For the last few weeks, people throughout Bramhall have been creating paper poppies as part of the Bramhall Remembers 100 project. These poppies are being brought together to form one art installation representing the unity of Bramhall in its remembrance and thankfulness of those who fought for justice, freedom and liberty in war.
You can visit the poppies from Sunday 11th November 2018 at the following times:
Sunday 11th November
11.30am to 6pm
Monday 12th – Friday 16th November
9.30am to 1.30pm
5.30pm to 7.30pm
If you want to bring a group to visit the poppies we can offer a flexible session exploring some of the themes of remembrance and some of the people from Bramhall who have their lives in the World Wars. To book a session contact Revd Calum Piper on [email protected] or 0161 439 3989
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.
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
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
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
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.