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David’s Deliberations Dear friends, ‘Coming! Ready or not!’ That would make a good motto for the season of Advent, which begins just as this month ends. For ‘Advent’ means ‘Coming’. And Jesus has promised that one day He will Come; as King. There will be a new life, a new world – a new Kingdom. What’s more, He also said that He would come unexpectedly, without warning, so we should always be ready.
Sad Gingerbread man gets a happy ending!
‘Crisis? What crisis?’
The Best of Bollington
But the vast majority have made the opposite mistake. Rather than looking forward to the end, they have fooled themselves into thinking that things will go on forever.
There but not there
Join the Singing Group for Christmas…
Off the Beaten Track to Luang Prabang
St Christopher’s Church Guild – a history of theatre
Flix in the Stix
And a good time was had by all…
The Suffering Church
That’s why we need Advent. Not a time for being miserable or scared stiff, but for stopping and thinking. A time for getting priorities right.
Recipe: Pegg's Pineapple Fruit Loaf
From the Registers
A time for getting ready.
Chores & Chains
Regular Church Activities
Well, God doesn’t appear to think like this! Throughout the Bible our love and concern for our neighbour in this world is a key part of our faith in God.
Ever since Jesus said these things, people have reacted in a variety of ways. ‘Give us a clue’ Some have treated Jesus’ words ‘no-one knows the day or the hour’ as a riddle. Surely, God has left clues, and if we can only ‘crack the code’ we can work out the time of Jesus’ return. But the Bible is not a puzzle book. God tells us plainly the things He wants us to know. And on this one Jesus said ‘no-one knows…’! ‘No problem’ Some have decided that if there is to be a new world, then the old one doesn’t matter. So what if there are wars, starvation, cruelty, injustice? All of this is no more than a prelude to the new Kingdom, so why bother? HotPott - November 2018
As soon as we think that then we lose any sense of urgency, of being ready. Seek God and try to know Him better? Maybe tomorrow. Offer our abilities in God’s service? Ask Him for help with our faults and our sins? We’ll get round to it sometime. But for the time being other things seem much more important: career, leisure, financial security, social success. Ready? Ready for what?
Your friend and vicar, David PS: Thank you to those who gave me feedback on my two talks on ‘Money and Giving’ last month. There are copies of the talks available in church and on the website.
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Sad Gingerbread man gets a happy ending! On one of my many trips to Belfield’s Bakery, Anne asked me if I could write a story to explain to the children why some of the gingerbread men had sad faces.
Will Gem Previously she had told the children that the gingerbread men had been up to mischief in the night and made a mess in the kitchen for the baker Paul to clear up and therefore had been told off. However she wanted something a little more creative, original and amusing for the story. So over the holidays I spent just under a week writing Rafferty’s Adventure.
Macclesfield and Bollington. So far we have raised just over £300, which is about a third of the cost of one defibrillator. If anyone would like a copy of Rafferty’s Adventure, please see Will Gem or visit Anne at Belfield’s Bakery on Palmerston Street. Booklets cost £2 a copy, ALL proceeds go to the Hand on Heart charity. You can also see Anne and the boys talking about Rafferty here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=U5qZ-SimKrU
I then asked my friend Aaryaa to do some illustrations. Anne’s idea was to put the story in the window so we decided to set it in the style of a David Walliams’ book to make it visually more interesting. Little did I realise how popular it would be. Soon people were asking if they could buy a book. How could we refuse?! We thought it would be a good idea to sell the book to raise funds for the Hand on Heart charity, which aims to put defibrillators in schools around Page 4
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The Best of Bollington The Bollington Civic Parade was held on Sunday 23 September. As a Scout with 2nd Bollington Scout Group I was invited to take part.
Tom Murphy All those attending the parade assembled at 12.30pm at the Market Place on High Street for a 12:45 march off. The sun was shining and there seemed to be plenty of people there including the Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, ATC and Sea Cadets as well as the Bollington Brass Band and lots of councillors and the Mayor and Mayoress.
Towards the end of the service there was a presentation of civic awards by the Town Mayor. This was a really good part of the service where Mayor Jon presented several people, including Alan Firth from 2nd Bollington Scout Group and Beverley Nixon from St Oswald’s Church, with a civic award for all they have done for their community. The service closed with the National Anthem when we all had to stand to attention, before Rev. David gave us the final blessing. A collection was taken in aid of the Mayor’s charities: The Bridgend Centre and St Christopher’s Church, Pott Shrigley. It was fun being on parade and I enjoyed the service.
