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Updated April 19th
EASTER BLESSINGS TO ALL OUR READERS
ADVANCE NOTICE : THE CHRISTIAN AID PLANT SALE will be this year on Saturday May 15th from 10 – 12 in the garden at the back of Jubilee Methodist Church. see poster CA plant sale 2021
If you have plants for sale please bring them to the garden at the start of the sale.
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN HELD BY THE ISRAELI MILITARY
Do you know about Israel’s ongoing ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children held in military detention? Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:
– Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers.
– Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
– Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
– Put into solitary confinement.
– Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).
IMPRISONING OUR GENERATION This shocking film was first screened on Thursday April 15th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tJohYw5ApY
When the film is withdrawn you can read more on https://www.dci-palestine.org/
EARLY DAY MOTION
Please write to William Wragg and ask him to sign the EDM (Early Day Motion)1724: tabled on 12 April 2021 : Military trial, detention and treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities https://palestinecampaign.eaction.online/childprisoners2021/search
ACADEMICS COLLABORATE ON PALESTINIAN ART EXHIBITION
The plight of Palestinian children living in the West Bank has been laid bare in a new exhibition depicting the young people’s heart-rending artwork.
The collection, Hope and Resistance: Through Palestinian Children’s Eyes, has been curated by academics at Liverpool Hope University
More details of the project, and the artwork, are available here
Art gallery pictures here: https://hopeforpalestine.co.uk/childrens-art/
GLOBAL JUST RECOVERY GATHERING – A CATCH UP Online events offer wonderful opportunities. One was a three-day gathering on 9-11 April, organised by the international group 350.org and called ‘The Global Just Recovery Gathering’. It highlighted global interconnectedness and offered inspiration to build a future without fossil fuels. Activists from over 60 countries participated, numbering at least 17,000. The majority were young people, but it was inclusive of all ages.
Participants heard directly from world leaders in climate campaigning – including Greta Thunberg, Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein and Kumi Naidoo; engaged directly with indigenous peoples struggling to save their lands and biodiversity; and touched on strategy issues such as civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action. Half a dozen sessions ran simultaneously at any one time, all with technical support and simultaneous language translation. It was impressive! Read more about individual speakers on https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/41995
Catch up with any of the talks https://justrecoverygathering.org
TAKING CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
The Woodland Trust has produced a report ‘State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021’
This is the first report to present important facts and trends focusing on the UK’s native woods and trees.You can read a summary of the report and/or download the full report https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/state-of-uk-woods-and-trees/
The past year has shown how important being outside and enjoying nature is to our health and wellbeing. Yet at the same time, the devastating decline of nature has also been brought to the forefront, with half of UK wildlife having decreased since 1970.
So this Spring, Butterfly Conservation are encouraging people to look after themselves, butterflies and moths by planting pollinator-friendly plants with their Nurture for Nature campaign.
Find out more https://butterfly-conservation.org/
BRING SPRING COLOUR TO YOUR OWN GARDEN
In this video Rebecca Bevan, the author of The National Trust School of Gardening, explores colour and garden design at Packwood House in Warwickshire. You’ll pick up lots of tips that will help you create a harmonious colour scheme for your own garden.
HOW TO GROW A PLASTIC FREE GARDEN!
We love our gardens – two-thirds of British adults visit a garden centre every year. Unfortunately, garden centres are a hive of different types of non-recyclable plastic so before you know it you have more plastic than you know what to do with – making it tricky to be both green-fingered and plastic-free! Here are some tips and tricks for the garden which are not only better for your pocket, but better for the planet and the soil! Click on picture –
A prayer with paintings from Christian Art. Click
‘HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD’ Sir David Suchet reads St John’s Gospel in the Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey.
Beautifully read with deep understanding and compassion. If you can’t manage to listen all at once why not listen to a few minutes at a time during the Easter season.
A new documentary film in which Dr Bob Gill, a General Practitioner and NHS campaigner takes us through the story of the NHS and exposes the plans to privatise and sell it off for profit.
