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Rainbow Advent Event 2018 - Unfortunately the event has had to be cancelled due to sickness. We wish Derek a speedy recovery.

An appeal from Sarah (Children and Families’ Worker) To begin to further the work with young people and their families in this part of the Circuit, Sarah is hoping to develop a Lego/Building Club at The Ridge, meeting once a month, building on the foundations laid by ‘Little Fishes’ and would eventually like to consider an after school club. She also hopes in the future to have one off events such as Film nights and a Fun Day. These events will need support from the wider church family - so, if anyone (or their friends and neighbours) has a supply of Lego that is no longer used and any toys/games that might be of use, could they please contact Sarah or Deacon Annette. Also, anyone who would be able to offer some time to help with these events - chatting to children and parents, making drinks etc., will be needed and much appreciated. Many thanks, Sarah

Wanted: Circuit Prayer Champion: 2018/19 will see A YEAR OF PRAYER across and around the District. Each Circuit in the District is being invited to arrange a Circuit Prayer event and each Circuit is being asked to appoint a prayer champion to act as a point of contact to help coordinate the activities across the District. If you are interested, please talk to either Annette or Will.

Winter Wonderland Nativity For the past 3 years we have displayed an almost full size nativity scene at Winter Wonderland in Marple Bridge. It was originally put together by KidzKlub, unfortunately now disbanded, but it makes a useful Christian Statement at this extremely popular event. The materials for the figures are all stored upstairs in St Martin’s hall. Whether it will be used in future years will depend on someone willing to set it up after I have retired. If you think that could be you then you could help set it up this year (1st December at 11am) then you will know what is kept where, what is used where and have a nice project to improve the display year on year. Please let me know if you are interested. Father Ed

Advent Bible Studies - There is a joint Bible study (A Canter Through Luke) with our friends from Churches Together running on Tuesday, 27 November and Tuesday 4 December. This is at the Northumberland Arms Community Pub, 3.00pm - 4.00pm, and will be led by Rev Alison Termie and Deacon Annette. All are welcome, please come and join us.

Deacon Annette will be running a short series of Advent Studies entitled 'Faces at the Manger' on Wednesdays 5th, 12th and 19th December, 2.00pm - 3.00pm in the Church at Marple. These sessions will be repeated on Tuesday 11th and Thursdays 6th and 20th December 7.30pm at The Manse for those who would prefer an evening.

Stockport Foodbank are asking supporters to consider donating to a reverse advent calendar - where instead of opening a window on a calendar each day during advent you instead donate an item of food for the foodbank. If you are able to commit to this, please let the food bank know (foodbank@stockportfoodbank.org.uk, Tel: 07483 115349) and when your donations are complete drop them off at any of their food bank centres (www.stockport.foodbank.org.uk/locations).

Flowers 2019 - Thank you to everyone who has donated money for flowers to decorate the church each Sunday during 2018. 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 for The Wellspring. 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, Jeanne and Marion

Sing Christmas! A seasonal concert presented by The Dovedale Singers at Marple United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, on Sunday 16 December at 7.00pm. Refreshments - Admission Free. Charity Raffle for the Manchester Children’s Hospital Scanner Appeal. Come and join us!

Carols by Candlelight with Heartbeat Chorus at Marple Methodist Church on Thursday, 20 December at 7.30pm. £5 pay on door, under 16’s free. Come and join the award winning Heartbeat Chorus for their annual Christmas Concert. Heartbeat are an all female acapella chorus and will showcase some of their competition songs and some small groups will perform. There will be congregational carol singing accompanied by members of the chorus. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Saturday Morning Coffee Rota - January-April 2019 - A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to provide refreshments on Saturday mornings. These have been really appreciated by the parents and friends of the Kucera Dance School. Several parents have expressed their thanks personally and have said how grateful they are for the warm, friendly environment that we provide as well as the "posh coffees", toast and teacakes ! There is a new rota covering January to April on the noticeboard at the back of Church. Please would you sign up for the dates when you are available. If you would like to join the band of volunteers but are unsure what is involved please contact Hazel Meakin, telephone 427 7343 for an informal chat. You won't be thrown in at the deep end. Training will be given and you can "buddy up" with an existing volunteer.

Shoe Boxes This year we managed to fill over 200 shoe boxes which will help to give a lot of children a happier Christmas. Thanks to all of you who made this magnificent total possible, including those who donated items, money and completed shoe boxes. The support of Marple Methodist as well as others has meant that we have been able to send even more boxes this year. Together with the boxes filled by All Saints’ Church over 300 boxes have been sent. Jill Kenna

Stepping Hill Hospital Chaplaincy Volunteer Recruitment The Chaplaincy Team is hoping to recruit a number of people to join our existing team of volunteers who visit the hospital wards. We are offering a six-week course (one afternoon per week) which will introduce people to the principles and practice of hospital chaplaincy. Those who complete the course will be able to apply for appointment as a volunteer if they wish. The course is offered free of charge and will take place on the main hospital site. It will be on Wednesdays, 2pm to 4pm, from 27 February to 3 April 2019. If you are interested in attending the course or would like more information, please contact the Chaplaincy on 0161 419 5889 or hospital.chapel@stockport.nhs.uk.

Café News

Volunteering in the café. We are about to prepare the rota for volunteers to help in the café for the first three months of 2019. We would welcome new volunteers who can either work 'front-of-house' talking to people and helping to serve food and keep the tables tidy, or help to prepare the food behind the counter. Most people volunteer once a month and you don't need any special skills - we don't have a complicated coffee machine, and you are never left on your own. The café is a wonderful outreach for the church and a great service to the community. If you think you might be interested, please talk to any of the volunteers such as Kate Turnbull, Pat Nicoll, Geoff Tomlinson or Philip Singleton, or you can phone Geoff on 07717 221238 or email geoff@page9.org.uk. The deadline for preparing the rota is 17th December.

Saturday morning café - Please note that on Saturday mornings the café will, in future, be open from 10.15am to 12.30pm. This is to fit in with a slight change in the timings of the dance classes.

Christmas in the Café - On Thursday 27th December (the day after Boxing Day) the café will be open and we will be having "Not a Christmas Dinner" when there will be a different menu to our usual offering but definitely not the usual Christmas fare. There will be no charge but you are free to make a donation. There will be a sheet to sign up for this in the concourse so that we know how many to expect. There may also be a bit of extra fun and perhaps some entertainment, or you could even do your own party piece. Geoff Tomlinson

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