Well, here we are at the end of May. When we were instructed by the diocese to close the church in March, I don’t think any of us thought it would be for this long. On a more positive note, the weather this week has been glorious, which makes everything a little bit more manageable.

175th Anniversary

St Thomas Church was consecrated on 20 February 1845 making it 175 years old this year. We were planning to hold a Thanksgiving Service on 5 July 2020, but sadly, it looks as if this event will have to be postponed until a future date. However, we thought this might be a good opportunity to invite you to think back over the years during which you have known the church and to share your memories with us. It would be wonderful if we could share some of your reminiscences in this newsletter over the next few weeks. We are sure there are lots of people out there with their own favourite stories to tell – previous anniversary celebrations, Rose Queen fetes, harvest suppers, trips out and so on.


Thy Kingdom Come

Sunday 31 May marks the end of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ global prayer movement. Over the past 10 days, Christians of all denominations, throughout the world, have been praying that more people will come to know Jesus. But these prayers do not need to stop. You could argue that now, more than ever, we need to pray that increasing numbers of people might feel the peace and love that comes from knowing Jesus. During the past week, Tim and Norma have held a series of short reflections via Zoom on Bible passages that speak to us about God’s love for us all – we have included some of these here:

John 3:16-17 

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

1 Corinthians 13:4-

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 John 4:9-10, 19

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:7 

God’s Love and Ours

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 3:16-18 

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Romans 8:37-39 

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can obtain the full prayer journal for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ using this link:


Sunday Worship

Below are some options for worship on a Sunday. You can visit the Holy Trinity and St Philip’s and St James’ pages at other times as well.

Holy Trinity Church Hurdsfield’s service at 10.30 a.m. (www.hthmacc.com) 

St Mary’s Tilston (Tim and Norma’s service) – contact stmarys@renby.co.uk for an invitation code to the service which is broadcast via Zoom at 11.00 a.m

St Philip and St James at Alderley Edge: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7TyZCQ6rOCBs0GO7bIu7A

Readings for 31st May – Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’


a. Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11

b. Acts 2:9 That is, the Roman province by that name

c. Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32

John 20:19-23

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Hymn of the Week - This week Judith has chosen:

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost,

taught by thee we covet most

of thy gifts at Pentecost,

Holy, heavenly love.

Love is kind and suffers long,

love is meek and thinks no wrong,

love than death itself more strong:

therefore give us love.

Prophecy will fade away,

melting in the light of day;

love will ever with us stay,

therefore give us love.

Faith will vanish into sight;

hope be emptied in delight;

Love in heaven will shine more bright;

therefore give us love.

Faith and hope and love we see

joining hand in hand agree:

but the greatest of the three

and the best, is love.

From the overshadowing

of thy gold and silver wing

shed on us, who to thee sing,

Holy heavenly love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAyUudi6DSE   tune Capetown

Prayer Focus – Carers and Care Homes

Father God, we pray for all the care workers who show such kindness to people who are often very isolated. We pray for the health and safety of these workers and for the people that they care for. We ask this in your name. Amen.


Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite us in your holy fire; strength your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


For our Prayers: Amy Roberts, Pat Wain, Luke Patman, Dylan Belt, Kathleen Austin.

RIP:  Ken Burghall.

If you would like us to remember you, or anyone you know, in our prayers, please contact us (our telephone numbers are at the end of this letter).


This week, we have a general knowledge quiz to test those little grey cells.

