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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

P&J Social

2pm Wednesday 21 November:

St Peter's Rooms

Our lively fortnightly social group for those with a diagnosis of memory loss and their partner/carers has some space for more people.  If you think this group might be for you or someone you care for just drop in to see what we do or a few vacancies.  Do come for a visit to see what we do or call Anne Stirling, St Peter's Pastoral Worker on 07999 862035.

Mothers' Union

Monday 12 November at 2pm

St Peter's Rooms

"What's in a Name" - Rev Sue Hawkins
New members and visitors are always welcome to our lively Mothers' Union meetings.

Marking Remembrance day

One hundred years after the end of WW1

To mark this centenary there are a number of events over the weekend of 10-11 November.  On Saturday evening the choral society is holding a special concert here at St Peter's, and on that same evening there is a vigil at the Methodist church.  (There are posters in the village for details).  Earlier in the day at 11.30am on Saturday there will be a short service at the Beaumont Care Home - everyone is warmly welcome to all these events.

On Sunday at St Peter's there will be two special morning services.  There is one for families at 9.30am, which gives those attending time to go and watch the procession afterwards, and a civic service at 10.45am, a more formal way of marking Remembrance Day.

The procession will gather in the Shirleys car park at 10.15am before making its way through the high street to church.

Paul Bell: First Light tour

A singer/songwriter of wit and charm

Paul Bell concert: Saturday 17 November

Fresh from Greenbelt, Spring Harvest, Big Church Day Out and more, this is a fabulous opportunity to hear songs that are poignant, witty and melodic from a man who is warm, relaxed, engaging and very funny.  Those of you who came on the weekend away will remember how much we enjoyed Paul Bell on Saturday night.

Now we all, families included, have an opportunity to hear some of his new album (First Light) and some old favourites.  This is also a perfect time to invite some friends along too - and if you'd like to put up posters or pop some flyers into your neighbour, pick some up at the parish office.  Cash bar.  You can pay at the parish office or buy tickets online: 310 from

(there are no extra online charges and accompanied children 15 and under are free)

Shelter during our bleakest weather 

from December through until March

The WHAM (Winter Hope Assistance in Macclesfield) project is one way we can show the love of God in a very practical way to men who would otherwise be sleeping rough in our town.  Last year in Macclesfield WHAM provided shelter in various church buildings between December and March during one of the worst winters of weather.

If you feel God might be calling you to volunteer in this type of role or just want to know more, contact Richard Ainley or telephone 07874 852762.  Full training and support will be given.

Our own nativity Christmas cards

On sale very soon!

This year's Christmas cards will carry pictures from last years' Young Church nativity, capturing a tiny bit of the atmosphere of our children gathering to celebrate Jesus' birth.  After selling out last year we are printing a larger number and they will therefore be cheaper to buy.  No Santas, no snowmen, no glitter - 'proper' Christmas cards to lift the heart!

All Together Singers are flourishing

(and there's still room for more)

It's being a great joy to see - and hear - the different people who've been gathering to sing as part of the All Together Singers.  From the young to the not-so-young, this is a group for everyone - anyone who loves to sing God's praise - and there is always room for more of you.  Whatever your love for music, whether it's singing or playing an instrument, whether you love contemporary songs or the Anglican choral tradition, there is a place for you in church to flourish too.  Just talk to Andrew.

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: 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!

Many thanks

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

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.

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