Following on from our Kaleidoscope service in August the PCC have spent a lot of time thinking and praying through how we as a church welcome people into our community whilst also exploring new ways of ensuring our building remains welcoming. One discussion that has taken place is on the subject of communication and keeping in contact with all members of the community at St. Michaels. This letter is fruit of that discussion, we hope you will find it useful in finding out some of the things that have been taking place as well as what is lined up for the next few months.
Thank You and Welcome
Over the last couple of years we have been very fortunate to have had the care and ministry of a number of priests. We are very grateful to Fr. David Stoter and Fr. Bob Read, both of whom devoted much time and energy to our parish, and we were sorry to see them leave in the last year. Fr David Parker, a well known friend of St. Michael’s, has also been a blessing to us with his ministry. We are delighted that Fr David continues to offer his ministry her at St. Michael’s, although currently is taking a well deserved rest.
Revd Calum Piper joined us in July as Interim Minister until Christmas. He has come from a Curacy at St. Hilary’s Church in Wallasey on the Wirral, before that training at St. John’s College in Nottingham. He is married to Jess who is curate at St. Mary’s Church in Bowdon. He enjoys walking, running and touring the country with Jess during his time off. Calum’s passion in ministry is about building communities of disciples centred around the cross.
At the annual meeting in April, Sue Taylor stepped down as Churchwarden after six years. David Walker was elected as the new warden and works alongside Louise Richardson.
Dave has been part of St Michael’s for the past 33 years. He is the Electoral Roll Officer and was a sidesperson until he took up the role of Churchwarden. Dave is married to Ann and has two children, Stuart and Andrea, and five grandchildren. Dave worked for British Telecom for 38 years, retiring 16 years ago. He has enjoyed being a member of ’79 Probus Club of Bramhall for 13 years being chairman from 2011 to 2013 and also volunteers with Ann at the Avro Heritage Museum in Woodford.
Louise was elected warden in 2015 and generously dedicates her time to St Michaels as a Churchwarden whilst also being Chair of the Board of Corporation at Stockport College, and owning of her own consultancy practice. Louise is an accomplished musician and singer, having previously served as Music Leader here at St Michaels, and remains heavily involved with the church’s musical life, including singing in the choir at services.
For Young and Old
During the summer we again hosted the I Love Bramhall Tea Party on the lawn and in the church hall. Over 300 members of the local community came and had afternoon tea served and entertained by local acts and young people from Bramhall High School. It was delight to host such an event and we look forward to getting involved again next year.
Teddy Bear Sunday
On Sunday 17th September, we celebrated four years of our Kaleidoscope ministry by holding Teddy Bear Sunday. The church was full, not just with the sight of teddy bears, and we thought about the loyalty and safety that God provides for everyone which is reflected in each person’s teddy. We also prayed for everyone in new places but especially those starting new academic years at school.
Autumn has arrived
Advent is already just round the corner and is traditionally a time for preparing for Christmas but also looking for Jesus’ return. Our Advent Carol service will be held on Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm and will provide space for everyone to reflect on the coming story of Christmas whilst singing all your favourite advent hymns.
The Countdown to Christmas
Christmas promises to be an exciting time as ever with St. Michaels playing host to many carol services and concerts. Please find enclosed an invite to our Christmas services. We hope you can join us as we celebrate that God is with Us.
Following on from the success of our Angels Festival next February we will be hosting a Narnia Festival where we hope to welcome 10% of the parish population into church to discover the Narnia story afresh and explore what the story means to them in greater detail.
All are Welcome
St. Michael’s continues to faithfully meet each week to worship God on a Sunday and throughout the week. We also have a wide programme of groups and activities for everyone to get involved in. Whether you are a regular attender or haven’t been in a while, we hope you will have taken encouragement from all that has been going on and we hope to see you at something soon. If you would like to speak confidentially with one of the wardens or clergy about anything please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Enclosed you will also find our new activities and groups leaflet.
With every blessing,
Mrs Louise Richardson Mr David Walker