We paraded to the civic hall where the Mayor of Bollington, Councillor Jon Weston, welcomed us to the service. The Mayor’s chaplain, Rev David Swales, led the service and gave a short talk after David Rutley MP had shared the Bible reading, which was Mark 10:35-45. We sang a couple of hymns – ‘Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer’ and ‘Make Me a Channel of Your Peace’ accompanied by David Garton on the keyboard – and joined in a few prayers. HotPott - November 2018
I would just like to say thank you to everyone at St Christopher’s for their prayers, good wishes and support following my recent accident. It meant a lot to me and I’m pleased to report that I am on my way to recovery. Liz Arrowsmith Page 5
There but not there As we approach the end of the centenary commemorations for the First World War seven seated silhouettes have made an appearance in St Christopher’s; these form a poignant reminder of those men associated with Pott Shrigley who made the ultimate sacrifice in both world wars. The figures are part of a project by the charity Remembered called There But Not There, which aims to commemorate the fallen, to educate every generation about what led to the deaths of 888,246 people from Britain and the Empire and to help heal those suffering from mental and physical illness as a result of combat by raising funds for charities such as ‘Help for Heroes’ and ‘Walking with the Wounded’. Many life-sized Tommy silhouettes have appeared around the UK and Ireland in churchyards, village greens, town centres, beaches and stately homes; the nation is honouring its war dead and supporting those who continue to suffer as a result of conflict. These silhouettes are based on a photograph by Horace Nicholls, one of Britain’s bestknown photographers of the early 20th
Tommy figure placed at Giant’s Causeway.
century. He was a pioneer of photojournalism and the first official photographer of World War One. His eldest son George died at Arras in 1917 aged 22. If you would like to donate to the cause, please head to the There But Not There website. You could even buy your own pint sized Tommy (the figure seen on the cover of this edition of HotPott) as your contribution to the fund, and as a permanent reminder of all those who have died whilst serving their fellow countrymen.
*** Little Alex was staring up at the large brass plaque that hung on the side wall of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and they seemed to fascinate the seven-year old. ‘All those names,’ he said to the minister. ‘Who are they?’ ‘Well, they were people who used to go to this church,’ explained the minister. ‘This is a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the services.’ Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex’s voice was barely audible when he asked, ‘Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:45?’ Page 6
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Armistice On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, peace was declared. Germany had requested an armistice and the fighting on both sides ceased. Technically the end of the war would not happen until 28th June 1919 (exactly five years after Gavrilo Princip fired the first fatal shot) when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) record 888,246 casualties from Great Britain and what we now know as the Commonwealth. Of those, 76,265 died of their injuries or sickness after the Armistice and before 31st August 1921 – the cut off point for CWGC. Many more succumbed after that date or carried their physical and mental injuries for the rest of their lives. In the 1920s and 1930s there was a generation of grieving widows, fiancées and sweethearts. John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment is
believed to be the first soldier of the British Commonwealth to be killed by enemy action; he was killed on 21st August 1914 aged just 17. George Edwin Ellison of the Royal Irish Lancers was the last recorded, being killed at 9.30am on 11th November 1918. Their deaths are separated by 1,543 days but they rest in the same cemetery just yards apart. 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.' Laurence Binyon Included with this magazine are biographies of the men from Pott Shrigley we particularly remember. Huge thanks to Mike Akerman for his magnificent contribution to Pott Shrigley’s centenary commemorations of World War One.
Join the Singing Group for Christmas… It’s that time of year again: the season to exercise your vocal cords (or even chords!) and join the St Christopher’s Singing Group. Sheila has kindly arranged for the rehearsals to be held on a mixture of Tuesdays and Thursdays in an attempt to minimise clashes with other activities (and thereby avoid a sudden dive in the numbers attending bellringing practice!). So, please take care to turn up on the correct day each week.
