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.
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
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 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It
does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps
no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 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
7 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly
a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole
house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that
separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy
Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When
they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard
their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these
who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native
language? 9 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.’[c]
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
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.”
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
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
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'? BONUS QUESTION - WHAT DOES THE
FIRST LETTER OF EACH ANSWER SPELL OUT?
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.
Thank you, John
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
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 01625 424505).
Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)
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.
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: