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Saturday 7 May at St Oswald’s
Wendy Luxon will be leading a session on Dementia Awareness.
The theme will be: learning more about dementia and considering how our church can become more dementia friendly.
(Light refreshments will be provided)
Next week, 15-21 May, is Dementia Awareness week – more info here
COME IN OUT OF THE COLD…
We will be asking for volunteers again this year please to sign up to provide a simple Lent Lunch in St Oswald’s on Thursdays between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. It is hoped to raise money for the Refugees Project we supported last autumn with our clothing collection. Refugees Aid in the North West of England is still sending out container loads of equipment, clothing and provisions to needy refugees, and the cost of transporting these goods needs to be covered too. There will be a list to sign up as a “customer” for these Lunches, as well as a request for volunteer cooks/providers! The Lunches will happen on 11/18/25 February and then on 10/17 March (i.e. not on 3 March). Please support this very worthy cause and also come along and enjoy good simple food and excellent company! Thank you.
You are warmly invited to come to an Open Evening hosted by Macclesfield Deanery Synod (a group of representatives from local Anglican churches) on Tuesday 02 February 2016 held at the Parish Church of St. Oswald in Bollington (Bollington Road, SK10 5EG) starting at 7.30pm for 7.45pm.
We live in a world where innocent people are routinely tortured and imprisoned without trial in many countries…
Some manage to escape, traumatised and destitute. Some make their way to the UK and apply for asylum. Unfortunately they then face a new set of challenges. Making their case in a foreign language, wrestling with a bureaucracy that seems like a terrifying reminder of the state they have escaped. Living on the breadline, often surrounded by hostility and contempt. With the terror of being repatriated to certain abuse and likely execution.
Freedom From Torture is the charitable organisation that used to be known as the Medical Foundation For The Care Of Victims Of Torture. Their nearest centre – and one of their busiest – is in Manchester, and their staff include lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists, and concerned citizens with many professional backgrounds who reassure, nurture, heal and legally represent thousands of desperate people who previously believed that no-one in the world cared about them. Their work is astonishing, their commitment and humanity is humbling. And the necessity of what they do is sadly growing by the day. Freedom From Torture is a totally professional and accountable organization. They run treatment centres and provide professional therapy to children, young people, adults and families who have been devastated by torture in their own country. Offering also training, supervision and consultancy to local doctors, NHS Trusts, and other non-statutory services that work with refugees or in mental health, they provide medico-legal reports to asylum seekers whose applications are otherwise likely to be or have been rejected, to support their asylum claims.
We hope that you and your friends will join us for this free event, which will undoubtedly be both challenging and inspirational, as members of the charity Freedom From Torture join us to demonstrate their work, their successes, the principles that drive them and their need for moral and financial support. Our objective is to offer information to local people and to reach out to this organisation which itself reaches out to so many people. The work of Freedom From Torture is increasingly vital and daunting in its complexity. What they do reminds us what it means to be both human and humane.
As Christian churches we need look no further than what Jesus gave us as our mission of reaching out: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
For more information: Keith Ravenscroft 01625 820041: email email@example.com
A message from Cristel Berridge, Founder and CEO of Hampers of Hope…
Thank you for your support!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at St Oswald’s for all the support we have received, throughout 2015. With your help we were able to deliver 350 Christmas hampers to those who find this time of year a particular struggle.
In the last year we have made a huge impact in our communities.
We have now fed over 5000 people, helped +25 people back into work, reduced social isolation, opened two more Hope Centres, reduced crime, helped people keep their homes and families together, kept people warm; healthy and alive.
I have enclosed a Certificate for you to display in church as a token of our appreciation to everyone at St Oswald’s.
The Cre8 Youth and Community Programme (Cre8) comprises a charity and a social enterprise based on the Moss Estate in Macclesfield. Cre8 is part of the work of St Barnabas Church on Lyme Avenue.
- The charity (Cre8 Macclesfield) does activities with children, young people, young adults and their families, including those who are at risk or hard to reach.
- The social enterprises (Cre8 Works & Cre8 Facilities) employ young people and young adults doing landscaping, garden and grounds maintenance, roof insulation and commercial vehicle washing.
Cre8 is a full time programme staffed by qualified youth workers, supported by student youth and community workers and volunteers, many of whom live on the estate.