Dates are as follows: Tuesday 30th Oct Thursday 8th Nov Thursday 15th Nov Tuesday 20th Nov Tuesday 27th Nov Thursday 6th Dec Thursday 13th Dec
All rehearsals will be in church from 8.00pm to 9.15pm. Please contact Sheila if you need any further information: 01625 573492 HotPott - November 2018
Off the Beaten Track to Luang Prabang The border crossing from Vietnam to Laos was closed for lunch when we arrived, soon after 12 noon. It would re-open at 2.30pm. It is one of only six border crossings in total. The land border between Vietnam and Laos is 2,069km long, that’s the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats and then back as far as Penrith, so we thought it might be busy. Closed for lunch?!! Despite this there were no queues when we trudged across, dragging our bags. Nor was there a currency exchange – we had hoped to change our remaining Vietnamese dong for Lao kip; we ended up borrowing kip from our guide, eventually repaying him when we reached Luang Prabang.
at 5.30am – our hotel was close to the town centre and we had an early morning start. An hour’s drive away were the caves at Vieng Xai where the Pathet Lao government in exile together with thousands of local people lived for nine years of war. Only a few caves and tunnels are open now but they extend over a vast area of the mountainside, containing Hospital beds in Vieng Xai mountains hospitals, schools, theatres, etc: a city in karst limestone. Elsewhere in Laos it was remarkable what decorative and functional uses spent shells could be put to.
The main road from this 'major' border point to the provincial capital, Sam Neua, was just wide enough for two vehicles to squeeze past each other and there were many stretches with very little surface. Bridges over the many rivers consisted of planks in line with the wheel tracks laid over a steel frame, crossed during an elongated blink of the eye.
Our itinerary took us to Nam Et – Phou Louey national park where we hoped to see some wildlife, especially birds. It is still home to a few tigers but they keep far from anywhere that tourists might trample. The mountain in the park is still carpeted with unexploded bombs; the Americans dropped more bombs on Laos than were dropped during the whole of WW2. We were taken by longboat for about two hours up the fast flowing Nam Nern river to a jungle camp with huts on stilts where we were to sleep, then another hour further up river for dinner cooked over a camp fire when we shared stories about our very different lives with our Recycled shells
Bridge on main road from border
Laos is still a communist state but, like Vietnam, has a very capitalist outlook. Sam Neua, however, retained an air of communism: loudspeakers in the town centre started to blare out marching music Page 8
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guides. A magical experience but no birds. We realized later that they are Campfire by the Nam Nern river a cheap source of protein and although the Lao people are making efforts to preserve mammalian wildlife this does not seem to extend to birds yet. What the river lacked in birds, though, it made up for in butterflies – a kaleidoscope almost as varied as numerous. Nong Khiaw is an attractive town on the banks of the Nam Ou river, encircled by mountains. The 100 waterfall trek was described in our itinerary as ‘a walk up hill passing by a number of cascades, reaching the summit for lunch’. To get there we travelled by boat for an hour, stopped in a local village, then walked through rice paddies until we came to a small river tumbling down the mountainside. Turn left. We looked for a path but there was none, only the river coming down the steep mountain. Our guides were taking off their shoes; we had been warned about leeches so we kept ours on and then strode into the water. We climbed up the river as it poured down, reaching the top after about an hour’s climb. Our guide on the 100 waterfall trek HotPott - November 2018
Royal Palace Temple, Luang Prabang
Some of the steeper cascades had bamboo ladders for timid tourists but the rest was a scramble over rocks and rapids. Lunch at the top was never more delicious. Luang Prabang, an UNESCO world heritage site, an ancient Lao royal capital lying at the confluence of the Mekong river and one of its tributaries, is reputed to be one of the most beautiful cities in SE Asia. With a population similar to Macclesfield, it boasts 33 buddhist temples and several monasteries, each one as photogenic as the last, set amidst French colonial architecture and surrounded by the rivers and mountains. Tourists still outnumber the monks, even at the daily almsgiving at dawn when the monks proceed round the town receiving alms from the devout. 60% of the Lao population is Buddhist and most of the remaining 40% are animist. There are Christians but they keep a low profile and we never saw a church in Laos. This is in contrast to Vietnam where every town had a church as well as a pagoda. In both countries Christians are discriminated against; they are regarded as intolerant of other religions and not prepared to accept other beliefs so the Lao and Vietnamese people profess their tolerance by not tolerating intolerance. Our guide invited us to his house on our last evening: two of his children and his nephew had birthdays on the same day and they were having a party. Not knowing what we should Page 9
bring as presents he took us to buy three birthday cakes, each brilliantly Birthday cake coloured concoctions of confectionary and cream more garish than anything we saw as offerings in the local temples. We were fed duck curry, duck stew (the ducks were killed that day)
and other dishes with a duck blood and chilli dip (which we graciously declined), also a porcupine and galangal stew which wasn’t bad. They were an ethnic minority family whose first language was Hmong, second language Lao and only when they got to high school did they start to learn English as their third language. Knowing this we did not immediately recognise a chant coming from the small children in a rather tuneless plainsong: 'Arpy birdy doo you, arpy birdy doo you, arpy birdy arpy birdy, arpy birdy doo you' at the end of which the candles on the cake were blown out. A truly Happy Birthday!
