St Chad’s Notices 6th February 2011
The week ahead… Everyone in our church family should now have received a letter informing them about St Chad's current financial position. Included with the letter was the Spring Edition of INSPIRE which sets out the work we are doing with children and young people; just part of the many, varied ministries of St Chad's. In order for us to continue all our existing activities and ministries at the same level as last year, we need to raise and additional £2,000 per month through regular giving. Without this increase, we will need to make some significant cuts in our budget and plans for 2011. We are asking every member of our church to consider how we can respond, by increasing the amount they already give, or in some cases, by starting to give regularly. God invites us to give in proportion to what we have received. We all have a part to play in raising the amount we need. With your letter was a response form. Please return your completed response form to the church office by Monday 21st February. Decisions about the budget will be made following that date.
Mo n d ay 1 4 3.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm
Fireworks 4-7 Alpha Leadership Huddle
Tu esd ay 1 5 10.00am 5.45pm
Little Lights Fuel 7-11
Wed n esd ay 1 6 10.00am Sparklers 11.00am Holy Communion 4.00pm Cherry Tree Youth 6.30pm Core: Deeper 7.00pm Core Th u rsd ay 1 7 10.00am Stars 6.30pm Pulse Youth 14-18 7.30pm CAP Course Satu rd ay 1 9 9.30am
Thank you to those who have already responded.
Su n d ay 20 9.15am 10:45am 6.30pm
Christians in Schools Trust: Annual Supporters' Evening
Sunday, 13th February 6.30pm. Chelwood Baptist Church, Adswood Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5QA Come and be encouraged as we share the really amazing things God's been doing in our local schools, worship and pray together and enjoy tea and cakes. If you want to go but have no transport, please contact Jan Ford 2921303.
REMINDER: Leadership Huddle Monday 14th February, 7.45pm A reminder to all leaders that the Leadership Huddle is on Monday 14th February at 7.45pm. Graham Dow is speaking on ʻAn introduction to encouraging spiritual giftsʼ.
PCC Parish Communion Worship Together Overcomers Outreach in Lifecentre Encounter in the Guywood Centre
Church Office 1-5 Stockport Road Romiley, Stockport SK6 4BN phone (0161) 430 4652 email firstname.lastname@example.org web www.stchadsromiley.co.uk Office Hours Mon - Thurs 9 - 5pm
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The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 20th March in Church. This is the meeting where we report on our finances and facilities, elect Church Wardens and new members to the PCC and much more! There will be only be one service on the Sunday morning - a Family Communion service at 9.15am. We expect that to last no more than 1 hour and hope that everyone will join together to worship. Coffee will be served following the service. At 10.45 the APCM will start. There will be activities in the Lifecentre for children aged 3 and upwards from 10.30, headed up by Laura Pennington and our Children/Youth team, enabling parents to attend the meeting in church. We anticipate that the meeting will finish by 12.30pm. So, here's how that date looks: 9.15 - Family Communion in Church
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Membership of the PCC rotates on an annual basis, with members typically elected to serve for three years. There are several places available this year. This is a really exciting and challenging time for St Chad's. If you would like to be part of the council which ushers in a new era, looking for our next Vicar, then we would love to tell you more about it. Please contact Tim, Jill or Helen in the first instance. Tim and Jill can be contacted in the office on 430 4652. Helen is contactable in the Lifecentre on 430 1135.
ELECTORAL ROLL In accordance with the Church Representation Rules in readiness for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting, a copy of the Electoral Roll has now been put on the church notice board in the porch. If you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be, please fill in an application form as soon as possible so that the list can be revised before the APCM. Being on the Electoral Roll means you are able to vote in elections should they arise at the APCM.
10.15 - Coffee available in church Forms available in Church or from the Church Office. 10.15 - Drop off for Children's activities in Lifecentre Ęťtil 12.30 10.45 - APCM starts
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12.30 - Meeting concludes; parents to collect children. Why not join the PCC? The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is the elected body which oversees the running of the church, led by the Vicar with the two Church Wardens. The PCC meets once a month and discusses a widerange of church leadership matters, including finances, our facilities, our vision, our services, staffing and more! It is a real privilege to be part of this group of around 20 people who seek God's direction for St Chad's.
April 2 Holy Trinity Stalybridge ÂŁ14 including course book Often we look at small passages in the bible and apply them to our daily lives. This is essential but often we can lose our way in bible reading. Walk through the bible will help guide you through the Old Testament and bring it to life. For more information pick up a leaflet from the back of church or visit www.bible.org.uk
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Hello St Chadʼs, First of all, thank you to those who sent cards, flowers and enquiries when I was ill last year – I felt very loved and cared for. Due to my illness I was unable to organize the Shoe Box Appeal as well as in previous years, but we still managed to send 240 boxes. I would like to particularly thank those who knitted and donated items without needing to be reminded! So – this year, a new idea, from March onward I plan to have a box in church into which you can put small items. Each month we would ask for different items to be brought in so for example, small toys and games in March, soap, tooth paste & brushes in April etc. All these things are very cheap and if everyone put one item in the box each month then we should soon accumulate enough items to fill 300 shoeboxes by Christmas 2011. That may sound ambitious, but spreading it out over several months should make it more manageable. Look out in the notices for the items we are asking for each month. I know money is tight, but 20p for a pack of 4 tooth brushes should be in the range of most people whilst being a treasure to children who have very little else. Please dig deep, St Chadʼs, your small item can change the world for a destitute child. Maggie Britten
Bible Study Group Interested in going deeper with God? Wanting to rediscover a love for the Bible, or simply understand what the Bible says about our faith? The evening service has been relaunched. See below for the monthly program. 1st Sunday - PRAY Prayer and praise night with worship and interactive prayer 2nd Sunday - EQUIPPED Come and be equipped as a disciple 3rd Sunday - HEALED Come and pray for or receive healing, includes Holy Communion 4th Sunday - EXPERIENCE Come and share an experience of God's word 5th Sunday - QUESTION Bring the big questions before a panel
Then why not try our new Bible Study groups. The groups will follow the "Self-study BIBLE Course" prepared by Derek Prince. The 15 topics covered include: God's Plan of Salvation; Baptism; The Holy Spirit; Healing; Jesus Chris and The Second Coming". The "study" is easy to work through and is aimed at discovering new depth and understanding as well as how to apply these words to our lives. The group could meet before or after lunch, or during an evening and will meet weekly.
