Getting to know each other, getting involved
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
Monday 17 February 2.30pm
St Peter's Rooms
Ever seen a Morris dancer up close?
Now's your chance! Two members of Adlington Morris will explain and demonstrate. Sounds like it might be lively! Do bring a friend or neighbour, or anyone you know who doesn't get out as much as they might. Everyone is very welcome. Tea, cakes and raffle as usual.
P & J Social
Wednesday 26 February
St Peter's' Rooms
Lent Lunches for Christian Aid
Wednesdays in Lent 12noon:
St Peter's Rooms
These are held every Wednesday during Lent in St Peter's Rooms when we provide a bread and soup lunch between 12noon and 1.30pm. Help is needed to make the soup and to set up and serve on the day. There is a sign up sheet at the back of Church or speak to Carolyn. These are enjoyable occasions with a chance to meet and chat but help is also very much appreciated!
Good news from CoRe
We have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. This will enable us to complete the renewal of our old windows in the main hall. Soon new double-glazed windows will let in more light and keep out the drafts. Many thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund!
Sunday 15 March St Peter's Rooms
Advance notice for the date of this year's Annual Parochial Church Meeting - a little earlier than usual. The meeting will take place in St Peter's Rooms after the service of Holy Communion at 10.00am in church.
Not Just Sunday: #EverydayFaith
Chester Diocese Lay Conference
15-17 May 2020: Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
The Lay Conference happens every three years. This time it will focus on encouraging and equipping us to lie out our faith confidently every day of the week, Not Just Sunday. It is for any church member and a time to learn, have fun and share with others from all walks of life. If you think you might like to give it a go talk to Patrick, or Anne (who went last time). The organisers are hoping for at least one representative from every parish in the Diocese - so you could be that person or you could go with a partner or friend.
Crossfinders is a new group for 14-18 year olds at St Peter's. It meets in St Peter's Rooms on the first and third Sunday evenings of the month from 6.30-7.30pm for Bible study and fellowship time. It is a perfect opportunity for teenagers to engage with the Bible more deeply and challenge and encourage one another in their faith, At 7.45pm Sanctuary starts and young people are encouraged to stay for this group too. For more information about this group, please contact Andrea on 07586 358610 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you use Amazon? Did you know that your purchasing power can also support our outreach charity in Upton Priory? Simply purchase from smile.amazon.co.uk instead and nominate The Upton Priory Community Project as your chosen charity. You get all the same benefits of regular Amazon safe in the knowledge that Amazon are making a contribution to our work in Upton Priory. For further information please contact Andrea on 07586 358610 or email@example.com.
Ministry with the Sick and Elderly:
2 opportunities to help.....
Taking Holy Communion to Care Homes
We have a dedicated team of volunteers who take out Holy Communion to six different Care Homes in the Parish. If you think this is something you would like to do we could arrange for you to join a team or shadow one of our volunteers. Ring Anne if you want to know more: 07999 862 035.
Helping at the Hospital Service
We hold a service at Macclesfield Hospital on the first Sunday of each month throughout the year. Our long serving volunteer team is always grateful for new people to come and help. Ring Thea if you want to know more: 01625 828213.
Do you like to design?
... or would you like to learn?
The Communication Hub is looking for someone to help with occasional posters, such as Sunday Teas or concerts. It would be lovely to welcome another person to our Hub - so if you are interested or would like to find out more please talk to Avril on 820041.
Notices for the Diary
If you have any notices for community events we are happy to include them in our monthly Diary, space permitting. Please send short notices to the Parish Office.
Prestbury Halle Concert Group:
Opus One Concert Series 2019-20
Tickets are available at a discount and there are a few seats on the Thursday coach to and from Prestbury. For more information please contact Val Goss - 07957252116 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Joy Sheppard - 07855876175 or email@example.com
If you haven't collected a Prayer Diary from the back of the church please do so - they are A5-sized blue cards.
Coffee after the 10am Sunday service
It would be great to give our faithful coffee makers a bit of a break....and our kitchen is a lovely one to work in! Do sign up to make coffee one Sunday if you can. The sign up list is on the hatch. Everything is provided and the dishwasher does most of the hard work.
There is a small library of books upstairs in St Peter's Rooms. Do have a look and borrow a book if you wish. It is very informal - just fill in the borrowing record book please.
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.
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.
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
Thursdays 10 - 11am
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.