Mad Dogs Homeless Project Donations

The money donated to Mad Dogs Homeless Project from the Angel Festival has purchased 6 Sleeping Bags, 10 pairs of Thermal Gloves, 12 pairs of mens thermal socks, 6 pairs of womens thermal socks, 18 pairs of boxer shorts, 16 pairs of ladies underwear and 8 wool hats.

All of the above have been distributed to those in need.

The ongoing support from the St Michaels congregation is very much appreciated. Sadly, there is a huge need for the ongoing donation of sleeping bags and warm winter wear. Please contact David Taylor (Verger) for further information

A cheque has also been issued to ‘Manchester Street Angels‘ to support their work in looking out for vulnerable people on the streets of Manchester.

Help Needed at The Mill on Saturdays

The Mill BramhallDue to the retirement of some long-term helpers, new volunteers are urgently needed to help at ‘The Mill’ – our outreach to young people in Bramhall – on Saturdays, either 1:00 to 3:00pm or 7:00 to 9:00pm. Being on the rota once a month, or as a stand-by person would help, if you can’t do more. Volunteers need to be DBS checked by The Mill, at no cost to the person. Please consider volunteering. If you would like to do so or to find out more details, please contact us or the Mill.
Also, The Mill fundraises regularly, particularly at Christmastide. If you would help on a stall, produce goods to sell, or simply support the fundraising group, again please contact us or Julie Sweeting (Administrator) at the Mill.

Angel Festival Volunteering

This is our church and our festival, and we must make a success of it; we hope every member of St M’s will want to take part. The Festival runs from Monday 28th Nov to Sunday 4th Dec, 9:00am to 8:30pm daily. We need personpower: There is still space on the general sign-up lists on the noticeboard in the church hall lobby. Please sign up – even if you can only do a little, that’ll be welcome and useful.

Kaleidoscope Service Planning

Kaleidoscope Service Planning : If you would like to contribute to the planning of a Kaleidoscope Service please do come along to the next planning meeting on Wednesday 2nd November in ‘Reception’ (the Office) at 8:00pm. We use the “Roots” resource as a springboard for our ideas, and copies of September’s pages are available from Jill Elston or Sue Taylor (or contact us) on request. Everyone welcome.

Double Act – Help with Refreshments

Double Act – our young people’s puppet group – will be performing on Wednesday 2nd November, 7:30 to 8:00pm to raise money for the Newala porridge breakfasts for schoolchildren project. The girls in the group will be baking to raise money, too. We need some adults to volunteer to help serve refreshments on 2nd Nov, between 7:15 and 8:00pm – please contact us if you can help. Please come along and support this; it’ll be a fun performance.

Pine cones and Styrofoam

Any unlikely combination?  Well, this is St Michael’s …  Pauline D’Souza would be grateful for both, to be used for things which ACE will be making for the Angel Festival (much more on which in a few weeks time) at the beginning of December.  There’s a box for pine cones under or beside the letter rack in the hall lobby.  If you’ve got pieces of Styrofoam – such as pizza bases (and rinsed if necessary, please!) – please contact us about handing it over, so we don’t get a pile of it under the letter rack!

Bookstall in Sainsbury’s for ‘The Mill’

The Mill is lucky to have be chosen as the local branch of Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year.  It will be holding a bookstall in-store, at which people can make a donation for each book taken.  If anyone would like to donate books they can be dropped off at Sainsbury’s Bramhall (in the ‘Village Square’) at any time the shop’s open.  The bookstall will run from now until the end of November.  We’d be grateful for your support.

Julie Sweeting  (Administrator)

Harvest Kaleidoscope Eucharist – items requested

Please join in the celebration of our Harvest Thanksgiving in the ‘Kaleidoscope’ Eucharist on Sunday 16th October.  This year, items donated will go to “Wellspring” and “Mad Dogs”.  We would be grateful for gifts of socks / underwear (men’s & women’s); toiletries (no aerosols, please, so roll-on deodorants, etc); tea & coffee; tins of meat.  The Brownies and Guides will collect from you any items in church at the beginning of the Service.

Also, the Guides will be selling cakes after the Service, and any money raised from that will go to the two chosen charities.  It’s a bring-and-buy cake stall, so any cake(s) you bring to be sold will be appreciated.

Helpers Needed for Schools Work

Please see Jill Elston, our Schools Co-ordinator, or otherwise contact us if you would like to help with schools work.  She needs people to help prepare craft activities, bake biscuits or cakes, run craft activities, help show children around the church, and help with Angel Festival Visits and Discover Christmas Visits.  There’s a job for everyone – preparing craft and refreshments beforehand and dropping them off; helping children with craft during a visit (no difficult stuff!); leading a group of children round church and explaining things; serving refreshments and clearing up.

Help needed at ‘The Mill’

As summer comes to an end we would ask that you consider donating some time to help at a Mill session.  We have been lucky to have the same volunteers for a number of years, but understandably some now feel it is time for new people to take over.  We are therefore looking for at least one volunteer to do a Saturday afternoon session and one person to do a Saturday evening session.  You would be on a rota with other people and do just once a month.

All of our volunteers need to be DBS checked, which is done free of charge.  This DBS clearance can then be made portable, so that if you volunteer elsewhere you do not have to go through the process again.

Please consider volunteering.  If you would like to chat about this please contact The Mill.  Thank you.

Julie Sweeting (Administrator)