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Easter Weekend @ Pott Shrigley Good Friday (April 14th) Service at St Christopher's (10am) Service of reflection to remember Jesus' death on the cross. The service starts at 10am with hot cross buns served afterwards.

Good Friday Walk (after the service) Join us for a walk and a picnic after the morning service. Bring your own bite to eat and we'll enjoy it together in the beautiful Pott Shrigley countryside.

Curry at The Viceroy (5.30pm meet, 6pm eat) Come for a delicious curry at the Viceroy in Bollington (22 Ingersley Road). Everyone welcome! Booking essential – please contact Anne Murphy (01625 575768) for reservations. Prices Adult £11.95 Child £4.95.

Easter Day (April 16th) Holy Communion (8.30am) Early service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Anne’s Jottings Happy New Year! I hope that you had a good Christmas and are looking forward to 2017. As I sit down to write this article for the February 2017 issue of HotPott, I’m delaying putting away the Christmas decorations. I guess like many of you I’ve been reflecting on what the last twelve months have brought – and wondering what 2017 might bring.


film is available to view still from our church website, so if you missed it – do go and check out the link.

Later in December our three Carols by Candlelight services, with the theme of ‘Great Expectations’, were packed. The Singing Group sounded the best ever this year. Well done Sheila and David and the rest of the group for doing For St Christopher’s Church, such a superb job. I really enjoyed December was a busy month sampling the mulled wine and beginning with our annual mince pies after each service too. Christingle family service. It was Thanks also to the Bible readers, delightful to have the church lit by sidespeople, bell ringers and the Christingles kindly made by everyone else who works so hard John, Liz, Reg and Jean. The service behind the scenes. These services was well attended and Steve really are a team effort and I feel reminded us that the Son of God, very blessed to be part of such a whose birth as a baby we prepare warm and welcoming church to celebrate through Advent, which puts so much effort and wants us to get ready for His energy into keeping Pott Shrigley a return by opening our hearts to thriving church, especially during Him. this interregnum period.

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The following Sunday we were excited to be able to share our church nativity ‘A Christmas Story’ during the 10:45am service. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part in the creation of our nativity especially Rick Gem who did all the filming and editing. This was a big hit, and has been viewed about 10,000 times on-line. Other churches in this country and others have asked if they can use it! The

On Christmas morning it was a privilege for Steve and I to share in the joy of the children when they brought their presents to show the rest of the congregation. Thanks to Jean B and Tom who stepped in as sidespeople at the last minute and to Rev. Lynne Bowden who made it possible for us to share communion as we joined together to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world.



Anne’s Jottings


Electoral Roll Revision


A Choral Treat


A Clean Slate


From Aleppo to Open Doors

11 Big Church Day Out 14 Your Vote, Your Council 16 Cricket Club News 17 Guild’s Goings On 18 Mouse Makes 19 Coffee Break

20 Missionary Matters 21 Congratulations to Muriel Scofield 24 Suffering Church 25 Shrigley Singers 27 Spin Off 29 Flix in the Stix

31 Recipe: Fast mincemeat cake 32 Services 32 Registers 33 Sidespeople 34 Chores and Chains 35 Regular Church Activities

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Looking back beyond December, 2016 was quite a year. As far as many people were concerned there was little good news during 2016 – it seemed to be characterised by disagreement, whether ugly ‘post truth’ arguments here in the UK before the Brexit referendum and in America prior to the presidential election or, worse still, violence and inhumanity in the Middle East and elsewhere. Closer to home, 2016 wasn’t an easy year at times for many of the St Christopher’s church family, some of whom have suffered bereavement, illness and family concerns. We’ve also had the anxiety and distress regarding the future of Pott Shrigley Church School, and the worry over how the proposed Poynton relief road may affect our village. And yet I hope that through it all we have still known a deep joy in knowing Jesus; knowing His love and presence in all circumstances, and that we’ve been able to share our burdens with Him in prayer.

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One encouragement over the last year has been members of the church looking out for and supporting one another. I personally have been overwhelmed by the love and support we as a family have received during the last few months since my mother was taken ill. I hope as a church family we can continue to do that into this New Year and, indeed, grow deeper in our fellowship and love for one another. I hope we keep recognising how important it is that we play our part in the church, the body of Christ, and think through what some of the practical implications are of being a member of the church. As I look ahead to 2017 with all its uncertainties I’m mindful of people who continue to suffer as a result of conflict, especially in the Middle East, and the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold in Syria. I was reminded of a verse from the Old Testament book of Habakkuk - 3:18,

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‘yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour’. In its context, it is a remarkable expression of rejoicing in God. Habakkuk says that when all the supports of human life and earthly happiness are taken away, God will still be his delight, his joy. We also need to remember and lift in prayer those in our own communities who are struggling and feeling overwhelmed by what 2017 may bring. As the psalmist reminds us, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …’

And as a family we’re delighted, and a little nervous, as Steve continues with the next stage of his ordination training. My hope and prayer for 2017 is that there will be less division, less hate and less conflict; that there will be instead forgiveness and reconciliation, that there will be more kindness, more care and more compassion. I close with the following words from Romans 15:13, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

I wish you all a happy and hope-filled New (Psalm 46:1, 2a). I pray that people will look to Year! Him for that comfort and help and see Him God bless, move in those who offer much needed Anne practical support. A new year does bring anticipation and excitement though. As we begin our journey through this coming year, 2017 promises to be exciting as well as providing challenges. We have a fine variety of teaching to enjoy as Duncan continues to ensure that we have a good mix of people leading our services over the coming months. Steve and I are already planning the next few monthly family services. We’re excited to be welcoming to Pott Shrigley our new priest-in-charge, Rev. David Swales, and his wife Kim sometime towards June.

