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A CHRISTMAS THANK YOU


Many thanks to everyone who participated in our Advent and Christmas Services over the season.


In particular;

we thank those who read in the Service of Nine Lesons and Carols,

those who were in the cast for The Nativity,

those who led worship while the Minister was away

and all those behind the scenes who made everything possible.



THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB


As has been our practice in recent years, the January meeting took the form of a quiz, hosted by our Minister. 

This year it was a series of picture rounds.

Well done to everyone for taking part

and congratulations to Ian and Cathy Gibson on their high scores.


COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING


Our regular Coffee Morning on a Friday resumed

on January 7th at 10am.

We are very grateful to those who set-up the room,

those who serve and those who wash-up and tidy away.

We are especially grateful to those who volunteered in recent months to join the Coffee Rota.

Your help is much appreciated.


IN YOUR PRAYERS


We remember Dorothy Coxon who is now reisdent at Pendleton Court Care Home.


We continue to remember Betty Vickers.


We continue to remember Shirley Bennett.


We ask your prayers for all others in any kind of need.



FUNERAL SERVICE FOR THE LATE DORIS ROWLEY


The funeral service for the late Doris Rowley took place in church on Monday February 14th at 2.00pm, followed by Committal at Overdale Crematorium East Chapel at 3.15pm.

Refreshements were served at the Ellesmere Sports Club.

It was good to see church members, neighbours, friends and former staff and residents of Abbeyfield House there to support the family

and pay their respects.


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB


The February speaker was Dr Eric Lupton, who entertained us with his talk and keyboard playing, as he explored the topic "The musical world of Johnny Mercer and friends".

Dr Lupton has promised to come back to us next year.


The March speaker was local historian Judith Atkinson with her subject Burgess Ledward, which was of great interest, especially to those who worked there or had family links.


The April speaker was Brian Halliwell, who is continued his series on "The Golden Age of Comedy".


The May speaker was Richard Hall with "Stories behind well known Songs and Music".


We are grateful to those who support the Club by their attendance. Numbers are not yet up to pre-pandemic levels but it is great to see people comng out again.

We are also very grateful to those who open up, provide refreshments and close up. Thank you.



EASTER SERVICES


Good Friday

A small group gathered for our short Servive of Reflection at 10am led by the Minister. We were pleased to welcome a lady from Aberdeen who was visiting locally and wanted to attend out worship.


The Minister attended the Churches Together Act of Worship at Little Hulton Neighbourhood Centre at 11.30am. There was a good representation of local churches and our thanks go to Bethany Church for organizing the event and supplying not only chairs but cups of tea and Hot Cross Buns afterwards.



Easter Sunday

Churches Together held a short Sunrise Service in Blackleach Country Park at 5.45am followed by bacon barms at St John`s Community Centre. It was good to see a number of our own members in attendance.


We celebrated Communion in our own church on Easter Sunday at morning at 11am, followed by coffee and Simnel Cake.


ROYAL JUBILEE


A big thank you to everyone who helped make our Jubilee Coffee Morning on Friday June 3rd such a success.

The decorations both inside and out and the supply of scones, cakes and treats, helped to make it a very special occasion.

Thank you to evryone who attended, as well.

It was a great turnout.


PENTECOST SUNDAY


Our Pentecost Service this year was very busy.


We celebrated Communion for the Feast of Pentecost,

and remembered the beginings of the Christian Church.


We gave thanks for the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.


And we also welcomed three new members

into the fellowship of our church.

Welcome to Beryl, Carol and Lee!


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB IN JUNE


At June`s meeting on Wednesday the 15th, the speaker was Rob Mason, who continuined his series on "Northern Humour & Song".

There was a good turnout and it was very much enjoyed.

There will not be any meetings in July or August but please do

pick up a flier in the Coffee Room about the program for the Autumn.


THIRD WEDNESDAY COACH TRIP


Some time ago the Minister obtained a grant for the Third Wednesday Club to enable its members to enjoy a trip out. 


A coach trip trip to York took place on Tuesday August 9th, leaving church at 9.30am and departing York at 4.30pm.

To make the trip financially viable we extended the invitation to those outside of our fellowship and so were very grateful to 11 members from Christ the King RC Church who swelled the ranks.


A big thank you to our own Dorothy Tomkinson for booking the coach and to Peter Conroy from Christ the King for drumming up support from his parish.


We are hoping to have a Summer Outing next year and maybe a Christmas Shopping one this year.


IN OUR PRAYERS


We remember the family and friends of the late Donald Taylor, a valued former member and office-bearer of our church.

Donald was pre-deceased by his wife Sheila and we extend our deepest sympathies to his sister, Betty Vickers.


We also remember:

Audrey Neath

Audrey Chapman, following recent surgery.

Barbara, undergoing cancer treatment.

Dorothy Coxon, in care.

Those awaiting medical procedures, investigations and results.


All these and any others known to us, we commend to God in prayer.



FRIDAY COFFEE 


Our Community Coffee Morning on a Friday is suspended during the month of August but we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Friday September 2nd.


BIBLE STUDY 


We are grateful to new member Lee Wynn for leading our new Bible Study Group, which has got off to a good start.

The group meets in the Church Coffee Room on Tuesdays                  from 10am- 11am.

The format, which includes a video clip and discussion, is informal and everyone is encouraged to contribute. 



CHURCH LUNCH IN AUGUST


Due to the wedding on Sunday afternoon, August 21st,

Church Lunch has been moved to the following week, August 28th.


MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING


Our Community Coffee Morning on Friday September 9th was held in aid of MACMILLAN Cancer Support.


A raffle was drawn on the day by the Minister and prizes included a hamper of luxury chocolates, tins of sweets and assorted bottles of wine.


Donations of cakes were gratefully received. Thank you to Cathy for the Chocolate and Victoria Sponges and to Lynn for the Cupcakes.


During the morning the Minister invited everyone to stand for a moment in memory of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the led us in a short prayer of thanksgiving for her life, service and faith.


We weren`t able to hold the Macmillan event last year as our Coffee Mornings had not yet resumed, so it was good to get back to normal this year.

We are happy to announce that £300 was raised, so thank you everyone!


THIRD WEDNESDAY CLUB


The Third Wednesday Club resumed on Wednesday September 21st  at 2pm when the speaker was Joanne Halliwell.

Billed as "a humble scullery maid" and dressed for the part, Joanne became Betsy, a talkative and at times `near the knuckle` domestic servant.

Betty is hoping to book Joanne for next year but we may host it in the Coffee Room next time!



THE DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II


Prayers on the death of The Queen are displayed on the homepage. Please feel free to use them in your own personal devotions.


SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH


We will be holding a special Service of Thanksgiving for the late Queen Elizabeth on Sunday November 20th, which appropriately is the Feast Day of Christ the King

The Minister has ordered material celebrating the Queen`s Christian faith and this will be distributed at the Thankgiving Service and at Community Coffee.


COMMUNION IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER


The Minister is on holiday in Jersey on September 4th.

The Sacrament of the Lord`s Supper which was to be celebrated on Sunday September 18th was cancelled as the Minister was self-isolating.


The Minister will away on October 2nd so the Sacrament of the Lord`s Supper will be celebrated on Sunday October 16th.


HARVEST THANKSGIVING


Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service this year will be held on Sunday October 23rd followed by Church Lunch.


As usual, we welcome harvest gifts suitable for donation to the local foodbank - tinned and packet foodstuffs and toiletries.


There will also be a token display of traditional harvest fruit and veg.