A message from the HOPE centre
We should like to draw your attention to the following volunteering and employed job opportunities. Please do all you can to publicise them in your Churches:
1. Macclesfield Night Shelter – Volunteer Equipment Co-ordinator
The WHAM Night Shelter is to run from the week-end before Christmas to the week-end before Easter inclusive. There is an urgent need for this three month period for an Equipment Co-ordinator, a volunteer who is a good organiser, to check the equipment each week, ensure that it is complete, clean and in good working order, and liaise with Cre8 who transport it from location to location. Anyone who is interested and would like to know more should contact Reverend David Wightman at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible please.
2. Sunday Morning Hospital Services in St Luke’s Chapel – once per month – but come first for a ‘taster’!
A number of Macclesfield Churches support this very valuable initiative but there is an urgent need for more volunteers to ensure that the Service can be sustained.
Volunteers arrive at Macclesfield Hospital at about 10.00am each Sunday, visit patients and encourage them to come to the service in the Chapel. The volunteers then help the patients who wish to come to the service to get to the Chapel. They then take an active part in conducting the service itself, afterwards chatting to the patients and helping them back to their wards. The management and the administrative and the nursing staff of the Hospital are very supportive and helpful.
In the first instance, anyone who is interested and would like to know more should contact Eileen Delight, the Co-ordinator for Holy Trinity Church Hurdsfield by calling her on 01625 428117 or emailing Pip at the Hope Centre.
3. The Message Trust is seeking two key people for its Finance Team in the employed posts of Management Accountant (full-time) and Payroll Officer (part-time).
Please use this link http://www.message.org.uk/category/jobs/ or contact Les Hutchinson, HR Manager by email at Les.Hutchinson@message.org.uk. Alternatively call him on 0161 946 2330, 07729 582911 or 0161 946 2300 (Reception) or write to him at Lancaster House, Harper Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RG
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An Amazing Response to the Bollington Refugee Crisis Appeal!
Our vicar writes…
Might I add my own huge thanks to that of Nora Carlin, the organiser of the Warrington based charity Refugees-Aid from the Northwest of England, for all those in Bollington (and from all around the Macclesfield area) who responded so generously when we opened St Oswald’s Church during September and October to receive gifts of warm clothing, waterproofs, coats, hats, socks, gloves, walking shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, holdalls, toiletries and much more, for onward distribution to desperate refugees from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa! Do please visit this Warrington charity’s Facebook page for any updates and for further suggestions of ways you can continue to help many more individuals and families displaced by economic hardship and fleeing from terrible conflicts over the coming winter months.
Thanks are due here to all our Bollington church members who made this community venture possible. We are grateful to those who gave their time and energy in so many ways, such as opening and closing the church each day, meeting the costs of publicity, emptying cupboards and drawers, washing and ironing items to bring along, praying for all concerned, sorting clothes, packing and labelling bags, and transporting everything to the collection points in Stockport and Warrington. Special thanks must go to Hannah, Dave, Ken & Sue, Christine, Sue W, Joan K, Maggie, Jennifer R, Sue B, Anthea, Bev, Luise, Jenny R, Chris, Jean & Brian, Hilary, Margaret, Michael F, Ken E, Mrs Downing & Bollington Cross PTA, the young people of RiCH, Claire and other Praise & Play parents, and to everyone else in the wider congregation (you know who you are!) who contributed in whatever way to helping those in desperate need at this critical time.
I reckon the activity in Santa’s grotto even in the long run-up to Christmas was nothing compared with that to be seen in St Oswald’s Church, piled high as it was with gifts brought in from across our local community over those five busy weeks! Thank you so much to all our volunteer Bollington elves! As you have blessed the lives of so many strangers with sack-loads of much needed goods, may God likewise bless you in generous measure this Christmas and always!
Please note that the main appeal is now closed and the church will revert to normal opening hours. Thank you for your support. If you have additional items to donate please contact the Warrington depot.
[Link to Refugees – Aid from the North West Facebook page]
We launched our refugee appeal at the Civic Service on Sunday 20th September, 12.00 noon. We appealed for donations of waterproofs, men’s clothing, socks, hats, gloves, walking shoes, blankets and sleeping bags, folding chairs, tea, coffee, sugar and toiletries, as well as donations of cash.
The church was open 8.30 am – 5.30 pm from Monday 21st September – Friday 23rd October to receive donations. We liaised directly with agencies taking supplies to refugees in Calais, Greece and Eastern Europe.