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Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, “Guys and Dolls”, Tuesday, 5 December. We have been able to reserve 50 seats at preview prices. The cost of the ticket and coach is £23.00. We will leave from church at 6.00pm. An information sheet with reply slip is available from Gordon Greenwood (427 3530)

ReImagine Forum - for all those interested in revitalising churches & Multi-cultural worship with a keynote talk by Rod Hill, District Mission Enabler at Heaton Moor United Church, Stanley Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HL on Saturday 28 October 9am-1pm followed by free lunch for everyone until 2pm. Free but booking is required for catering purposes, contact Angela Doyle, phone: 0161 226 2702, email: angel.doyle11@gmail.com. Taster sessions and workshops including:- Retail as mission; Growth, transition or … ; Starting to reconnect with the community; Churches as places of invitation; Tensions in starting something new and maintaining the existing.

Open Gardens in Marple – July 2018 A group of Marple gardening enthusiasts are organising an “Open Gardens in Marple” event on 7/8 July 2018 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. If you are interested in opening your garden please contact: opengardensinmarple@marple-uk.com or phone 0161 427 5712. Further details are on the noticeboard in the concourse.

In October a new night shelter is starting in Stockport arranged by Boaz Trust. It will be for destitute asylum seekers (women only) and it will be once a week on Thursdays.  Stockport Baptist Church are providing the hall for the shelter but volunteers will come from churches around Stockport. There are currently 4 teams and so each team will work at the shelter just one night a month. A very small team has been formed from St Chad's and Brinnington Community Church but it would be great to have some volunteers from the other churches in our area. Volunteers are needed for transporting the asylum seekers from Manchester, providing food for the evening meal and breakfast, befriending the ladies, etc. Volunteers can be male or female (and can come and go throughout the evening) but it is essential that 2 female volunteers stay at the shelter all night.

Christmas Shopping Day Coach Trip, Tuesday 28 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 with reply slip are available in the concourse.

Attic Sale, Saturday 28 October from 9.30am to 12 noon with doors open at 8am for stallholders. Tables can be reserved by phoning Gordon Greenwood (427 3530). We are in urgent need of gifts for the Tombola Stall, however on this occasion we are asking that only gifts of chocolates, sweets, biscuits and toiletries are donated. There will be a table in the concourse where they can be placed along with books for the Book Stall. Cakes, buns, scones etc., can only be brought on the morning of the Attic Sale. All the above donations will be gratefully received. Tom Brown (449 8106) will be organizing the ‘heavy gang’, and will be grateful for help at the following times. Friday, 27 October at 9am to help set up the tables. Saturday, 28 October at 8am to help carry boxes for stallholders. Saturday at 11.45am to help clear away afterwards. More help is needed at this time to set up the church premises for Sunday morning. Saturday from 9.15am to 11.45am to receive admission money. Pat Nicoll (427 7659) has agreed to organize the refreshments being served in the concourse . She will be grateful for any offers of help from 8.30am to 12 noon. Light lunches will be served in the Concourse from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Gordon Greenwood.

Community Café - Official opening by the Mayor of Stockport on Thursday, 26 October at 10 a.m. Special one day only free tea and coffee.

Starting today and for the following 2 Sundays, you are invited to wear a name badge before, during and after the morning service. Name badges will be available in the concourse as you arrive. We have ready made ones for those who were around the last time we did this. If yours isn't there, there will be someone around who will be able to fill in a blank one for you. The Stewards.

Taizé Service - The next Taizé service will be in Church on 15 October at 6.30pm This is a quiet, reflective service with prayers, readings, sung chants and silence. If you play an instrument and would like to be involved, please get in touch with Gillian Stunell (430 6739). If you would like to learn some of the chants before the service, come along at 5.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available after the practice session and you are welcome to bring a snack to eat. We hope to see you there! Margaret Crawshaw

Romiley Pilgrims The next meeting of the Romiley Pilgrims will be on Monday, 16 October in the annexe at Romiley Methodist Church. The theme will be: 'One Size Fits All? Strong and Stable?' What makes for effective leadership? We shall explore examples of leadership in the gospels, the church and the world today. We meet at 10.45am for coffee, explore our theme from 11.00am - 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.

Shoe Box Appeal - As no one has volunteered to take over responsibility for organising shoe boxes this year, it has been decided to join with Marple U.R.C. If anyone wishes to provide a shoe box or items suitable for shoe boxes they can be brought to church on Sunday, 29 October when we have a united service with the U.R.C.

McMillan Coffee Morning - A big thank you to everyone who came and supported this event, a total of £303 was raised. Pat Nicoll

EducAid Collecting Boxes - Do you have a small change collecting box for EducAid?  If so, please let me have it as soon as possible so the change can be counted and banked.  Also, please check that your box does not contain any old £1 coins. If you would like a box to collect any loose change for this charity, please take one from the table in the concourse. Marion Jefferson

Churches Together in Marple and District

Coffee Morning in aid of the Bible Society at the Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor (SK6 5LX) on Friday, 27 October at 10 am to 12 noon. Bring-and-Buy Bookstall of Christian Books. For more information contact Judith Shiel 0161 427 4155 or shiel180@btinternet.com

Bible Sunday 29 October - United Service at Marple Church at 6.30pm. Speaker: Hannah Dobbins of the Bible Society. Come and celebrate the Bible “Making the Bible Heard”. Retiring collection in aid of the work of Bible Society.

The Friends of Marple Orchard are celebrating APPLE DAY at Marple Recreation Ground, Oldknow Road, on Saturday, 21 October 2pm - 3.30pm. Apple juice, apple cake, cider, apple activities, apple bobbing , pin the leaf on the apple etc. Entry is free. Everyone is welcome, children should be accompanied, some refreshments will be served

Providence Church, Mellor Road, New Mills, SK22 4DP on Tuesday, 31 October from 7.30pm - 9pm. “What Do We Expect From the Bible?” You are invited to think about how we read and understand the bible. Can the bible really tell us what is wrong or right? Is there only one correct reading of any bible text or might there be several – or many? The speaker: Dr Richard Britton is a writer and academic specialising in biblical interpretation and critical theory. He lives in New Mills. Entry FREE.

A Service of Remembrance for Lives Cut Short (by murder or manslaughter) Friday 20 October 2017 at 7.30 p.m. Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX Names are read out, candles lit and prayers said in memory of those whom we love but see no more. The service is organized by supporters of SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter), a national network who offer support and help for families and friends bereaved through homicide. More information: contact Rev Canon Steve Williams (07757 411 377)

Consequences: The Trial of Arthur James Balfour at Marple Methodist Church on Thursday 2 November at 7.30pm. This will take the form of a rehearsed reading of a new play. How did a 67-word document written by a British politician 100 years ago have implications for the Middle East which reverberate even today? Admission is FREE. More information from gerardcrawshaw@hotmail.com

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