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Cross Fire Song and Sketch

Cross Fire Song and Sketch in aid of the Cobden Cross Appeal featuring the Rainbow Band at Marple Methodist Church, on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March at 7.15pm. ADMISSION FREE (donations to the Cobden Cross Appeal welcome) more information: www.churchestogethermarplearea.org.uk

Churches together in Marple Wellspring walk - Many thanks to everyone from Marple who generously sponsored Margaret, Gerard, Brian and myself on the recent walk in aid of The Wellspring in Stockport. I am pleased to let you know that together we raised a total of £384 which has been sent to the Circuit Treasurer. Sue Palmer

Taizé service - The next Taizé service will be on Sunday, 25 February at 6.30pm at Marple Methodist Church. 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 Stunnell (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 between the practice session and the service, and you are welcome to bring a snack to eat. We hope to see you there! Rev Margaret Crawshaw

Church Flowers - Thank you to everyone who has put their name down for church flowers. There are a few spaces left and we would appreciate it if they could be filled. We do have a little spare money but like to keep it for harvest and The Wellspring. Many thanks in anticipation! Gill, Marion, Carol, Christine and Jeanne.

Easter Eggs - The URC are collecting Easter eggs for the Wood Street mission (a charity looking after families in Manchester and Salford). If you would like to give an egg (any size) please bring to our church on either 25 February,4 or 10 March. I will take them to URC for delivery on 11th March. Thank you. Gill.

Theological Literacy Day at Warrington on 6 March at 11am - An event for church leaders (lay and ordained). Information on noticeboard in the concourse.

The Circuit Stewards and Circuit Invitation Committee are pleased to announce that after the visit of Deacon Annette Sharp to the Circuit both Annette and the Circuit have confirmed to the Chair of District and the Warden of the Diaconal Order that they are very happy to proceed with the match of Deacon Annette with this Circuit. The match has now been confirmed by the Stationing Matching Group and Methodist Diaconal Order. We look forward to working with Annette when she leaves the Durham and Deerness Valley Circuit next August and begins work here on 1 September. Will Hunter 29.01.18.

Understanding Dementia A one day workshop led by Mark Perry (Dementia Training Officer, Stockport) at The Ridge Church on Thursday, 1 March from 10am to 4pm. Free and all welcome. Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided. Contact Rev Graham Hawley 0161 449 5647 margram@talktalk.net to reserve a place.

Wesley House has recently launched a series of online training courses. The next of these, Leadership in Biblical Focus, starts later this month. We are pleased to be able to offer six free places on the course; first-come, first-served. If you would like to attend email online@wesley.cam.ac.uk to book one of the places. Course details- Enhance your biblical studies skills whilst exploring models of leadership in the bible. Drawing on some of the significant leaders from the Old and New Testaments, you will consider key questions for leadership within the church today: What does it mean to be a Christian leader? How do we identify and empower leaders? How might the contemporary church best be organised? Through the lens of leadership, there will be opportunities to undertake biblical exegesis under the guidance of leading Methodist biblical scholar, The Rev Dr Catrin Harland. This course is particularly suitable for lay and ordained church leaders. Further details https://leadershipinbiblicalfocus.eventbrite.co.uk

Stockport AgeUK - SelfHelp improving mental health - Worrying and feeling sad is NOT a normal part of getting old. There is something you can do about it. Come along to our older adults wellbeing workshop (65+). Attend our session to learn about the practical ways you can manage stress, reduce worries and feel happier in your life. Venue: Marple Library, Memorial Park. This is a 6 week course starting on Tuesday, 20 February from 11.30am - 1.30pm. For more information contact 480 2020 or www.selfhelpservices.org.uk Please note a referral in advance is necessary.

Marple Methodist and United Reform Churches Against Plastic Waste. - There is a National Great British Spring Clean weekend on 3rd and 4th March 2018. I have registered our group with the Keep Britain tidy website as it will hopefully raise awareness of our involvement. This follows on from our first joint litter pick last September, when we had members from Marple and Jubilee Churches, and Marple United Reformed Church taking part in a clean up between here and The Ridge Church. If anyone else is interested in taking part on Saturday, 3rd March or has any ideas about how and where in Marple that we can do this, will you please let me know so we can hopefully have another successful morning. Many thanks. Sue Palmer - 427 5487

Coram Voice: Volunteers - Coram Voice are looking for outstanding volunteers to become an Independent Visitor. Independent Visitors are volunteers who befriend and spend time with a child or young person within Local Authority Care. We are looking for people who think they have the time and energy to devote to a child in care to spend time with them on a monthly basis and have fun. Volunteers enjoy the challenge of building a lasting friendship with an individual child and the children benefit greatly from a consistent, fun relationship with someone outside the care system. Activities will depend on the age and interest of the child but could include things like a walk, playing in the park, swimming, visits to a museum, bike riding, sports etc. This is a long-term, one to one commitment. Volunteers must be over 18 and are welcome from all backgrounds. Full training and ongoing support will be given, and out of pocket expenses paid for mileage and activities. Volunteers will be subject to enhanced police checks. Contact Ryan Greenhalgh Tel: 0161 226 0116/ Mobile: 07780 480382 or Email: Ryan.Greenhalgh@coramvoice.org.uk to register your interest.