Thinking of getting married at St Christopher’s? Please contact Pam Cooke who will be pleased to advise: weddings 01625 575010

Electoral Roll Revision Just a reminder that the church electoral roll will be revised during February to ensure it remains an accurate reflection of those who attend church regularly, or who live in the parish. A notice about this was posted in church at the end of January 2017 and the revised roll, together with a list of names of those removed from the roll since the last annual church meeting, will be put up on the noticeboard at the back of church at the beginning of March. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Kath Matheson, Electoral Roll Officer HotPott - February 2017

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A Choral Treat Anyone who has come to the Christmas Carols by Candlelight services at St Christopher’s during this and previous years will have heard the beautiful voice of our own boy soprano Philip Curtis. His singing of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ to open our service is a hard act to follow.

a concert and once we had located our seats in the circle, we settled down to watch what was to be a very special performance. The choristers were led onto the platform by Philip who looked resplendent in his black gown, clutching his music folder. The 31 choristers were conducted by the college’s director of music Stephen Cleobury and accompanied mainly by the very splendid organ scholar Richard Gower.

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Philip’s potential has been recognised and he has become a chorister with perhaps the most famous choir in the country, King’s College, Cambridge. He is now in his second year there and has been selected to take part in the choir’s 2016/17 international concert series. He has already performed in Dublin, Manchester and the Royal Albert Hall and next year he will be singing in San Francisco and appearing at various European summer festivals. In November he met with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when they visited the chapel during a choir rehearsal.

The first half of the concert started with a piece by Gabriel Fauré, then the choir moved on to perform a touching Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, perhaps not to everyone’s taste but it did display the choir’s musicality.

After consuming a splendid ginger ice cream during the interval we settled down to watch the second half. This was a mixture of advent carols and anthems and included one of my personal favourites, ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’. The second half concluded with a rousing version of ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ and The Manchester concert took place on Tuesday then a final encore of ‘Away in a Manger’. 13th December at the Bridgewater Hall and It was really special to see Philip taking part because Philip had been part of the St Christopher’s singing group his parents paid for with such maturity for one so young, and afterwards we met with him in the foyer to tickets for other group members to attend. congratulate him on his performance. His One stipulation Philip made was that Pauline Ward should have a ticket. Over the years with parents must be so proud. This really was a real choral treat. the group Pauline and Philip have built up quite a friendship and have become very fond of each other, so much so that last year Philip was overheard saying to Pauline that she had quite a good voice for an old lady. Despite this and recovering from a recent back operation Pauline and nine other group members attended the concert. Philip : third from left, front row The Bridgewater Hall is an ideal venue for such Page 6

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A Clean Slate My name is Jodie Foxton, I am 15 years old and I attend the Girls’ Division at the King’s School in Macclesfield. I have spent my Friday evenings over the last three months taking a place on the cleaning rota at St Christopher’s

Jodie Foxton church with my great auntie, Shirley Plant. I am the granddaughter of Anne and John Jackson (of Heatherdale Farm, Pott Shrigley; John has fixed many an electrical problem in the village! ed). My mum Emma used to sing in the choir when she was my age. My great auntie, Shirley Plant, has kindly helped me organise my slots on the rota and even introduced me to the church mouse! I have been cleaning the church as part of my voluntary work to complete the Duke of

Edinburgh Bronze award. In addition to the volunteering module, I also have to develop a skill (piano), complete an expedition and practice a physical activity (hockey). The award was started by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in 1956. It is designed to help create pathways for young people like myself to a productive and prosperous future. It helps them gain self-reliance, self-confidence and can most of all teach independence. Young people can take a step out of their comfort zone and learn new skills, hobbies and talents. I also completed a two day and one night expedition in October 2016 near Tideswell. The aim of the expedition was to record mobile phone signal strength in remote areas. Using only a map and compass we had to navigate over 20 miles via various checkpoints, taking turns to lead the group. Being part of the first girl group back I felt a real sense of camaraderie and achievement, memories I will treasure forever. It is a fantastic feeling leaving the church all ‘spic and span’ for the weekend services and this is why completing the Duke of Edinburgh is important to me. On completing the Bronze award I hope to continue with the Silver and Gold awards. Thanks to you all at St Christopher’s Church especially those on the church cleaning rota for this opportunity. From all of us on the church cleaning rota, thank you so much to Jodie for cleaning the church over these last few months and for giving us all time off. She has done a fantastic job and we would like her to know that there is a place for her on the church cleaning rota whenever she is ready! We wish Jodie well in obtaining this award. Mary Currell.