St Christopher’s Church Guild – a history of theatre Mary Currell opened the October meeting with a reading from the Bible. There were apologies from Georgina, who was unwell, and from Joan Clewes and Jackie Bennett. Mary introduced our speaker, Derek Slater, who then traced the origins of theatre ‘from pulpit to stage’.
Eileen Stratford We began in ancient Rome around 600BC when groups of up to 18,000 people would gather together for performances in hollows in the ground. Much later, when some of the great cathedrals were built in Britain, scenes from Bible stories were enacted in the buildings as most people couldn’t read and this was a way of telling the Bible stories. Also, Mystery Plays were performed outdoors. In the 16th century plays became different, moving away from religious themes and towards subjects that were less desirable. The authorities became worried that plots were being hatched behind closed doors so performances were forced outdoors again. Page 10
In 1542 Oliver Cromwell closed all theatres, banning them completely, but when the monarchy returned plays were again allowed. So from there developed the modern theatre we know today with both men and women acting in comfortable surroundings in suitable buildings (mostly!). Thank you Derek for a very interesting talk. Our thanks to Sheena for providing the mouth-watering cakes. The next meeting will be held in church at 2.30pm on Wednesday 14th November when John and Rachel Hooley will entertain us with a talk on The Old and The New. There will also be a bring and buy. HotPott - November 2018
7th November - The Greatest Showman 5th December - Finding your Feet 12th December - Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again
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Five Colours Nancy Hargreaves has created the Wayside Chapel at Green Close in Pott Shrigley to remember the soldiers of the Great War. Five colours are seen there: Khaki for the uniform they wore in our stead Brown for the trenches every night their bed Black for the arms with which they led Red for the blood they so bravely shed and White for the innocent lives of the dead. We will remember them. Nancy also mentions Field Marshal Lord Roberts’ message to the troops, dated 25th Aug 1914 and inserted as a preface in his own handwriting into the New Testaments distributed by Scripture Gift Mission, a Bible charity that gave away 43 million items of scripture during the First World War. Roberts was a well-known hero of the Afghan and Boer wars and, despite being nearly 82 years old when World War One started, he visited the front to support the troops. He died of pneumonia in France in the winter of 1914 and was one of only two non-royals to be honoured with a state funeral in the last century, the other being Winston Churchill in 1965. The New Testaments often contained a few hymns at the back so chaplains could conduct services in the field. Many soldiers signed the commitment form which was also included; the Scripture Gift Mission offices received many letters from grieving families
saying how comforted they were when they received their loved one's possessions back and found that they had turned to God in the trenches. Lord Roberts’ Message to the Troops: I ask you to put your trust in God. He will watch over you and strengthen you. You will find in this little Book guidance when you are in health, comfort when you are in sickness, and strength when you are in adversity. Roberts. His wise words are as true now as they were 104 years ago. ***
As my five-year-old son and I were heading to McDonald’s one day, we passed a car accident. Usually when we see something terrible like that, we say a prayer for whoever might be hurt, so I pointed and said to my son, ‘We should pray.’ From the back seat I heard his earnest voice: ‘Dear God, please don’t let those cars block the entrance to McDonald’s.’ Page 12
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And a good time was had by all… Pott Shrigley Cricket Club held their annual presentation evening at Shrigley Hall Hotel on Friday 12th October. Both the first and
Graham Hackney second teams finished seventh in their respective divisions at the end of the first season the club played in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League. Individual honours went to Tom Fletcher and Andy Tomenson for batting, and Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson and Daniel Allerton for bowling. Alex Jackson took the performance of the season for his 141 not out versus Offerton. Jon Wilkie picked up the ‘Clubman of the Year’ award for his dedication to the junior set up and second team. Many
thanks to the Poacher’s Inn and their house band Dr Joe’s Medicine Show, who provided the musical entertainment. The club are busy making preparations for their Centenary Year in 2019; watch this space! Photos: Jon Wilkie
Annual Festive Draw and Quiz Night at the
Poachers’ Inn, Bollington on
16th December at 7.30. So brush up on your general knowledge and come along to buy raffle tickets (first prize £30 meal for two at The Poachers’ plus many other festive prizes). Oh, and to have some fun too! HotPott - November 2018
