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Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine
its regular pattern, including our new church council which begins its work.
Yet this is the moment when we see how ‘real’ our Easter excitement really was! We should return from our Easter celebrations back to our everyday lives. Being a Christian doesn’t mean living in a state of permanent excitement, but rather letting every part of our everyday lives be transformed by the presence of the risen Lord.
Billy Graham Quotes
Pott Shrigley Cricket Club
Express Cricket Club Winners Reunion
“Your Vote, Your Council”
Flix in the Stix
Tales from Keith the Post
Irmageddon, 6 months on
‘He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised to life for their sake.’ 2 Corinthians 5:15
Turning the Tide, Religious Freedom in the UK
The Suffering Church
Guild Goings On
PS: I have been greedy this month, and submitted two items to our editor: please see my article on Religious Freedom in the UK.
Chores & Chains
Recipe: Angel Cake
From the Registers
Regular Church Activities
Dear friends, Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! So we proclaim on Easter morning. In our worship we try to capture something of the joyful surprise of that first Easter as the news spread like wildfire among the disciples: ‘Have you heard? Jesus is alive! We’ve seen Him!!’ ‘Yes, He’s appeared to us, too! Alleluia!!’
A time of delirious excitement, though, is often followed by a feeling of anti-climax: ‘coming down to earth with a bump’. The first Easter was no exception: a few days later we find the disciples kicking their heels and wondering what to do next. Peter even suggests a fishing trip to fill in the time. In our own Easter experience, too, there can be that same anti-climax. Very quickly, the excitement is behind us; the humdrum of normal life resumes: back to school, back to work. Church life, too, resumes
Your friend and vicar,
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Confirmation Report On Sunday 4 March 2018, eight young people and one adult were confirmed at St Christopher’s by Bishop Libby of Stockport. Church was packed with family and friends supporting the candidates with their prayers and worship; the photographs on the cover pages of this edition of HotPott show the joy of the occasion. Here are the thoughts of some of the young people: Niamh Davies: I was confirmed on 4th March. We had been preparing for ages so it was weird to actually be there but it was worth all the preparation, especially as all my family was going to be there and because I was being confirmed by Bishop Libby. It was an amazing experience and I was very excited about it. I hope lots more young people in our church (and other churches) will choose to be confirmed as I think it is a big step in your journey in understanding and praising God. Elanor Malyon: When David the Vicar first asked me what I thought being confirmed meant, I answered: ‘I knew I could then have the bread and wine at Holy Communion services’! Now, a few months later, it means a lot more than that. It means I have confirmed that I am a Christian and know more about the sacrifice that Jesus made to forgive my sins. It also means that He would like to be involved in all aspects of my life.
I now know that the classes were good fun (I wasn’t expecting this but David made them very friendly) and that all of the young people at them got on really well. I was a bit nervous before the confirmation service last week but Bishop Libby was really nice and also not at all what I expected. She kept smiling and helped us all though the service. We were all given a special book from the church and signed by the Bishop that will help us to grow as Christians and even gives advice on what to do when life becomes difficult. I would certainly recommend the other children in our church to think about being confirmed. Tom Murphy: I really enjoyed the confirmation classes that David (Swales) ran for us. Seven of us went to the classes and I think it helped that we all knew each other quite well from Junior Church. The classes helped me look at God in a different way, and to understand the Bible more. I also liked the way that there were no right or wrong answers – it was all opinion. The confirmation service was amazing. It was very special being surrounded by people I know who love and support me, and signing myself with the water from the font. Bishop Libby’s sermon really spoke to me. I also liked how the confirmation candidates were asked
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to help choose songs for the service.
forward to continuing my journey with Christ.
Now that I can take communion I really feel like a full member of the church. I hope that others will take the same steps as me in going to confirmation classes as I think it’s an important part of anyone’s journey as a Christian. I’m excited about and looking
Please continue to pray for all those who were confirmed, for them to continue their Christian journey sure in the knowledge that God is always with them, helping them along the way.
Billy Graham Quotes The American evangelist Billy Graham died in late February. Here are some of his notable quotes… I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love. My home is in Heaven. I’m just travelling through this world. God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’ Suppose you could gain everything in the whole world, and lost your soul. Was it worth it? There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men. The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Knowing we will be with Christ forever far outweighs our burdens today! Keep your eyes on eternity. God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there. HotPott - April 2018
Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength. Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven. Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve Him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence. Without the Resurrection, the cross is meaningless. Believers, look up - take courage. The angels are nearer than you think. The Cross shows us the seriousness of our sinbut it also shows us the immeasurable love of God. Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God. Quit beating yourself up. We all live under grace and do the best we can. Page 5
Pott Shrigley Cricket Club - the new season! As the 2018 season approaches we hope all Junior Hillman are in fine form and raring to go for the new season. Training sessions are underway. Junior indoor training: Who: all those up to and including year 8 in school, new players, boys or girls wanting to try the game out, experienced or not. When: 7pm – 8pm each Wednesday evening, including over the Easter holidays. Where: Sports Hall at Macclesfield Academy, Park Lane Macclesfield, SK11 8JR. Cost: £2.00 each.
