Welcome to Churches Together Marple Area

                                                      WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE 

Please look at individual churches for details of their services etc. as these are changing  quite frequently at the moment.  Links to the Churches to the Churches  HERE

Updated June 17th 


E envelope         1585.00     Gift Aid     266.25

Envelopes in Churches 2236.23     Gift Aid 281.25

Plant Sale          728.50                                         
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                            4549.73                     547.50
Total             £ 5097.23

AS people are stil adding to the ONLINE ENVELOPE  we will leave it open for donations until the end of June      https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/churches-together-marple-area

Rage and Hope 75 prayers for a better world

Published in March this is a collection of defiant prayers for justice and a better world to commemorate and celebrate 75 years of Christian Aid.  Bringing together voices from different contexts and cultures around the world, this is a collection of prayers of lament for the injustices of the world, and prayers of hope for the world we want to see.  You can order it from https://spckpublishing.co.uk/rage-and-hope

see below CA report on Debt and Corvid vaccination in Africa


G7 WAS  A TOTAL FAILURE  according developmentagencies and environment campaigners. It  leaves millions of marginalised and vulnerable communities dangerously exposed to Covid and the impact of global warming.     Greta Thunberg tweeted: “For the umpteenth tme the rich club has failed to deliver on its promise to channel $100bn a year to poor nations coping with a heating climate. The world’s richest democracies have responded with a plan to make a plan.” See comments from Christian Aid, CAFOD, Global Justice Now, Oxfam International https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/42413


CAFOD Youth delegation hold a beach vigil 


Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is calling for Churches to celebrate Climate Sunday at some point between now and 5th September in the lead up to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November.  https://ctbi.org.uk/climate-sunday/


Lots of resources on the related website: https://www.climatesunday.org


FRIDAY JUNE 25   National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021 Online    from 8.00- 8.45 am
Theme ‘Life Beyond Covid: A Renewed .  It will be chaired by The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP and we are delighted to welcome The Rt Revd Professor NT Wright who will give the keynote address. There will also be prayers led by parliamentarians and hymns with special guest singers. Following the Breakfast, there will be a programme of webinars hosted by our partners from 10:00am-3:00pm.   Register to attend at 



The bottom reads  LIVE EXPORTS   Australia          Up to 48 hours in intense heat without food or water ……….    UK   Up to 24 hours without food and water . On track to end live exports.

Received yesterday from a farmer relative in North Yorkshire…..I think it speaks for itself about the  concerns many farmers  ( and others)  have about the  recently announced trade deal with Australia.   

Read more here


The possessions we display on a mantelpiece, or maybe a window sill, shelf or fridge door, can reveal our tastes, interests and passions. Vuillard painted this picture in 1905, while staying with his friends, Lucy and Jos Hessel, at their rented holiday villa, ‘Château-Rouge’, on the Normandy coast at Amfreville.  read more here

Latest magazine !
This is a dark time for the Middle East; especially in Palestine and Israel. We pray for reconciliation, and an end to violence and oppression. However, despite the difficulties that the region has been experiencing, there are some truly inspiring and uplifting stories in this issue of the Embrace magazine. EMBRACE magazine           



The theme this year is ‘We cannot walk alone’
There is a moment in Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech when he turns his attention to the White people who, realising their destiny and that of their Black fellow citizens was intertwined, joined the movement for equal rights. “They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom,” he said. “We cannot walk alone.”    Martin Luther King may have been speaking during the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, but his words resonate across space and time. Here in the UK and across the world today, we know that it is only by coming together that we will move forward. That when we choose to walk side by side, to share networks and resources, or make space for others to lead, we create deeper and longer-lasting change than is possible alone.

SIMPLE ACTS   The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an invitation to extend your hand to someone new. Someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you haven’t, or is fighting for a cause you aren’t yet involved in.  You could do one or more of the 8 SIMPLE ACTS: sing a song, watch a film, have a chat, read a book, say it loud, play a game, walk together, join a movement  see with suggestions for each act.  https://refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts/


CROSSINGS: COMMUNITY AND REFUGE  –  A powerful display highlighting the perilous journeys made by refugees, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.  Featuring the Lampedusa cross, alongside Syrian born artist Issam Kourbaj’s installation Dark Water, Burning World. Starting in Coventry Cathedral the exhibition is touring England and will be …….
From Saturday 29 May 2021 to Sunday 5 September 2021 at the People’s History Museum,  Left Bank Spinningfields Manchester M3 3ER 10.00am – 4.00pm  Please note the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays   The museum is free to visit with a suggested donation of £5                 Contact the Museum 0161 838 9190                      Find out more and register to visit            https://phm.org.uk/installations/a-british-museum-spotlight-loan-crossings-community-and-refuge/


June 1-30   30 days of wild – the UK’s biggest nature challenge!
We challenge you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June! That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

When you sign up, you’ll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!).