Attic Sale, Saturday 24 February 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. 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, 23 February at 9am to help set up the tables.
  • Saturday, 24 February at 8am to help carry boxes for stallholders.
  • Saturday at 12.15pm 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 receive admission money.
Pat Nicoll (427 7659) has agreed to organize the refreshments being served downstairs. She will be grateful for any offers of help from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Gordon Greenwood.

Marple Methodist is hosting the Women’s Day of Prayer on Friday, 2 March at 2pm, St Martin’s is hosting the evening service at 7.30pm. It is written by the women of Suriname which is right at the top of Brazil, this will be a very enjoyable service with lots of cheerful hymns and relevant readings. Please bring your friends and join us. Anybody requiring more details contact Pam Kirk 0161 427 1292

Café News: We now have WiFi! Details and password are on the wall near the café servery.

Stockport Christian Counselling are looking for a new Chair. Duties including chairing meetings every two months, held at Town House, Edgeley (attached to Stockport Baptist Church), liaising with Director and Management Committee, and occasional other responsibilities as necessary. Please contact Margaret Smith for more details and to have a chat if you are interested in local counselling from a Christian perspective. 01663 309547 or margaret@samdsmith.me.uk.

Count Your Blessings … with Christian Aid this Lent - Instead of (or as well as!) giving up treats for Lent, why not make Lent count in a different way with a Count Your Blessings calendar from Christian Aid? A calendar of reflections offers a daily opportunity to give, act and pray for your neighbour, and to give thanks for life’s blessings. This year’s Count Your Blessings focusses on the 40 million internally displaced people around the world. Copies of the calendar are available today.

Romiley Pilgrims - The next meeting of the Romiley Pilgrims will be on Monday, 19 February in the annexe at Romiley Methodist Church. The theme will be: ‘Was Jesus an Anarchist?’ We will be sharing our picture of Jesus, the different pictures painted in the gospels and how we might relate the Jesus of the gospels to the life of faith 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.

The Furniture Station - After 23 years of providing help to vulnerable people in Stockport, the decision has sadly been taken to close the Furniture Station on 30th March due to increasing financial difficulties. We are thanked for all our support and are invited to a farewell afternoon on Wednesday, 28 March, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, at Hazel Grove Baptist Church to celebrate the work of this charity in our community. The full text of the email from the charity is on the noticeboard in the concourse. Marion Jefferson

Greater Manchester Police Band are playing in Concert at Woodley Methodist Church on Friday, 23 March at 8pm. Tickets £8.00 each telephone Phil Taylor - 0161 430 8518.

Churches Together - Lent 2018

All welcome at any of these activities

Sunday Afternoons - Meditation on ‘The Stations of the Cross’ at Holy Spirit Church 4pm – 4.30 pm. Starting on 18 February – not on 11th March Mothering Sunday

Monday Evenings using the BBC Radio 4 book - ‘Lent Talks’ starting on 19 February at St Martin’s vicarage 7pm for 7.30pm. The book (£7.99) can be ordered through Geoff Brammall 483 4347. Numbers limited to 13. Please let Geoff know if you would like to attend.

Tuesday evenings - ‘Making all things New’
6 sessions starting 20 February and ending on 27 March (Tuesday in Holy Week) 7.30pm at 3 Stuart Avenue, Marple (home of Kate and Phil Le Sueur) using the study course from ‘Embrace’. All are welcome, but anyone interested in attending please let Margaret Crawshaw know (427 2509) so sufficient copies of the material can be ordered. Numbers will probably be limited to 15. also Fridays 7:30pm on 16, 23 February, 2, 9, 16 and 23 March. Annette will be leading sessions at Hatherlow URC Sunday School (next to Spread Eagle), Otterspool Road, Romiley. SK6 3DR

Wednesday evenings ‘Incarnation’ living God’s big story’ at All Saints’ Church 7.30pm – 9.30pm, 5 sessions starting 21 February. Session 6 on Thursday, 29 March (Maundy Thursday). The Bible tells a big story. It has a flow, a narrative arc, a direction and a destination. The hero of the story is a God who becomes a man named Jesus. We call it incarnation. The course will be run by David Hill and engage the heart as well as the mind. For more information or to sign up please email: admin@allsaintsmarple.co.uk

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