Sponsored Walking

You may recall that seasoned walkers Ruth Rogers and Richard Jones were planning to participate in the North Staffordshire Walk for Christian Aid on 28 March 2020.

This event was an early casualty of the lockdown. It was cancelled, and there is no immediate prospect of its being re-scheduled.

But, of course, Christian Aid and the need for its work have not been cancelled. It still needs financial support.

Richard and Ruth have decided to do the walk around Tittesworth Reservoir on the 31st October.

Richard has set up a Virtual Christian Aid Week e-offering website.

Please give the your support by visiting the fundraising page here and donating what you can.

Thank you

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

Vicar’s Letter -October 2016

vicars letter003After two years here in training with us since his ordination, we have just said farewell to our Assistant Curate, Michael Fox. A few days later we saw him welcomed into his new role, being licensed on 31 August as part-time Priest-in-Charge at the Parish of St Paul’s Macclesfield. The following Sunday afternoon, I was invited to be present for another Welcome Service, this time for the newly appointed Superintendent Minister of the Macclesfield Methodist Circuit, Reverend Graham Edwards. All ministers who serve in the Methodist Church expect to move on to new posts after a fixed period of years in one place, and for them the “transfer window” opens each year at the end of August, around the same time as for footballers, I gather!? I suspect that no church minister, of whatever denomination, can command anything like the remuneration of even the lowliest celebrity football player! However, all parishes and congregations are asked to contribute a considerable sum annually to cover the costs of having a minister or priest working alongside them, as sadly for the past thirty or more years there has no longer been any central funding available to pay for this from the National Church. In our case, here in Bollington, the cost of having a full-time priest is levied in the form of a Parish Share by the Diocese of Chester, currently to the tune of over £60,000 a year. Nearly two-thirds of that figure goes towards the wider Diocesan costs of clergy housing, pensions, ministry support and advisory services, including the educational, finance, safeguarding, vocational and social responsibility departments, whilst a figure just over the remaining third pays my stipend.

As regular worshippers will see from a letter shortly arriving through their letterbox, our present level of regular income each year does just about cover our Parish Share, but leaves very little with which to pay all the other “household bills” which we need to meet simply so as to keep open our doors, to maintain and improve the facilities of our building, and to support all the activities and services that we would like to continue to offer for the benefit of our local community. We are therefore appealing to everyone who values having St Oswald’s Church at the heart of our community life, to consider making a regular commitment, however small, preferably by Standing Order and Gift-Aided if possible, so that we can be certain to still be available to serve at least one or two more generations of Bollingtonians! Please see our website Giving page for the relevant downloadable forms, or contact our PCC Treasurer in confidence if you would like to know more. Thank you for your support.

Christian-AidOur Harvest Charity this year is Christian Aid, which works alongside the poorest of people in different communities across the world, many of whom can only dream of the comparative luxury afforded by a Vicar’s annual stipend. As probably your grandparents said to you too as a child, “There’s always someone worse off than yourself!” This was marginally more helpful than that other admonition to “Eat your greens! There’s a starving child somewhere who’d be grateful to have the chance!” As responsible and caring adults, we are all called to re-examine our priorities in life and always to seek to serve the needs of others before looking to meet our own. However St Oswald’s, our local Parish Church, has a responsibility to carry on the legacy handed down to us from past worshippers and parishioners, humbly offering a place of sanctuary, compassion, truth-seeking, neighbourliness, challenge, consolation and care, being available for all in our community, whether or not they consider themselves to be religious. We recognise our now urgent need for the financial support of friends around us locally in order to continue to be a beacon of light and hope in dark times, in the same way as we ourselves reach out to support other charities like Christian Aid whose partners are involved in critical and life-affirming projects across the world.

May God bless us as together we work, in so many varied and complementary ways, to make this world a fairer, more compassionate and more hopeful place to be, where all God’s children may thrive and grow. May God bless our going out and our coming in, from this time forth and for evermore.

Veronica

And the winner is…

eggwinnerIn early Lent, the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle obtained 20 very large chocolate Easter Eggs; one was raffled at St. Oswald, with the proceeds shared between Rotary charities and Church funds. The last ticket was sold after the Palm Sunday Service and the draw was made at the Faith Hour on 23rd March.

 

Judi (who never wins anything) was delighted to have won the Easter Egg competition with ticket no 43.

Some of the non-winners expressed concern about the calorie content of the prize.


The Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle raises funds to help charities both locally and abroad. You may have heard of ‘Shelter Boxes’ which are sent out to disaster areas, and ‘Water Aid’ which delivers clean drinking water, and also ‘Polio Plus’ which aims to eradicate polio in the world, all funded by Rotary Charities. Locally the club has supported a Youth Speaking Competition, organized a Swimathon here in Macclesfield and recently sponsored a residential weekend for Secondary school students to help them develop their leadership skills.

A Craic(k)ing Concert – Wednesday 16 March

st-patricks-dayStarting 7.30pm in St Oswald’s – an evening of Irish-themed entertainment on the eve of St Patrick’s Day.

Tickets £7 in aid of church funds available in advance from the church or at the door.

It was a most enjoyable evening – a good time was had by all.

limerick-winnerIrene was crowned the winner of the  limerick competition, headgear courtesy of the Bollington Balloon man Alex.

Stewardship and Giving Research

Please participate in our survey!

SurveyWe will be giving out paper copies of the survey at church over the next few weeks, but you could complete an online survey instead at Survey Monkey part 1 and part 2. (If you do the survey online, please complete both parts).
Our church’s ministry, led by our full-time vicar, Canon Veronica, is supported entirely by your giving, both in your time and your money. In order to help us plan for the future, we would like to ask you some questions. We hope you will not find them too intrusive but for your peace of mind you will remain entirely anonymous! All answers will be aggregated for analysis and reported to the PCC for use in planning. We will make the key findings available to everyone in the church. We hope that this exercise will help you to pray through how you contribute to the life and well-being of this church. We understand that each individual has different circumstances which may mean that giving more, either in time or money, is difficult. We pray that God will bless you in whatever decisions you make. Thank you for your help and God bless you as you continue to support the ministry at St. Oswald’s.

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