When: 6.30pm – 8.00pm starting Friday 20th April 2018, weather permitting! Where: Pott Shrigley cricket ground. The first league matches take place at the beginning of May. Senior team nets take place between 8pm and 9.30pm on Thursday evenings up until the 29th March, also at the Macclesfield Academy. The team is now in the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League, which should mean a lot less travelling. The first fixtures are: 21st April 1st v Hollingworth (Home); 2nds v Hollingworh (Away).
Junior outdoor training:
28th April 1st v Birch Vale (Away); 2nds v Hadfield (Home).
Who: as above!
Express Cricket Cup Winners Reunion It is 40 years since Pott Shrigley Cricket Club won the 1977 Macclesfield Express Knock Out Cup; this giant killing victory was celebrated with a reunion dinner at the Church House Inn. In the earlier rounds Pott Shrigley had to beat Poynton and Macclesfield and then overcome Bollington in the final, which was played at Victoria Road in front of a large crowd. Seven of the original team attended and spent an enjoyable afternoon remembering the
triumph. Allan Sherratt (captain at the time) retold the details of the achievement and paid tribute not only to the players involved but also the many past members and local families who have contributed to the club over the years. The club’s president, Robert Street, responded by outlining the club’s present progress in improving facilities and paid special thanks to the junior coaching staff and the many helpers for all their efforts.
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Original team members in attendance were Allan Sherratt, Ken Barlow, Graham Hackney, Steve Higginbotham, Tony Hutter, Martin Tute and Paul Wrigley along with Mrs.
Sandra Arnold and Ian Brooke representing missing team members, to whom a toast of remembrance was paid.
Congratulations to Rosie and Chris Day on the arrival of Zachary Matthew on 5th March 2018; he weighed in at 7lbs 7oz and everyone is doing well. Jess is a very proud big sister. We thank the Lord for Zacharyâ€™s safe arrival, and wish the Day family every joy.
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“Your Vote, Your Council” Village Spring Clean - Any Volunteers?? On Saturday 7th April all your councillors will be out – no matter what the weather – making our village tidy. Any volunteers are welcome to join us! All equipment and hi-viz safety jackets will be available. Please, if you are able to help, meet us outside St. Christopher’s Church at 10am. Vehicle Accidents Cllr. Wray described two weather related accidents caused by vehicles failing to stop at the end of Bakestonedale Road, running into the church wall and causing damage. A third accident occurred in the same place on 17th March. Editor. No details are known of two of these incidents as the cars were driven off before details could be obtained, but the third car could not be driven so the churchwarden has the details.
ran a story about Ben whom they consider to be a ‘local hero’. Ben said: ‘I was just doing what I felt everybody used to do years ago with that close community spirit. I saw a job that needed doing and I did it, it wasn’t about the publicity.’ Rural Crime Team (Macclesfield) Want to play your part in policing our rural and farming communities? On Wednesday 2nd May 2018, the Rural Crime Team are holding a rural crime presentation and recruitment event for those who may be interested in becoming a Special Constable or a Police Support Volunteer. This is an exciting opportunity for those who care deeply about their communities and our countryside to help police some of the most remote and vulnerable areas of the county.
Cllr Wray explained that he knows of a website linked through the police website which is used to collect information on accidents where the details of the vehicle involved is unknown. Cllr. Wray suggested we use this site to record accidents in the village to avoid losing accident data that is valuable in our quest to improve road safety. Website details available next month. Thank you to Ben Moorhouse Cllr. Barlow-Walsh and the council would like to thank Ben for his excellent work in clearing the snow on Shrigley Road near Nab Lane when Cllr. Barlow-Walsh and another driver were stuck in early March. Ben fixed a snowplough to the front of his Land Rover to help out his neighbours and the wider Bollington and Pott Shrigley community, leading to dozens of people on social media hailing him a hero. The Macclesfield Express Page 8
Come along and meet the team: they will explain what they do and how you can help. The team want to attract members of the farming community as well as those who regularly visit the countryside for recreation; what matters most is that you are passionate and enthusiastic. You would be working with the Rural Crime Team based in Macclesfield and looking after the outlying villages and hamlets and areas of the Peak District National Park. For more information please use the addresses below: https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/policesupport-volunteers/ https://www.cheshire.police.uk/jobs/specialconstables/ The event is on Wednesday 2nd May at Blaze HotPott - April 2018
Farm, on the A54, SK11 0BL, 7pm – 9pm. If you are interested in attending please email Sgt Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org. police.uk Planning Applications 18/0815D Norman’s Hall Farm, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SE. Discharge of condition 5 in replacement dwelling – Full Planning Consent Ref. 16/4970M Submission of details of the use of any facing or roofing materials. 18/0811M Norman’s Hall Farm, as above Proposed development of 4 dwellings and associated works following demolition of existing building. The council has no objection to this application. 18/0650M 1 Brookbank Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK12 1UE. 2 storey rear extension 18/0654M 3 Brookbank Cottages, as above. 2 storey rear extension 18/0655M 2 Brookbank Cottages, as above. 2 storey rear extension
the properties and more occupants will undoubtedly mean more cars. Decision NP/CEC/1017/1044 Cophurst Knott, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley. Listed building consent. Replace window casements/sashes with exact match windows fitted with double glazing which looks like single. GRANTED taking into account the amendments submitted on 3rd February 2018 Pending 17/6440M Park Cottage, Shrigley Park, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA. Demolish existing conservatory on rear of property and construct new larger orangery as per drawings. Date and Time of Next Meetings The next parish council meetings will be held on Monday 9th April at 8pm in the village hall.
