Letter from Revd Suzie

Dear friends,

During this week, I recorded a simple Compline (Night Prayer) at the Vicarage for the Sunday of 22nd November, Christ the King. The link is below:


Compline is a quiet, reflective time of prayer at the end of the day, and I hope you find it helpful. I realise some of you do not have internet access, and so I have included the prayers of intercession below so that you may also pray these words:

Loving Father we pray for those we love, our family our friends, all those we care about. We lift to you those we hold in our hearts – praying for their health, their well-being and their sense of hope. We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together, they would not feel apart. We ask for your help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Loving Father we continue to pray for children and young people in our local schools and we pray for their families. Thank you for all those who are supporting, encouraging and teaching these children and helping them to navigate their way through what remains of this term, and we ask for your guiding and sustaining presence.  

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Loving Father as we each come to you in this time of quiet, we bring before you anyone who is on our mind, those we know who are ill or waiting for test results; those we know who are sad or lonely or burdened in any way. We ask for hope and strength for all those who are struggling this night.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Loving Father we bring before you our joys, our sorrows, the questions that are on our minds this night, and we ask for your blessing for a good night’s rest.   

As you know from recent newsletters, places of worship are currently closed except for specific limited reasons. Just to update you, from this week St Thomas’s will no longer open for individual private prayer, but St John’s will be open from 9am until 10am on Sunday. You can come to pray at any time between these times. We will communicate any further changes to you. As I mentioned previously, should you choose to come, we all must do everything required of us to keep ourselves and others safe.

As some of you may know, Chester Diocese has a ‘Cycle of Prayer’ when we are all invited to pray for parishes around our Diocese. There is a link to the Diocesan website below in case you haven’t seen this:


I want to highlight that people will be praying specifically for our parishes later this month; St Thomas’s on 26th November, and St John’s on 30th November. I hope you find it helpful to know that so many others will be praying for us at this time.

In the meantime, let’s continue to pray for each other and our parishes, and pray for those in our parishes who don’t yet know how much God really does love them, particularly as we move into Advent.

Take care of yourselves.

Revd Suzie

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Private Prayer at St Thomas’ and St John’s

St Thomas’ Church will not be opening for private prayer until further notice. If you would like to go and pray in Church, St John’s Church will be open from 9.00 a.m. until 10.00 a.m. each Sunday.

Reverse Advent Calendar

If you are taking part in the Reverse Advent Calendar initiative and you have some food ready to send to the local FoodBank, please let Linda (424505) or Carole (611477) know and they will deliver it for you. Or, of you wish to take it yourself, the Silklife Foodbank is on George Street (SK11 6HS) and is open for donations on a Tuesday morning (9.30 – 11.30 a.m.), or you can use the drop off point behind the tills in Sainsburys.  Thank you.

Revd Suzie Eddleston’s Contact Details


Email: revdsuzie@outlook.com

Vicarage Telephone Number: 01625 409011

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Thank You

Many thanks to everyone who has kindly made a donation to St Thomas’. We really appreciate your gifts. If anyone who would like to contribute to the church, you can do this either by a BACS payment (please contact us for the bank details) or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘St Thomas’ Church’ to Howard Hulme, 11 Worthington Close, Henbury SK11 9NS. Many thanks.

Memories of St Thomas’

This week, we have some extracts from the programme of events that were organised in Henbury in celebration of the millennium in 2000. Many thanks to Jackie Hulme for lending this to us. Maybe, some of our readers might have memories or photographs of these events that they could share with us?

John and Alan Oliver, who have long-standing connections with Henbury for volunteering to fell a cherry tree for the Church at no charge. They are experienced tree surgeons who are fully insured and undertake work for councils and electricity boards. If you are need of a tree surgeon, please bear them in mind – J & J Oliver Limited 01625 861663.

A Prayer for the Nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and senior church leaders have called a month of Prayer for the Nation during the second lockdown. The suggestion is that as many of us as possible unite to do this at 6 p.m. each day. These prayers and themes are offered as tools to enable all to participate and are intended simply as suggestions.

Sunday - Family, friends and loved ones

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their health, their well-being and their sense of hope. We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together, they would not feel apart. We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

Monday - Schools and colleges, children and young people

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives. We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education. We pray that all might be nurtured and cared for and that every needful resource would be made available – that all lives can flourish even in these difficult times and that no-one would be overlooked.

Tuesday - Elderly, isolated and vulnerable

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying today for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated: praying for their deliverance, protection and comfort. We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

Wednesday - Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.

We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work. We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future. We pray for a renewed commitment to our common life together.

Thursday - The NHS and other key workers

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS. Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray for that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would all be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst us.

Friday - National and Local government

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time. We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgment.

Saturday - All who are grieving, and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health

‘Lord the one you love is ill….’ John 11 v 3 We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind, spirit or with grief. We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain. We pray for those who are stretched beyond their own capacity to cope and remain hopeful – that in the roar of these waterfalls God would bring a sense of coherence, comfort and strength.

A Grace

Dear God

We are grateful for all that you have given to us – this food, each other and our health.

We pray for those who lack these things we enjoy.

Give us thank full hearts and opportunities to share your gifts with others.

We lift before you this country in these difficult days – and pray you would protect us, encourage us and keep us.


