Welcome to Churches Together Marple Area

Welcome to our website

Links to the Churches in our are 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.    


MONDAY  All Saints Marple  8 -9 pm
WEDNESDAY    St Thomas Mellor 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

THURSDAY    All Saints Marple   2- 3 pm
SATURDAY St Martin’s Brabyns Brow 10 – 12 am
                   SUNDAY   St Thomas Mellor 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
                  St Martin’s Brabyns Brow 2 – 4 pm

MARPLE BRIDGE URC has opened their garden at the church entrance for private prayer. It is available to all and folk can tie a ribbon or a star to a little tree to remember someone or write  something on the chalk board to say thank you or to include someone in prayer. There are two seats there so folk can have a quiet time. 

HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH is celebrating Mass on   SATURDAYS at 4 pm and 6 pm       SUNDAYS  9 am       WEDNESDAYS  10 am
There is room at each Mass.  The chairs are suitably spaced and you are asked to wear a face mask during the service. Anyone is welcome.  If you would like to attend please contact Fr Bill  before hand    fitzgerald123@btinternet.com


Every evening at 7 pm on weekdays for the next 2  weeks, Rev Liz Shercliff will be offering her reflections  on the post covid church using Walter Brueggemann’s  latest book.  Walter is a well known Old Testament scholar and theologian. Please join Liz, who is herself a theologian employed in the Chester Diocese.  You will find it on the St Thomas Church site:



ONLINE MISSION CHAMPIONS GATHERING  Friday 17th July from 11.00 – 12.30  

To join REPLY BY MONDAY JULY 13th  to ben.almond@hopetogether.org.uk

A message from Roy Crowne Executive Director HOPE Together:
The last few months have seen our country and the world facing the dramatic challenge and change brought about by the Covid19 pandemic. We know that this will have affected all of you in some way or another whether you have had the virus, lost those you love from the virus, or been challenged by lockdown. It has been a difficult time for all and a terrible time for some.

We have seen how the pandemic has affected the church and in turn our evangelism and mission. The challenge of going online has parachuted us all into the digital world. At the same time the sense of local community has grown in many places giving new opportunities for the church to share the good news of Jesus.

We know that, like us here at HOPE Together, your heart is to see many more people come to know Jesus for themselves. So we are writing to invite you to the online Mission Champions Gathering so we can learn together from lockdown.  Together we will hear from the wonderful Laurence Singlehurst as he shares with us his thoughts on, “Pathways to Faith in a Lockdown World”.

We will listen to some key stories of mission and evangelism in lockdown and, importantly, get to share with each other the highs and lows of this period.

Do get in touch if you have any further questions and RSVP by MONDAY JULY 13th  to ben.almond@hopetogether.org.uk

THE PROTEST:   BLACK LIVES MATTER   The Bush Theatre ( Shepherd’s Bush) have produced 6 short monologues.

 From the theatre: If we could, we would have opened our building to support and comfort each other during this time. We would have held space together, cried together, and maybe made some art together in order to heal, as that’s what we do in times of crisis.

 So, we decided to do this as much as possible online. We reached out to some of the wonderful artists in our family to see if there was anything they wanted to express in protest.

 Taking a second to talk directly to our Black audiences: we know that this is a difficult time. Feel free to consume this content at your own pace and engage with it in a way you feel comfortable. to help our understanding of the Black Lives Matter issues.   You can see all 6 videos if you click the 1-6 button on the top right corner of this first video.


St. Benedict was a religious reformer who lived in Italy in the late 400s and early 500s. He is known as the “father of Western monasticism,” having established a Rule that would become the norm for innumerable Christian monks and nuns. He is the patron saint of Europe.

Many people both monks and lay people find help from following The Rule of St Benedict today 


A LETTER FROM TAIZE   Another very different community that also has universal appeal.

   July  7th
Brother Paolo writes: There are now a number of tents dotted over the camping field in Taizé, and at prayer times there are as many “other people” in the church as brothers of the community. This week there are more than 100 meeting participants, mostly from France and Germany. Visitors in the church need to sit on crosses marked with tape on the floor.
        Although the French complain a lot about the government, the lockdown policy here was strong, coherent and well-explained. It will have certainly avoided a lot of deaths. It has dismaying to realise that this has not always been the case in Britain, despite the generosity and self-giving work of so many.
       Anti-racism protests took hold strongly in many countries recently, emerging to the fore out of the quiet of the virus lockdown. Can this be one pointer which shows how our “return to normal” must include realising that we need wider and deeper solidarity?
        Taking advantage of having more time available than usual, a large group in the community is currently reading and discussing the encyclical Laudato si’ together. What changes could it mean for our life here?
        Our stock of pottery (we are continuing to make pottery without selling much at the moment) is at an all-time high 🙂 Some brothers have tried other occupations. We now have eight beehives (we began too late to get much honey this year), there have been experiments with biscuit-making, and several of us have done some work in local vineyards. The hens have been moved to a larger enclosure and perhaps we shall soon be self-sufficient in eggs. Our shop sells small articles by post, but unfortunately pottery cannot be sent this way!

