Welcome to Churches Together Marple Area

Welcome to our website

Links to the Churches in our area are at the bottom of this page

Details of  daily and Sunday prayer at our local churches  on PRAYER TOGETHER Page. For poems and other book details see LITERATURE DURING LOCKDOWN.  If you are looking for something you remember from earlier it may be now on the PAST EVENTS page or the EASTER AND HOLY WEEK page. 



                        SATURDAY  JUNE 6 AND SUNDAY JUNE  7




“Is this how we’ll be moving around the city?” by Walter Molino    First appeared in Domenica del Correre in 1962





A new art installation reveals the sounds of colour in paintings as the National Gallery X commissions virtual responses to coronavirus. Viewers will feel, hear and sense paintings online through an immersive multi-sensory video artwork inspired by masterpieces in the National Gallery by Van Gogh, Monet and van Eyck.  Originally conceived as installations in the NGX studio, they have been reconceived to play online at home on mobile, tablet and computer, allowing audiences to reflect on the artistic practices of painters from the Renaissance to the Impressionists through layers of light and sound.

Three video works transform colour data from van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, Monet’s Water-Lilies, Setting Sun and Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield, with Cypresses into 360-degree light and sound experiences. Two of these are available to view on YouTube and the National Gallery website from today, at www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/analema-at-ngx   with the Van Eyck-inspired work following later.

Or take a tour of the gallery     https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/


Have you been getting used to zoom as a way of contacting family, friends, groups or for work? 

 BBC 4 have produced a series of 9 short plays titled UNPRECEDENTED, featuring different characters in different situations under lockdown.  Clever, insightful and even funny at times, if you have not already watched them I recommend them. They are all on BBC iplayer.

 This is still continuing today ( Saturday).    I recommend the  keynote speech yesterday by Craig Bennett CEO The Wildlife Trust. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to register now if you have not already done so.

GOOD NEWS from Helen Kennedy about MELLOR COUNTRY HOUSE:   I have heard from  neighbour who is a great fund-raiser for them that they have now received a very large grant from the government which should keep them solvent for the next 12 months.https://scontent.fman1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t15.5256-10/97085362_1107758739651813_1655683233745993728_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=ad6a45&_nc_ohc=erXHOaK7A8EAX9LPng-&_nc_ht=scontent.fman1-2.fna&oh=be0aef46523ada6d78e69b775e4327f0&oe=5F016D54

Also well done to Sarah at Stationary Supplies, Marple  who had her head shaved and raised over £5,000 for the home



From Saturday 6th June, they are stopping the temporary odd and even number plate system. This means vehicle number plates will not be checked.
They only offer a limited service and staff will not help you unload.  More details on: https://recycleforgreatermanchester.com/recycle-centre/rose-hill-recycling-centre/?selected_vehicle_type=under2       



A joint statement  from both Archbishops ‘Recent events in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of white supremacy.

Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world. Our hearts weep for the suffering caused – for those who have lost their lives, those who have experienced persecution, those who live in fear. God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled. Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity. 

As Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, “In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Therefore, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We pray that God’s abounding wisdom, compassion and love will guide leaders across the world to forge a better society.’

Thank you to Sue Hollingworth who sent this some time ago. I have only just found out how to put it on the website but it does seem appropriate. When you click on, it does start  at the beginning!

This week’s NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION  ‘CORIOLANUS’   available until June 14th 

This week      Jackie Kay with Imtiaz Dharker and Suzanne Bonnar.    With the lockdown closing literary festivals around the world, Kay was inspired to curate these live events to entertain and accompany people in isolation.      Makar to Makar is produced by National Theatre of Scotland in association with HOME Manchester, Edinburgh International Book Festival and The School of Arts and Media University of Salford.

EMWAS the film is now available on video until Tuesday June 9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-PRtMsR0U8&feature=youtu.be

more details below 

A lovely blessing including Irish dancers and drummers

From Graham Hawley: ‘A great piece of news from The Ridge is that one of our members raised the needs of The Wellspring with her employers. The result was that they donated £15,000 to their work. The Wellspring said Alleluia and thank you very much..’