Farewell Linda. The whole of Pott Shrigley Cricket Club would like to send their heartfelt sympathy to Martin, Shoena, Kerry, Meryl and the rest of the Tute family on the passing, aged 75, of Linda Patricia. For the past two years Linda bravely fought a battle against cancer without complaint; her determination was amazing. Linda was such a valued member of her family and the local community that Macclesfield Crematorium was filled to overflowing for her funeral service, where the cortege was led by the family dog Yates. R.I.P. Linda. Page 13
We have not had a recent prayer letter from Johnny and Ann McClean in Thailand. As I write, their church are away at camp, when hopefully the congregation will get to know each other better and have some good teaching from their guest speaker. On Facebook the McCleans write: ‘Our Afghan friends Asef and Sarah are looking at the Canadian government sponsored Refugee Settlement Programme as an option to be resettled. They already have UNHCR refugee status but they are low priority as they have not been arrested and put in the International Detention Centre. Please pray for us as we try to help them find a Canadian church willing to sponsor them.’ Remember to pray too for the Pakistani refugee family who has recently started to attend church and whose four year old child has acute behavioural difficulties, possibly as a result of traumatic experiences.
Austria who returned to Malawi on holiday (and to help with mission!) in a break from her teacher training. Megumi compares the ongoing negotiations with the Malawian tax authorities about missionaries paying income tax to the Brexit situation! The first semester has started at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM); the results of a recent test showed Megume’s students struggled to prepare well, though one of the less obviously academic students was successful – which shows determination and application is often more important than innate intelligence! He says: ‘the Romans and 1 Corinthians classes with continuing students are also a humbling reminder of our human capacity to forget. Yet we press on.’ May God grant all those who teach and study at EBCoM diligence, perseverance and joy in their work.
Helen Fazakerley has just been celebrating Mothers’ Day in Malawi. Her stepmother is in better health – thanks for your prayers – and is awaiting heart valve replacement surgery. Megumi speaks to his mum in Japan each week; she too has significant health issues with her heart and kidneys but finds the new doctor allocated to her not as helpful as she would like so is trying to transfer to a different one. Also, she feels quite lonely at times. Please pray for the families of our missionary partners, who are separated from their loved ones by thousands of miles, that they would feel close to God and supported by their communities. Helen is very busy settling in new missionaries (a family with four children from Canada and an older couple from the USA); she has also said goodbye to a missionary going on home assignment until January and to Priska, a short-term missionary from Page 14
A Hidden Skill?
David had not told us he was a pilot, but here is his aircraft at the recent Light Aircraft Association International Rally at Sywell, with the last word in personalised registrations. Peter de Bourcier HotPott - November 2018
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The Suffering Church ‘... you will be hated by all men for my name’s sake’ (Jesus in Mark 13:13). Most of us pay income tax but would you welcome paying more tax just because you are a Christian? Following a decree in July by the regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan, shops and businesses in a Christian neighbourhood of the capital Erbil and in the Christian-majority town Simele must now pay a surcharge when they renew their licenses. This has been compared with jizya, a traditional tax imposed on subjugated Jews and Christians by an Islamic state. Pray the Kurdish authorities may relent and treat all their citizens equally. In northeast Syria the self-proclaimed administration of the Kurdish YPG militia closed down four Christian schools in August after staff refused to teach the administration’s ‘ideologically saturated’, Kurdish orientated curriculum rather than their previous syllabus, approved by the central Syrian government, which included the history of anti-Christian violence in the region, including the genocide which peaked in 1915 when Kurds killed many Christians. A teacher at one of the closed schools suffered a significant head injury when baseball bats were used to attack him after he
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Tsunami damage, Sulawesi
refused to comply with the YPG’s demands to implement the new study programme; the victim is still receiving hospital treatment. Christian residents and church leaders held street demonstrations against the school closures; please pray for the future of Christian education in Syria and for the safety of Christians there. Although Indonesia is the biggest Muslim majority country in the world there is a Christian minority of 20% in Sulawesi, which was severely affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. 34 students died and 52 are missing after they were buried by a mudslide at a Bible camp. An Indonesian pastor told Barnabas Fund: ‘thousands of houses and Christian schools were washed away and disappeared due to the tsunami and earthquake.’ Another reported: ‘many churches were destroyed and many pastors and church members suffered.’ Please pray for Barnabas Fund and Open Doors as they help the survivors of the catastrophe. Please continue to pray for the Christian refugees (especially the ethnic minority Montagnards from Vietnam and those from Pakistan) who have been detained in Thailand and held in squalid conditions in immigration centres where their basic needs HotPott - November 2018
