After the Narnia Festival, the organising group awarded itself time off, having first agreed that the next St M’s Festival would be in 2020 – dates to be decided – and that, given the ‘lead time’ required organisationally, the first meeting of the Festival 2020 group would be six months later. The six months now up, the meeting in the Lounge on Thursday 18th October, at midday. All are welcome to come along, whether you want to be involved in organising Festival 2020 or want to find out a bit more before committing yourself. If interested but unable to attend, please contact Parish Office on 0161 439 3989.
At the East of end of the church grounds is the Garden of Remembrance. In part of the garden there are currently two large flower beds that were planted with hydrangeas around 20 years ago. Following the hot summer, it has been decided that it is time to refresh this area of the garden. The plans are to replace the current hydrangeas with roses and to install another rose bed along the adjacent path. This further bed will be opposite the peace roses that were planted two years ago.
Each rose will cost £15 and we hope to prepare the beds and plant the roses during November. Whilst the church has already committed to the work being undertaken, we wanted to offer you the opportunity to make a donation towards the cost of a rose in memory of your loved one.
If you choose to make a donation, cheques can be made payable to St. Michael & All Angels PCC. Please mark clearly that your donation is for the remembrance garden.
For a lot of people September has come to be another point at which New Year is marked with the start of the new academic year. New teachers will be let loose on their first classes, students will meet new teachers if not new schools, and many parents will give a sigh of relief as the holidays come to an end. September is also a time when families will travel to distant cities to drop off loved ones at university too.
All these new starts will require change. Adapting to new syllabuses or routines, learning new names and getting to know classmates, and even discovering new cities and how to live alone or in a house with strangers.
For those in the education system I think the arrival of September can sometimes feel like it’s a time when you are pushed out of your comfort zone. The start of this new academic year might also be a time when you could challenge yourself to something new and something that might broaden the horizons or deepen the roots of your faith. There are a number of new things starting and I want to take the opportunity to make you aware of them:
Knit and Natter starts on the Second Thursday of the month at. You could join to learn a new skill or rekindle an art of old whilst getting to know others a little bit better.
A weekly bible study will start on Wednesday 12th September, every Wednesday at 5.30pm in Costa on the high street. It will be a simple session looking at what a passage might mean to us as Christians today and open to all.
We will also be launching a free soup lunch on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 12pm following our midweek communion. A chance for people to come and share fellowship and eat together – something Jesus showed was important.
So I hope even if you have long left the academic world, you might take time this September to ask yourself, what new challenge can I rise to? What else could I do or change to help me grow as a disciple of Jesus?
Come for a Cuppa, Stay for some Soup
We believe that eating together is really important. Every week we share Holy Communion which first started in the context of Jesus sharing food around a table with friends.
Every month on the 3rd Wednesday of every month you’re invited to join us for a free soup lunch at 12pm. There will be soup, bread, tea and coffee and there is no charge, but donations are welcomed.
Come and unwind over a ball of yarn
Knit and Natter starts on the Second Thursday of the month at. You could join to learn a new skill or rekindle an art of old whilst getting to know others a little bit better. Bring some wool and some needles, if you have never knitted before or if you have dropped a stitch and just dont know how to get going again – there will be someone about more than willing to get you going, all over a good cup of tea and friendship.
Growing in Fellowship, Growing in Faith
Join us for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning
Which way to look?
Every July we celebrate the dedication of St. Michael and All Angel’s Parish Church. At the festival we remember the determination, vision and faith of the early parishioners and their commitment to following Jesus in the Anglican way. It was because of them, that Bramhall Parish came to exist.
If they hadn’t followed Jesus, this parish might not exist.
If they hadn’t been committed to an Anglican presence in Bramhall, this place might not have existed.
As I reflect on their faith and generosity, I can’t help but pray
Thank You Lord!
What strikes me as important is that the founders of our parish looked forwards. Their actions point to motives that said we want the people of Bramhall to know Jesus in the years to come and that there needed to be a place easier to frequent than St. Thomas’ Stockport.
Where do we look? What are our motives?
This time last year I walked through the doors of St. Michael’s for the first time. My vision was for 6 months, to care, to love and to lead in worship. What I have experienced in doing that is a warm embrace of love by this community which has led me to call this place home and all of you family.
It’s those actions of the past year, that motivate me to say to people I meet, come and join us as we explore the Christian faith together. My past, our past, motivate me to look and work for the future.
Paul writes to the Philippian Church:
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
May the past inspire us not to go back – but to boldly move forwards, with faith, with hope and with love.
I wonder what the parishioners of Bramhall will say about us in 2127?
Revd Calum Piper, July 2018
On Saturday 2nd June 2018, a fundraising concert was held at St Michael and All Angels to raise money to send to its link parish in Newala, Tanzania. It was a really enjoyable evening which overall raised £905.30. This money will go towards worthwhile projects to support poor people in Newala, such as buying water harvesting tanks, repairing the Newala Diocese tractor and buying grain to provide porridge breakfasts in schools.
Verity Beards-Jones (the concert organiser, previously a student at Chetham’s School of Music) was joined by Martha Cullen and Ethan Mitchell (students at the RNCM), Jonnie Gait (Music Director at the church) and other musicians from St Michael’s to perform a varied programme of both solo and ensemble pieces. The programme included pieces on piano, saxophone, flute, organ, cello and violin. At the end of the concert, the performers were joined by other members of the St Michael’s Kaleidoscope music band to play an arrangement of A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman together.
Information about current Newala projects was on display in the parish centre during the interval, where refreshments were provided and a well-supported homemade cake sale increased the funds raised. The whole evening was really well attended by a wonderful audience.
On Sunday 1st July, Bramhall Parish Church will play host to a special service of celebration to mark 100 years of the RAF.
Whilst Bramhall has never been directly linked with the RAF, with Woodford Aerodrome being just down the road, we felt it an important milestone to mark.
All are welcome to join us to commemorate, celebrate and inspire.