Getting to know each other, getting involved
Are you curious about faith?
A new Alpha course will start soon
If you have questions about faith, Jesus, what life's about, what we believe, Alpha is a good place to explore them. If you have a friend who's curious about God or wondering what a spiritual life might look like, Alpha is open to all people, all questions, confusions and challenges. If you feel like giving your relationship with God a 'spring clean', Alpha will offer you a fresh experience. Please talk to Patrick or Avril if you'd like to know more.
The Friday Night Youth Project
Our thriving youth group is looking for help to enable us to expand
In just two years, the Friday Night Youth Project has grown from a tiny seed to a flourishing tree, and as our numbers grow, so does our need for adult helpers. There is a legal ratio of adult to child and we hate it when we have to turn youngsters away because we don't have enough adults helping.... Volunteering with the FNYP is very satisfying. Loved by both parents and youngsters, the FNYP keeps us in touch with the next generation's world view - and it's never ever dull. Could you join us? Talk to Andrea: call 07586 358610 or email email@example.com
Ed Billingham and Joanne Wade (Guitar duo)
Sunday 23 September: 3.00-3.45pm church
The final concert of the season features two talented guitarists. No charge for admission as usual, and a retiring collection that's split between church funds and the charity of the performers' choice.
Sunday tea: Prestbury youth pantomime group
Sunday 23 September: 3.00-5.00pm St Peter's Rooms
Even if the weather has faded, the homemade cakes haven't. Nor has the friendly welcome that you and your friends will receive. Make the most of it - there is only one more tea after this!
This Sunday is Michelle's last Sunday
Let's make it a memorable one!
Sunday 23 September, worship, lunch & gift
Wednesday 26 September 2pm St Peter's Rooms
Our social group for those with a diagnosis of memory loss and their partner/carer has a few vacancies. Do come for a visit to see what we do if you feel the group could be for you or someone you care for. If you ring Anne first on 07999 862035 we can look out for you.
St Peter's Open Day
Saturday 22 September 10.00-12.00 noon, 2.00-4.00pm
How well do you know your church? On Sundays there is little time to take in much of the history that surrounds us so here's an opportunity to find out more. There will be guided tours of the church, Norman Chapel and Saxon Cross, with history, ancient records, tithe maps and registers. (See who owned the land in 1850 and who was baptised, buried and married as far back as the Tudors). There is a sign up form at the back of church so that we know when to expect you. Do invite your friends too!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Friday 28 September 10.00-12.00 noon St Peter's Rooms
Can you help make cakes, make coffee, set up, clear away? Any offers gratefully received, please contact Joyce on 260608, 07989 791710 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
House groups will resume
Tuesdays in September
We have a number of small groups who meet to explore their faith in more depth, to ask the questions there isn't space for in church and to get to know each other better. If you'd like to find out more please talk to Patrick or Avril.
Cross Canada Cycle Challenge 2019
3-9 May: See the Rockies and raise funds for The Message
Who feels up to a fabulous, if gruelling, seven days cycling through vast swathes of Canada, including the magnificent Rockies?
This amazing adventure is an initiative from The Message to support their work with what they call the hardest to reach - young people. The group started locally in Manchester in 1988 and has flourished.
Their aim is simple, to share the gospel and transform lives; in schools through music, dance and theatre; in the most deprived areas by building community; and in prisons, often through practical ways of helping to break the poisonous cycle of reoffending. They speak in a language that youngsters understand at a time when the most basic understanding of Jesus is often entirely absent.
If you'd like to find out more, check out their website: http://www.message.org.uk and search for Cross Canada Cycle Challenge 2019. We have some very fit folks in our congregation - this might be just the way to have a wonderful, guilt-free trip!
Do you love books?
(and do you have a good sense of order?!)
Upstairs in the balcony area of St Peter's Rooms (called Galilee) you will discover a growing library of Christian books - many from Elizabeth and David Briggs when they moved south - and we need a simple system so that people can borrow these books. Does sorting and cataloguing everything sound like a task that would engage you? It would be very satisfying to complete!
For generations reading Christian books has been one of the ways Christians grow in their faith - through biographies, devotional books, help with prayer and apologetics, as well as Bible commentaries or Christian lifestyle issues. If you think this might be something you could enjoy, please talk to Patrick or one of the ministry team.
Sustainable shopping bags for sale
- a tiny step to stop damaging God's earth
These strong, recycled jute shopping bags are good in three ways. They're far better than lethal plastic, they support Hope in North-east Cheshire, and they are one more small way to follow the Church's fifth mark of mission, which is to look after this beautiful earth that God has blessed us with. Minimum price for each bag is £1.50 (the cost of production), but if you'd like to give more, that would be great!
Do you love to sing? Or play?
Would you like to join the music group?
The music group enjoys a glorious blend of voices and instruments as it leads us in morning worship, roughly twice a month. At any one time we may have singers, keyboards, guitars, clarinet, violin...... Pretty much every instrument is welcome to the mix, bringing variety to the music as well as joy. If you have a musician inside wondering whether to emerge, please talk to Andrew, Patrick or one of the music group.
Do you enjoy coffee after morning services?
It's lovely to see friendly faces making our coffees but have you noticed how often they are the same friendly faces? It would be really good if we could share this easy task out a bit more. Pop your name down on the rota and join in!
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"
You can also view The Rota
Afternoon Tea: book swap at St Peter's Rooms at 2:30pm Monday 17 September
Bring a book with you and take a different one home! A chance to browse through books others have enjoyed and find new writers you may enjoy too. Tea, cake and raffle as usual - do come and bring a friend.
Join the Holy Dusters/ Coffee Makers/Helpers
Can you spare.....
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 morning service – 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.