Season of Creation 2019

Starting Sunday 1 September 5.oopm at St Michael’s Macclesfield

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Sunday 1st September 5.00pm
“World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”
Prayer Service at St Michael’s Church, Market Place SK10 1DY

Sunday 8th September 2.00pm
Reflective Ramble
Walk to reflect on and appreciate God’s creation followed by tea and cakes.
Teggs Nose Country Park SK11 0AP

Monday 16th September 7.30pm
Macctastic meeting
at St Michael’s Church, Market Place SK10 1DY

Sunday 22nd September 11.30am
Family Cycle Ride
Cycle to Nelson Pit for a picnic.
Meet at Tesco Car Park SK10 2AB

Sunday 29th September 10.00am
Morning Service with an Eco Church theme
at St Peter’s Church, Prestbury SK10 4DG

Friday 4th October 7.00pm
Celebrate the end of the Season of Creation and St Francis’ Feast Day
Prayer Service at St Albans Church, Chester Road SK11 8JD

even more detail here

Cre8 Needs You!


Volunteering Clean Up Day at the Cre8 Community Building

Dear Friends & Supporters,

We are organising a clear-up, fix-up and sort out day at the Cre8 Community Building and we are looking for helpers!
A wonderful team from Peaks & Plains Housing Trust have been working hard to repair and renovate the Building which is fantastic and we are very appreciative. We have a new electric system, heaters and (drum roll) hot water heaters! See the photos of the work below.
Following this, we’re wanting to give the Building a spring clean and a refresh and are looking for helpers to join us!

When:
Wednesday 10th of April and Tuesday 16th of April
We’ll be working at the Building between 9am and 4pm.

The Jobs The sort of jobs we need help with on the day are:
Lifting / carrying / wheelbarrowing large logs from around the back of the building. (These are free to a good home too as we no longer need them).
Deep clean of all rooms
Laying carpets / flooring
Odd job repairs and fixes both internally and externally
Making cakes / lunch and cups of tea and coffee to keep the teams going!

If you’re able to help us out on one or both of the days, for the whole day or just part, please let us know
hello@cre8macclesfield.org or 01625 503740
We are grateful for your support as always

From the Cre8 Team

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]

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

Mabel Glover RIP

Mabel Glover – a resident at Ingersley Court flats – celebrated her 100th Birthday on 29 July 2011 and had therefore just turned 3 when the War started in 1914. One recollection she had was of walking to Macclesfield Parish Church holding her father’s hand on one Sunday, around the time he probably went off to war. Being only three then, her memories were not detailed but she was fortunately able to remember the happy times when her father came home on leave, and the joy of his final homecoming when the war came to an end.

Mabel Knight married Garnet Glover at Macclesfield on 28 December 1935. They began their married life in Old Hall Street in Macclesfield and they moved into a house on Windsor Close, Bollington in the early 1950’s. Garnet died in 2001 and Mabel was persuaded to take up residence in Ingersley Court, where her sister May and her husband had moved to in 1974 as the first tenants when it opened.

Mabel was a faithful and active member of St Oswald’s Church when she lived in Windsor Close, with both her boys going to Sunday School and serving at the altar in their youth. Once she had moved into Ingersley Court, she invariably was pleased to share in our monthly Thursday morning services of BCP Holy Communion, singing the hymns and knowing all the prayers and responses by heart.  Also while there she made her small contribution to our St Oswald mosaic


May God bless you Mabel, and may you rest in peace and rise in glory!

Amen

Macclesfield Deanery Prayer Walk

Bishop Libby and Archdeacon Ian are in the process of visiting all the Deaneries in their care as part of “Thy Kingdom Come”. On Wednesday 9 May they led a Prayer Walk through Macclesfield Deanery. They started at Rainow Church and ended at the Hope Centre café at Park Green, Macclesfield. The route was organised by Taffy Davies.