650 members of Macclesfield churches sign petition on climate

[From Chester Diocesan Website]

Representatives from several Macclesfield churches showed their commitment to the 5th Mark of Mission by presenting the local MP David Rutley with a petition.

Signed by 650 members of churches working together as Hope in North East Cheshire, the petition called for the Government to bring forward the date by which they plan to have net zero emissions of greenhouse gases. Bishop Willy Alaha Pwaisiho, Honorary Assistant Bishop and Rector of Gawsworth, shared with the MP his own experience of the impact of climate change in the Solomon Islands, where several of the islands have had to be abandoned because of rising sea levels and communities and livelihoods destroyed as a result.

The news comes just a couple of months after Bishop Willy called for greater action to tackle climate change at the 29th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum. Speaking at the forum in July and addressing Heads of State and Government, ministers, members of parliaments, international organisations and major businesses from more than 100 countries, he said: “Our planet earth is scarred and abused, our air and atmosphere is polluted with poisons and every human being is responsible, sooner or later we will be sorry. Well, it is now more evident where I come from in the South Pacific that small island nations are now suffering as the result of climate change and global warming. It is true today that entire communities have lost their livelihood since the rise of the sea level. Lands to plant food and wells to drink from are no longer useful, the ecology is now suffering.”

Care for God’s Creation is becoming a bigger part of the mission of many Macclesfield churches: St.Barnabas and St.Peter’s both have community gardens; Cre8 has organised a re-cycling event, and St.Peter’s Prestbury has met with children from the church school to discuss how the church can reduce its carbon footprint. St.Michael and All Angels’ has received the Ecochurch Bronze Award and installed a hive of bees on the church roof.

Quite a lot of those 650 signatures came from our congregation & other visitors to St Oswald’s who signed the Hope petition at the back of church

Macclesfield Winter Nightshelter (WHAM)

Volunteers Needed – Can YOU help?

WHAM (Winter Homeless Assistance in Macclesfield) provides accommodation and refreshment over winter weekends, for men who would otherwise be sleeping rough in our town.

“Night-shelters are to stop people dying; hostels are to prepare people for living on their own”.

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Macclesfield churches work together to:
• Provide cover over Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, providing basic meals on Friday and Sunday evenings and breakfast each day. (Saturday evening meal is available at Treehouse)
• The location moves around six or seven town centre churches, who provide shelter for a weekend at a time.
• Provide beds for six – eight adult men. Statutory support should be available for females and young people.
• We work closely with Citizens Advice, Cheshire Police, Street Angels to support guests.

While this is only an initial approach to the problem the Shelter covers the worst of the winter weather and the times when least assistance is readily available elsewhere and therefore the danger of serious illness or death is the greatest. Our ongoing objective is to “Begin the end of the homeless experience.”

We need YOU!!!

Could YOU volunteer? Teams of volunteers cover three shifts each night (7.30-10.30pm, 10.30pm-6.30am; 6.30-8am), each shift under the guidance of a trained and experienced shift leader. Training is offered for all volunteers.

What does it involve? Welcome our guests, help with meals and drinks, and above all, be company and listen to their stories. Depending on the time of your shift you may be helping to set up or clear away.

This year training for new volunteers will be held on:
Friday 5th October 2018 6.30-8.30pm
Saturday 6th October 2018 10.00-12.00pm
Saturday 12th January 2019 10.00-12.00pm all sessions at URC (Townley St entrance)

If you are an experienced volunteer and a member of a HOPE church – have you considered training to be a Shift Leader?
Shift Leader training will be for 1 hour following the above training sessions (please come to the volunteer session in addition to the Shift Leader training)

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Deborah Bennett on 07874 852762 maccnightshelter@gmail.com or speak to Veronica

And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour toward the man attacked by the robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.” Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.” [Luke 10:36,37]

Support East Cheshire Hospice Raffle!

1988 Draw

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of East Cheshire Hospice, back in 1988. As part of our celebrations we are holding a special lottery draw with a top prize of £1988! The draw is taking place on Friday 30th March and tickets are just £1 – to find out more or buy a ticket, please visit our website HERE.