IS THERE HOPE FOR PALESTINE? A thoughtful mother and daughter article from members of St Alban’s Justice and Peace Group in Macclesfield     Click here Hope for Palestine



1. Cartoon series supported by Thy Kingdom Come.  The creator Pete James was asked on’Songs of Praise’ on Sunday ‘Why pandas?’  He replied ‘They are fun, aren’t they? Who doesn’t like a panda?    https://www.thykingdomcome.global/cheekypandas

2. See real young pandas –  also fun to watch



Another Sands Film to watch if you care about our NHS. 

Tuesday 25th May at 8 pm

Britain’s National Health Service was the world’s first universal public health service. Designed to give millions of people “freedom from fear” with medical treatment free at the point of delivery. The NHS today is being sold off and converted to a free market model inspired by America’s disastrous health insurance system. online whilst also screening in our cinema to a tiny audience. There will be a live Q&A with Dr Bob Gill, in person in our cinema immediately after the film: to send questions use the “chat box” next to the film on our website.            Book tickets here .https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-dirty-war-on-the-nhs-tickets-152896307973

Still available to watch a more recent  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. 



Between 17th May – 21st June: Strines Road (jct Station Road), Marple

Totally Local Company will be undertaking culvert replacement works on Strines Road, Marple at the border with Derbyshire/Cheshire East. Work is anticipated to commence on the 17th May 2021 taking up to five weeks to complete. Unfortunately, to carry out this work it will be necessary to manage traffic movements on Strines Road by use of a temporary prohibition of traffic order (a road closure notice) for the full duration of the work.

Whilst Strines Road is closed at the junction with Station Road a temporary diversion route to and from New Mills will be available via Stockport Road/Hibbert Lane/Upper Hibbert Lane/Windlehurst Road and Buxton Road (A6) supplemented with an alternative HGV diversion via Stockport Road/Offerton Road/Torkington Road and the A6 into New Mills


Photo Rescuers desperately search for survivors 

A Christian in Jerusalem at the start of Another War:  Stephanie Saldana has written a really good article for America Magazine, dated the 14th May, whereby she talks about the events that lead up to this war starting. She said ‘None of this was unexpected. No, it was all like watching a slow-moving train.’

Stephanie talks about the fact that you do not have to be for the Palestinians and against the Israelis. ‘There is a third place, which is not “for” or “against,” and that is the place of love, a love rooted in justice, a love that understands that no one here will be free until the Palestinians have their freedom, and that until this happens, these cycles of violence will continue, over and over again, and that it will be the children who pay the highest price.’ Go to America Magazine to read the full article.

A Jew in Solidarity with Palestine (taken from www.patheos.com)
Robert A.H. Cohen was asked to speak at a Nakba 2021 Rally in solidarity with Palestine on the 14th May. He makes some really good points, and in particular says ‘Balance is not missing from this moment, but the truth is.’
The full speech is available here.

Speech for Nakba 2021: ‘A Jew in solidarity with Palestine’


A new report (May 19th 2021) from Christian Aid warns Africa’s debt crisis is slowing Covid-19 vaccination with vaccine costs adding to the debt burden. The report calls for a ‘solidarity package’ to tackle the virus and the climate crisis.  It shows how developing countries need ‘a comprehensive debt cancellation deal’ to help ensure they can rapidly roll out Covid-19 vaccines and build universal health coverage, and how private creditors should be mandated to be part of a comprehensive debt deal agreed by the G20.

In the paper, ‘Vaccine Debts’, the NGO calls for vaccine patents to be waived, so developing countries with generic medicine production capacity can boost production, lower prices, and help to save lives. It argues we need a ‘solidarity package’ so we all have the means to help tackle the common challenges of Covid-19 and the climate crisis. Read full report: CA- Debt and Vaccine Briefing May 2021


Have you seen this Greenpeace video spoofing the UK government’s ‘world leading’ plastic leadership?

While they claim to be world leaders in reducing plastic pollution, the UK government is dumping our plastic recycling on other countries who can’t cope with it either. This isn’t just harming wildlife and our oceans, it’s harming people too. Can you watch and share this video and help put pressure on the government?  For more information see https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/challenges/plastic-pollution/?


Another video to make you smile!


How good are you at recognising our common birds? Can you identify them by their song ?  This may help you  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHnzqKfxSQw

Stephen Magee from RSPB Scotland’s communications team is trying to learn to identify the common birds on his patch by song

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).

Find out more : https://www.dci-palestine.org/

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


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/



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/


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.

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 –

Plastic-free garden


 ‘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.


They do things differently in Belgium – even in ‘normal ‘times! 


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.



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 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 office@allsaintsmarple.co.uk.




  A-Z OF LIVING LIGHTLY from St Mary’s church  in Upton – click on the black A -Z lettering

A to Z of Living Lightly




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: elizabeth.madge@stockport.gov.uk


                                                    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   area10al-anonpi@hotmail.com  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.





Churches Together Secretary   contact marian37et@gmail.com