are neglected. Pray for the swift release of the Montagnard Christian refugees from detention and ask for the Thai authorities to have compassion on those seeking refuge in Thailand. In response to rising persecution in China, 279 pastors recently issued a public declaration calling for full religious freedom. Pressure on Christians continues to increase: in September further restrictions to control online activity and ban the live streaming of church services were announced. The declaration concludes: ‘For the sake of the gospel, we are prepared to bear all losses – even the loss of our freedom and of our lives.’ Like the church leaders in Germany who stood against Hitler's regime in 1934 and those in Romania who denounced Ceausescu’s government in 1989, these brave pastors are placing themselves at grave risk of imprisonment; thank God for their quiet courage. Please pray for wisdom as the pastors deal with the authorities, for China’s leaders to allow Christians greater religious freedom and for God’s people in China to stand firm and not compromise or deny Christ, whatever happens.
Church destroyed, Nigeria
house on fire in August; at least eight people were killed when churches and houses were set alight in several villages in the locality. A local politician reported: ‘many houses and churches were burnt to ashes’. The Christian Association of Nigeria estimates that in the first six months of 2018, 6,000 Christians died in attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen. The leadership and educated elite of the Fulani generally live in urban areas and are Muslim, whereas many of the nomadic Fulani follow traditional African religions. Please pray for relief for all Christians who are persecuted for their faith.
In Nigeria a pastor and his family were burnt alive when people of Fulani ethnicity set their
*** My sister has the courage, but not always the skills, to tackle any home repair project. For example, in her garage are twisted pieces of a lawn mower she once tried to fix. So, I wasn’t surprised the day I found her attacking her vacuum cleaner with a screwdriver. ‘I can’t get this thing to cooperate,’ she growled. I suggested mildly: ‘Why don’t you drag it out to the garage and show it what happened to the lawn mower? HotPott - November 2018
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Coffee Break Across 1 and 20 Down Lord of all ..., Lord of all..., whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy (11,3) 9 Moses' question to a fighting Hebrew labourer: Why are you ... your fellow Hebrew? (Exodus 2:13) (7) 10 Acclaimed cellist who contracted multiple sclerosis at the height of her fame, Jacqueline ...(2,3) 11 At even ... the sun was set, the sick, O Lord, around thee lay (3) 13 A descendant of Gad (Numbers 26:16) (4) 16 Do not leave Jerusalem, but ... for the gift my Father promised (Acts 1:4) (4) 17 Clambers (Jeremiah 48:44) (6) 18 Peter's response to questioning by the Sanhedrin: We must ...God rather than men! (Acts 5:29) (4) 20 Christian paraplegic author, artist and campaigner, ... Eareckson Tada (4) 21 Bird partial to the nests of other birds (6) 22 Such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat ... ...(Matthew 13:2) (2,2) 23 Infectious tropical disease (4) 25 Tree (3) 28 No fear of me should ... you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you(Job 33:7) (5) 29 For example, to Titus, Timothy or Philemon (7) 30 Week beginning with Pentecost Sunday, according to the Church's calendar (11) HotPott - November 2018
Down 2 O Jerusalem, how ... I have longed to gather your children together (Matthew 23:37) (5) 3 Way out (4) 4 Exhort (Romans 12:1) (4) 5 Done (anag.) (4) 6 Highest of the four voice-parts in a choir (7) 7 Concerning the study of God (11) 8 Uniquely, it has Abbey, Cathedral and Chapel (11) 12 Admonish (Matthew 16:22) (6) 14 Frozen (3) 15 Established form of religious ceremony (6) 19 Inscription often found on gravestones (7) 20 See 1 Across 24 Behaved (Joshua 7:1) (5) 25 Time (anag.) (4) 26 Lists choice of meals (4) 27 For the wages of sin is death, but the ... of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23) (4) Page 19
PCC Ponderings 17 members of the PCC met on Tuesday, 18th September for our first meeting after the summer holidays. New data protection legislation (GDPR) came into force in May this year which gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used. In common with other organisations, we at St Christopher’s are assessing what data we hold and how we currently use it; Kath Matheson is taking the lead on this. A Data Privacy Notice has been finalised; this outlines how we process any personal data we hold, including keeping it safe, and how individuals can remove their data from our records if they so wish. Specific permission is required to use an individual’s data in some circumstances such as using contact or other personal information in displays or publications and contacting wedding couples with anniversary cards. Hopefully some of the permission fields can be built into the forms used to collect data initially, for example when a wedding or baptism is booked.