The three applications above were dealt with together as they are identical. The council had no objection in principle but because the extensions will create five bedroom houses, the number of occupants is likely to increase, either now or in the future, so there are concerns about the removal of foul water as all these properties use septic tanks. In addition the additional roof area will produce more surface water and as there are no main drains this will put greater pressure on the land drains. There is already a problem with cars being parked on what is a dangerous blind bend rather than using the space behind
Spuley Lane inaccessible during the blizzard at the beginning of March.
Mr Andrew Wood of Mitchell Fold would be interested to know if anyone from the village would object to his corn shed being sold and converted into living accommodation? No plans have been made or submitted to the authorities yet; Andrew wishes to reassure people that any conversion would be in keeping with the local area. HotPott - April 2018
4th April – Murder on the Orient Express 2nd May – Hidden Figures 6th June – Paddington 2
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Missionary Matters no prayer - no blessing little prayer - little blessing much prayer - much blessing
Megumi and Helen Fazakerley are back in Malawi, hard at work. A new semester has started at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, where Megumi teaches. 78 students are enrolled, but 10 of them are currently away on block placement for practical ministry assignment. Megumi is enjoying teaching a group of 11 first year students on the Chichewa certificate course; they seem genuinely interested in studying God’s word. He still finds teaching in Chichewa a challenge: time-consuming and frustrating, but fun at times too. Pray for him. The Malawi Bible Society has just published the New Testament portion of a Chichewa study Bible based on the ‘Good News’ translation; Megumi asks for prayer that the Old Testament part will soon follow, plus a new revision of the older literal (Authorised Version) translation they are working on. Helen is working part-time in the office due to the temporary absence (through illness) of the personnel coordinator. Although the rainy season has not ended yet, power supplies are deteriorating; apparently water levels are too low for hydroelectric generation. The government needs to find a long-term sustainable solution. Several people joined Megumi and Helen’s support team during their recent sojourn in the UK, so finances are currently better. Please pray however about the threat of having to pay tax on their support; the SIM Malawi leadership are still working on the problem.
Johnny and Ann McClean continue to work with the New City Fellowship Church in Bangkok; Dave Barr, an RE teacher from Northern Ireland, is with them till May. Around 150 neighbours and friends joined the church outreach event at Christmas; pray that contact will be maintained with these people and that they will want to learn more about Jesus. Other contacts are being made through running twice-weekly English classes; the McCleans are looking for clear opportunities to share the gospel with their students. Previously Johnny was trying to help some Christian Pakistani refugees who are finding life in Thailand tremendously difficult as the authorities don’t allow them to work and imprison many of the men. The McCleans are now assisting some Afghan refugees, including a Christian couple, Assef and his pregnant wife Sarah, who together with such Afghan friends they are able to bring each week, are attending a ‘Christianity Explored’ course run by Johnny and Dave. The refugees are in dire circumstances, yet so eager to know more about the gospel. One lad, Caleb, is 16 – the same age as the McClean’s son Matthew - but their life experiences are so very different! Ann is finding life at St. Andrew’s School challenging though the new temporary head Simon, whose father was an Anglican bishop in Australia, is proving a breath of fresh air with his positive and calm attitude. A new permanent head is expected from Nepal in August, as well as several new teachers. Ann has had a number of opportunities to talk about why they came to Thailand; pray that the quality of her work, her commitment to individuals and love for others will open up more opportunities in the coming months. The children are doing
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well, and developing in their faith. Matthew is trying for a scholarship to the local 6th form college, which offers A levels rather than the International Baccalaureate which they do at St. Andrews. He is currently working for his IGCSE exams this summer.
The Difference I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. ‘Why doesn’t God help me?’ I wondered, He answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’ I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on grey and bleak, I wondered why God didn’t show me, He said, ‘But you didn’t seek.’ I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys in the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, ‘My child, you didn’t knock.’ I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day; I had so much to accomplish That I had to take time to pray.
I was telling my children the story of when Jesus and the disciples were in a boat, crossing the Sea of Galilee, and a storm came up and threatened to sink them. I went on: ‘Meanwhile, Jesus had fallen asleep in the stern. So, the disciples, scared of drowning, went back and woke Jesus, hoping He could save them. Then Jesus woke up and said, “Be quiet…”’ To which my son interjected, ‘because I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!’ *** A boy was desperate for a bicycle, and his minister urged him to pray for one. A few days later he met the boy on the road, on a new bike, and so he congratulated him on his quick answer to prayer. ‘So, will you keep praying?’ the minister said encouragingly. ‘Oh yes,’ the boy replied, ‘More than ever. You see, I stole the bike and now I’m praying for forgiveness, and also that I won’t get caught.’ ***
I was standing in line at the bank when there was a commotion at the counter. A woman was very distressed, exclaiming, ‘Where will I put my money?! I have all my money and my mortgage here!! What will happen to my mortgage?! You can’t do this to us!’ It turned out that she had misunderstood a small sign on the counter. The sign read: WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY.
