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Links to the Churches in our area are at the bottom of this page. Please look at individual churches for details of their services etc. as these are changing quite frequently at the moment.
ST. THOMAS CHURCH, MELLOR is open daily for private prayer. There are also booklets of prayer resources to help and to give away to others you know who may be unable to join online services.
updated January 21
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)
JANUARY 18 – 25 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
UNITED SERVICE SUNDAY JANUARY 24th at 4 pm. As usual we are having a united service on the Sunday during the week. But this year instead of going to the Chairman’s church, it will be on zoom. Everyone is very welcome. This service has its special link – not the one used for our general CT meetings. If you would like to join please contact Geoff Tomlinson for the link.
DAILY REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK produced by Churches Together for England and Wales on the theme ‘Abiding in Christ’
Large print and welsh copies:
ON FRIDAY JANUARY 22 THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENTERS INTO LAW.
There will be a short Thanksgiving Service to celebrate this hosted by the Network of Christian Peace Organisations. It will take place on Zoom on Friday at 11:30 and it is hoped to finish with bells ringing in celebration of nuclear weapons being banned
You can find the link on https://christiancnd.org.uk/events/
Read the background to the treaty and churches responses on the Justice and Peace group page Justice and Peace group
WELCOME to Jo Biden and Kamala Harris. Their prayerful beginning –
On the eve of the Inauguration they attended a memorial service at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to pray for more than 400,00 Americans who have died of Covid-19 to date. https://youtu.be/mSTqSYHwqzw
The day of the Inauguration began with Mass at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC. Jo Biden was accompanied by his wife Dr Jill Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and four Congressional leaders from both parties: the Democrats Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, and Republicans: Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. The celebrant was Jesuit Fr Kevin O’Brien, president of Santa Clara University, who gave the homily. You can read the full text here https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/41367
Fr Leo O’Donovan SJ, delivered this prayer, shortly before Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. The full text https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/41368
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER. Monday 18th January at 8 pm. Spring Harvest have asked Patrick Regan OBE , Chief Executive Officer of Kintsugi Hope to do an event for them. Given how hard life is for so many people at present, the aim is to provide people with encouragement , comfort and lots of hope as well as tips on how to get through the season.
ST MARTIN’S HERITAGE TRUST EVENT ZOOM EVENT Friday 29th January 7 pm
The talk is free but if you would like the zoom link please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LATEST OPEN DOORS REPORT
Every day 13 Christians around the world are killed because of their faith, 12 churches or Christian buildings are attacked and 12 Christian are unjustly arrested or imprisoned, while another five are abducted. These shocking statistics come from the 2021 World Watch List annual report produced by Open Doors, an NGO that chronicles persecution against Christians.
Launching the report on January 13th , David Curry, the President and CEO of Open Doors USA said that “The numbers of God’s people who are suffering should mean the Church is dying, that Christians are keeping quiet, losing their faith”. But, he continued, that’s not what’s happening “as they make their way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” In the listed nations, the report says there are 309 million Christians living in places with “very high” or “extreme” levels of persecution. That’s up 260 million from those accounted for last year. The report also says another 31 million could be added from the 24 nations that fall just outside the top 50 – such as Cuba, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates. These figures mean that one in eight Christians worldwide are facing persecution. Analysing the data, Open Doors identifies some to the main trends driving the increase in numbers.
Covid-19, the report claims, acted as a catalyst for religious persecution through relief discrimination, forced conversions, and as justification for increasing surveillance and censorship. Another factor driving the increased suffering of Christians is to be found in more extremist attacks throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, from Nigeria and Cameroon to Burkina Faso, Mali and beyond.
This year, the top 10 worst persecutors are relatively unchanged. They are: North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria and India. Sudan left the top 10 for the first time in six years, after abolishing the death penalty for apostasy ad guaranteeing freedom of religion in its new Constitution after three decades of Islamic Law. Yet, it remains number 13 on the list, as Open Doors researchers noted Christians from Muslim backgrounds still face attacks, ostracisation and discrimination from their families and communities, while Christian women face sexual violence. India remains in the top 10 for the third year in a row because “it continues to see an increase in violence against religious minorities due to government sanctioned Hindu extremism.” Open Doors – www.opendoorsuk.org/
Source Independent Catholic News January 14th
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.
COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS
Geoff Tomlinson heard from Mellor Primary school that they had 15 pupils without digital means of joining lessons at home. They had been offered 3 ipads. If anyone has an ipad or tablet that they do not use and could donate please get in touch with Geoff. He will clean them up ready to be handed over.
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.
If you would like to donate items see the weekly shopping list of what is needed and drop items in when the pantry is open https://allsaintsmarple.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Pantryshoppinglist.pdf
MESS, the local environmental group, is meeting each month on zoom. As most of their activities that involve meeting the public have been suspended, members have spent their time writing articles for the updated website http://marplemess.org.uk/, providing a digital newsletter MESS-Newsletter_January-2021
and producing a recipe book. MESS Recipe ebook 2021
SOME FLOWERS TO CHEER YOU UP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNXmFtarC0w&feature=youtu.be
PEACE SUNDAY JANUARY 17 th
A challenging film!
If you missed the live streaming you can still watch on https://www.sandsfilms.co.uk/cinema-club.html
Based on Andrew Feinstein’s book , this documentary reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind weapons deals ranging from the largest in history – between the British and Saudi governments – to BAE’s controversial transactions in South Africa, Tanzania and eastern Europe, and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex. Sponsored by Sands Films Cinema Club.
The ecumenical FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION is a community of people who are inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth) to oppose war and work together to build a world order based on love.
Our Mission: to grow and resource the community of Christians committed to nonviolence; challenge militarism; embody peace and reconciliation.
Our Methods: to grow and support our membership of nonviolent peacemakers; campaign and advocate at a national and local level; work with partners to campaign at an international level; offer training, prayer, worship, and living example.
the latest magazine Embrace Magazine January 2021
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – A-Z OF LIVING LIGHTLY from St Mary’s church in Upton – click on the black A -Z lettering
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
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.
LET’S NOT FORGET THOSE WHO DIED OF CORVID-19 –More people have died in the UK in the last six months from Covid than died in the Blitz.
Over one million people have been bereaved since the UK lockdown began, whether as a result of coronavirus or another cause.
In times of grief and loss, having your friends and family around you is a huge source of comfort. But right now even the smallest of gestures, like giving someone a hug, are impossible.
We need a time together to reflect on our collective sense of loss, and to remember and celebrate the lives of the people who’ve died, as we begin to heal from the trauma of this national crisis
That’s why Marie Curie are calling for the UK Government to recognise this tragic loss with a national day to unite in memory on 23 March 2021, the first anniversary of the start of the UK lockdown.
Find out more and sign the petition on
Take care!! Thanks to Sue Hollingworth for this to give us a laugh.
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.
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