on 27th November. The material uses clips from the film 'Scrooge' an adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol to explore aspects of our past, present and future in relation to the Christmas story. Hope you can join us. Deacon Annette

Flowers 2020 - Thank you to everyone who has donated money for flowers to decorate the church each Sunday during 2019. After the service the flowers are given to people in our community as tokens of our love and care and this is always greatly appreciated. If you know of anyone - sick or sad and in need of our care or celebrating a special event - who would appreciate flowers, please speak to one of the flower team or to a steward.
Any money left over after buying the flowers is used to buy food and other goods to decorate the church at Harvest, which are then donated to The Wellspring. Any remaining money in the flower fund is added to the Harvest collection.
The calendar for next year is now available on the lectern at the entrance to the church. Members of the congregation are asked to write their name and telephone number on their chosen Sunday and one of the flower team will contact them nearer the date. Thank you. Carol, Christine, Gill, Rachel and Marion.

St Sebastian's Pre-School will hold a fundraising Fashion Show at Jubilee on Friday, 29 November, starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5. Clothes for all adult sizes and ages will be included.

I am looking for people who are available on Saturday, 14th December from 10am until 12 noon, and who would be willing to manage a craft table. We are trialling an expanded version of Saturday Crafts. There are four activities that need overseeing. Please would anyone who might be able to help get in touch with me. Sarah Rose Tel. 07541961700 email jobsbehemoth@yahoo.com

Family Quiz Night on Saturday, 14 December from 6.30pm to 8p.m. Everyone welcome. Fun for all ages. £1 entry fee per team. Refreshments available.

Festive Harmonies at Poynton Civic Hall featuring The Dovedale Singers, The Salford Royal Choir and Werneth Concert Band on Saturday, 14 December at 7pm. Charity Raffle for Francis House Children’s Hospice. Tickets £8.50 (inc.refreshments)pay at the door or the Priestleys (427 4879)

After the Carol Service on Sunday 15th December there will be a large Christmas Cake for everyone to have a piece, either with their tea/coffee after the service or to take home.

Music in the Café - On Wednesday, 11 December in The Seed Café we will be entertained by ConChord Barbershop Singers from 11.00am to 12 noon.  It is the same group of singers who came last year and were enjoyed by all.  You will be welcome to join us for this festive treat and perhaps a little refreshment too. Geoff Tomlinson

Christmas in the Seed Café: The Café will be open on Boxing Day from 11am to 2pm with a special sit down lunch at about 12.30pm. This will be free (although donations will be accepted but not required). Please put your name on the list in the Concourse to book your place. The normal lunch menu will not be available although we will be serving hot and cold drinks and some snacks for those who do not want lunch. We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and then open on 2 January as usual although the menu may be a bit restricted as we cannot get an Ocado order delivered for then.

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.

Café Rota for 2020: A big thank you to all who help in the café in any way. We have become well known in the area and much appreciated by all who come. It is now time to prepare the rota for January-March next year, so please will all volunteers let Geoff know what dates they can or cannot do (which ever is easiest) by Monday, 16 December. Geoff Tomlinson, 07717221238 or Geoff@page9.org.uk

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