Thank you also to all who supported our SPONSORED WALK  for THE WELLSPRING at the end of January.  Now all the money is in,  this year we have received £1988.76 compared to £1802.00 last year  

At the moment The Wellspring is open daily between 9 am and 2 pm. Clients are allowed in by appointment only with numbers restricted so one can have a shower while another has a hot meal.  Emergency food parcels are given out as needed at the door.  There are no volunteers helping now and the work is done by the paid staff on a rota basis.  https://thewellspring.co.uk/


a. Join other MPs telling  Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab Foreign Secretary of his support for the latter urging them to make clear publicly to Israel that any annexation of occupied Palestinian territory “will have severe consequences including sanctions”.  
b. Sign the Early Day  Motion
                                                details to help you below

NB  I have been asked for William Wragg’s email. It is william@williamwragg.org.uk .  If you write include your full name and postal address as his office says he can only deal with his own constituents.  

                                     1948…1967…..AND STILL GOING ON TODAY.
Palestinian families are being forced out of their homes, watch their houses and villages being destroyed and become refugees.

1948   details of the NAKBA below
1967   EMWAS a film about  this Palestinian village which was destroyed   on June 6th 1967  now available until Tuesday June 9  on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-PRtMsR0U8&feature=youtu.be      Dima Abughoush who produced the film was then exactly 2 years old – it was her birthday!- and we heard how all the villagers were rounded up by the Israeli army and forced to walk to Ramallah taking very few possessions with them. The village of Emwas was then destroyed. Returning now Dima found it was Canada Park – a picnic area for Israelis in the nearby settlements.  The film using black and white archive material combined with present day interviews shows very graphically the suffering of one Palestinian village community.

and this continues…

Ilham and two of her children, Talin (8) and Raghad (5) stand outside the twisted remains of their former house in al-Walajeh. The home was demolished by the Israeli authorities in September 2018.


TODAY  ISRAEL IS PLANNING TO ANNEXE PARTS OF THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK, INCLUDING THE JORDAN VALLEY From as early as July 1st, the new Israeli government will legislate to formally annexe parts of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley. This has immense implications for the Palestinian people. Annexation, as well as being illegal under international law, threatens the livelihoods, hopes and daily lives of thousands of Palestinian families who are already experiencing severe restrictions under Israeli occupation since 1967.

Full report  from Iona Community Common Concern Networks  17th May, 2020:

e-Coracle May 2020

1st MAY     127 BRITISH POLITICIANS FROM ALL PARTIES WROTE TO BORIS JOHNSON AND DOMINIC RAAB urging them to make clear publicly to Israel that any annexation of occupied Palestinian territory “will have severe consequences including sanctions”.  

By 7 May 2020, 145 British politicians had signed or indicated support for the letter. caabu.org/news/news/127-british-politicians-demand-uk-impose-sanctions-israel-event-annexation-occupied-palest.    All names and additions can be found at the bottom of this page.






Picture : The Aida Refugee Camp – Bethlehem

A report from Ann Farr who is a Pax Christi Executive Member and a Member of the Pax Christi International Israel/Palestine Working Group.

15 May 2020 – Palestinians all over the world, commemorate The Nakba, The Catastrophe. It is the day when in 1948  the Israeli State was established, without any declared borders and Palestinians were dispossessed.  The human cost of this plan was, and still is, very high. More than 200,000 Palestinians were dispossessed of their properties between 1947 and 1948 and in 1948 a further 55,000-600,000. Over 400 Palestinian villages were completely depopulated or destroyed and 800,000 Palestinians became refugees.

When we visit refugee camps in the West Bank we meet fourth generation refugees, young people, who will tell us which villages their families are from. In their homes many have a tin in which they keep a large, precious key, the one that opened the door of the house that was left in 1948. They are not allowed to visit those homes or their land. They have no right of return and have never received any compensation for all that they have lost.

Our visits show us that the Nakba is on-going, the loss of land, house demolitions, the detentions without trial, the imprisonment and torture of children, the daily Israeli military and settler attacks on villages and family homes has increased drastically, even in the last few months. Israel’s Separation Barriers imprison communities in large sections of the West Bank and hundreds of checkpoints deny them access to hospitals, schools and universities, to worship and to visit their families. These are all experiences which we will recognise from the last six weeks. For Palestinians, this has been their experience for 72 years!

The call from Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers is for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the siege of Gaza. Nora Carmi from Jerusalem, a Pax Christi International Board Member, says: “Will the international world continue to keep silent or will it take action to end our on-going Nakba?”  Zoughbi Zoughbi, Director of Wi’am Conflict Transformation Centre in Bethlehem says: “Our message to the world is, enough is enough. As much as we believe in life after death, we want to live our life before death, echoing what Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’ We want to celebrate life with you all. Please don’t let us down.