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From Aleppo to Open Doors Steve Murphy had an illuminating discussion with Rami (a pseudonym) at the family service last September. Rami was raised in Aleppo and his family still live there. He works for Open Doors, a charity that supports persecuted Christians in many countries. We asked him some further questions:

Why did you leave Syria? What sort of welcome did you receive in the UK?

I grew up in a Christian household in Aleppo and my childhood was a peaceful and enjoyable one. I really enjoyed growing up in such a warm and hospitable culture where family and friendships are always the priority. Life challenges were not that different from an ordinary child anywhere in the world, nothing of what we hear and see on the news now was ever expected.

the supposed influx of Syrian refugees into Britain?

How did you come to faith in Christ? Did the authorities impose restrictions on practising Christians and were they persecuted?

The UK government is committed to granting asylum to children from refugee camps but we hear persecution prevents Christians from staying in official camps. Do you have a view on this?

I left Syria to come to the UK for further study in 2011, at which point the situation was very normal back home. I was planning to go back once I finished my Masters. People were very friendly and welcoming, the difficulties were Please tell us something about your childhood mainly cultural which became easier with time. in Aleppo, the joys and challenges. What would you say to people worried about

I came to faith when I was 11 through a sermon I heard on Isaiah 61. As this passage was explained I tangibly comprehended for the first time God’s love for me; a love, as I discovered, which wasn't only about forgiving my sins, but about restoring me in whole – body, mind and spirit. Restrictions by the authorities were mainly imposed on converts from other religious backgrounds. But, for those who came from a Christian background, freedom to practice their faith was protected by the government. Ironically, persecution often came from other Christian denominations much more than the authorities or other communities in the country, especially before the war started.

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One main thing that the refugee crisis reminds us is that the conflict in Syria is still ongoing, and that things are getting worse. That is why people are willing to take very risky trips across the Mediterranean - to escape death. This is the level of desperation that many have reached.

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always reflect the full picture. Not being able to know what truly happened has, I think, been a source of frustration and despair for many people. All political parties, as well as the media, have their biases and therefore portray what happens according to their agendas. What daily challenges do your family face?

modelling the gospel to many people. Many Muslims are seen at Sunday services, and many of them are having dreams of Jesus, getting healed and being saved. Please tell us more about Open Doors. Open Doors has been working to support persecuted Christians for more than 60 years now. The work started with Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, smuggling Bibles into communist Eastern Europe after he felt God was calling him to strengthen what

Supplying daily necessities can be very challenging. Essentials like water and electricity come only for a few hours a week. During winter, providing petrol for heating is very hard and, when available, is very Views of the citadel of Aleppo before and after the conflict. expensive. When The Independent under siege even getting food is very hard. I remember one time, my family didn't have fresh fruits or vegetables for around 2 weeks. How is God working in Syria? It seems that through the current difficulties God is reshaping the church to unite and depend on Him. Through learning these two lessons, the church is witnessing some mighty works of God. Every day we are witnessing the message of the gospel spreading rapidly amidst the suffering and despair. People are very hungry to hear a message of love. Through its simple act of service and love, the church is HotPott - February 2017

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remained of His church in that part of the world. While the vision of strengthening the church remains, the work has grown to include more countries and aspects such as theological training, trauma support, socio-economic development, advocacy, and humanitarian aid. Open Doors’ vision is to stand alongside the suffering body of Christ following 1 Corinthians 12:26. We believe that the church should suffer together and rejoice together in unity. How can we help further God’s work in the Middle East and amongst persecuted Christians elsewhere?

supporting financially and speaking out on behalf of our Christian family in the Middle East. You can find out more about the Hope for The Middle East campaign on or through this link: http:// Thanks to Rami for taking the time and trouble both to visit and to respond to further questions. Please look at the Open Doors website, consider if you can support the organisation financially and most importantly, pray for their work.

I think first and foremost by praying for our persecuted family in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Praying is the key to enable them to endure and see hope, it also directs us to act appropriately in response to their needs. A good way of being involved might be to commit to praying and supporting persecuted Christians in a particular country or region for a period of time. During this period, the church can be continually interceding for this country and responding to how God is prompting you to support in different ways. Open Doors are running a new campaign for Syria and Iraq at the moment aiming to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East, you can be involved in praying,

