Social Events: Getting to know each other
Care for those with memory loss
Fortnightly on Wednesdays
2.00pm - 4.00pm in St Peter's Rooms
P & J Social is a relaxed, happy and friendly social for carers and their loved ones whose illness has been diagnosed as dementia, short term memory loss, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease. There are a few spaces available. Please contact Anne to find out more by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07999 862 035, or Pam & James Wallwork email: email@example.com
7.30pm Monday 23 October
St Peter's Rooms
Don't worry if you couldn't make the first few evenings, there's still time to join us to explore - about faith, about Jesus, about all the big questions that life holds. The new Alpha course may be exactly what you're looking for, so here's a chance to get a taste of the first session and see if it's right for you. There's a meal first, then a video and time for discussion. If you'd like to know more, please do talk to Patrick or a warden. No need to sign up, just come along.
Christian Aid's work in central Africa
3.00-4.30pm Thursday 19 October
Grove Lane Baptist Church, Cheadle Hulme
An opportunity to hear about the work on the ground from Salome Ntububa, who is the emergency manager for Central Africa. She will be sharing stories of the transformative work of faith communities there. There's no charge for this and there's a poster in the south porch with more details. Or talk to Helen Howe.
Have the best firework party ever, without lifting a finger...
Friday 3 - Sunday 5 November 2017
Weekend away at Whitmoor Lakes
Plans are well underway for our weekend by the lake, Andrea and Bev are building something awesome for children and each day there are other activities - games, a challenge course, high ropes, zip wires and abseiling...Patrick has had his 'eureka' moment and now has a secret plan for the Vicar's Challenge. There'll be a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum led by our very own Colonel Dominque Cairns and there'll be something gentle and 'crafty' for the less energetic amongst us.
Then there are the fireworks - all the delight and none of the hard work! And sitting around the fire pit, discovering what 'smores' are. (Which I'm not even certain I spelled correctly - fortunately that doesn't affect the taste and they are apparently the stickiest best!) There'll be time to reflect, time to worship, or if you prefer, time to do absolutely nothing at all - you can do as much or as little as you want...
There are still a few places available (in en suite rooms and no arbitrary sharing) so talk to Bill Humphreys to find out costs and to book. Or if you'd like to know more, do talk to one of us: Patrick, Avril, Anne, Helen, Bill... loads of us went last time and are very definitely going again.
Exciting for children, perfect for families, welcoming for everybody – our weekends away have been a fabulous way to cement friendships, build new ones and have a weekend that’s a real break as well as loads of fun.
This year we’re going to a new venue close to Lichfield, similar to the Pioneer Centre where we went before, but a bit more modern.
Talk to Bill Humphreys to find out costs and to book.
(Please note: weekends away are for everybody, so if the cost would be a struggle, please talk to Patrick)
If you want to catch a flavour of what a church weekend away is like look at the photos on our webpages:
Advent calendars are on their way
(Proper ones with the story and chocolate)
Real Advent calendars mean you don't have to make a choice between the calendar your child wants and a calendar that is actually an Advent calendar (rather than one that simply counts down to Christmas!)
What's more the chocolate is fairtrade and money from each calendar sold this year helps fund a clinic in Kenya (their website meaningfulchocolate.co.uk gives more info). They'll be available soon - what's not to like?!
And Christmas cards ...
(with pictures of our Church and grounds)
Beautifuk snow scenes and stained glass - our new Christmas cards will be a familiar record for local friends and a taste of life here for those far away. Available in the next week or two in packs of eight.
Will you risk the Big Church Day Out?
To ensure that there will be a northern Big Church Day Out next year, the organisers are looking for individuals, businesses or groups to help underwrite the costs. This year's made a small loss but as it was the first one they are confident that next year's will finance itself. It is still a risk but one that we believe is worth taking to keep a fabulous weekend to support Christians in the north as well as the south. Please talk to Patrick.
Special and All Services in the next few weeks:
For Special Services coming soon at our churches see webcalendar on this page: "Special Services"
For all Services coming soon at our 3 churches see webcalendar on this page: "The Next Four Weeks"
Afternoon Tea at St Peter's Rooms at 2:30pm on a Monday every month
Everyone is invited to tea and cake with a speaker and a raffle.
Join the Holy Dusters/ Folders/Helpers
Can you spare.....
A couple of hours a month … to help fold and staple the Bulletin (flexible times towards the end of each month)
One hour a month … to join in with a worship service at a local care home (11.00am the last Friday of each month)
One hour a week, or every other week - to join our Holy Dusters and Oddjobbing Team (11.45am every Thursday for just an hour)
Interested? Put your name and contact
details into the red post-box at the back
of church – we will be in touch!
And coffee-making too … Bill is putting
together a rota of people to make coffee
after the two morning services – please
sign up on the list.
Weekly thoughts from the vicar:
Each week our vicar publishes his "thoughts" in the Sunday Worship Sheet at St Peter's. This link: Weekly thoughts from the vicar takes you to his last three messages.