Next week we will be selling tickets for the draw in the Grosvenor Centre in Macclesfield, from Monday 19th March through to Saturday 24th March. We’re looking for volunteers to help us sell tickets – every penny raised from the draw will go to East Cheshire Hospice, so we’d really appreciate any help you could give. If you’re able to be on the stall for just a couple of hours, please contact our Lottery Officer Paul Marsh on 01625 433477 or pmarsh@echospice.org.uk

Thanks so much for your support and good luck to everyone who’s entered the draw!!

East Cheshire Hospice Millbank Drive, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3DR

Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network – PLEASE VOTE!

Project Freedom – Vote now to try and get funding allocated.

Voting Closes 12 noon on 21 November 2017.

Slavery is not, of course something confined to the history books two hundred year ago. Modern Slavery, in its many forms, continues around us, all too often unrecognised, and the churches of Cheshire are already contributing to how the issues are addressed within Cheshire.

Register with Aviva Community Fund and Vote for Project Freedom – link here to read more, to register, and to vote.

To read more about Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network – click here

WHAM 2017-18

Winter Hope Assistance in Macclesfield (WHAM)
Last year, during the period from 16–19 December 2016 to 17–20 March 2017, 21 different male guests were given at least one night’s shelter with 104 nights’ accommodation provided in total.  Guests, on average, stayed for 2¼ nights over a weekend; an increase on last year. Volunteers from over 15 churches have helped staff the Shelter.  There have also been volunteers from individuals without known church connections.

This year it is intended to operate the Shelter from 15 December 2017 to 19 March 2018.

There will be two training sessions for volunteers for this coming winter:
Saturday 25 November from 1000 to 1230 – Volunteer Training
Obligatory session for all new volunteers and optional for previous volunteers.  This will comprise an update on procedures followed by a Q&A session

Saturday 2 December from 1000 to 1230 – Shift Leader Training
Obligatory session for all shift leaders.  Will generally be an interactive session

Both sessions will take place in the Bollington Room, United Reformed Church, Park Green, Macclesfield. Please make every effort to attend these sessions and it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers.  If you would like to help in this work please talk to Veronica who will provide contact details. If you would like training but cannot attend the above dates,  alternative sessions can be arranged.


This year, HOPE is looking for an Equipment Manager as an additional member of the core WHAM team.  The main responsibilities are:

  • Maintain the inventory of equipment
  • Arrange replacement of any damaged or worn out equipment
  • Supervise a review of equipment at the start of the WHAM season
  • Organise (with Cre8) the transfer of equipment from church to church each week
  • Check that the WHAM food stock is maintained

If anyone is interested in taking responsibility for all or part of this please contact Veronica.

India Direct – a charity based nearby

On Thursday 16 June we were visited by Jenny (from Rainow) and Pastor Martin (founder of Bethel Children’s Home in Chennai, South East India) who gave us a brief presentation during the sermon slot at our 9.30 Communion service. We learnt a little more over coffee after the service.

India Direct is a charity based in the Macclesfield area, supporting work with children in Chennai (formerly known as Madras). It has a connection with Poynton School.

Pastor Martin now runs two children’s homes for orphans and the children of widows. Following the Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, a second home, named Joy by local families, was built to house survivors of the disaster. With his wife Annie, and with the assistance of other staff members, Martin provides accommodation, food and the money for education in local schools for some of the poorest children in India. They also provide shelter and work for widows, as such people are shunned by their society as bringers of bad luck. The children of Bethel and Joy grow up to lead flourishing lives, capable of providing for themselves and their families.
india direct

The annual cost of running these two homes is £60,000. A donation to India Direct, the British-based charity supporting the work of Pastor Martin, helps to ensure that some of the most destitute children on earth can grow up with a future full of hope.

If you would like to learn more about the charity, visit their website. To download a monthly donation form click IndiaDirectmonthlydonation.