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Children and Family Worker

The Appointment Panel of the Romiley Circuit Meeting are pleased to announce the appointment from September 1st of Sarah Rose as Children and Family Worker for The Ridge and Marple Methodist Churches. Sarah will be working with the Little Fishes group at The Ridge and developing work amongst Children and Young People at Marple including Marple JAM. The appointment is for 30 hours per week and has 3 year guaranteed Circuit funding. We look forward to this new development in our Circuit life! Will

Holiday Club Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August -10am-12 noon - Helpers still needed to enable this to go ahead this year. Please let Meryl know if you are able to give up some of your time. There will be a meeting at 115 Church Lane on Tuesday 19 June at 7.30pm. Thank you, Meryl Blackburn.

Open Gardens, Marple, 7 - 8 July, 11am - 5pm. Tickets, single day £6, weekend £10, children under 16 free, from Cancer Research UK Charity Shop, Market Street, Marple. All proceeds to Cancer Research UK. Everyone living in Marple is invited to support Cancer Research UK, by taking part in ‘Flower Power in Marple!’ To participate simply plant a pot, tub or hanging basket in your front garden in Cancer Research UK’s distinctive colours of pinks, blues and purples. Small flags will be on sale in Marple to add to your display. For further information see poster on the noticeboard in the concourse or www.marple.website/open-gardens-in-marple

On 24th June at 10.30am there will be a joint Marple, Jubilee and Ridge service at the The Ridge Church. If you would like to go but need transport please speak to one of the stewards. As parking at The Ridge is limited, please car share where you can. Marple Stewards

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.

Romiley Pilgrims - The next meeting of the Romiley Pilgrims will be on Monday 16 July in the annexe at Romiley Methodist Church. We will be exploring the theme due to be used in June at our postponed meeting, namely, ‘Are you saved, sister? Windows on salvation’ We will explore the meaning of salvation in the Bible and today and whether our understanding of this theme has been narrowly focussed on life after death. 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, ‘Prospects for the Future of Faith and Church. Rev Margaret Crawshaw in conversation with Rev Graham Hawley (including groups and discussion) on Monday, 25 June, 10am coffee/tea for 10.30am start, finish at 12.15pm. Bring your own lunch - £2 donation. Contact Rev Graham Hawley 449 5647, email margram@talktalk.net to reserve a place.

Shoe Box Appeal - If anyone would like to support the Annual Shoe Box Appeal, they are invited to bring items to church and put them in the box provided in the concourse. Each month a different set of items will be suggested, but items from previous months are welcome anytime too. So this month we are collecting small balls – rubber bouncy balls or tennis balls (but not the pet ones as they don’t bounce as well). Don’t forget they have got to fit in a shoe box so no footballs please! Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer we can remember when we used to play outside and think of children all over the world getting pleasure out of a very simple toy which can provide hours of amusement. The items we have been asking for in previous months are as follows: Toiletries soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, flannels and sponges. combs and brushes Small toys e.g. cars, yoyos, small dolls, teddies (but not too big to fit in a shoebox!). Children’s jewellery and gifts for teenagers. Any suitable items can be brought any time – it just helps to have something different to focus on each week or month. Thank you for your support. 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.

Two Dates for your Diary
Church Annual Coach Outing on Saturday, 23 June visiting Chatsworth, Carsington Water, Dobbies Garden Centre. The cost is £14. There are still several places available on the coach for this event. Please note, the coach will leave from outside church at 9 am prompt.
Bridgewater Hall - Saturday, 14 July - Magic of the Musicals. The cost is £20. All places have been reserved.
For further information on the above two items please contact Gordon Greenwood - 427 3530

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.

Would you like to join the District`s Social Justice Network? - Please collect a form from church and return it to Rev. Ian Rutherford, at Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ.

Woodley Methodist Church - 150th Church Anniversary Yes, it is the 150th Church Anniversary of Methodism on this site. The first Church was built in 1868. In 1998 our present building (20 years ago) was officially opened by the Chairman of the District Rev Ron Hoar. The foundation stone being previously laid by Rev Dr David Willie. To mark this milestone in our church history we are arranging an 'Open Weekend' Following Church Council’s agreement to my suggestion I have now got a subgroup together to look at the gathering in of information and photos of the groups and events from the years past and present. We also have the publicity, refreshments etc., in hand so it promises to be a good weekend. It will start with the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday, 28 September. There will also be displays from all groups past and present as well as pictures projected onto the screen in Church. On Saturday there will be the same presentations from 9.30am to 2pm and I have arranged for organists and friends from across the Circuit to play in the church for background music. The weekend will end on Sunday with our Harvest Festival Service at 10.15am followed by a free lunch in the Church Hall, when hopefully we will be joined by Rev Margaret and Peter Lockwood and Rev Christine and Robin Hawke. Please put the weekend in your diary and support us in any way you can. Most importantly come along, bring your family and friends and enjoy this special celebration of Woodley Methodist Church.

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