Thanks from the Matheson family…. Words cannot express how grateful we are for all the prayerful support, love and practical help that flowed from our amazing church family to us following the tragic death of Laura’s beloved fiancé George. Please continue to pray for Laura and George’s family in particular, the healing process will take some time obviously, though we have been humbled by the huge faith we witnessed in Laura and George’s very extensive family and friends whilst we were in Uganda (and since!). We know that God is with us in all things, and that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Romans 8:28 Page 12
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Tails from Keith the Post
Let me introduce myself – my name is Keith and for 28½ years I had the pleasure of being the Pott Shrigley postman until medical retirement six years ago. Delivering the post was only a part of my duties – I had to be a mobile handyman, Citizens Advice Bureau and at times a Samaritan – but by far the most rewarding was being a modern day Dr. Dolittle.
of being in such close proximity to a very ‘soggy doggy’ I was somewhat soaked so I decided there and then to do something about it: I purchased a large bag of dog biscuits and the following day, on arriving at the house I propelled a number of biscuits through the open van window in order to distract the dog. Success!
This, however, led to the spectacle being played out at more and more calls and as a result required an inexhaustible supply of dog biscuits. I soon discovered that the mixed oval variety were the best, as when rolled along the driveways they gave an uneven bounce making it more difficult (and comical) for the dogs to catch. I thought of this as part of my service to the community by providing exercise for a great many dogs – but at a price – I considered trying to claim the cost of the biscuits on my tax return! All the dogs had their individual characteristics, but all would chase a biscuit knowing they could eat it. Sometimes it worked against me, as certain dogs would not let me pass until I had fed them!
To be a rural postman especially, it is essential not to be afraid of animals, dogs in particular. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, friendly or aggressive – not unlike some of the owners. However with the help of an abundance of dog biscuits I was always assured of a warm welcome from the dogs, if not the homeowners.
The idea of the dog biscuits came at an early stage in my tenure as Pott Shrigley postman. I used to deliver to Ed & Sue Carley at West Park Gate Farm where they had this rather large and inquisitive Alsatian. One day, after it had been raining heavily, I arrived on the drive and as I was trying to get out of the van the dog leapt inside, pinning me down to the seat whilst leaning over my shoulder to inspect the contents of the vehicle. As a result Page 14
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helped in some small way to train them to sit and shake a paw on the production of a treat. In their earlier years I was able to feed them by hand but as they grew larger my hand would disappear into their mouths – very gently, but resulting in a very wet and gooey hand. As a result I had them sit on the doorstep whilst I lobbed biscuits into their considerably large mouths. If Ann was in the kitchen when I arrived, each of the dogs would batter the glass at the side of the door with their large paws or howl until she appeared. Sue Ralston had a number of lovely little Jack Russells who loved chasing biscuits either down the drive or, if wet, from the utility room and through the kitchen diner. This was done by rolling the ovals with just enough pace to keep them in front of the dogs (oh, there was a certain skill to this!) until they were able to leap on them on the mat at the end of the room and slide to a halt in front of the radiator – this provided hours of fun for Andrew and Sue. Mrs Dalton used to have a dog and if she was not at home I had to feed biscuits through the letter box as the dog would charge around the room causing chaos. Billy the little Patterdale terrier at Pott Shrigley Joinery would not let my relief postman into the office because he never carried any biscuits.
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Perhaps the most amusing incident involved Laddie, a spaniel at Cophurst Knott. He knew what time I was due
and used to sit at an upstairs window – the windows slid sideways as opposed to ‘up and down’ sash windows – where he would wait for me to drive past and go up to Birchencliffe Farm. On my return a few minutes later, he would bark and get very agitated as I reached the front door where I proceeded to lob biscuits up for him to catch. He thought this was a great game and it was a source of amusement to numerous walkers making their way to or from the moor. On the day in question the lady who lived next door, Margaret, called to see Helen, Laddie’s owner, about ¾ hour before I was due to drive past. Laddie, who must have been sleeping, heard the doorbell and thinking it was me, rushed to the open window. He jumped onto the windowsill, slipped, and rocketed out of the window much to the astonishment of Margaret, who was stood at the front door as this chocolate and cream coloured spaniel flew past her head and landed on the lawn. Laddie landed, picked himself up, shook himself and dashed through the now open door past an amazed and confused Helen & Margaret. Laddie suffered no ill effects from his leap into space, boldly going where no spaniel had gone before, and was waiting for me ¾ hour later. Many of us remember Keith delivering our mail, come rain, shine, hail and snow; unlike many posties though, I don’t remember seeing him in shorts – Pott Shrigley probably wasn’t ready for that particular vision. Always ready to oblige, he went out of his way to be helpful; I remember that more than once Keith altered his delivery route just to ensure an important letter arrived with us early in the day, and he delivered our post to Needygate Farm when we were on holiday to avoid advertising our absence to passers by. Or perhaps he did that as an excuse to obtain more of Auntie Mu’s tray bake?? More tails from Keith next month. Page 15
Irmageddon, 6 months on 8th February 20.59
light! Sheer unadulterated luxury!
