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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.
CHURCHES TOGETHER ZOOM SERVICE FOR LENT Sunday March 7th at 4 pm. Please make a note in your diary – zoom link later.
St Thomas Mellor Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services daily at 10.00am and 7.00pm. . https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUI_VQEoL1RHcxOlXq8DmhA?view_as=subscriber
Prayer book for Season of Lent see Prayer Booklet for the Season of Lent
Details of the Methodist Lent groups on line https://www.stockportcircuit.org.uk/ To join click on the event you want on the calendar.
Details of Online groups during Lent: Lent 2021
The Way of the Cross – using the staions of the cross at Holy Spirit https://youtu.be/ZQUV4ORRvgA
PRAYER FOR THE NATION during February
In response to reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invite all to call on God in Prayer. Starting on 1 February they invite us to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love. See the prayers and read the letter
Updated February 22nd
Reminders of events for FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – full details below
HOW IS THE CLIMATE CRISIS IMPACTING THE GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY Monday 22 February 2021, 7pm–8pm
FAIRTRADE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC AND CLIMATE CRISIS Tuesday 23rd February at 7.30 to 8.15 pm
THOMAS BECKET: AN INSPIRATION FOR THE CHURCHES TODAY
7.30 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, 23 February 2021 on Zoom
An online seminar marking the 850th anniversary of the
murder of St.Thomas Becket
Organised by The Society for Ecumenical Studies . Full details 2021-Becket-Webinar (1)
CND invites you to a film screening Wednesday February 24th at 7 pm
Tickets £6 each can be bought HERE
Join CND and Tenner Films for a film screening of ‘The Atom: A Love Affair’. Following the screening, we’ll be joined by the film’s producer and director Vicki Lesley for a Q&A session hosted by CND General Secretary Kate Hudson.
The documentary film delves deep into the past of the world’s most controversial energy source – nuclear. It charts the West’s rollercoaster love-hate relationship with nuclear power over the past 75 years. It’s a dramatic tale of belief, betrayal, intrigue and hope, and it’s told by the scientists, engineers, politicians and campaigners who experienced it first hand.
SAVE THE BEES
Bees are essential to our ecosystem and food chain – and a few weeks ago the Government voted to lift the ban on bee-killing pesticides. http://www.saveourbees.org.uk/
The Co-operative Party have asked you to sign a letter to our Prime Minister asking the Government to reverse their decision. To add your support click HERE
Advance diary date : TWO ANGELIC SALUTATIONS St Martin’s Low Marple Heritage Trust Friday 26 March 2021, 7.00 – 8.30 pm Illustrated Zoom talk Details on poster Two angels talk
If you would like to join in this Zoom event (no cost), please contact Ann Sayer on email@example.com. She will send you the Zoom meeting code and password a day or two before the occasion. People are already registering to be ensured of a place
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT Feb 22 – March 7
Join our global community during Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 for a free festival of online events and activities to entertain, educate and inspire us all TO CHOOSE THE WORLD WE WANT TO SEE
HOW IS THE CLIMATE CRISIS IMPACTING THE GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY?
Monday 22 February 2021, 7pm–8pm
As increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather patterns undermine the livelihoods of farmers, our panel – chaired by Guardian journalist Lucy Siegle, with Professor Emeritus of Food Policy, City University of London Tim Lang, Managing director of Fairtrade banana cooperative Banelino and Chair of CLAC Marike de Peña, and Reparationist Esther Stanford-Xosei, will be asking: how can we choose a fairer future for the people behind our food supply?
This is a free-to-attend event, supported by the Fairtrade Foundation.
FAIRTRADE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC AND CLIMATE CRISIS A briefing by Stefan Donnelly of the Fairtrade Foundation Head Office.
St Alban’s Macclesfield Justice & Peace Group invite you to a Zoom Meeting on Tuesday 23rd February at 7.30 to 8.15 pm Doors open at 7.15
To register for the meeting please contact SKeithTayl2@outlook.com (01625-429915)
Join Christian Aid’s virtual supporter conference: 22- 26 February 2021
Some of the conference highlights will be:-
– Meet and be inspired from other groups and churches across the UK and Ireland;
– Hear directly from our partners in Kenya on how they’re making lasting change;
– Learn about virtual and cashless fundraising ideas for 2021;
– Learn more about how Christian Aid’s vision for climate justice.
Feel free to join us for just one or all of the sessions. All sessions will be on Zoom and will be being recorded so will also be available afterwards. Book directly for your chosen sessions.
Church Engagement Fundraising Officer, North West [Gr. Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside]
caid.org.uk | T: 01925 582 826 | M: 07778 109 971 | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY TOOLKIT was launched on Wednesday 28 January.