before continuing the planning process. David Gem has marked out the internal dimensions of the room with string; this can be seen outside between the base of the tower and the gate leading directly to the road and the congregation are encouraged to look at it as it gives an indication of the scale of the proposed new accommodation. Both working groups have met but will report back to the PCC after further discussion.
At the last meeting two working groups were formed. One was to consider whether the church building should be open, and if so how this could be managed. Factors to consider include the timing of opening, security (including monitoring the building) and the need for literature or other information to be available for visitors. Ian Clarke has obtained advice from the church insurers regarding church opening. The second working group is considering the proposed church room and looking in detail at the case for it, including how it would fulfil the needs of the church and the financial implications of building it. It seems an important moment to reflect on this Page 20
The vicar has been out and about on our behalf and described some of his recent activities. David has taken services at Prestbury House Care Home in Macclesfield; as chaplain to the Mayor of Bollington he led the Civic Service there. He will also be involved in the Remembrance Sunday service in Bollington and as chaplain to the Bollington Royal British Legion will be holding a midnight ceremony with them on November 10th; both services will be held at Bollington War Memorial. As he becomes increasingly established in the area, David looks forward to making other connections that bring opportunities to represent St Christopher’s in the community. On the buildings side, David Garton reported that the stonework repairs are continuing and the work to point the north wall is nearly complete. Repairs to the roof around the leaking skylight appear to have been successful after being put to the test in recent heavy rain. David G has found out about the availability of grant funding of up to £10,000 or half of a particular project; applications can be made to a body called the South West Peak Landscape Partnership (SWPLP), a Heritage Lottery funded project that aims to maintain and enhance the heritage and HotPott - November 2018
countryside of the South West Peak. Although the current structural work at St Christopher’s is too advanced to be eligible for a grant, applications can be submitted for future work. Only one grant per project is allowed in a single year so it makes sense to apply for support with larger jobs such as provision of disabled access, if this is a separate project from the church room.
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Peter Kennedy, church treasurer, brought us up to date on finance. The donations, totalling £7,800, agreed for charitable giving have now all been paid, as well as the sum of £5,802 for the work to the roof; further invoices are due for the stonework repairs. The pressure on finances has necessitated transferring funds from the deposit account, and with payments in the first five months of this financial year exceeding the amounts received by £7,748 the need for the congregation to increase giving and fundraising is brought sharply into focus.
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Recipe of the Month Pegg's Pineapple Fruit Loaf
Following Cindy’s delicious tea loaf, another of our lovely bellringing friends has contributed a recipe for a loaf that also makes an excellent accompaniment to afternoon tea on one of our bellringing ‘tower grabbing’ marathons; apparently it has been on many ringing holidays already!
Sue Buckingham The recipe was given to Sue’s mum by their next-door neighbour, Joyce, and Pegg was a relative of hers. It makes a delicious moist cake which keeps well and also freezes: just as well as a tin of crushed pineapple makes two cakes! The pineapple gives the cake a lovely buttery flavour.
Method: Simmer all the ingredients except the eggs and flour together gently for 20 minutes, then leave the mixture to cool in a large mixing bowl. Add the beaten eggs and sieved flour, mixing them thoroughly into the other ingredients. Turn into two greased and bottom-lined 2lb loaf tins. Bake at 150 degrees C (Mark 2) for 13/4 hours, or until cooked through (when a skewer comes out clean).