I’ve had rather a lot of requests for another update since the last one before Christmas, so you asked for it and here it is........
There were an awful lot of people, I’ve since found out, that were extremely worried about me going on this trip. I didn’t see just how very unwell I was but knew that once away I would be in a place for the perfect convalescence and that was the case. I’m still not there yet but mostly okay.
Firstly this won’t be as exciting and page turning as our previous hurricane adventures. This update has more to do with mundane, every day matters.
As you know I left you as we sailed for distant shores. Our builders were stood down for six weeks whilst the wonderful Rita and Peter attempted to have a relaxing holiday in between brushing dogs, stroking cats and ruffling a few Polly parrot feathers. They did an amazing job, the dogs much prefer them to us, in fact they all do, ‘nough said. As we boarded our sanctuary, the Silver Whisper, it became obvious by each day just how stressful and difficult our life has been. Such normal things in life as electricity, water coming out of a tap, and hot showers need planning before they happen. Numerous times daily we would ask: ‘Do we need the small petrol generator or the large diesel generator to enable these? Have we remembered to switch all the generator cables over to keep our freezers, fridges and fans going?’ On board it all miraculously and seamlessly happened. To give you an example: it’s the middle of the night, you need the loo, you search frantically in the dark for a torch, you stumble over cats and dogs to the bathroom; I lost count the first week on board the number of times I looked for that torch and then, what joy, what incredulity, there is a switch and then there’s Page 16
The cruise was perfect, the crew, as always, wonderful, the fellow passengers, well I’ve just acquired 300 new best friends. In fact within a few days of being on board we booked again, we’re off mid March for another three weeks of rejuvenation. The following week’s land based holiday to California was also an interesting adventure, however I’m wondering if we’re not some kind of disaster magnet. In Los Angeles we were there for the floods and mudslides and in the Napa Valley drove through fire ravaged areas with plenty of houses burnt to the ground and just a brick fireplace with chimney standing. I’m not sure we’re safe to be around at the moment. And so we came home to the land of generators and potholes, a complete contrast indeed. Stephen was immediately racing round, I turned my attention to winning back the affections of our menagerie and learning again how to reluctantly share my home with a varied collection of builders. Our challenges here are numerous and seem to be growing. One of the main difficulties is dealing with the port. Personally we have part of our customised house in there so rebuilding is going slowly; business wise HotPott - April 2018
Stephen has maybe a million dollars worth of customers’ orders stuck there which means they can’t progress their own rebuilding. Something will have to give. Generally people are becoming very annoyed and frustrated, especially as the port is charging the customer for storage, which is ridiculous as it’s the port’s/shippers’ fault. In general, as I’ve said before, our worry is what’s happening outside our control. There is little confidence in the government, there is little confidence in how the country is rebuilding and restoring the infrastructure. More and more of our friends, long term residents, are selling their hurricane damaged homes to outsiders who want to make a quick buck, taking the insurance money and running. I look back on the life we had, the life we took for granted, the life I assumed would be there forever and grieve for that loss; I never shed a tear for our blown away house or furniture but I’d like that previous life back please. And the moral of this has to be to enjoy the moment, make it all count; it’s fragile, easy to say but hard to do.
We still move forward slowly; I think we may have found the secret, we can do this if we have regular breaks off island; we are the lucky ones to be able to do this, there are still many people without a roof and there are still a few in shelters. Generally though resilience shines through in people, they accept hardship stoically. These storms were nobody’s fault and like us they are just trying to rebuild their lives one day at a time.
Doreen Ayrton nee Lomas Thank you to Mr. Eric. W. Lomas, Mrs. Sheila Kirk and Mrs. Audrey Williams for their donations to St Christopher’s in memory of Doreen, who recently died at the age of 93 years. Doreen was born at Jackson Brow, Pott Shrigley on 14th April 1924; she was one of six children and her father was bailiff at Sherrow Booth Farm. She attended Pott Shrigley School and St Christopher’s Church; two of her (slightly younger) contemporaries would have been Kay Penney and Dorothy HotPott - April 2018
Stewart, among many others. I understand that Doreen’s brother Eric is the only one of her siblings still living; he no longer resides locally but used to run a haulage business in Bollington. Many of us will remember another of Doreen’s siblings, Gwynn (Barton), who attended St Christopher’s until she died in 2003; Gwynn and her husband Jack used to own Barton’s Chippy in Bollington. Doreen died on 4th February 2018; may she rest in peace.
PCC Ponderings 15 members were present at the PCC meeting on March 6th to discuss regular items as well as looking forward to our annual meeting on 19th March.
