Journey into Light Exhibition

An exhibition of prisoner artwork will be on display at St. Michael’s Parish Church from Monday 12th November to Friday 16th November 2018. The aim of the exhibition, titled Journey into Light, is to demonstrate to visitors that behind every prisoner’s conviction and sentence is a personal story of love, hope and loss.

The exhibition is made up of more than 50 individual pieces of art produced by prisoners from HMP Styal and HMP Thorn Cross, Cheshire.

Debbie Dalby, Director of Social Responsibility at the Diocese of Chester, says: “We want people to view the exhibition and leave with a greater sense of empathy and awareness of prisoner experience. There is life beyond prison and we want to celebrate renewal and restoration and the hope of a brighter, more optimistic future.

“By seeing the creativity of prisoners and hearing their stories, people will be able to better understand some of the choices, mistakes and circumstances that they have faced in their lives.”

The Diocese of Chester has been working with prison chaplains from HMS Styal and HMS Thorn Cross who have worked with the prisoners to produce the pieces of art. The exhibits differ in style from large acrylic paintings, abstract landscapes, and self-portraits.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, says: “Prisoners are often viewed as “the other” yet they live in our midst, are a part of our communities, and contribute to our societies. The Bible has much to say about the plight of prisoners and the Christian faith recognises that every person is made in the image of God and is valued despite our individual mistakes and regrets. This exhibition allows us the opportunity to understand better the lived experiences of prisoners in Cheshire.”

You can visit the exhibition in St. Michael’s every day during the week of Monday 12th November between the following times:

Mornings: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Evenings: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

 

Also on display will be the Bramhall Remembers 100 poppy installation.

 

 

Statement from the Bishop of Chester relating to Simon Marsh

A statement from the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, following the Judgement of the Clergy Discipline Tribunal in the case of the Revd Simon Marsh:

Following the decision of the Tribunal fully to uphold the charges against the Revd Simon Marsh, I am greatly saddened that a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Chester should so misuse his position and abuse a vulnerable young woman.

I would pay tribute to the courage of the Complainant in supporting the formal complaint and being willing to submit herself to cross-examination during the hearing. I apologise unreservedly to her on behalf of the Church, and we will continue to offer pastoral support to her.

This is a sad and inexcusable tale of the abuse of trust and power by a priest of the Church of England. We will do all that we can to minimize the likelihood of the recurrence of such abuse.

It is now nearly 5 years since the original complaint was made to the police. This has been a very difficult time for the parish of St Michael, Bramhall, and I pay tribute to all those who have enabled the worship and wider life of the parish to continue with admirable resilience.  We will now move as quickly as possible to appoint a new Vicar.

Rt Revd Peter Forster
Bishop of Chester

Read the full judgement and penalty decision on the Church of England website.

Service of Light and Commemoration

Our annual service of Light and Commemoration will take place on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 6.30pm. The service will provide a quiet and reflective act of worship including hymns and readings and during which loved ones who have died can be remembered and with thanks being given to God for them.

During the service we shall be reading out a list of names of those we would like to remember. If you want your loved one to be remembered in this way please contact the Parish Office on [email protected] or 0161 439 3989 by Wednesday 31st October

 

 

Festival 2020

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.

Garden of Remembrance

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.

Ministers Message – September 2018

New Year

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?

Soup Lunch

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.

For more information contact Calum in the Parish Office

Knit and Natter

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.

For more information contact Louise in the Parish Office

Weekly Bible Study

Growing in Fellowship, Growing in Faith

For centuries Christians, and those exploring the Christian faith, have gathered together to read the bible, ask questions of it, and seek to interpret its meaning for the the time.
Each week at 5.30pm, join Calum in Costa in Bramhall High Street to read, ask questions and seek to understand afresh parts of the bible. Lasting an hour, whether you have a PhD is Biblical Studies or have never opened the bible but want to know more – Join Us.
For more information contact Calum in the Parish Office

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Join us for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone Macmillan raised over £27 million.
At St. Michaels we recognise that many families have faced challenges because of illnesses relating to Cancer which has led to make this an annual event which is a priority in our diary. Come and join us as we raise money for Macmillan with the hope that together we can make this another successful year.