CUTS TO AID BUDGET CONDEMMNED
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury have joined forces to condemn cuts to the UK’s Aid budget that will do “real damage” to Yemen, Syria and South Sudan and other countries in crisis.
The government has said it would not meet the 0.7% target in the coming financial year and spending will be cut to 0.5% of national income – a move that would save about £4bn a year.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Justin Welby told the Evening Standard that “balancing the books during a pandemic on the backs of the world’s poorest is not acceptable.” They stress that “we must not walk by on the other side.”
Read the full text and government comments here https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/41932
They do things differently in Belgium – even in ‘normal ‘times!
CONNECTING BIBLE NARRATIVE WITH CURRENT REALITIES IN THE HOLY LAND
This Easter initiative by the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) sets out to connect the Biblical narrative with current realities in Palestine and Israel, to spotlight the injustices of life under occupation.
Taking stock of a series of geographical sites as described in the Bible as part of Jesus’ life, the initiative will provide opportunities for reflection on what life in those same geographical sites looks like today, both as holy sites treasured by local communities, and in view of the injustices caused by military occupation.
Through biblical reflection, prayer, advocacy engagement, and feature material highlighting present-day experiences in these sites, churches and partners around the world are invited to engage with the different narratives around Easter, also together with their local communities.
The objective is to raise awareness of the current situation in the places referred to in the Easter narrative among a wide constituency of Christians globally, and to promote stronger engagement in the search for a just peace among Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land. In 2021, materials highlight four emblematic sites for the Easter narrative: The road from Jericho to Jerusalem; Bethany; the Mount of Olives; and the Holy Sepulchre.
LIFE WITHOUT A SAFETY NET: What it means to be a refugee
Egypt hosts more than 256,000 registered asylum-seekers and refugees from 56 different countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt are largely concentrated in Greater Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and several towns on the North Coast. In recent years, Egypt’s challenging economic conditions have considerably increased the vulnerability of both refugees and host community members. Our Partner organization Refuge Egypt, a ministry of the Anglican Church in Egypt, provides immediate support in the form of food parcels and clothing for newly arrived refugees, as well as offering employment training and job placements to help them find their place in Egyptian society, as well medical care and treatment for those with chronic conditions or complicated pregnancies. Read the full report https://embraceme.org/blog/life-as-a-refugee
EMBRACE MIDDLE EAST latest magazine here 39621+Embrace+Magazine+March+2021+STG6
Their Annual Lecture this year was given online by John McCarthy – you can watch it here https://embraceme.org/find-out-more
UK STOCKPILE OF NUCLEAR WARHEADS TO INCREASE 196 to 260
Christian CND writes…The publication of the Integrated Review of Defence and Security Policy has confirmed that the UK’s nuclear warhead stockpile will increase to 260 by the middle of the decade, ending over 30 years of gradually declining stockpile numbers.
Christian CND will be joining other faith groups and broader civil society in opposing these plans. They hope you will join them as they continue to work and pray for a nuclear weapons-free world. https://christiancnd.org.uk/
YOU ARE INVITED TO SIGN A PETITION TO THE PRIMEMINISTER https://cnd.eaction.org.uk/timetoscraptridentnow
Pictures and tributes of more than 6,000 people, aged 10 months to over 90 years, have been contributed to Remember Me – an online Book of Condolence hosted by St Paul’s Cathedral for those who have died of Covid. The Cathedral now plans to build an inner portico at the North Transept and dedicate it as a physical memorial to those have died in this national tragedy, so that their lives will not be forgotten. In a statement the Cathedral say: ” Beneath a mighty phoenix in the pediment of St Paul’s South Transept, looking out toward the River Thames, is carved into the stones of the Cathedral the word ‘Resurgam’ – ‘I shall rise again’ – a great proclamation of hope in the face of adversity.
For over 300 years the Cathedral with its famous dome has served as that national beacon of hope. Most famously it was captured in an iconic photograph during the Blitz, a towering presence of resilience in the face of adversity.
