Past events

 April 2                 CLAP FOR OUR CARERS TONIGHT (THURS) AT 8 PM

Healthcare workers, emergency services, armed services, delivery drivers, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, manufacturers, postal workers, cleaners, vets, engineers and all those who are out there making an unbelievable difference to our lives in these challenging times… bravo, you are amazing!

Suggestion for working from home !  posted April 1st 


  ZOOM        posted April 1 

How much we are learning in our ‘new world’. Last Wednesday I hadn’t heard of zoom.

First my daughter said her book club had used it successfully for their monthly meeting and could we do it as a family as an addition to the rather random SKYPE and messaging that different members are using to keep in touch?

Then Geoff Tomlinson told me Marple Quaker Meeting was experimenting with it last Sunday – successfully as it appears from Geoff’s report just below.

  Now also All Saints is using it for their Tuesday and Thursday morning prayer at 9.30 am

News from Marple Quakers.

We held a very successful Meeting for Worship using Zoom on Sunday morning with 11 Friends joining in, which is about the normal number for a Sunday morning.  We had a few teething troubles as some struggled with the technology as you would expect, but nothing that cannot be sorted out.  We can thoroughly recommend Zoom for any meeting where you want to see and hear all those taking part and I am willing to help anyone wishing to set up a Zoom meeting. 

Posted March 30th 


The solitary figure of Pope Francis alone in St Peter’s Square in Rome delivering his address to the world last Friday evening. 

I was particularly struck by the comment ” In this world, that you, Lord,  love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. ”  The full text of the address can be read on




Posted March 27th 

Pope Francis will preside over a time of universal prayer for an end to the Pandemic.The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi blessing. The blessing is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.


Just before 8,  I opened the front door – suppose I was the only one there!  I started to ring the little cow bell ( with a sound that carries great distances) and up and down the road I heard people clapping.  Cars hooted as they passed on the Stockport Road .

Our neighbours are a young couple who both work in hospitals in Manchester and they were both out clapping too. When the clapping stopped people were shouting thank you to them.

We are truly grateful for the NHS and all its wonderful workers. Please keep praying for them.

See below for a message from a relative in North Yorkshire who works in intensive care at James Cook hospital in Middleborough
AN URGENT APPEAL FROM AN NHS FRONT LINER- a joke or a fact not a misery pact!

COVID 19 has now reached us and we are valiantly trying to hold back the tide. My fellow colleagues in intensive care units and hospitals in the UK and across the world are working day and night to restore hope to families in desperate need of it.

Though starting on the back foot we have personal protective equipment, ventilators and years of training. Most importantly I have my fellow professionals whom I would trust with my own and my family’s life.

We are used to working with stretched resources and as always will do the very best with what we’ve got. I am expecting things to get bad (possibly very) but we are strategically planning for this eventuality. We are anticipating a marathon and not a sprint. I am also fully anticipating on looking back on 2020 as being one of my proudest experiences of working with my colleagues in the NHS.

Having done multiple inventory checks, we are particularly in short supply of jokes, quips and witty banter (especially virus related). Any donations to the front line from self isolation would be gratefully received. Credible, critically appraised instruction from the medical world on how to slay this monster is fundamentally important too.

We remain extremely well stocked in paranoia, hysteria and misinformation- can we politely decline no more donations are at all necessary for the foreseeable future.

The Corona virus pandemic will pass and one way or another we will get through this. It would be nice to think that no matter how bad things should get, we did what Brits do best and never lost our sense of humour or turned on one another. As so often in our history, desperate times have proven to be the catalyst for the greatest of things and a reminder of what really matters.

Stay safe, stay at home and away from each other, and see you on the other side

Posted March 24 th




Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of  The Holy Land Coordination has urged us all  to support people in the Holy Land affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:

“As we approach Easter amid this global pandemic, we must not forget the impact on our sisters and brothers in the land of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection.

“Not only is this a major healthcare crisis, but necessary closures at this time of pilgrimage are also having a devastating impact upon the local economy.

“On top of this the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Gaza, where the healthcare system has effectively collapsed and people are trapped in the most overcrowded conditions on earth, points to an impending humanitarian catastrophe.

“In the face of these unprecedented challenges, we can stand in solidarity with the people of the Holy Land through our prayers and  support the humanitarian agencies working on the ground.”

To find out more and to donate :

UN Relief and works organisation for Palestine refugees in the near east

Medical aid for Palestinians




This Mothering Sunday light a candle in your window at 7 pm to pray for hope


It is good sometimes not to read but to  listen to someone reading to us.  They can bring out meanings we had never noticed before ….. or  just make us laugh.

‘Reading Matthew in Lent’ is a series of simple podcasts prepared for the Lent, offering a daily reading from St Matthew’s Gospel from Ash Wednesday to Easter Monday.                But it is never to late to start!

For the children – and the young at heart!  Grandparents who are sadly missing their time with their grandchildren might like to pass it on .


As all our churches are now closed it is important that we find other ways to inspire each other.

You can watch the broadcast at 6 pm Rome time (5pm in London) on the Vatican website:

Thank you to Rev Tracy Ward at St Thomas Mellor who streams prayer daily at 10 am and 7 pm from the vicarage. Please join her.


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  MAY 2019  This year we sent off a cheque to CA for £8238.71.  This is only £9.57 less than last year which is marvellous given the current uncertainty in the country.  Working together as a team has made this possible and a big thank you to everyone who was involved before, during and after CA week.   This money was raised by our street collections throughout our area and £542.30 from the plant sale.   Without this our figure would have been considerably down as last year we did not have the plant sale.  

Last year we focused on replacing our CROSS ON COBDEN EDGE

Thanks to the support of our local churches, local groups and many individuals we raised the necessary money and on July 23rd the new wooden cross was put in place.

We are so grateful to all who helped in any way to achieve this.

 We held a service of Celebration and Thanksgiving under the new cross on Sunday September 16 at 4 pm .   The new cross was then dedicated.