Welcome to Churches Together Marple Area

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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 September 17th 

WELLSPRING NEWS AUGUST 2021 Wellspring news


Start at Holy Spirit Church  Leigh Ave Marple SK6 6DF – meet from 9.45 am for instructions to start walking at 10 am .  The walk visits all churches in our Churches Together area … please bring food and drinks to have as you go round.  There is plenty of seating around Mellor Church and  the parish centre will be open for hot drinks and use of the toilets.
A sponsor form to download  sponsor form 2021
We have established a page for giving on line  if you wish. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/churchestogethermarple  

18th-25th September WORLD WEEK FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL 2021     Theme: ‘Forced Displacement of Palestinians’  “The World Council of Churches (WCC) annual World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel offers an opportunity for all of us who share the hope of justice and peace in the Holy Land to unite around the globe in solidarity and peaceful action, and to create a common international public witness,” reflects WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca.

September 20th  2- 3 pm  WCC webinar   With families in East Jerusalem facing growing threats of forced evictions and displacement this webinar will shed light on the key issues at stake, currently and historically. https://www.oikoumene.org/news/wcc-to-host-webinar-on-forced-displacement-of-palestinians-from-east-jerusalem

What we can do this week:
1. Pray for those who have been forcibly displaced, for those working for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel     Use the Pax Christi Prayer Card which depicts photos of demolitions in the West Bank and has a prayer from Jan Sutch Pickard  Download the prayer card here  WWPPI 

2. Read and sign up to the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)  eye-witness blogs at https://www.eyewitnessblogs.com/

3. Watch a short film, ‘Eyewitness’ about EAPPI showing  accompaniment in action https://www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/eappi

4.Share and take action  in solidarity with Palestinians facing eviction, displacement and violence  https://www.eyewitnessblogs.com/take-action/

5.Campaign to ensure Dioceses and Council Pension Funds are not investing in the occupation of Palestine and that they invest ethically. Details  here

Tuesday September 21  COP26 THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW ON CLIMATE CHANGE  We are invited to a talk by Ellen Teague hosted on zoom by St Alban’s Justice and Peace group,  Macclesfield. 7.30 to 8.15 pm  Doors open at 7.15 pm
Ellen Teague is a journalist, well known as a prolific contributor to The Tablet and other journals. She has worked as a teacher in Nigeria, and as a campaigner and journalist in and for many poor countries where the impact of climate change is dramatic and damaging.  She was in the Columban Delegation to the 2015 Paris conference which established the agreed target limit of 2°C. She says that the petition with 2 million signatures from faith communities around the world had a great impact by showing  commitment from leaders and laypeople of major world religions. It helped  make the conference a success.

Ellen will be at  COP26 in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November again as a  member of the Columban delegation. There, key commitments will be made for the nations of the world. The report prepared by the world’s leading scientists to brief world leaders at the conference speaks of “code red for humanity” and of a “catastrophe  which can be avoided if the world acts fast.”  It warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade.  Ellen will give an overview of the state of the environment and of the political dynamics of the conference  before outlining ways in which we can all raise our voices with those in power – at COP26 and elsewhere – and change our ways of living for the sake of our common home and its peoples now and in the future.

To register for the meeting please contact Keith Taylor at SKeithTayl2@outlook.com

Has your church held a Climate Sunday Servi ce ? Three Churches in our area are arranging services in September ( St Mary’s Sept 5th) Marple Bridge URC ( Sept 19th) Holy Spirit (Sept 25/26) .  Please consider adding your churches prayers for COP 26.  https://ctbi.org.uk/climate-sunday/

Resources for all traditions ohttps://www.climatesunday.org

More about COP 26 here


Kintsugi Hope WELLBEING GROUP  starts a new session of 12 weeks . For more details see poster here
Register here


Saturday 25th September Online,  11am – 2pm (inc. break for lunch)

Across the two sessions (attendance at both is optional) we’ll hear from our partners, worship together with talks, prayers and music from Embrace supporters across Wales, Scotland and England, and we’ll hear from our CEO Tim Livesey, as well as Embrace staff and trustees. 

Join us for an inspiring day of prayer, fellowship and thankfulness.  read more nad sign up , further details will be sent to you closer to the time.

Monday October 4th   7-9 pm on zoom   GREATER MANCHESTER CHURCHES TOGETHER ANNUAL ASSEMBLY on the theme of Wellbeing and the Church.

The evening will open with a time of worship (led by Mick Kane, Chaplain at Nazarene Theological College), and an opportunity to hear news from GMCT, following which we are excited to have Nigel Langford (Director of Domestic Mission at the Bible Society) give our keynote address on their new course ‘Navigating Trauma’.

Following this there will be workshops around themes of Poverty and Spirituality (Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty), Youth Mental Health (Matt Williamson, CEO of Source Youthwork), the place of Spirituality in Wellbeing (Julie Lunn, Lecturer in Social and Practical Theology at Nazarene Theological College), as well as the opportunity to hear more from the Bible Society.

All of the details, and free tickets, can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wellbeing-and-the-church-tickets-162533039697

Please do book a ticket and share with any others that you think might be interested

HOW GREEN ARE YOU?  RSPB share some tips on green living here


‘Kindness is any behaviour intended to bring benefit to others ‘ says Professor Robin Banerjee* who leads the team for this project . The aim is to learn more about how people’s attitudes and experiences might vary across different groups, and how experiences of kindness might relate to health, well-being, and other social and psychological experiences,

If you are interested in getting involved,  there is more information and a link to the questionnaire https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/centres/kindness/research/thekindnesstest The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete, and your responses will be completely anonymous – we will not be collecting any identifiable information such as your name, address, or IP address.  To do this can be considered and act of kindness!

