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Action for Children Home Collecting boxes - Many thanks to everyone with an Action for Children Lantern box in 2017. The total collection for this year is £283, which, thanks to some new collectors, is a small increase from last year. If anyone else would like a box or wants to know more about the work of Action for Children, please speak to me, Sue Palmer 427 5487.

Christmas Gifts - This year, as part of our response to Toy and Gift Sunday, we would like to support the work The Wellspring is doing to ensure that homeless men are catered for. With this in mind, we will be putting a box in the concourse for the next few weeks, where you can donate new woolly hats, gloves, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs etc., to be delivered to The Wellspring in time for the Christmas period. If you would like further information, please speak with one of the stewards. Many thanks in anticipation. Meryl Blackburn

District Grants Officer - The Manchester and Stockport District are looking for someone to take on the role of District Grants Officer - someone who can act as the interface between the District Grants Committee and Circuits who are applying for grants. It would involve attending up to three meetings of the District Grants Committee a year - acting in an advisory (non-voting) capacity plus some time checking grant applications that had been submitted and liaising with churches over their applications. If you are interested or know of anyone who you think might be interested then please get in touch with Rod Hill (rodney.hill@methodist.org.uk).

Churches Together - ‘Singers Wanted’ - Carol Singing, at the Forces Club on Friday, 1 December at 6.15pm for the arrival of Father Christmas. Contact Michael Sparrow at msparrow11@gmail.com or just turn up.

‘Dying to Live’, an afternoon with Rev Loraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference. Stories from around the district of churches living out our calling “die with Christ and to be raised with him”, at Edgeley Community Church, Edgeley Road, Stockport. SK3 9NB on Sunday, 10 December from 3pm-5pm followed by tea and an evening service at 6.30pm. Please register your attendance (for catering) through Angela Doyle at the District Office: angeladoyle11@gmail.com 0161 226 2702 New Mills U.R.C. invite you to see the display sets of ‘Nativity Around the World’ on 11, 13 and 15 December. Further details on the noticeboard.

Flowers - 2018 - Thank you to everyone who has donated money for flowers to decorate the church each Sunday during 2017. 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 in the concourse. 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, Jeanne and Marion

Christmas Lunch and Party - 17 December at 12.30pm Tickets - Adults minimum donation of £3. Children (16 years and under) £2. Christmas crackers and soft drinks provided. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible so that we can get the number to be catered for. Please let me know if you are a vegetarian. There will be the usual mixture of games, music and dancing to suit all ages. Do try to attend and enjoy this Church Family occasion. Contact Meryl Blackburn (449.7552) or Gordon Greenwood (427 3530).

There will be an open meeting of the Building Steering Group on Wednesday, 13 December at 7.30pm. This is particularly for anyone who is interested in the plans for redeveloping our premises and was not at the last Church Council for the presentation there. If you have any good ideas, please bring them along as we want to make sure everyone’s views are taken into account. The hope is to have a definite proposal with costings to put to the February Church Council.

New Mills U.R.C. invite you to see the display sets of ‘Nativity Around the World’, at Providence New Mills URC, Mellor Road on Monday 11th December 10.00 am - 11.00 am followed by a concert by the Kinder Bell Ringers and an invitation to light lunch or on Wednesday and Friday 13th and 15th December 10.00 am - 11.00 am followed by an organ concert by Dr Gordon Stewart and an invitation to light lunch.

Community Carols with Marple Band at St Paul’s Church, Strines, on Monday, 11 December at 7pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Admission free.

Christmas Concert - Marple Choral Society Christmas Concert will be at Marple Church on Monday 18th December starting at 7.30 pm when there will be a miscellany of carols, readings and seasonal music. Tickets are £8 and half price for students and under 18s. All tickets are available on the door.

A letter has been received from The Wellspring thanking us for our donation and inviting us to their Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in Stockport Marketplace on Tuesday, 19 December at 1.30pm Marion Jefferson

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