The church has recently had a quinquennial inspection – a survey of the fabric carried out by the diocesan architect. This always results in a list of repair work in varying degrees of urgency. David Garton outlined some of the major items: eroded stonework, particularly the areas of softer stone around the windows and doors and pointing, especially to the north wall where hard pointing has been used to replace lime mortar and eroded the stone around the joints. A quotation of £8700 (plus fees) has been received from a stonemason for the pointing. The total estimates in the quinquennial report amount to approximately £70,000, prioritised as follows:
A meeting of the Charitable Giving Sub-Committee was held on 4th February. This group meets to consider how the sum of £7,930 should be distributed to the various charities and missionary partners supported by St Christopher’s. We are proud that we give 10% of money received each year to charities, though many organisations doing good work around the world are competing for funds. We decided to keep the list of charities receiving donations the same as in 2017 but equalise the amount going to Barnabas Fund, Open Doors and CPAS at £900 each. The charities listed also include the Bible Society, whose work was so movingly illustrated in the recent talk in church, as well as the sum of £130 set aside for giving Bibles to children in Reception and Year 3 at Pott Shrigley School. The proposed donations were agreed by the PCC and will go forward for approval at the Annual Church Meeting. Staying with finance, our treasurer Peter Kennedy circulated the final accounts to 31 December 2017. In general, income has remained fairly stable but expenditure has increased, leaving a shortfall of £12,278; this includes the £7,800 cost of work to the trees in the churchyard. The Parish Share – the money paid by St Christopher’s to the diocese – has also increased, and in 2017 was £52,031. With rising bills we cannot afford to be complacent and need to keep up the level of giving and take advantage of Gift Aid where possible. Page 18
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Roof repairs are needed to the leaking skylight where the water ingress has damaged the plaster above the Lowther pew. Redecorating the inside of the church is also becoming due. Although the list of work is quite daunting, David Garton said he is conscious that we owe much to previous generations for keeping the church building in good order and we have a responsibility to use what resources we have to maintain its condition. After the last meeting, PCC members were asked to consider St Christopher’s giving financial support to the community services provided by the Christian organisation ‘Hope in NE Cheshire’; leaflets describing this work are available in church. It was agreed that HotPott - April 2018
St Christopher’s should make a regular contribution to support this valuable work. Vicar David thanked everyone for working together to make the Confirmation Service a success; the planning ensured the service went smoothly and we all appreciated having Bishop Libby lead the service. Forthcoming
events include a Civic Service in May and preparations are in hand to set up a new Alpha-type course for those who have questions and are interested in exploring what Christians believe. Once it is ready the course can be rolled out as a trial for church members.
Turning the Tide: Religious freedom in the UK Our church has for some years been concerned with the plight of the many Christians around the world who suffer persecution and discrimination because of their faith. In fact on April 15th we will focus on them in our ‘Suffering Church Sunday’ service.
to read the full argument can do so; it can also be found on the website. I have to say that, when I read the booklet, it crystalized concerns that have been forming in my mind over a number of years, which is why I am happy to commend this to you.
One organisation which we support with prayer and finance is Barnabas Fund. Like Open Doors, which we also support, Barnabas helps and campaigns for persecuted Christians worldwide.
Of course, you may well take a different view: please don’t feel under pressure to sign the petition if it is not something you agree with: but if you do agree, I hope you will add your name, and even pass the word on to others.
Recently, however, Barnabas Fund has been expressing concern about the erosion of religious freedom in our own country. This is very different from the awful persecution they highlight in other places, but is nevertheless a cause for real concern as our very hard-won religious freedom, a bedrock of our society, is now being seriously eroded. Barnabas has started a petition to ask the government to enshrine religious freedom in law. The full wording of the petition can be seen in church, where there is also a copy to sign, but you can also view it online here: https://barnabasfund.org/en/news/ reclaiming-religious-freedom-in-the-uk They have also produced a very helpful and readable 48 page booklet, ‘Turning the Tide’, outlining the case in detail. We have acquired 40 of these so that anyone who would like HotPott - April 2018
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1 ‘The baby in my — leaped for joy’ (Luke 1:44) (4) 3 A ‘don’t know’ in matters of faith (8) 9 In the distant past (Jeremiah 2:20) (4,3) 10 Armada (1 Kings 10:22) (5) 11 Where Moses was confronted with the burning bush (Exodus 3:1) (5) 12 Hair colour indicative of skin infection (Leviticus 13:30) (6) 14 ‘The worries of this life and the — of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful’ (Matthew 13:22) (13) 17 Expel (2 Kings 13:23) (6) 19 What Jesus wrapped round his waist when he washed his disciples’ feet (John 13:4) (5) 22 The sixth plague to afflict the Egyptians (Exodus 9:9) (5) 23 For nine (anag.) (7) 24 Where there is no time (Psalm 93:2) (8) 25 Goliath’s challenge to the Israelite army in the Valley of Elah: ‘This day I — the ranks of Israel!’ (1 Samuel 17:10) (4) Down 1 ‘I will become angry with them and forsake them; I — — my face from them’ (Deuteronomy 31:17) (4,4) 2 Usual description of prophets such as Amos, Hosea, Micah, and so on (5) 4 ‘They cannot see the light of the gospel of the — — — , who is the image of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) (5,2,6) HotPott - April 2018