The Saturday evening prayer (7.30pm UK time) is streamed live (video + audio) from the community’s Facebook page.
Sat July 4  https://www.facebook.com/taize/videos/299534157867100
See other bible introductions, song-practices, etc. on the Taizé youtube page.

Veni Sancte Spiritus sung by 50+ young adults from across the world.


Taize as those of you who have been will remember it. June 7 2009  

  Taize is good for those who understand several languages reminding us that God isn’t just English speaking!   English translation Nada te turba

THIS WEEK’S NATIONAL THEATRE production  until July 16    THE DEEP BLUE SEA .  Terence Rattigan’s devastating post-war masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Helen McCrory plays Hester Collyer and Tom Burke is Freddie Page.



ANOTHER ARTS CONNECTED LECTURE – this time about Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony

It is suggested you listen to the whole symphony after the talk.  Here is one version

This  follows Javier’s journey with Greenpeace to Antarctica in 2018. It’s a beautiful film as well as showing Greenpeace’s campaigning work. It also highlights why our oceans need protection.
I particularly liked the bit when he goes underwater in a submarine about 45 minutes into the film.



July 8th, 2020
More than 1,000 faith leaders from many religious traditions have signed a joint statement to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr urging them to halt the four federal executions scheduled for July and August. If carried out, the executions would be the first federal executions to occur in 17 years.
The statement reads:
“As faith leaders from a diverse range of traditions, we call on President Trump and Attorney General Barr to stop the scheduled federal executions. As our country grapples with the COVID 19 pandemic, an economic crisis, and systemic racism in the criminal legal system, we should be focused on protecting and preserving life, not carrying out executions.”

You can see comments from  leaders involved on https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/39977


A HELPING HAND  – sometimes we don’t get the results we expect!!  Thanks to Sue Hollingworth for this to make us smile.


FOR THE FAMILY   The last few months have certainly looked very different to normal. For many families, there has been more time to spend together and with the summer holidays swiftly approaching, we wanted to share some of our favourite family based resources with you. Our hope is that you can grow in faith as a family during this time.

Did you get to complete our Family Adventure Prayer Map? If you haven’t, why don’t you try it over the summer? If  you have, you could try it again and go deeper! Click here to see more! https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/digital-family-prayer-adventure-map

The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together. At 10-12 minutes long, they feature a game, an interactive Bible story, a chance to pray and great music. Click here to listen to the podcasts. https://soundcloud.com/thykingdomcomeglobal/sets/thy-kingdom-come-2019-family-podcast

‘Bright Ideas for Families’ has some creative and fun activities to help families pray together, such as pebble prayers or rocket prayers! Click here to see more.https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sites/default/files/2019-03/TKC_Home_Pack_V4.pdf

ADDRESSING THE HISTORIES OF COLONIALISM AND SLAVERY.  The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to slavery and colonialism.  It is addressing these histories and their cultural significance.  You can find out more on  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/addressing-the-histories-of-slavery-and-colonialism-at-the-national-trust


EXPLORE THE STORY OF ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE      The Festival of St Thomas was celebrated  on Friday July 3.  What do we know about Thomas and how can his story speak into our own lives? To explore his story members of   St Thomas Church  Mellor offered a reflection every evening from Monday to Friday . You can still hear these on  their Youtube channel – Worship from St Thomas.     https://bit.ly/2ynuqHq  

Left: Painting by Caravaggio 1601-1602
“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” John 20:25  A week later Jesus appeared and told Thomas to touch Him and stop doubting. Then Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29


                         NEWS UPDATE FROM LYME

THE GARDENS are now open to visitors

THE HOUSE: It hoped to re-open the house earlier than expected with the aim being on July 13.  This is possible because Lyme has been selected to be one of 5 House Pilots in England with the test being ‘How we can re-open our houses successfully’.  Lyme is the only house in the north to take part in this pilot.  As with any pilot there will be problems and the team will not get everything right but hopes everyone will be patient and co-operative with this. You still need to book to get into Lyme –


One of the house volunteers has produced a video History of Lyme  An informative potted history following the Leigh family and Lyme from a battle in 1346 to the transfer of the house and estate to the National Trust for “The Health, Education and Delight of the People”


Left: Crossing the fields to the causeway

Trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and everything on the island is closed.  But this hasn’t stopped pilgrims from across the North East of England coming together for a unique virtual pilgrimage. Since the Sixth Century, pilgrims have made their way – by boat, train, and land – to Lindisfarne. There, they complete the ‘Pilgrims Way’ walk to Holy Island – the site of the famous monastery of Saints Aidan and Cuthbert, and the cradle of Christianity in the North of England.   