Mr Netanyahu and Mr Gantz signed  at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, as Israel remained in near-total lockdown.

“I promised the State of Israel a national emergency government that will act to save the lives and livelihoods of Israeli citizens,” Mr Netanyahu tweeted afterwards.
Mr Gantz wrote: “We have prevented a fourth election. We will protect democracy. We will fight coronavirus and care for all Israel’s citizens.”
HIDDEN WITHIN THE DEAL – THE ANNEXATION OF WEST BANK.  This Unity deal also allows PM Netanyahu to begin advancing West Bank annexation from July 1. The move must be carried out in full cooperation with US, which has all but given its blessing already; can be advanced through cabinet or Knesset, where right enjoys clear majority.
According to clause 29 of the deal, Netanyahu “will be able to bring the agreement reached with the US on the application of sovereignty [in the West Bank]… for the approval of the cabinet and/or the Knesset starting July 1, 2020.”

MAY 1ST  LETTER FROM 127 BRITISH POLITICIANS  from all parties written to the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary urging them to make clear publicly to Israel that any annexation of occupied Palestinian territory “will have severe consequences including sanctions”. 
In an unprecedented intervention, politicians including former cabinet members, ministers and senior diplomats, demanded actions not words in opposing any Israeli annexation. This would be “a mortal blow to chances of peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on any viable two-state solution.”
The letter points out that when Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014, “Britain quite properly opposed these acts with appropriate measures, including robust sanctions.”
Signatories to the letter included Lord Chris Patten of Barnes, the former European Commissioner for External Relations; Lord Michael Jay, the former Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Sir Edward Davey, the leader of Liberal Democrats; and former Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell and Baroness Helena Kennedy.
By 7 May 2020, 145 British politicians had signed or indicated support for the letter. All names and additions can be found at the bottom of this page.

Read MP’s letter here: https://www.caabu.org/news/news/127-british-politicians-demand-uk-impose-sanctions-israel-event-annexation-occupied-palest


MAY 8   A Statement was issued by 13  Patriarchs and Heads of the Holy Land Churches on Israeli Unilateral Annexation Plans.
As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic questions about the feasibility of any peaceful agreement to end the decades’ long conflict, one that continues to cost many innocent lives as part of a vicious cycle of human tragedy and injustice.

The Council of Patriarchs and Heads of the Holy Land Churches views such unilateral annexation plans with the utmost concern and calls upon the State of Israel to refrain from such unilateral moves, which would bring about the loss of any remaining hope for the success of the peace process.The Council also calls upon the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the European Union, and the United Nations to respond to these unilateral annexation plans with a time-delimited and phased Peace Initiative in line with International Law and United Nations resolutions on the matter, in order to guarantee a comprehensive, just, and long-lasting peace in this part of the world that is considered Holy by the three Abrahamic Faiths.

We also call upon the Palestinian Liberation Organization, as the sole legitimate Representative of the Palestinian people, to resolve its internal disputes-as well as any conflicts with other factions that are not under its umbrella-in order to present a unified front dedicated to achieving peace and the building of a viable State that is founded upon pluralism and democratic values.


An ecumenical project encouraging us to PRAY DAILY  between Ascension and Pentecost

There are booklets to suit all tastes:
PRAY JOURNAL                                                        METHODIST PRAYER JOURNAL
JOURNEY WITH MARY                                          LISTENING ON THE WAY
These all can be seen and downloaded from https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/key-resources-2020

DIGITAL FAMILY PRAYER MAP – fun for all ages! https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/digital-family-prayer-adventure-map

DAILY REFLECTIONS in the Vimeo  store with other Thy Kingdom Come videos. https://vimeo.com/thykingdomcomeglobal

PRAYING FOR OTHERS TO KNOW GOD’S KINGDOM  Praying for five people to come to know the love of Christ is at the heart of #ThyKingdomCome and particularly important at this time.

Watch this wonderful interview with Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London reflecting on the importance of praying for others, particularly those on the frontline re. the Coronavirus pandemic. https://www.facebook.com/ThyKingdomComeUK/videos/243571076702194

Hear and see the Thy Kingdom Come song written especially for this year


You can hear Thy Kingdom Come daily at the end of a telephone line.  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.  