*.This project is led by a team of researchers in the Sussex Kindness Research network, based at the University of Sussex, in partnership with BBC Radio 4. The leader,  Professor Robin Banerjee, was brought up in   from Marple….he went to the Dale Primary and Marple Hall schools.


Buzzing with life.              Spend a relaxing few minutes in the summer bee meadow at our Loch Leven nature reserve. Assistant Warden Darran Dixon explains how RSPB Scotland has worked to make this meadow a rich habitat and what it’s like to enjoy a summer’s day there.

Report from Stefan Donnelley of Fairtrade Foundation:
The climate crisis has rightly made headlines recently. The sobering new IPCC report states that –  without doubt – serious human-caused climate change is happening now. But for the farmers and workers behind our Fairtrade favourites, this is not news.  Three years ago, Ivorian cocoa farmer Ebrottié Tanoh Florentin told us how increasingly extreme weather was already causing food shortages, crop failures and lost earnings for his community. 

In the last few weeks, the IPCC report has backed this up [1]. The scientists who wrote the report have confirmed temperatures in Africa are rising more rapidly than the global average, and more extreme and more frequent rainfall is now expected across the continent. This is just one example of why we need to listen to expertise of farmers and workers. They are living with the reality of the climate crisis every day. These communities, who have often looked after their local eco-systems for generations, know exactly why the climate crisis really is a crisis. And many Fairtrade farmers and workers are already working on sustainable solutions, from tree planting initiatives to protect against flooding to innovative and eco-friendly farming techniques.

Our politicians have a responsibility to commit serious money to supporting the solutions these communities are already developing.
Because it’s centuries of exploitation of people and planet by the world’s wealthiest that has caused the climate emergency. And left millions unable to earn enough to adapt to real threats climate change poses for lives and livelihoods.

That’s why we’ve been delighted to see thousands of Fairtrade supporters  contacting their MP, and challenging them to back a fair climate promise ahead of the COP 26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow.  If you haven’t already, you can still do so using this simple tool. https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/85416/action/1

CLIMATE CHANGE IS WIDERSPREAD, RAPID AND INTENSIFYING according to the Report released by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva on Monday August 9 

Commenting on the report  Britain’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Valance said the time for vague promises on climate change was over.
He said the IPPC’s “stark and rightly uncomfortable” report shows the need for immediate action. Valance said: “Every government needs to develop an evidence-based road map setting out the technologies that they require and by when to achieve net zero…monitoring progress along those road maps is going to be crucially important.”
He said that the road maps should be published before Cop26, which he described as a big opportunity to make progress “as we move from the rather short-term crisis of Covid to something much more long-term.”

You can read the report ( or part of it!) here  https://www.ipcc.ch/2021/08/09/ar6-wg1-20210809-pr/

This makes the COP26 even more important………………………. 




Fr John Cairns for so long parish priest at St Mary’s Marple Bridge and The Church of the Annunciation New Mills, died peacefully at home in Derry on 16th August surrounded by his family. His Requiem Mass was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derry on Thursday 19th August.

Geoff Brammall died on August 14th having had health problems over the past few months including three strokes. Geoff was a Reader at St Martin’s and for the past few years has helped to organise and lead thoughtful Lent Groups which welcomed people from various churches. Geoff regularly our Churhces Together services.


AFGHANSITAN  – How can we help?
Manchester City Council have confirmed that Afghan refugees who are flying in from Birmingham are to be housed in two hotels near Manchester Airport. Care4Calais  Manchester volunteers are gearing up to welcome them.

Maddy Summerfield, Care4Calais Manchester coordinator said: “They’re going to be in the hotel system for a while, it often takes a good few months for their asylum claim to get anywhere. ….  We know they will be staying in hotels around the airport but we don’t know where they will be dispersed to yet.
They will have to isolate for 10 days and then we’ll be allowed to operate. But this buys us some time to find out what’s going on.”

Afghan Welcome Packs  are being offered to the new arrivals   so they have clean clothes to change into, proper shoes and basic toiletries.  You can contribute on https://www.goldengiving.com/f/afghanwelcome

In Afghanistan the arrival of the Taliban has forced people to run for their lives with little more than the clothes on their backs.  Tearfund’s local partners are on the ground now, providing life-saving relief packages. These include food, cooking equipment and vital hygiene supplies such as soap and face masks. They’re also offering trauma support to people who have witnessed the horrific violence. The need is vast. Afghanistan is experiencing its worst drought in decades, meaning food and water supplies are limited. And the coronavirus pandemic means that hospitals are already overstretched.

Our partners are doing everything they can to help – your donation will ensure that they can do even more.  If our partners in Afghanistan are unable to continue their work then funding will be used in the surrounding region to support people forced to flee there. https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/afghanistan-emergency-appeal



ST. PAUL’S STRINES – THE TIN TABERNACLE featured in  recent 
Marple History Society article .   https://www.marplelocalhistorysociety.org.uk/our-local-heritage/602-st-pauls-strines-the-tin-tabarnacle.html

COMPSTALL REMEMBERED    Marple History Society has recently formed a partnership with Compstall Community Council in order to give Compstall residents more access to the history of their community. Read all about it here


TAIZE PRAYER       Every Saturday afternoon, a workshop will be broadcast online from Taizé. The themes addressed and the list of speakers are published online on the website: www.taize.fr/en_article31896.html

Evening prayer is broadcast live each day in audio on the Taizé website, and the Saturday evening prayer in video on the Taizé YouTube channel – www.taize.fr/en_article28227.html
These are available on https://www.youtube.com/user/taize/videos





If so – Two films that are important viewing 

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.


Also 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.



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


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. 


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.


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. 





Churches Together Secretary   contact marian37et@gmail.com