For the first time in nearly 1,500 years, this pilgrimage tradition is threatened due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, pilgrims are not going to let lockdown halt their spiritual journey. With the help of the CAFOD (catholic overseas development charity), people and parishes across the North East organised a virtual pilgrimage for the 1-11 July  and invite others to join them https://cafodhexhamnewcastle.wordpress.com/


Tuesday June 30 at 8.30 am  An inspiring event – good to see some others from Marple joining this.

If you missed it live you can still take part 

Find out more about Christians in Parliament who arranged the event https://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/


In their latest newsletter they offered several short videos of canals, I chos e two areas I had been to recently- Foxton Locks in Leicestershire near some of my relatives  and the Llangollen canal with its famous Pontcysyllte Aquaduct that some of you may have walked over.  Foxton Locks seem very different to our locks in Marple as one lock leads straight into the next with no pool in between.


You can find more of the videos on https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/our-campaigns/canals-at-home-our-best-bits

NATIONAL TRUST GARDENS TO VISIT –  Chasleton House in the Cotswolds .  This  is one of the National Trust’s smaller properties and access is tricky so the property team have created this video – recorded earlier this spring – to give you a tour of the gardens while the property is closed.

  Also a   tour of the walled rose garden at Mottisfont in Hampshire, which has roses dating back to before 1900. Louise Govier, the general manager at Mottisfont, will talk about her favourite blooms and give you a special glimpse of the rich history of this magical garden.     https://youtu.be/6WNUKPOZBAM



ANOTHER VIRTUAL EVENT   arranged by  Chester Friends of the Earth group and Eco Communities to raise awareness of climate change through the arts.     You can still listen to the various sessions on https://www.crowdcast.io/ecocommunities_

                                    IS FAIRTRADE FINISHED?
KitKat has severed its ties with Fairtrade, despite the organisation behind the scheme warning that thousands of farmers would be hit by the move. The boss of Fairtrade said Nestle’s decision to cut its 10-year association with the non-profit organisation was “profoundly disappointing”. The Swiss owned food giant said it would now source its cocoa for KitKat bars from farms on the Rainforest Alliance terms instead of working with those Fairtrade accreditation. See https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ under NEWS

This is the latest of several companies to leave the Fairtrade scheme and set up their own alternatives. In 2017 Sainsburys announced it was moving away from Fairtrade labelling for its own brand tea and would use its own scheme to guarantee a good price for suppliers.  
To read the back ground to this, Samanth Subranmanian wrote a very helpful article last July for the Guardian
Thanks to Pauline Howell for drawing my attention to this


Last November Matthew Bourne’s THE RED SHOES was at the Lowry as part of  a national tour that should have continued this year but obviously was suddenly halted by  Corvid-19.  The  cast have made a 12 minute film from their homes .
It is described as the dancers’ love letter to the show which should have just finished its tour.    Thanks to Val Hinchcliffe for this.


A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with a impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
You can access the film for free via the Channel 4 website:

    June 15 -21  More about refugee issues on Past Events page 



This beautiful poem, ‘Trees of Home’ – by refugees at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants in collaboration with Sita Brahmachari and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – speaks to the heartbreak of being separated from loved ones. Even after lockdown many refugee families will still be apart due to unfair UK rules. The Home Office must bring #familiestogether again. #refugeeweek2020

                                                                  SOMETHING ELSE FROM ROMILEY


For any young Sherlocks bored of staying in their Holmes right now, we have just the thing!
A mystery has unfolded at your school.
We need your help to follow the clues, eliminate the suspects & solve the crime.
A Romiley Mystery Trail for the whole family to enjoy.
£4 per trail
Any proceeds will be donated to Friends of Romiley Primary School.   Any questions, please email: slw2000@me.com    (Organised by Lorna Wells & family)

                   Another lecture from THE ARTS CONNECTED 


Rebecca Hossack on Aboriginal Art – recording the Dreamtime. It tells the histories – and stories – of three aboriginal paintings, hanging in Rebecca’s home – works by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and John Mawurndjul. They are three of the great painters of the Aboriginal tradition – though each, coming from a different language group and culture, has a remarkably different approach and iconography.  


                                              Singers around the world unite to sing AMAZING GRACE … 



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.  


A report on THE GOOD SOCIETY  zoom meeting planned by Dialstone Methodist Church Good Society 30th May report     Another meeting is planned for Saturday morning July 11th


ANOTHER GARDEN TOUR    This time  of the Bethlehem Palestine Museum of Natural History. It features the gardens, animals, sustainable growing practices and much more. The film is narrated by Mazin Qumsiyeh the founder of the museum.   


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/




A joint statement  from both Archbishops  on the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, at the hands of the Police: ‘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!


A lovely blessing including Irish dancers and drummers



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.



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

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



Holy Spirit Catholic

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0161 427 4922


St Martin’s

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0161 427 5767


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Jubilee Methodist

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St Paul’s Compstall

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0161 427 1259


All Saints Marple

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0161 427 2378


St Thomas Mellor

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0161 484 5079


Marple Methodist

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