Declaring a climate emergency could be a powerful way to restart your church’s engagement with creation care in 2021. The Climate Emergency Toolkit brings together loads of brilliant resources from lots of organisations, including Christian Aid, Tearfund, Green Christian and several others – organising them into a clear, manageable journey for every church
As the climate crisis accelerates, millions of lives are at risk. Christians around the world are taking urgent action. Will you join us? https://www.climateemergencytoolkit.com/
AN UNEXPECTED FIND Britain’s first known 5th century mosaic found at Chedworth Roman Villa
Archaeologists working here have received unexpected results following the radiocarbon dating of material uncovered during an excavation. The dating shows that sophisticated life had continued within this luxury mansion, decades after Britain ceased to be part of the Roman Empire and the country had entered the ‘Dark Ages’.
Recent radiocarbon dating has revealed that a mosaic within Room 28 of the Villa was designed and created in the middle of the 5th century. Up until now, it has generally been believed that, following the economic crash at the end of the 4th century, all towns and villas were largely abandoned and fell into decay within a few years.
Read more of the findings and their background here
PLEASE PRAY INTO THE MYANMAR (BURMA) CRISIS
Two weeks on from the military coup in Myanmar, the nation remains in a state of flux and anger with people still taking to the streets in opposition to the military. The dark period of previous military rule leaves many Christians fearful for the future. They need your prayers.
Open Doo rs suggests three ways you can pray…https://www.opendoorsuk.org/news/latest-news/prayer-myanmar-crisis/
Latest open door report www.opendoorsuk.org/
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FEMALE READERS IN NATIONAL TRUST LIBRARIES
Amy Solomon, a PhD student, has been working behind the scenes at Lyme during the past year. She has recently written a piece that has that has been published and makes reference to Frances Legh’s collection of books at Lyme.
You can read her article in the latest Library and Information History Group publication on Page 2 CILIP-LIHG-Newsletter-Female-Readers-in-NT-Libraries-002_compressed
‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV UK
CHRISTIANS IN PARLIAMENT FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
Christians In Parliament Feb 2021
Ongoing issues for our prayers https://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/get-involved/pray/
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
MARY COLWELL, producer and writer with a zeal for the natural world, shares her passion for one feature of creation in particular: the Eurasian Curlew. Below you’ll find her video (with a soundtrack from co-producer and Platinum-selling singer-song-writer David Gray).
You can find out more about Mary, her latest book and her love of the curlew http://www.curlewmedia.com/
See also GREEN FEBRUARY below
A WALK AT CREMISAN, PALESTINE
An eyewitness account by Toine Van Teeffelen who is Education Advisor at the Arab Education Institute, a Pax Christi Partner in Bethlehem. Feb 2nd, 2021
‘Mary and I decide to make more walks in the environment out of our new apartment in Beit Jala. We take the taxi to Cremisan with its old monastery on the hilltops to the west of Beit Jala, nowadays the only quiet and forested area in the environment. While we look deep down in a valley, with the Israeli settlements high on the other side, the taxi driver remarks that he would not want to live there despite the natural beauty. The Palestinian inhabitants of two houses in the valley need to wait for soldiers to open the gate in front of their home.’
Read the rest of the walk https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/41459
THE NATIONAL GALLERY’S MOST POPULAR PAINTINGS
Throughout the current lockdown, the National Gallery has remained open online, continuing to bring the nation’s gallery into the nation’s homes. Through their digital initiatives, they are open 24/7, providing everyone with access to great art at anytime, anywhere in the world. These programmes explore the various ways people can look at and respond to art from their homes including exploring the collection online, creative workshops, art talks and films https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/search-the-collection
Laughing is infectious! Something to cheer you up.
A BALLET TO WATCH
Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae and Philip Mosley perform the lead roles in Frederick Ashton’s most joyful and colourful ballet, La Fille mal gardee (The Wayward Daughter) . This performance will be available to watch or share for £3 from 29 January 2021 until 28 February 2021.
SAY YES TO GREEN TRADE
New trade rules that tackle climate change and fossil fuels – that’s the plan being worked up by New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Fiji. The UK should join forces with these 6 countries on their green trade agreement. It’s called ACCTS – the Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability.
ACCTS re-shapes trade in favour of greener industries and away from fossil fuels. Supporting people and the planet – that’s exactly what we want trade to do.
ACCTS is an ambitious, modern and green trade agreement. Here’s the good stuff about ACCTS:
ACCTS commits countries to stop subsidising fossil fuels.
ACCTS makes it easier and cheaper to sell eco-friendly goods and services that help tackle climate change.
ACCTS will lead to a shared system for labelling the goods we buy with their environmental impact.
The UK has signed a lot of trade agreements recently. It should join this one too.
Keen to delve into climate, trade, and ACCTS in a bit more detail? Have a read of our new report. Find out more and add your name if you wish
These cartoons are taken from a set of 9. If you enjoy these you can find the others to download on Gruffalo pictures https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/photos/pcb.10157528889835964/10157528881230964/
ON FRIDAY JANUARY 22 THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENTERED INTO LAW.
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 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
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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