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“Your Vote, Your Council” Members, Parish and Town Councils, and submitted to and approved in writing by the Cllr. Wray wrote and circulated his response to Local Planning Authority. The approved the plans for traffic mitigation measures for measures shall then be fully implemented the proposed new road basically saying that before the Relief Road is opened. Within 12 the plans ignore the parish council’s months of the opening of the Relief Road, an suggestions and include only the contractor’s assessment of the traffic (Ringway Jacobs) ideas. flows, in a form to be agreed Consequently they do not go in writing with the Local far enough to deter long Planning Authority, shall be distance traffic from passing through the undertaken, and any recommendations shall village on its way to the new road. Cllr. be implemented in full as agreed by the Local Saunders, who represents Pott Shrigley on Planning Authority, unless any variation is first Cheshire East Council (CEC), offered to speak agreed in writing by the Local Planning on the parish council’s behalf when the Authority.’ application was discussed at the Strategic th For further information visit: Planning Committee meeting on 10 January 2017; this offer was accepted and Cllr. Saunders was briefed on the work required, POTT SHRIGLEY SCHOOL FUTURE which includes engineering measures such as single passing places to deter traffic from using Plans to begin the process of closing the school have been suspended. The Cheshire East Bakestonedale Road and Shrigley Road. Also, Council (CEC) has now said it will be finding the speed restrictions suggested by Ringway Jacobs would require enforcement and there is ways of making the school ‘financially viable’ after new information emerged during the little chance of this being available. It was predicted that Ringway Jacobs would be keen review period. Kath O’Dwyer, CEC Deputy to monitor the situation only after the road has Chief Executive, said: ‘Not all options to ensure the school can remain financially viable and been built so it is imperative that CEC provide a good education have been fully understands that the traffic situation is very explored.’ Concern was expressed at the difficult already and the new road can only January parish council meeting about the lack aggravate the situation. Therefore Pott of information from the school governors in Shrigley Parish Council asked for effective the light of the local authority’s decision mitigation measures to be added as a condition to planning consent. The following is though council was aware that the school governors would be issuing a statement on the an extract from the Strategic Planning following day. This statement was that the Committee minutes of 10th January 2017: governing body of the Federation of Pott ‘Prior to the opening of the Relief Road hereby Shrigley and Bollington St John's Schools had approved, details of traffic mitigation measures agreed to allow Pott Shrigley Church School to to discourage the use of specific surrounding leave the federation; this would take effect roads (including Street Lane) shall be the from Monday 27th February 2017, being the subject of consultation with the Ward


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first school day after the Spring half-term break. The local authority is now required to establish a temporary board of governors and issue an instrument of government in respect of the school. The current school governors are meeting with representatives from the various stakeholder groups on 23rd January 2017. Notification has been received from Louise Eyre, parent of a pupil at Pott Shrigley Church School, of weekly open meetings about the future of the school. These will be held each Thursday at 6.30pm in the village hall and all community members are invited to attend; meetings will provide an overview of the current situation and how the 'Save Pott' campaign is moving forward. If you wish to be included in all future correspondence relating to the “Save Pott” campaign please contact

country for eight years in the Royal Marines Band and has played in previous years’ remembrance services at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the London Cenotaph. Darren is a high school teacher with a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University and a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Salford. Darren offers brass instrument tuition: please see his website In addition Darren is organiser and member of a local jazz band. Take a look and listen online; it's hard to resist tapping your foot to the tune!

POTT SHRIGLEY “OPERATION SHIELD” No further Pott Shrigley householders have expressed an interest in this. As the closing date is 31st January, a decision will be taken in February about collection of the money from the seven interested parties. Operation Shield is Cheshire Constabulary's unique DNA marking system detailed in previous editions; it protects homes and businesses in Cheshire by reducing burglary by use of a unique DNA liquid to mark NORTH WEST AIR AMBULANCE property in the home, garage, stables, shed The parish council has made a £100 donation etc. to the North West Air Ambulance, this was considered as a valuable service and very REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE worthy of donation. Attendees at our Remembrance Sunday service th at the lychgate on the 13 November 2016 PLANNING were treated to the Last Post and Reveille 1. APPLICATIONS being superbly played on trumpet. Our thanks are due to Darren Lloyd, father of Oliver who Application No: 16/6193M attends Pott Shrigley Church School, and Lewis Proposal: Listed building consent for the who left Pott last year for Tytherington High installation of new integrated antennas and School. Lewis is an excellent trumpet player support pole together with the deployment of too, as we witnessed when he played at the 2no. Cabinets (1 cabinet to be removed) Leavers’ Service last year. Darren served our continued → HotPott - February 2017


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Location: EE TELECOMMS SITE, SHRIGLEY HALL, 15/0620M, for change of use of land, erection SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, SK10 5SB of new dwelling and garage, creation of associated domestic curtilage on site of Application No: 16/6192M manege, conversion of outbuildings to ancillary Proposal: Installation of new integrated domestic use and demolition of outbuildings antennas and support pole together with the associated with Norman’s Hall and its deployment of 2no. cabinets (1 cabinet to be restoration to meadow land. removed) Location: EE TELECOMMS SITE, SHRIGLEY HALL, The council had no objection to this application. SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, SK10 5SB The council has no objection to these applications. 2. DECISION 16/4942M: Needygate, Shrigley Road SK10 5SG. Rear and side extension and front porch. APPROVED with conditions 3. PENDING 16/4970M: Norman’s Hall Farm, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 5SE Proposed amendment to planning permission

NP/CEC/1215/1153: St. Christopher’s Church, Pott Shrigley SK10 5RT Single storey extension to form a meeting room, small brew area, storage and lavatory. Planning applications can be viewed at

NEXT MEETINGS The next meetings of the Parish Council will start at 8.00pm. The meetings will be in the village hall on Monday 6th February and Monday 6th March. All are welcome to attend.