5 An animal’s internal edible parts (Leviticus 4:11) (5) 6 Popular 20th-century religious novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, which became a 1953 film starring Richard Burton (3,4) 7 ‘A — on a hill cannot be hidden’ (Matthew 5:14) (4) 8 One of the exiles, a descendant of Bebai, who married a foreign woman (Ezra 10:28) (6) 13 Old Testament hymn-singing (8) 15 ‘And O what transport of delight from thy pure — floweth’ (7) 16 Of felt (anag.) (3,3) 18 ‘So — the — sets you free, you will be free indeed’ (John 8:36) (2,3) 20 Comes between ‘bad’ and ‘worst’ (John 5:14) (5) 21 ‘Neither height nor depth... will be — to separate us from the love of God’ (Romans 8:39) (4) Page 21
The Suffering Church We’ve heard much about Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls in Northern Nigeria, but Christians are also being targeted by militant Islamic Fulani herdsmen who killed nine people in a village in central Nigeria on March 8th, just as President Buhari, who was visiting the state, commended the state government for its ‘peace building’ initiative. Some people fled into the bushes, but the elderly, infirm and very young were unable to escape and were killed. A local pastor, Rev Okebe, told Global Christian News that the dead were given quick burials because taking the corpses to the mortuary would be too expensive and leaving them would not lead to any investigation of the murders. ‘As a pastor, I join other pastors to take our turns every night as part of the community vigilante. We can only take turns to sleep at night, but the issue here is… how do we defend our village with sticks and torchlights? We can only raise alarms so people can run. But how far can you run from the bullet of an AK 47 in the dark?’ said Dr Okebe. ‘It is a shame that the herdsmen chose to prove to us that even with the visit of the president amidst tight security, they can destroy us and nothing will be done.’ A church elder added: ‘Of course Buhari only came to play politics and our governor is
trying to prove that he has everything under control. They have played their politics, we are left to bury our dead. Nothing will happen. That is how life is now.’ In Egypt, Christians have endured multiple attacks from Islamic State (IS) in the last 18 months, including suicide bombing of churches. The group is now waging war against Christians online. IS is hacking the Facebook accounts of Egyptian Christians to insult and threaten them and to spread IS propaganda. Also on March 8th, three members of a Christian family were killed and their money and valuables stolen in Baghdad, Iraq; community leaders describe this as a targeted attack aimed at frightening Christians into leaving Iraq. A local Christian leader told journalists: ‘This crime has only one message. Frightening our people and forcing them to leave the country.’ A church minister in Baghdad stated the attack was not an isolated incident: ‘This means that there is no place for Christians. We are seen as a lamb to be killed at any time.’ The murders were also condemned by a Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament, who tweeted that it demonstrated ‘minorities are persecuted in their homeland.’ Over the last decade anti-Christian violence, including kidnapping and shopkeepers being forced to pay protection money, has led to the closure of eight churches in Baghdad as congregation members have fled the country. The United Nations’ Special Representative for Iraq has asked the government to take steps to protect the country’s Christian minority: ‘There is no place for intolerance and discrimination, for targeting and suppressing minorities. I urge the government to support and protect the minorities, including Yazidi, HotPott - April 2018
Christians, Shabak, Sabean Mandaeans, and others.’ In Myanmar, the military attacked a group of villages near the Chinese border in Shan state; three-year-old orphan Yang had his leg amputated, his grandfather and his brother were also injured and his elder brother was killed. Yang’s grandmother is the only member of this poor Chinese farming family who survived unscathed. The world’s media focus on the appalling persecution of the Muslim Rohingya people, but the Myanmar army’s long standing persecution of the mainly Christian ethnic groups is seldom reported. Atrocities such as the killing and raping of Christians who could not escape when their villages were attacked and the use of Christians as human minesweepers
or as workhorses for the army are largely un-noticed. Attacks have also occurred in Shan at two camps for thousands of displaced Kachin (95% Christians) people who fled repeated aggression from the military in their home areas, but even the camps are unsafe. ‘Our house was burned down, our cows were killed, I had to flee and lost everything I owned,’ said an 80-year-old widow, describing the second time her village was attacked and her house destroyed by the army. She has been displaced since 2012 and has now been attacked again. ‘I still have faith in God, but sometimes it is very difficult to see our people suffering. I am an old lady, but I pray that God will take care of my children, my grandchildren and our Kachin people. I pray for their future. Can you please pray for me too?’
Guild Goings On The March meeting of the church guild, held on Wednesday 14th, was well attended with 21 members present. Georgina Wray opened the meeting, after which Mary Pleeth gave a reading of Psalm 96 and Georgina led us in prayer. Georgina then welcomed Keith Yearsley, an old friend of Pott Shrigley, who has visited us many times before.
We all really enjoyed the meeting. Thank you Keith, we look forward to your next visit. The next meeting will be held in church on Wednesday 11th April at 2.30 p.m. when Brian Hallworth will take us ‘Down Forgetme-not Lane’. There will be a bring and buy after the meeting.