New Wine Women’s Day th (North&East) - Saturday 5 March A day of worship, teaching and ministry especially for women International Conference Centre, Harrogate Anne Coles, Nadine Parkinson will be joined by guest speakers and worship leaders
Feedback from the 2010 Women’s Days: ‘I felt the Lord’s presence from the word ‘Go’. Every time I go to one of these conferences I feel the same. Knowing that he is at the centre of all these events is reassuring, and that his love holds no bound is truly amazing.’ ‘I had an amazing new Holy Spirit experience which left me literally and metaphorically buzzing!’ ‘It brought me back to my roots. I had been feeling a bit distant from God recently and needed time to renew and feel God’s presence.’ Cost £20. Find out more and book online at www.new-wine.org or speak to Katie Wade
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Friday 4 March Woodley Methodist Church 2pm Speaker: Gladys Wellbourne
Our evening service provides space to encounter Jesus in a relaxed and spacious setting of worship. 6.30pm in the Guywood Centre
If you are interested please call Jan in the office and someone will be in touch regarding your availability and the formation of a group.
All are welcome – men, women and young people www.wwdp-natcomm.org
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Open Doors: A Right to Believe Update When a woman like Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi can be sentenced to death over a charge of blasphemy, itʼs time to act. Her story – and those of countless other victims of religious persecution around the world – shows how vital it is that the United Nations should protect the rights of all people of faith. Thatʼs why, on a bitterly cold Monday in December, we were in New York. The cold outside contrasted with the warmth in our reception from Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Human Rights, Mr Ivan Simonovic. We were there as representatives of 428,856 people from over 70 countries who were urging the United Nations to vote YES to religious liberty and NO to the Defamation of Religions Resolution. The Open Doors website here took signatures from people in over 70 countries – including many where Christians already face persecution on a daily basis. Open Doors in other countries took up the challenge. In Brazil, young people held up the traffic in a busy city street; in the Philippines, they signed a Right to Believe banner with felt pens; Australia used a radio campaign; many used Facebook to spread the word. Prime Minister David Cameron responded to his constituents who contacted him, explaining that by convention he could not sign an EDM, but emphasised “Freedom of religion is a cause I wholeheartedly support. I share your concern that the Defamation of Religions Resolution could be used as a pretext for limiting freedom of expression… I can assure you the Government intends to vote against this Resolution whenever it is tabled at the UN General Assembly and will encourage other countries to do likewise.” THE UNITED NATIONS VOTE And so, as the General Assembly session came to a close, the vote was taken. Sadly, once again the Resolution was passed… but encouragingly the trend of declining support is clearly accelerating. The gap between the YES and NO vote narrowed significantly, and the total number of NO votes, plus the abstentions, far outweighed the YES vote. The Defamation of Religions Resolution is not about to become law. Support for the concept is decreasing. And in 2011 the petition signatures will still be a powerful weapon as the discussions continue. Open Doors will continue to build on this work. We will highlight the widespread level of concern indicated by 428,856 signatures on the global petition. We will continue to pray, to prompt, to campaign privately and publicly. We will do all we can to ensure that our brothers and sisters who face persecution for the sake of Christ will one day have the Right to Believe, in freedom and without fear.
Coming soon.... Second hand book sale in aid of Open Doors which supports persecuted Christians. The Guywood Centre, Sat April16th 10am-12, Refreshments for sale. If you have any unwanted books or magazines, please put them into the boxes at the back of church on Sunday mornings. A wonderful opportunity to de-clutter and bless part of the Christian family at the same time. If you are interested in helping please contact Gill Gosling on email@example.com or 01612929601
Pitstop: Relationships In racing, regular pit stops are essential if the car is to finish the race. And in other sports professionals spend hours being coached and perfecting their technique. The truth is that the greatest achievements in life take practice, training and dedication. Itʼs the same with relationships. A strong, loving and lifelong relationship doesnʼt happen by chance. It takes effort and dedication to keep the fun and romance alive. Is it time to invest in your relationship? Pitstop is designed for co-habiting, engaged and married couples. It is for anyone who wants to invest in their relationship, whether theyʼve been together for 1 or 40 years and whether they have a strong relationship or are struggling. Our next course takes place on th th Sat 5 of March and Sat 19 March. Pick up a leaflet or speak to Tim for more info.
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