Cricket News Pott Shrigley Cricket Club and friends enjoyed a successful quiz event on 18th December; it was another thrilling night with a close finish (but I don’t know who won). Our thanks once again Graham Hackney go to Helen, Rob and their helpful staff at The Poachers’ who made it all go with a festive swing. So well in fact that on each round of the quiz we all thought we were in the Mastermind chair. The packed house and a host of prizes helped us raise £600 for club funds. We aim to carry the momentum into the New Year so why not try to get into shape again at the indoor nets?

starting on Feb 8th. More details will appear on the club’s website when worked out! Directions to Macclesfield Academy will also be on the website.

and Matt Jackson

Don’t forget to follow the Junior Hillmen twitter feed - @JHillmen Adults: ‘netting’ is happening every Sunday at Tytherington High School from 8th January between 8pm and 9pm. New members of all abilities always welcome.

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Guild Goings On The date of the Christmas lunch had to be altered at the last moment. Macclesfield College restaurant could not accommodate us on December 7th as planned. Still, we enjoyed an excellent lunch there on December 5th instead.

different types of penguins in the southern hemisphere) and many different kinds of birds native to the islands. The albatross lands once a year to lay its eggs on one of the remote islands. We also saw Sally the seal on Seal Island. Peter also had slides of the war memorials to the forces who lost their lives in the Falklands War.

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January saw the welcome return of Peter Kirk and his friendly wife. Georgina Wray opened the meeting with prayers and Peter Frecknall gave a reading from the Bible. All the members sent best wishes to Mary Pleeth and we pray for her speedy recovery.

Many thanks to Peter for an enjoyable afternoon. Roy and I would like to thank members for the lovely cyclamen plant presented to us on our retirement from organising the coach trips.

Peter Kirk gave a splendid slide show of his holiday in the Falkland Islands. After landing at The next meeting will be held in church on Port Stanley he travelled around the whole Wednesday 8th February at 2.30pm. The area, which consists of 778 islands. We saw speaker will be Graham Boyle. photographs of penguins (there are 17

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Coffee Break Across 1 Salary (Isaiah 19:10) (4) 3 Question Jesus asked of those healed of leprosy, ‘Were not all ten — ?’ (Luke 17:17) (8) 9 Wide, elevated level area of land (Joshua 13:9) (7) 10 ‘So you also must be — , because the Son of Man will come... when you do not expect him’ (Matthew 24:44) (5) 11 ‘[He] said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He — — , and his hand was completely restored’ (Luke 6:10) (3,2) 12 ‘Who has gathered up the wind in the — of his hand?’ (Proverbs 30:4) (6) 14 Not born again (13) 17 ‘Again and again he — the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins’ (Hebrews 10:11) (6) 19 Mails (anag.) (5) 22 ‘He — — here; he has risen’ (Matthew 28:6) (2,3) 23 Defeated (Judges 20:43) (7) 24 Soldiers’ quarters (Acts 21:34) (8) 25 ‘Pillars of marble’ were how the Beloved described those of her Lover (Song of Songs 5:15) (4) Down 1 Totally destroyed (Genesis 7:23) (5,3) 2 What the Philippian jailer was told to do with his prisoners Paul and Silas (Acts 16:23) (5) 4 Object of ridicule (Job 12:4) (8-5) 5 In most years, the month in which Easter HotPott - February 2017

falls (5) 6 For example, Caesarea, Joppa, Tyre, Sidon (7) 7 ‘[Jesus] was in the desert for forty — , being tempted by Satan’ (Mark 1:13) (4) 8 ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power — to our God’ (Revelation 19:1) (6) 13 Mend dots (anag.) (8) 15 Purifier (Malachi 3:3) (7) 16 Attacked (1 Samuel 27:8) (6) 18 The good Samaritan to the innkeeper: ‘When I return, I will reimburse you for any — expense you may have’ (Luke 10:35) (5) 20 How Matthew described the crowds who followed Jesus (Matthew 4:25) (5) 21 For example, one of 25 Across (Judges 19:29) (4)