I have received a letter from Joan Manning and her sister Ann who have collected door to door for Christian Aid since these collections started in 1957. She reminded us that last year our Churches Together raised £8238 by this means.

Joan and Ann are extremely worried that absence of such collections this year will make a big difference to the vital work of Christian Aid . They have set up an e-envelope for anyone who may like to donate.  The link to the e-envelope is : https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/eyJlbnZlbG9wZSI6NDEwNCwgImNoYW5uZWwiOiJjb3B5In0


Latest video from Sarah Witts , the Head Gardener at Lyme


VIRTUAL CHORAL EVENSONG  – thanks to  Kath Powell for recommending it.



Nicola Moorby looks at the new £20 note.  Check your wallet for this small piece of art history, as J.M.W. Turner is the first British artist to appear on a banknote. This film will discuss the background to the new note and examine how the Bank of England’s design represents the various aspects of Turner’s life, work and legacy.



This anthology of poetry  is aimed at children but has a fantasticselection of funny, engaging, challenging and moving poems for all to enjoy. This gives a preview of the first 24 pages of the book

Thanks to Chris from the English Group that meets in the winter at Connect  on Tuesday afternoons.

FROM LYME   Lead Ranger Chris Dunkerley talks from the top of the stable block about Swifts.


THE ARTS CONNECTED  – a community of people who love the arts

We want to enrich lives through the arts, even if we cannot leave our homes. During the the current situation many people will feel isolated and lonely. On this site we want to connect people through a shared love for the arts.  Enjoy the arts at home with a series of films by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers, published every fortnight. Antiques expert, TV presenter, author and publisher Mark Hill explores two aspects of the seismic changes in British glass during the ‘60s through two objects from his own collection – launching on 5 May at 11am.

Upcoming lectures:

19 May: Nicola Moorby, An Artist of Note: Turner and the new £20

2 June: Marc Allum, The Anatomy of Collecting

16 June: Rebecca Hossack, Aboriginal Art – recording the Dreamtime

30 June: Sandy Burnett,  Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fit of Rage: when his Third Symphony became the Eroica


Thank you to Pauline Howell who drew my attention to this site. We both enjoyed this talk on Venice.




Quentin Blake's Free Rainbow E-Cards Are Cheering Us Right Up Now ...

Quentin Blake  has created a series of brand new, totally free rainbow e-cards for people to send to loved ones they cannot currently visit, to show they are thinking of them at this difficult time.   The ten, individual ‘Send a Rainbow’ e-cards are available to download from Monday 20 April 2020 from the ‘Fun & Free’ section of Quentin’s official website





Faith and Light  is a virtual Art exhibition consisting of eight pictures and a brief commentary. This exhibition of paintings and prints by John Bateson is on display at Our Lady of Dolours Servite Church in Fulham Road, west London. Because of the Coronavirus people can no longer visit.

John writes: “As people cannot go to the exhibition in person I have brought it to you. I hope you enjoy it.” Visit the exhibition herewww.youtube.com/watch?v=aRSNinKCGn4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0G2X-vdj82G7qifGIL-mWlQNDzYs7iu5HrjqowNX1GJx_OHqsnsgdXl5s


THE CHESTER MYSTERY PLAYS   was last seen in 2018.  Many of the actors were due to take part in the Chester City Passion on Good Friday but this was cancelled.  So this year due to the exceptional circumstances the 2018 production will be available world-wide on their youtube channel.    This will remain available for a few weeks.  Thanks Kath for sending this link.


My two  favourite posts  – worth a second or third watch!

DUCKLINGS GALOR!    A video to make you smile        https://youtu.be/5N9Aq460_dA

A DRONE’S VIEW  Our cross  from a very different angle. This appeared on Marple Community Hub on Good Friday.  



‘Gruffalo stayed in the cave’: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson’s coronavirus cartoons



Seven different theatres are offering  their plays,  operas and  musicals.  Jesus Christ Super Star is one on over Easter 

You can find ballets on 



Churches Together Secretary   contact marian37et@gmail.com



Marple Quaker Meeting

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St Martin’s

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0161 427 5767


St Paul’s Compstall

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0161 427 1259


Marple Bridge URC

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St Thomas Mellor

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0161 484 5079


Marple Methodist

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0161 427 2509


Jubilee Methodist

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0161 427 2509


Holy Spirit Catholic

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0161 427 4922


All Saints Marple

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0161 427 2378


St Mary’s Catholic

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