Keith, who has conducted the Macclesfield Oriana Choir for many years, regaled us with hilarious anecdotes of happenings at various concerts he has been involved with both here and across Europe. He kept us helpless with laughter all afternoon, ending by playing a medley of melodies totally from memory. HotPott - April 2018
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April 28th 1pm Craig Taylor & Rebecca Carr May 6th 2pm Chris Lanzara & Charlotte Jubb We wish them joy in their preparations. Page 30
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Recipe of the Month Angel Cake
Sheena, who is well known for her culinary skills, made this cake for the church guild meeting on St. Valentine’s Day and it was absolutely delicious. Here it is in Hotpott for everyone else to make and enjoy.
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
9oz butter 9oz caster sugar Grated rind of one orange 3 tablespoons orange juice 4 eggs 11oz self-raising flour 3oz ground almonds New altar cloths required…. St Christopher’s is in need of some new altar cloths, so if anyone is interested in making, donating or just discussing this subject then please phone me. Liz Arrowsmith 01625 875219
a Tunis Cake
Line an 8” tin, cook at 175°C for 1½ hours, check after 45 minutes. For Christmas, to turn into
4oz single cream 6oz dark chocolate Stir together over low heat until blended into silk ganache. Pour over top and leave to set.
Apologies for the poor print quality of the March edition of HotPott. Our church printer was reluctant to produce the copies, and unfortunately we didn’t have time to cajole it into printing action – hence the photocopies! Hoping things go better this month….. Editor.
All Confirmation Photos: Rick Gem Back cover: Duncan Matheson
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April 1st. Easter Day 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion 1 Corinthians 1:18-30; Luke 24:1-12 Holy Communion
Holy Communion 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Morning Worship
8th 8.30am 10.45am
15th. Suffering Church Sunday 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion 2 Tim. 1:6-12; John 15:18-21,16:1-4 Morning Worship
Holy Communion John 21:1-19 Family Service
Holy Communion Acts 8.26-40, John 15.1-8 Morning Worship Habakkuk 1:1-4; Hebrews 11:32-40
David Swales John Ryley
Holy Communion Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11 Holy Communion
22nd. 8.30am 10.45am
29th. 8.30am 10.45am
May 6th. 8.30am 10.45am
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Sidespeople and Prayers April 1st. Easter Day 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson
8th 8.30am 10.45am
Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. S. Potts Extra Readers: Mr. G. Parker + Mr. K. Meecham
15th. Suffering Church Sunday 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. & Mrs. M. Akerman
Miss G. Mosley Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan
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29th. 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mrs. C. Taylor + Mr. I. Malyan
May 6th. 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. E. Buffey Extra Readers: Mr. D. Davie
From the Registers Baptism
We welcome: 25th February Kathryn Ann Arnott 4th March Roxann Potter
Weddings Congratulations to: 3rd February Marc Rutter & Sarah Wetton
Funerals & Interment of Ashes our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: 10th March Prudence Luke 16th March John Kershaw HotPott - April 2018
Regular Church Activities
JUNIOR CHURCH - Children of three years and older - held during the 10:45am service. Meets in church for the first part of the service and then goes over to the village hall for Bible stories, songs, craft activities, prayers and fun. YOUTH CHURCH - (Year 6 and above) - generally 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Five groups offering fellowship, worship and Bible study: Daytime - Monday 10.30am, The Vicarage; David Swales, 575846 Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm, New Hey Farm, Rainow; Sheila Garton, 573492 Adlington - Monday 8:00 - 10:00pm, 2 Wych Lane, Adlington; John Ryley, 829595 Pott Shrigley (North) - Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 3 Green Close; Sally Winstanley, 574545 Bollington - Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 14 Silver St, Bollington; Anne Murphy, 575768 PRAY TOGETHER - Tuesday 7:00 - 7.45pm in the tower vestry; Yvonne Foster, 576419 PRAISE AND PLAY - Children up to school age. Thursday 09:30 - 11:30am in church for stories and activities; Celia Fraser, 665054 BELL RINGING - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00pm, meet in the bell tower; Duncan Matheson, 574983 Monthly: CHURCH GUILD - Fellowship, speakers, outings and tea. Meets the second Wednesday in the month 2:30 - 4:00pm in church; Georgina Wray, 615547 The list above was last revised on 24th March, 2018. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to email@example.com.
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Rev. David Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Dr John Ryley (Reader Emeritus), 2 Wych Lane, Adlington, SK10 4NB
Gillian Mosley, 129 St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3NY
David Garton, New Hey Farm, Macclesfield Road, Rainow, SK10 5UU
email@example.com Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Stan Heathcote, Lilac Cottage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RR
Ros Johnson, 54 Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF
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Gift Aid & Planned Giving:
Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG
Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA
firstname.lastname@example.org David Garton, as above Weekly Bulletin:
David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU
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Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Duncan Matheson, as above
Pastoral Care Team:
Kim Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE
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Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL
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Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ
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Pam Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT
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Tess Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
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Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Ros Johnson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Sheila Garton, Ian Malyan, David Garton, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Ivy Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson.
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