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Missionary Matters Good news! At long last we have heard from Johnny and Ann McClean though their news is somewhat difficult to understand. Johnny has been involved in full-time ministry with IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) since 2001, working with the local TCS (Thai Christian Students); in particular he has concentrated on international students, that is Thai students who have studied in English-speaking schools in Thailand or students from outside Thailand who likewise have a good command of English. This ministry is strategically important as Christian graduates are likely to be in jobs where they can exert influence by their witness and students from overseas may return to countries where missionary activity by expatriates is restricted or forbidden. Since returning to Bangkok last August, Johnny has felt his time in direct student ministry is coming to an end; both he and TCS feel it’s time for younger leaders to be found and trained. In this context Ruth Duffin will return to the student work when she has finished her language course at the OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) school in Lopburi. Johnny hopes to continue working with TCS on an ad hoc basis such as speaking at camps or helping with staff training. So please pray for new student workers to materialise! For one day per week Johnny works with the Langham Partnership, an organisation that helps to support and train Christian pastors internationally. Johnny visited Vietnam with them in December to teach young pastors there, and last August 40 pastors from all over Thailand participated in a course on Old Testament preaching. He now hopes to work with Langham to come

alongside local pastors and lay preachers to encourage and support them. A training camp for Thailand leaders is planned for next July to enable Langham training to be done fully in Thai and extended more widely throughout Thailand. Two days a week Johnny works alongside Pramote, the pastor of New City Fellowship, the Thai church where they worship. The hope is for the church to reach out in evangelism and in practical ways to the local community and to strengthen the local believers. Meanwhile Ann continues teaching and has been selected by the school to do a part-time Master’s course in Leading Teacher Teams; this will involve Saturday sessions in Bangkok and video conference sessions with Singapore. Meanwhile she is currently leading a 34-strong contingent of year 7 pupils and staff for a residential week in Chantaburi. Ann is likely to become head of humanities in school next August rather than just head of history. Pray for Johnny and Ann in these changing circumstances and for their children Matthew, Bethan and Joshua that they may learn how to be salt and light in a very modern, secular and materialistic world.

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students are preparing for exams at the end of the month at the Bible college where Megumi works and he has to set and then mark the papers, which he doesn’t particularly enjoy. One Malawian member of staff has left over Christmas and several others are proposing going away for further study over the next six months, so pray for adequate staffing in the college. The college wants to expand by Blantyre, delivering member care; with a big starting a degree course - something Megumi team missionary in Malawi there is always finds hard to support - so pray that all someone in need of support or counselling. A concerned may have wisdom in this. Regarding recent development in many parts of the the Fazakerley children, Joshua now works for world to which our western missionaries have the Students’ Union in his old university - and gone is that churches are being challenged to is very pleased with his working environment send out missionaries themselves. I look and colleagues. Elizabeth has passed her forward to the day when Malawian exams and will soon qualify as a nurse; she has missionaries minister in this country! However, one job offer - but wants another so she can many people from the AEC (African Evangelical make a choice! Mary really needs our prayers Church) churches in Malawi have shown as she is still searching for her ‘vocation’ as interest in cross-cultural mission and Megumi Megumi puts it; “she is taking a few new steps will be involved in a special training in her search” he says, but she really needs programme with at least one couple who have God’s guidance at this time. responded to the call. Apart from that,

Congratulations! Congratulations to Muriel Schofield (Auntie Mu!) on reaching her 90th birthday on New Year’s Day, 2017. Muriel has lived in Pott

Duncan Matheson

the Vale Inn for a celebration lunch. Muriel remains an active and valued member of our community and we wish her many more years of active life and happiness.

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The Suffering Church Living in this lovely part of the world, suppose conditions got too hot for you as a Christian, would you become a refugee and flee the country, or would you stick it out whatever the consequences? The historic Christian communities in the Middle East are facing death at the hands of some Islamists; some have opted to stay, while others have fled their homelands. Elie, a Syrian Christian, recalls, ‘My two children, my wife and I fled Syria on a bloody day, in November 2014, heading to Lebanon to find a shelter protecting my family. It was very hard to get out of the city as the armed people were all over, preventing anyone from leaving especially by car. Finally, we got to Lebanon and spent the night at my friend’s rented unit, tried to sleep and forget the terrible situation we were in.’ Simultaneously Barnabas Fund was planning ‘Operation Safe Havens’ to rescue Christian families wanting to escape the genocides occurring in Syria and Iraq and start new lives in safe countries. This launched in mid-2015 when 47 Syrian Christian families were safely relocated to Poland to start new lives. Elie continues, ‘We got the Australian visa in April 2016 after a long waiting and suffering. The problem was how to afford our flight tickets. We had been praying to God day and night until the big miracle happened and Barnabas Fund offered the crucial help, they booked the tickets and gave us the opportunity to get to Australia and have a good start and a safe life far from rockets, bombs and fears.’ Since ‘Operation Safe Havens’ began Barnabas Fund has safely settled 1,071 Middle Eastern Christians in Australia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Canada and Brazil though the sheer scale of the humanitarian disaster in the Middle East – over 1.2 million Christians have fled Iraq, for example – means there are countless others Page 24

