Building the Peace – Macclesfield – November 2018

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In 1918 countries engaged in the First World War signed an Armistice to cease hostilities. It marked a desire for a lasting peace in Europe. 100 years later we remember the cost of war, whilst looking forward and asking how we, as a community, can build a peaceful future.

Macclesfield Team Ministry have planned a week of musical and artistic events shaped by the peace that is at the heart of our faith. We were inspired by the late David Wightman’s vision of bringing the community together to celebrate peace and hope as well as remember the very difficult events of conflict over the last 100 years.

3-11 NOVEMBER 2018
Many other churches, faiths and organisations are partnering with us and will also be running events during the week.
LOOK OUT FOR THE. NTERFA.TH PEACE CAFE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.
For full information, go to: www.buildingthepeace.co.uk

SAT 3 NOV 7.30pm
100 Voices: A World of Difference
A community musical event led by KEMS Concert Band, collaborating with Cre8 Macclesfield Youth & Community Programme and local schools.
St Michael’s Church, Market Place, Macclesfield SKlO 1DY
£5 adults / £1 children Available at eventbrite.co.uk (100 voices) or www.buildingthepeace.co.uk or phone 01625 421984

THURS 8 NOV – SUN 11 NOV  3-9pm
Art Exhibition: Ours for the Making
An exhibition of art exploring commemoration and restoration, featuring mixed media installations and 100 peace kites, in collaboration with local schools and groups.
St Peters Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS
FREE

THURS 8 NOV 7.30pm
Reimagining Armistice
An evening with poet and author, Rachel Mann, exploring the significance of conflict and peace to us today.
St Peters Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 1DY
FREE

SAT 10 NOV 7.30pm
KEMS Choir and Orchestra Concert
St Michael’s Church, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EB
Tickets available from: www.kems.org.uk

‘Kites for Peace’ Pack
We want to send a message of peace into the skies. Kites can help us to look upwards and forwards with hope and optimism. Here’s a great opportunity for you to set up a kite-making workshop, for yourself or your group, using our simple ‘Kites for Peace’ pack. We invite you to make your own kite with a personal story and message of hope and peace. We will display your kites around our town in a declaration of peace and create a special exhibition for Armistice week.
To obtain your ‘Kites for Peace’ pack, go to:
www.buildingthepeace.co.uk/kitepack

Services
Come along to the many services of remembrance around the town – details can be found on the website.

Sunday 11 Nov  6.30pm
St Michael’s Church
Fauré’s Requiem, with reflective readings for Remembrance Day

Mon 5 Nov – Sat 10 Nov
Choices: then and now
Macclesfield Library FREE
An exhibition by local Quakers focusing on Macclesfield men and women whose conscience would not allow them to take up arms or serve in the military in WW1.

Macclesfield Winter Nightshelter (WHAM)

Volunteers Needed – Can YOU help?

Urgently need volunteers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and nights and Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings starting in December for about three months. Alternative training courses are at 6.30pm on Friday 2nd November and 10.00am on Saturday 3rd November at the Townley Street entrance of Macclesfield United Reformed Church.

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]

What’s on in Macclesfield

Cre8 Youth and Community Programme – Opportunities for volunteers

Youth Clubs on Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings.

Skills and/or interest in art, craft, cooking and games/sports would be particularly helpful.

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Macclesfield Fairtrade Fortnight – Monday 26th February – Sunday 11th March (see website)

Fairtrade Breakfast – Anytime 9.30am to 3.00pm on Saturday 24th February at the Hope Centre, Park Green.  poster

Fairtrade Coffee Morning – 9.30am to 12.15pm on Saturday 3rd March at Macclesfield Library.  poster

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.