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Freda Taylor - On Thursday, 17 October at 1.30pm there is to be a celebration of Freda’s life to be held at Acomb Methodist Church, 40A Front Street, Acomb, York. YO24 3BX. Parking at the Church is limited but there is a public car park down the road at Morrisons.

Marple Choral Society, Misical Director Ian Crawford, is giving a concert at Norbury Parish Church, London Road, Hazel Grove. SK7 4RF on Saturday, 2 November at 7.30pm. Music - Rutter’s Requiem, Chilcott: Little Jazz Mass, Folksong arrangements by various modern composers, with harp and instrumental ensemble. Advance tickets purchased from choir members: £12 or 2 for £20, £13 on the door , students under 18 £6. To reserve ring 01663 763509.

What's the Story? During the visit to our Circuit by Rev. Barbara Glasson, now President of Methodist Conference, she presented us with a journal and challenged us to fill it with our individual faith stories. Stories might include how you came to faith, a story of someone who has influenced your faith over the years or how you saw God working in a particular moment or event in yours or someone else's life. These are only suggestions - the stories are yours. To facilitate the collection of these unique stories, please could you put pen to paper, or keyboard to email and let Deacon Annette have them to add to the journal. Please write on A5 paper so that they can be put directly onto the pages. Once we have the journal filled we will look at a way to celebrate our stories within a Circuit service context. My email is annette.sharp@methodist.org.uk or by post: 30 Marple Hall Drive, Marple, SK6 6JN

Saturday Morning Coffee Rota September-December 2019 A huge thank you to everyone who has helped 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 September to December on the noticeboard on the left as you go into Church. Please could 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

Christmas Shopping Day Coach Trip, Tuesday, 19 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 are available in the concourse today. Gordon Greenwood - 427 3530

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. “Gypsy” Tuesday, 3 December at 7.30pm - We have been able to reserve 50 seats at preview prices. The cost of the theatre ticket and a seat on the coach will be £30.00. The coach will leave from outside the Church at 6.00pm prompt. Information sheets and reply slips are available in the concourse today. Gordon Greenwood - 427 3530

Situation Vacant - Communion Steward Can you count up to 15? Do you have experience cleaning miniature glassware? How about volunteering to become a Communion Steward. We have about two communion services a quarter and the duties of a Communion Steward is to set up the communion table before such a service and clear away and wash up afterwards. During the service they invite members of the congregation to fill the communion rail as appropriate. If you think this could be you, or want more details, please have a word with Maurice Mitchell.

The Wellspring, Harvey Street, 10 Year Celebration We have received a letter from The Wellspring inviting everyone to visit and join in their October celebrations of 10 years in their current location on Harvey Street in Stockport. Details can be found in the letter in the concourse (above The Wellspring Collection box) and includes, among other events, an open afternoon at The Wellspring on Tuesday, 1st October at 2pm and a Harvest Supper at The Wellspring, from 4pm on Friday 18th October. If you need any further information, please speak to Sue Palmer. Thank you for your continuing support.

Stockport Foodbank - Following very high demand for their services over the summer holidays, Stockport Foodbank is asking for church members to support them with either one off or regular donations. If you have anything to donate, please contact Nigel Tedford on 07483 1115349 or email him at nigel@stockportfoodbank.org.uk

HELP NEEDED - Sarah Rose is looking for people to help set-up for the Toddler Group on Tuesday mornings at about 8.45am. There is a rota on the church noticeboard for people to put their names down.

Wythenshawe collection - Please could you bring any unwanted clothes and household items to Marple Methodist church on Sunday morning 13 October.  I will be delivering them to the Wythenshawe cabin on Tuesday 15th, where I know they will be gratefully received.  Many thanks. Margaret Riley

Shoe box appeal - Thank you for all the contributions so far received for the shoe boxes. With only 2 more months to collect we still need more of all the items so far featured (especially brushes, combs, balls and small toys) but this month we are concentrating on sweets. Small packets and tubes of sweets (not chocolate as it can melt) with as long a “best before” date as possible but at least March 2020 will be gratefully received! We will be meeting some time in November to pack the boxes and would welcome volunteers to help. If you prefer to make up a complete box for the Shoe Box Appeal then please do. These can be sent off at the same time. Jill Kenna, Marple U.R.C.

Churches Together in Marple - We at All Saints’ Church, Marple, are passionate about supporting those in our church and community struggling with mental heath issues. To help us do this better we are excited to be partnering with a new charity Kintsugi Hope and we are going to be hosting one of their training sessions for running a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group. All of the other training venues so far are south so this is a great opportunity for us to have a more local training venue. If you have not heard about them please google them here: https://www.kintsugihope.com/groups This training is for those who you think might like to explore running one of their groups. If you would like to book please do so online on the same page. I hope you can join us in this valuable ministry.

Special Rainbow Event - You are invited to an evening with the praise and worship band ‘Rainbow’ to celebrate 25 years of them playing together at St Chad’s Church, Romiley, on Saturday 19 October at 7pm. Entry free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of local charities.

Music for an Autumn Evening at the Stockport Salvation Army Citadel, Stockport Rd, Cheadle Heath, SK3 0JE on Saturday October 19 at 7pm with The Dovedale Singers supported by the Salvation Army Bands of Rochdale and Stockport Citadel. Tickets £5 (incl. refreshments) phone 449 0280, or Michael Priestley 427 4879 or pay at the door.

Romiley Pilgrims meet next on Monday, 21 October in the annexe at Romiley Methodist Church. Our theme will be ‘Faith and Uncertainty’. Faith is often described as confident trust so where does this leave feelings or thoughts of uncertainty? In uncertain times, is faith a source of certainty, disturbance or both? 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.

Marple Choral Society, Musical Director Ian Crawford, is giving a concert at Norbury Parish Church, London Road, Hazel Grove. SK7 4RF on Saturday, 2 November at 7.30pm. Music - Rutter’s Requiem, Chilcott: Little Jazz Mass, Folksong arrangements by various modern composers, with harp and instrumental ensemble. Advance tickets purchased from choir members: £12 or 2 for £20, £13 on the door, students under 18 £6. To reserve ring 01663 763509.

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