who desperately need help which Barnabas Fund strives to provide to those struggling to survive in their own homes, to the internally displaced, to refugees in neighbouring countries and to those who wish to leave the region altogether. Elie concludes, ‘We are currently living a normal life in Australia, managing all our affairs, and planning for a bright, lovely future for our kids. May the Lord bless Barnabas Fund and all supporters who make good and give life the best values and ethics.’ Open Doors is supporting trafficked North Korean women with practical assistance, pastoral care and through Bible studies. Many women sought to escape extreme poverty, abuse and fear in North Korea only to find themselves trafficked into servitude or as wives to abusive husbands in north east China. ‘There is much more freedom here in China, but the women are still not safe,’ says covert Open Doors employee Hwa-Young (a pseudonym), who works with these women. ‘Even when they leave the country, they still experience that psychological pressure of fear.’ But there is hope: many are learning about the love of Jesus through Hwa-Young's work, and some are even being trained in women's ministry. ‘The goal of our women's project is to raise up female leaders for the future,’ says Hwa-Young. It is hoped that these transformed women will one day help to build the church in North Korea, currently the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian. We can take heart that the Egyptian government is finally recognising the rights of the Christian minority there. In December 2016, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a prominent church in Cairo during a communion service. Twenty seven Christians, HotPott - February 2017

mostly women and girls, were killed and dozens more injured. The bomber tried several times to get into the nearby cathedral but was turned away by security guards; he subsequently entered the smaller church where women were worshipping and detonated his explosives. A state funeral, called for by President al-Sisi, was held the day after the attack. The coffins were draped in the national flag and had the word “martyr” written on them, both signs of honour and respect. Many Egyptian Muslims have visited the church to offer their condolences and President al-Sisi has instructed the army to repair the church; work was due completion by 31 December. A hundred years ago, the Ivory Coast was in the midst of a Christian revival. Following several decades of substantial migration from

nearby countries it is now estimated that only around a third of the total population is of Ivorian origin. Following a controversial and violent election in 2011, the Ivory Coast is now headed by Muslim President Ouattara who has campaigned for the naturalisation of all immigrants which would give the Ivory Coast a Muslim majority. Christians are concerned that such a rapid expansion of the Muslim population will lead to dawa (Islamic mission), which aims to convert entire societies. Pray that Christianity will retain a strong influence in the country and throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Ask the Lord to grant wisdom, discernment and boldness to church leaders and Christian politicians as they seek to address such challenges, and pray that all Christians in the Ivory Coast will be encouraged to persevere in their faith.

Shrigley Singers On Christmas Eve our singing group made their annual visit to Shrigley Hall Hotel to sing carols for their guests. The hotel was very busy and we had a much larger audience than in recent years. There was a real festive atmosphere and the mulled wine was flowing freely!

Mary Currell We had several requests for favourite carols and as always the much-loved ‘Away in a manger’ which was sung beautifully, to the delight of the audience, by two of our younger members Edward and Matilda Lofthouse. The adult members also had the opportunity to sing ‘Jesus, the Light of the World’ which was one of the special pieces sung at our Carols by Candlelight services. We would like to thank Shrigley Hall Hotel for inviting us back for yet another year, for their HotPott - February 2017

kind hospitality and their generous donation to our church funds. Thanks also to Sheila Garton who conducted the choir and to David Garton who brought along his keyboard to accompany the singing. It is a special thank you to Sheila and David who had had a busy few days that week moving house so their time was very much appreciated. Finally to the singing group for turning out on a busy night and also to the family of Yvonne Foster who came along to sing with us this year. We all had a most enjoyable time and we look forward to joining Shrigley Hall Hotel for their Christmas festivities in 2017.


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Spin Off On the Saturday before “The Nativity” film was shown at Pott Shrigley Church I was struggling with a new Christmas tree I had never decorated before and, as in the story told by the children in the film, was not sure whether to put a star or an angel on the top of the tree. The rest of the day took over and I had to leave the problem until later on Sunday.

decorations for next year. Should I never use it again its presence will remind me of a preChristmas Sunday morning service which was extra special. For those who did not see the wonderful nativity film at church on 11th December, it began with children debating whether to put an angel or a star at the top of the Christmas tree they were decorating. The children then explored what the Bible had to say on the subject, and the film ends with their conclusion that either would both be suitable, but the Alongside everyone else, I was enjoying the most important thing about the nativity is the nativity very much when there came up on the coming of our Lord into the world as a baby, screen a kind of coiled spring shape to slip the and who He grew up to be. The film is available final choice on top of the tree. So you know as a DVD or can be viewed via the church what I did on Sunday afternoon, I made a copy website: of the coil like the one I had seen on the screen Donations for copies of the DVD have raised and it worked - problem solved! I have to add over £150 for church funds—thank you to all that the special shape is safely amid the who have supported us. (Editor)

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We are pleased to remind you of our popular

2nd Friday of every month, 6pm ‘til 9.30pm

Serving Locally Brewed Real Ale & Speciality Lagers Easy parking, comfortable surroundings and good company.

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Recipe Of The Month Fast Mincemeat Cake Sheena made this cake for a recent Church Guild meeting for members to have with their cup of tea; it was so delicious that some requested the recipe. Sheena says it is also good for a quick Christmas cake if time is short.

Sheena Anderson Preheat oven to 160°C/fan, 140°C/gas. Lightly grease a deep round 20cm (8”) cake tin and line the base and sides with non stick baking parchment.

