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Updated December 7th
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 10th
10.30 a.m. Christingle Service for all the family led by Deacon Jude Laycock Ridge Methodist Church
4 pm Crib service St Martin’s Church Low Marple
Details of more special services leading up to Christmas below.
On Saturday 16 December between 10am and 12 noon there is an opportunity to gather again in Market Street Marple to sing carols with Hawk Green Band on behalf of Churches Together and to hand out leaflets and carol sheets.If you are able to sing please click on the link below or contact Michael Sparrow direct via email firstname.lastname@example.org https://allsaintsmarple.churchsuite.com/events/v4vnsdej
If you would like to hand out leaflets and carol sheets please click on the link below or contact Marian Thompson direct via email direct on email@example.com https://allsaintsmarple.churchsuite.com/events/cbwgi6xz
POSADA ( translates from Spanish as inn, hospitality) Mary and Joseph are making their way around Marple, visiting various shops in the town. They are woollen figures made by the ladies group at Marple Methodists and will arrive at Marple Methodist chuirch on Christmas Day,
A Christmas Day lunch is being served at Hazel Grove Methodist Church on Christmas Day. If you are aware of any people who might appreciate coming along please do get their details and let me know. It’s open to anyone, families and children included – we are going with the idea of anyone who ‘doesn’t have other plans’. And please pass the details on to anyone else you think might be in contact with people who might like to come.
We can provide transport within a reasonable distance of Hazel Grove.
It starts at 12 and finishes at 4 and there will be other festive activities as well as the meal.
Cathy Bird, Superintendent Minister United Stockport Circuit, and Minister of Hazel Grove Methodist Church (Manchester and Stockport District of the Methodist Church
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY 17th December
10.30 a.m. Advent Service led by Anne Wilde Ridge Methodist Church
10.30 am Carol Service Marple United Reformed Church
4 pm Carol Service Holy Spirit Church Marple followed by refreshments
5.00 pm Carol Service St Paul’s Church Compstall
6:30pm Carol service Marple Methodist Church
6.30 pm Carols by Candlelight St Martin’s Church
6.30 pm Candle-lit Christmas Carol Service St Thomas Church Mellor
6pm Joint Blue Service for those who find Christmas a difficult time Ridge Methodist Church
For services nearer to Christmas Day see here plus Sunday 24th at Ridge Methodist Church 10.30 a.m Family Carol Service led bythe Ridge Church Stewards
CHRISTIAN AID ADVENT WREATHStarting on Monday 4th December Join us on our weekly email journey to receive prayerful reflections, stories from Bangladesh and suggestions to maximise your fundraising plans as a church. Sign up here
Our Advent Vigils will be held via Zoom at 7pm on Monday 4th, 11th and 18th of December. The Zoom link for each vigil will be included in your Advent Reflection email. Each week we will meet for 45 minutes to pray together and reflect on the word of God. We will be joined by our Middle Eastern Christian partners to hear from them on how we can best pray to help their situation. And we will spend time in quiet prayer together. To take part in our Advent Vigils, just sign up here
NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 12 COP 28 IN DUBAI
At 8am every morning during COP28, from 30 Nov to 12 Dec, there will be 10 minutes of prayer and reflection, focusing on the theme of the day. This will be on Zoom and led by our chaplain, Revd Andrew Norman. register here
PRAY FOR THE MIDDLE EAST Prayers taken from Middle East Crisis Resource for a Prayer Vigil which can be downloaded HERE
… we pray without ceasing for justice, reconciliation, peace, and an end to hatred and war.
We also pray for God to change the hearts of all leaders and decision-makers in our countries and around the world. For we are in dire need of
hearts that love, show mercy, and are willing to live in unity with others — hearts that respect human dignity and chooselife rather than death.
(++ Hosam E. Naoum, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem)
Pray not for Arab or Jew, for Palestinian or Israeli,
but pray rather for ourselves, that we might not divide them in our prayers but keep them both together in our hearts. Amen
Regular local events
DROP IN SESSION EVERY MONDAY AT CONNECT IN QUEENS STREET Download as a poster for your church Help Connect
MEET FOR PRAYER EVERY WEDNESDAY 7 – 8 am at CONNECT . Everyone very welcome.
COFFEE MORNINGS AT ST MARTIN’S Every Wednesday during term time 10 am – 12 noon Everyone welcome Poster Coffee morning st martin’s (1)
The Seed Community Café at the Methodist Church in Marple is open:
Thursdays 10 am – 1 pm
Fridays 2.30 – 5 pm Poster for churches CommunityCafe
The Pantry is a Marple food bank run by All Saints Church, providing basic provisions FREE of charge to anyone every Saturday 10am–12pm from CONNECT on Queen Street, Marple (opposite the Regent Cinema). If you are unable to come in person please contact the office on 0161 427 2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They have a Worship Service each Saturday at 11 am
AL-ANON UK FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF ALCOHOLICS
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 email@example.com for all the relevant online meeting login details.
HALLELUJAH beautifully played on pan pipes https://youtu.be/2U1ZCB7yreY
Laughing is infectious! Something to cheer you up.
Churches Together Secretary contact firstname.lastname@example.org