1.  Into which sea does the Nile flow?

2.  Three continents lie on the Tropic of Capricorn, South America is one, name any of the other two?

3.  In American currency 10 cents make a what?

4.  Afrikaans was developed from which European language?

5.  An Ortanique is a cross between a tangerine and what other fruit?

6.  What Italian word for 'Scratched Drawing' can be found on walls all over the world?

7.  What musical features 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'There Is Nothing Like A Dame'?

8.  What was the name of the first manned lunar landing mission in 1969?

9.  Which boxer was nicknamed 'The Dark Destroyer'?

10. What was the name of Ritchie Valens' girlfriend?

11. What is the procedure called where an anaesthetic is injected close to the spinal cord?

12. What poisonous oily liquid occurs naturally in tobacco leaves?

13. Who had his first UK top 10 hit with 'Wichita Lineman'?

14. Which sign of the Zodiac is represented by the Scales?

15. In which country was Rudyard Kipling born?

16. What is the gemstone for September?

17. What instrument has been nicknamed the 'Mississippi Saxaphone'?

18. One and a half litres of champagne is known as a what?

19. In alphabetical order name the three particles that make up an atom?

20. What is the common name of the 'Aurora Borealis'?

Answers to last week’s Flowers/Plants Quiz

1. Carnation, 2. Buttercup, 3. Roses, 4. Snowdrop, 5. Broom, 6. Lords and Ladies,

7. Primrose, 8. Lupin, 9. Marigold, 10. Thrift.

This week we have another, very topical poem, from Carolyn Andrew:

Is it possible that soon

On some sunny afternoon

Those with vulnerability

Could be granted liberty

Maybe have to wear a mask

Such a little thing to ask

We may go out for a walk

If we promise not to talk

To the people we might meet

Accidentally in the street

Yes, we must proceed with care

Do not want another scare

We have been so well protected

Ne'er a cry for help rejected

If we do not jump the gun

We can have a little fun

Freedom brings a change of mood

Which can only do us good

Thank you, Carolyn.

Words of Wisdom

Here is another quote from John Russell’s ‘Words of Wisdom’.

As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind: every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.

John Glenn

Thank you, John

Other News

Reopening of the Millennium Green – last Monday saw the reopening of the Millennium Green. Unfortunately, government guidelines mean that the children’s play area must remain closed but there's plenty of other things to do. Why not search for marsh orchids in the wildflower meadow, take a walk up to the sundial, or shoot penalties at the goalpost? Remember though to maintain the social distancing rules, keeping two metres apart, especially near the gate. And please don't park your car in the entrance because this makes social distancing very difficult. There are no hand washing or sanitising facilities on the Green so please consider bringing hand sanitiser with you.

Speeding in Henbury - Following requests from Henbury Parish Council and several concerned residents, Cheshire police have been paying particular attention to vehicles exceeding the speed limit on Chelford Road (A537). There is also concern about people breaking the new 30 mph speed limit on Church Lane. If you would like to be part of a community speed watch group, please send an email to editor@henbury.org and your details will passed on to the Parish Council.

If you know anyone who would like to receive a weekly newsletter, please ask them to email or ring Linda (lindacraig57@gmail.com   01625 424505).

Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.’    (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)

Father God,

may your love that never fails

strengthen the weak

encourage the fearful

calm the anxious

heal the sick

through your church –

your washed hands

and feet on earth –

distant but still present

virtual but still connected

apart but still helping.

God in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


God bless,

Tony and Carole (611477), Jackie (429075), Linda (424505)

The Chippy at Broken Cross

This is now open for takeaways – collection only. Tues - Sat 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.


Fishers, Buxton Road. 01625 426106 

Fishers can deliver good quality fresh green groceries. You need to order by phone and there will be a delivery charge.

The Bridge Hotel Prestbury (FlatCap Hotels Group) 01625 829 326 

They are now offering a selection of Flat Cap favourites to take away between 12-9pm every day. — Available for collection or delivery in the local area. Deliveries minimum spend £15. Their menu is below:


Flora at Henbury

They are now delivering food from their menu to local residents.


To order this service you can pre-order the day before on 07702100213 or on the actual day you can phone the tearooms 01625 502300...they will be taking orders from 10am till 2pm.

Majestic Wine


Jin’s Oriental Restaurant

Open Thursday – Sunday 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. for takeaways (collection only).

01625 503001


A.D. Lang Butchers

Deliveries Tuesday – Saturday. Fresh meat, poultry and eggs.

No minimum order. No delivery-charge.

01625 431477

e-mail adlang1@yahoo.co.uk   also on FaceBook.

Michael McDonald Knutsford

Supplies veg boxes and some dried and tinned produce.


Newtons Dairy

Milk plus extras such as flavoured milk, yogurts, butter, eggs.


01625 423987

Spearings Butchers


01625 424395

Tom’s Organic Veg Boxes

Tom delivers organic veg boxes as well as extras e.g. eggs, bread, cheese and butter.

This is the link to his FaceBook page


Or you can contact him via e-mail - tomsvegbox@gmail.com