We welcome those of all faiths and none, and intend that this new entrance will serve to welcome everyone into St Paul’s, a place of refuge, solace, and hope.”
For more information, and if you would like to add a loved one’s name to Remember Me, please visit: www.rememberme2020.uk
HELP POSTERS Following the tragic death at Marple Aqueduct earlier in January, some MESS members produced and had laminated HELP posters. Four of these were placed, at the canal entrance from Brabyns, at the picnic site and one either side of the aqueduct. If anyone wishes to place other notices at other sites, you can download a copy of the poster here Samaritans (2)
HALLELUJAH beautifully played on pan pipes https://youtu.be/2U1ZCB7yreY
Laughing is infectious! Something to cheer you up.
ON FRIDAY JANUARY 22 THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENTERED INTO LAW.
Read the background to the treaty and churches responses on the Justice and Peace group page Justice and Peace group
You can hear prayers and readings daily on the telephone. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 is for those who are not able to join online activities.If you know anyone who has maybe not yet heard of this service and might benefit please let them know.
THE VIRTUAL SEED CAFÉ still meets each Thursday morning 11-12 am for an informal chat . Bring your own knitting and cup of tea or coffee! Everyone is welcome. The current Zoom link has expired and those joining will need to use a new one from now on. The new one will last to the end of 2021 should we still wish to meet until then. Geoff Tomlinson has tried to contact those he knows who join but if you have not heard from him or would like to give it a try for the first time, please contact Geoff for the link. email@example.com
THE PANTRY is open every Saturday 10am–12pm at CONNECT on Queen Street, Marple (opposite the cinema). It is food bank run by All Saints church, providing basic provisions FREE of charge – unlike most other foodbanks NO VOUCHERS ARE NEEDED. Anyone is welcome to come and collect supplies. If you are unable to come in person please contact the office on 0161 427 2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-Z OF LIVING LIGHTLY from St Mary’s church in Upton – click on the black A -Z lettering
AGE FRIENDLY BOOKLET Stockport Council have produced an Age Friendly bulletin. Inside you will find age friendly information, activities and support in Stockport to help you stay healthy and well throughout the winter and beyond. Age-Friendly-Booklet-digital
There are a number of printed copies available, for those who don’t have access to a computer, please email Liz Madge with your address and she will get them sent out to you: email@example.com
AL-ANON UK FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF ALCOHOLICS
We are hearing in the media that drinking of alcohol has increased over lockdown, which means that there will be many families struggling to cope.
Al-Anon provides support for families and friends of alcoholics and problem drinkers who share their experience, strength, & hope in order to solve their common problems. During lockdown many groups have responded by moving their meetings online so that they can continue to provide the necessary support.
The 3 Al-Anon groups that usually meet at Marple Methodist Church are all active online and we would welcome newcomers. The easiest way of accessing our groups as a newcomer is via the Al-Anon website and contacting the helpline: https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/
The website has lots of very useful information, including podcasts of members’ experience of living with alcoholism and I would encourage all your group members to take a look.
If you would like to attend a meeting to get further insight into how we work you would be very welcome to come to our online open meeting on the last Sunday of every month. Please contact Annette Area 10 PI Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org for all the relevant online meeting login details.
MARPLE 30 YEARS AGO!
In 1990 the community of Marple celebrated the bicentennial of the building of Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill alongside the River Goyt. Marple Website has pictures and details of the event plus pictures and information about the Mill burning down in 1892 https://www.marple.website/local-history/samuel-oldknow/oldknow-200.html
This record of the fortnight-long event was filmed and produced by local man Tony Sheldon with help from partner and Production Assistant Denise Ambery. At the time only 25 copies of the VHS video were made, with one copy in Marple Library. A special thank you to Tony Sheldon and Denise Ambery for allowing their film created in 1990 to be shared on The Marple Website. Also to Anne Frazer for help preparing the film for publishing on-line.
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