The fifth Sunday in a month is always a special event, but this month even more so, as we welcomed Bishop Julie to our Benefice for our confirmation service. This was an extra special day for our adult candidates who had been waiting two years since completing their classes just before Covid hit. We also welcomed six young people from across the Benefice.
This year also marks a very special anniversary for Ivan as he celebrates 60 years in Licensed Ministry, having been licenced as a Reader in 1962 and then Ordained in 1980. Ivan has worked very hard supporting our Benefice over the years and it was lovely to have him join us for this service and for Bishop Julie to pray for him. He was also presented with a rose as a 'thank you' for all his service.
On Saturday 21 May Christopher Cromar, an exciting new addition to the organists who play at Sutton, St. James delighted an audience with a variety of organ music including some well known pieces like Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba but also some less well known but interesting works.
The evening concluded with refreshments provided by the choir and in total the evening raised £730 for the Macclesfield Ukrainian Aid Collection Point, a local organisation taking supplies to Ukraine and supporting refugees arriving in our area. A huge thank you to Chris, Sandra and the choir for organising such an enjoyable evening and to everyone who attended for their generosity for such a good cause.
Welcome to our Summer term’s Newsletter, We have had so much fun learning about how things grow and change! Pre-School now have their very own tadpoles named by the children - Wriggly, Swimmy, Rocco, Blippy, Rupert and Crayon! We are so excited to see what happens in the next few weeks!
Our Jubilee party will be on 27th May – come in your best party finery! We’ll have a book and toy stall as well as an amazing raffle where the winner will be able to take home a magnificent Jubilee cake made by the lovely Tanya Walker!
You can read all about the other exciting things that have been happening at the Pre-School here: Newsletter
This month our members were introduced to Ted Mellor from Blood Bikes (SSCBB).
He explained that the Blood Bikes organisation is staffed by volunteers who provide a free, urgent delivery service to hospitals and hospices in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire with 45 hospitals covered. Members heard all about the servivces provided by these riders.
You can read the full report from the meeting here: WI Report.
On May 8th, local parishioners joined together at a service to commemorate 60 years since Ivan became ordained. John Harries presented Ivan with a watercolour of Wincle Church, on behalf of the PCC, completed by our talented local artist Christine Heath. A special cake was made which was served afterwards with a cup of tea. It gave everyone chance to say ‘thank you’ to Ivan for all the years he has been helping and supporting St Michael’s.
For more details about Ivan's last service plus rotas for the month please read the full report here: Full report
At the end of April, Macclesfield deanery had a visit from our three Bishops', Mark, Julie and Sam. They toured the area visiting churches in Macclesfield and beyond. On Tuesday Bishops Mark and Julie came to our benefice. Their day started in Bosley, where they had a look at the church and our new facilities. Then they went down to the Methodist chapel to visit the Bosley Memorial Garden, where prayers were said for those killed or affected by the disaster nearly 7 years ago. They also met people who were there on the day of the explosion or who were involved in the days and weeks that followed.
They then travelled over to Sutton to have lunch in our newly refurbished church hall.
On Wednesday Bishop Sam visited Wincle school, where we joined in whole school worship and learned about 'Wow' and 'Ow' moments as Head Teacher Mrs Smith dropped her precious chocolate Easter egg! He then met members of the school Ethos Council who give Bishop Sam a tour of the school.
In need of refreshment after visiting the school, John then took Bishop Sam down to sample some beer at the Wincle Brewery, and then to top off a perfect afternoon, they went for ice cream at Blaze Farm.