Ingredients: 8ozs glace cherries, quartered 12ozs soft brown sugar 8ozs butter 1 large tin (435g) crushed pineapple (or liquidise a tin of pineapple chunks) 24ozs mixed dried fruit 4 eggs 1lb self-raising flour *** Christians may not see eye to eye, but they should walk arm in arm. Anon
From the Registers Burial of Ashes, Committal & Funerals our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: 9th October Grace Emily Parrott 9th October John Gardiner 19th October Anne Geoghegan HotPott - November 2018
Chores and Chains Cleaning Rota
Please contact Yvette 0161 485 6135 2nd Nov 9th Nov 16th Nov 23rd Nov 30th Nov 7th Dec
Mr & Mrs Akerman Mr & Mrs Ferguson Mr & Mrs Currell Dr Angie Davies Mrs Harper & Mrs Plant Miss Bunting, Mr & Mrs Stratford
Tea & Coffee
Contact Carole on 01625 820533 4th Nov 11th Nov 18th Nov 25th Nov 2nd Dec
Madeline & Pam Elizabeth & Christina Helen & Kim Ros & Sheila Malyan
Contact Gill: 01625 829819 4th Nov 11th Nov 18th Nov 25th Nov 2nd Dec
Sheila & John, in memory of Irene Mike & Sue, in memory of Christine Gill, in memory of her mummy Elaine Mary & Ivan, remembering Mary’s mum’s birthday Vacant
Contact - Pam: firstname.lastname@example.org The next wedding is on 26th May 2019. *** We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance. At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, ‘Does anyone know what the bishop does?’ There was silence. Finally, one little boy ventured: ‘He’s the one you can move diagonally.’ Page 30
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Pott Shrigley Village Hall
Bar open from 6.30pm. Quiz starts 7:45pm prompt.
Recommended team size is between 4 and 6 people
Suggested minimum £5 donation per head – all proceeds will be going to TEARFUND
Tickets to be reserved in advance
CONTACT: Anne Murphy – 07891 953919 – for tickets
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November 4th. All Saints' 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Holy Communion & Revelation 21:1-6a Baptism
11th. Remembrance 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Morning Worship*
John 10:11-16; John 15:9-17 Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 and John 14: 1-5, 23-29
David Swales Lynne Bowden
18th. 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Family Service
David Swales David Swales & Anne Murphy
Holy Communion Morning Worship*
Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36
25th. 8.30am 10.45am
December 2nd. 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Holy Communion‡
All readings will be the same at 8.30 and 10.45 unless otherwise indicated. ‡ Junior Church * Youth and Junior Church
Christingle The Christingle service will be held at 10.45am on Sunday, 9th December. As usual, we will be raising money for The Children’s Society; collection boxes will be available at the back of the church from mid November onwards; please help yourself to one. Your box can be returned on 9th December, or leave it at the back of the church around then if you are unable to attend the Christingle service. Please consider giving generously to this Christian charity which does such valuable work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in our society.
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Sidespeople and Prayers November 4th. 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson
11th. 8.30am 10.45am
Miss G. Mosley Mr. C. Potter & Mrs. C. Taylor Extra Reader: Mr. D. Davie
18th. 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. & Mrs. R Stratford Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. R. Gem + Mr. I Malyan
Miss G. Mosley Mr. R. & Mr. D. Gem
25th. 8.30am 10.45am
December 2nd. 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. E. Buffey Extra Reader: Mr. G. Parker
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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... his constant droning from the pulpit is really getting on my nerves!
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CHRISTMAS 2018 @ POTT SHRIGLEY
SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER Christingle 10.45am SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER Carols by Candlelight 4pm THURSDAY 20 DECEMBER Carols by Candlelight 6.30pm SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER Carols by Candlelight 4pm & 6.30pm (No service at 10.45am)
Holy Communion 11.30pm
Family Communion 10am
Sunday Services 8:30am and 10:45am unless stated otherwise.
St Christophers Church Pott Shrigley pottshrigleychurch.org.uk
St Christopherâ€™s Church Shrigley Road Pott Shrigley SK10 5RT
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
firstname.lastname@example.org David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU
Stan Heathcote, Lilac Cottage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RR
Ros Johnson, 54 Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF
email@example.com PCC Treasurer:
Peter Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Aid & Planned Giving:
Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG
Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA
email@example.com David Garton, as above
Andy Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly Bulletin:
David Gem, as above
Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:
Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Pastoral Care Team:
Kim Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE
email@example.com Childrenâ€™s Ministry:
Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL
firstname.lastname@example.org Praise and Play:
Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ
email@example.com Parish Council Clerk:
Joyce Burton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Cooke, email@example.com
Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT
firstname.lastname@example.org sch.uk Website:
Tess Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP email@example.com
574768 (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, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day.
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