Induction of our New Vicar

Revd Calum Piper will be inducted and collated as Vicar of Bramhall on Thursday 7th February 2019 at 7.30.

The service will be led by the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport and assisted by The Ven Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield.

It is at this service that Calum will take on the roles and responsibilities for leading the parish of Bramhall. Members of the church, local residents, friends and family are all invited to join Calum and the parish as the celebrate this occasion.

The service will start at 7.30pm and so the congregation should be seated by 7.25pm. Visiting clergy and readers are invited to robe in the Parish Centre Lounge and should be ready by 7.20.

Parking is available in the car park on the corner of Robins Lane and St Michael’s Avenue as well as on the road around the Parish Church. Please refrain from parking in the United Reformed Church car park.

Refreshments will be served after the service in the parish centre.

 

If you have any questions please contact the churchwardens on [email protected] or 0161 439 39897

 

Operation Christmas Child

We are supporting Operation Christmas Child once again this year as a local collection point for shoeboxes to be dropped off.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1990, more than 157 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Shoeboxes for some children can be the only gift they receive at Christmas. You can find out more information about what to put in a shoebox on the Operation Christmas Child website here

The Parish Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1.30pm and on Sunday mornings. The shoeboxes will be collected from St. Michael’s on Monday 19th November.

 

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.

July Ministers Message

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

Newala Concert

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.

RAF 100 Celebration

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.

Ministers Message – June

Ordinary Time

Thus, it was declared: you have celebrated enough – now you shall observe ordinary time. With the arrival of Trinity Sunday last week, the church’s year now moves to a period called ordinary time. This has led me to ponder what does it mean to be ordinary?

On first inspection the word ordinary leads me to place of boredom, to apathy and something without flavour or excitement. If I were to talk of an ordinary biscuit maybe Rich Tea would be on the agenda.

Yet as I reflect on our collective story both as Bramhall Parish Church and more widely as being a Christian, I struggle to use that definition of ordinary. Life at Bramhall certainly isn’t any old boring normal. Come to think of it, life as a Christian isn’t the same old boring ordinary.

The ordinary of God evokes in me bible passages such as:

Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 16:11 – You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

2 Corinthians 2:14 – But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

The ordinary for the follower of Jesus, is to spend time seeing God in the every day. To be reminded of him in the flowers that bud, in the daily cycle of life, and to adventure deeper into the daily occurrences to discover where God is quietly calling our names from.

We are called to walk the ordinary life with endurance and expectation which makes the season of ordinary much more like extraordinary because we are given the opportunity to discover more of who Jesus is.

In this Ordinary Time, take time to discover your daily rhythm, to find God in it, and maybe a little more often, allow him to beat the drum for the rhythm of your life.

Mothers Union celebrates 70 Years

Celebrating 70 years

On Thursday 24th May St. Michaels branch of the Mothers Union celebrated 70 years since they were set up. The group celebrated with a lunch in the Parish Centre followed by the cutting of a celebratory cake. The group were joined by guest of honour Wendy Sykes, the Archdeaconry President for Macclesfield.

The Mothers Union was set up to: To demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of the family in its many forms. The do this through their mission aims which are:

  • To promote and support married life
  • To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
  • To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
  • To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
  • To help those whose family life has met with adversity

The Mothers Union at St. Michael’s meets monthly on a Thursday afternoon with membership being open to anyone interested in making a difference.

 

Easter Activity Day

We will be running our first Easter Activity Day on Thursday 5th April. Starting at 9.30am the day will be filled with activities including craft, forest school, easter activities, sport and lots of fun.

The day is open for children in years 3-6 but parents and family are welcome to stay and join in. The day is free but we ask that you bring your own lunch.

Places are limited, to book your place, contact Karen in the Parish Office on [email protected] or 0161 439 3989

Mothers Union: By Royal Appointment

MOTHERS’ UNION FUND RAISING EVENT

FLOWER DEMONSTRATION AND TALK

 THURSDAY 22ND MARCH 2018 AT 2PM

 “BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT” – ROSEMARY HUGHES

 Rosemary is the Official Supplier of Nosegays for the Maundy Service and was responsible for flowers at the Re-internment of Richard III

 All are welcome to attend. Tickets are £5 and can either be reserved in advance or paid for on the door. They include refreshments. To reserve tickets contact Karen (Parish Administrator) on 0161 439 3989 or email [email protected]