Readings for the Sunday next before Advent – Christ the King

Psalm 95:1-7      New International Version

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;

let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,

the great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth,

and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,

let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

for he is our God

and we are the people of his pasture,

the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,

Ephesians 1:15 - end      New International Version

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Hymn of the Week

This week our organist, Judith, has chosen:

Crown him with many crowns    Tune Diademata  

Crown him with many crowns, 

the Lamb upon the throne;  

hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns

all music but its own!

Awake, my soul, and sing

of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless King

through all eternity.  

Crown him the Virgin's son,

the God incarnate born,

whose arm those crimson trophies won,

which now his brow adorn:

Fruit of the mystic Rose,

as of that Rose the stem;

the Root whence mercy ever flows,

the Babe of Bethlehem. 

Crown him the Lord of love;

behold his hands and side,

those wounds yet visible above

in beauty glorified:

no angel in the sky

can fully bear the sight,

but downward bends his burning eye 

at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of peace,

whose power a sceptre sways

from pole to pole,that wars may cease

and all be prayer and praise:

his reign shall know no end,

and round his pierced feet,

fair flowers of paradise extend

their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years,

the Potentate of time,

creator of the rolling spheres,

ineffably sublime:

all hail, Redeemer, hail!

for thou hast died for me;

thy praise shall never, never fail

throughout eternity.                                

Common Praise  166



God the Father, help us to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service, whose kingdom has no end; for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one glory. Amen.

For our Prayers: Amy Roberts, Pat Wain, Luke Pateman, Dylan Belt, Cliff Lovatt, Suzanne Moore, Gill Wellard, Steve McClaren


David Brown

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


Our quiz questions this week have been thought up one of our regular contributors, Roger Molineux. Thank you, Roger.

Penny Wise

Below are clues to 12 well-used phrases and also 3 items, all having the word penny in them except the first one, which has 'pence' instead.

1. A tax for the Pope

2. To legalise a sale

3. Something for nothing

4. It's worth a punt

5. Freshly minted

6. Abundantly cheap

7. Wrong priorities

8. Cheap music

9. A medicinal flower

10. Of very low quality

11. Being mean

12. An unwelcome return

13. Without frills

14. A poor replacement

15. A Swinging Sixties hit

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. quadrille 2. quaint  3. quarrel 4. quinine 5. quagmire 6. quail 7. quartet 8. quiver 9. queue  10. quid.

This week’s poem comes from the pen of Jackie Hulme – thank you, Jackie.

What a year this has been

Living with lockdown and Covid 19

A message of hope “We will meet again”

Read on the “tele” by HM the Queen

Donald Trump then told us

We all should be bleached

We thought this man crazy

He should be impeached

Whence cometh the hour

Then came the man

Our hero Tom Moore

And his wonderful plan

He walked in his garden

To raise lots of cash

He wanted a thousand

This amount he did smash

On Thursdays at 8.00

We clapped NHS staff

We came out of our houses

Such fun made us laugh

There were lots of people

Who broke all the rules

We had the closing then

Opening of schools

A shortage of loo rolls

We could not buy flour

We had beer, but no pub

Our faces were sour

Our annual break

It was a staycation

To travel abroad

Meant self-isolation

And now once again

Another lockdown

In every city

And every town

We must at last learn

To do as were told

To save people’s lives

The young and the old

A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in contributions to the newsletter. Please continue to do so – all contributions are most welcome – memories of St Thomas’, musical memories, poems, quizzes etc. Anything that you think might be of interest to our readers.

Other News

Temporary Closure of the Millennium Green Play Area

A few of the low wooden posts the children stand on in the Wood Walk Weaver have rotted and need replacing for safety reasons. So Sovereign, the play equipment manufacturers, will be replacing them on Friday November 20th and the whole play area will be closed that day.

From Saturday 21st to Tuesday Nov 24th the Trim Trail Section will be fenced off to allow the concrete the posts are set in to cure properly but the Tower and Swing still will be in use.

After that it's all systems go again.

Closure of Birtles Road

Just a reminder that Birtles Road remains closed until 11 December.

Plea from the Hope Centre

The Hope Centre is currently working with Cr8 to deliver food to those in need. The Hope Centre’s chefs cook approximately 273 meals each week in St Peter’s Church kitchen. However, they are in need of takeaway containers and adhesive labels. If you could spare some of these items, please contact Carole, who will arrange for collect them and take them to the Hope Centre.

East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Quiz

For those of you who want to give your little grey cells a good work-out, Sue Cooper's annual Christmas Quiz is now available. There are 75 questions and this year's theme is animals or reptiles. Copies cost £1 each and all proceeds go to the East Cheshire Hospice. If you would like to take part  please ring or email Sue (01625 420615  susiecoops@hotmail.com)

Good luck!

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Words of Wisdom

The illusion of control constricts our field of vision, and we are no longer open to new and better ideas. Indeed, not open to ideas at all.


Closing Prayer

The eternal Father,

The eternal Spirit,

The eternal Word,

Shield you on every side,

Protect you from every evil,

And bring you to the land of promise.


God bless,

Revd Suzie (409011), Bob (614598), Jackie (429075), Carole (611477) and Linda (424505)

If you would like to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to call one of us. The Hope Centre in Macclesfield is also offering a professional listening service. Every weekday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 07958181927 or 0300 3034566

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