Bake for about 1¾ hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Cover the cake with foil after one hour if it is beginning to brown too much. Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes then turn out. Cake can be covered with almond paste (takes 2lb) and 2lb of fondant icing. Leave about a week between covering with almond paste and icing.

Ingredients 150g (5oz) softened butter 150g (5oz) light muscovado sugar 2 large eggs 225g (8oz) self raising flour 400g (14oz) luxury mincemeat 175g (6oz) currants, marinated overnight in sherry 50g (2oz) chopped almonds. Method Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for one minute until thoroughly mixed. Turn into prepared tin and level surface.

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Services February 5th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion

Isaiah 40:21-31; Romans 5:1-8 Isaiah 40:21-31; Romans 5:1-8

Keith Ranger Keith Ranger

1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-31 Acts 6:1-7

Lynne Bowden A & S Murphy

2 Corinthians 11:19-31; Luke 8:4-1 Acts 2:1-4,14-15,22-24,36-41 Acts 10:1-16,23-29,44-48 Acts 2:1-17

David Harrison John Ryley

1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 18:31-43 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

Lynne Bowden Margaret Tate

Romans 5:12-29; Matthew 4:1-11 Romans 5:12-29; Matthew 4:1-11

Lynne Bowden Lynne Bowden

12th 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Family Service

19th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship

26th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship

March 5th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion

From the Registers Baptisms We welcome into the Lord’s family: 20th November Elsa Iris Bolam 27th November Benny Brian Belk 27th November Emily Rose Burr 18th December Everley Rose Kisby

Weddings Congratulations to: 26th November Duncan Macintyre & Nicola Herbert 16th December Wade Smith & Zoe Howarth 22nd December Christopher Cavanagh & Andrea Deacy

Funerals Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: 30th November John Derrick Brooke Page 32

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Sidespeople February 5th. 8.30am 10.45am

Prayers Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall

Steve Murphy

Miss G. Mosley Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan


12th. 8.30am 10.45am

19th. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. D. Davie + Mr. C. Potter (Extra Reader: Dr. J. Hutton)

Sandy Milsom

26th. 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. R. Lofthouse + Mr. M. Akerman

Pam Cooke

March 5th. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall

Sheila & David Garton

Dates for your diary Annual Church Meeting: to be held after a shortened 10.45 service on March 19 th. Please come along to hear more about the work and life of St Christopher’s, and to ask any questions you may have about our church community. Licensing of our new priest in charge: David Swales will be licensed on the evening of Tuesday 30th May. All welcome; more details to follow.

Our church family was saddened to hear recently of the death of Les, Ros (Johnson's) husband who had suffered ill health for quite some time; Les was known as a very kind and gentle person. Ros is a very active member of our congregation and secretary of our PCC and we send our deepest sympathy to her and all the family at this very sad time.

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Contact Evette 0161 439 5776 Feb 3rd Feb 10th Feb 17th Feb 24th Mar 3rd Mar 10th

Mr. & Mrs. Akerman Mr & Mrs Ferguson Mr & Mrs Currell Mrs Bennett & Mr R Lofthouse Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant Ms Bunting, Mr & Mrs Stratford

Tea & Coffee Feb 5th Feb 12th Feb 19th Feb 26th Mar 5th

Ros & Sheila Jenny & Helen Rita & Carol Peter & Eileen Margaret & Doreen

Flowers Contact Gill 01625 829819 Feb 5th Feb 12th Feb 19th Feb 26th Mar 5th

Gill, for her mum’s birthday. Reg & Jean Ferguson, for their parents.

Weddings Contact Pam 01625 575010 The next scheduled wedding is on 27th May at noon. We wish them joy in their preparations

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Regular Church Activities Weekly: 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. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Four groups offering fellowship, worship and bible study: 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 HOME GROUP Day Lighters - Contact Ian Clarke, 168 Oxford Road, Macclesfield, SK11 8JY, 440773 The list above was last revised on 16th January, 2017. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Directory Priest-in-charge:

Vacant – Contact Churchwardens if necessary


Dr John Ryley (Reader Emeritus), 2 Wych Lane, Adlington, SK10 4NB


Parish Assistant:

Gillian Mosley, 129 St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3NY



David Garton, New Hey Farm, Macclesfield Road, Rainow, SK10 5UU

573492 Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA

574983 Verger:

Stan Heathcote, Lilac Cottage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RR

PCC Secretary:

Ros Johnson, 54 Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF

875902 PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy,


Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG



Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA 573735 David Garton, as above


Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA

Tower Captain:

Duncan Matheson, as above


Pastoral Care Team:

Jean Bennett, 33 Dyers Court, Bollington, SK10 5GG


Church Guild:

Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE

615547 574983 Children’s Ministry:

Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL

575768 Praise and Play:

Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ

665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,


Head Teacher:

Mrs Mel Walker Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT


head@pottshrigley.cheshire Website:

Tess Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP

PCC Members:


(please prefix numbers with 01625)

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, Vicky Smith, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Ivy Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson.

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