Reverend Suzie Eddleston

Thank you for all the positive messages we have received about the appointment of the Reverend Suzie Eddleston as the new priest-in-charge at St John’s and St Thomas’. We still do not have a date for her arrival, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

Reopening of St Thomas’ for public worship

Unless there is any change to government guidelines, St Thomas’ will be resuming services on Sunday 6 September. There will be just one service each Sunday at 11 a.m. The first service will be Holy Communion led by Bishop William. Owing to social distancing regulations, only 15 households will be allowed inside the Church. It will be a spoken service and you will need to wear a face covering.  

John Russell

Thank you to everyone who has sent us such lovely tributes to John. His funeral will take place at St Thomas’ Church on Friday 14 August at 12.30 p.m. In accordance with government guidelines, only his immediate family will be able to attend the service.

Lay Reader

On behalf of everyone at St Thomas’ Church we would like to offer our congratulations to Linda Craig on successfully completing her Lay Reader’s course.
Linda will be licensed by the Bishop of Chester, via Zoom, on Sunday 4 October and this will be followed by a service of celebration in Chester Cathedral once it is safe to do so.

Tony Curzon and Jackie Hulme


Memories of St Thomas’

It’s a long time since we have all been in Church, but can you recall where the memorial tablet to the Reverend R. F. J. Shea is situated inside St Thomas’?

Below is the list of subscriptions received to pay for this project which commemorated Rev. Shea’s 38 years as vicar at St Thomas’. The tablet was completed in time for the memorial services which were held on Easter Day – 21 April 1889.

The donation list is headed by the Brocklehurst family, who at that time lived at Henbury Hall.

The Truth and Justice Lodge of Henbury, which donated one guinea to the fund, was probably a branch of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, a fraternal organisation with the maxim ‘Justice, Truth and Philanthropy’.

There are a few names on there, such as Bostock and Worthington, that are still associated with St Thomas’ today.

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

St Catherine’s Church at Birtles is now holding services inside the Church each Sunday at 11.15 a.m. as follows:

1st Sunday   Family Service (Common Worship)

2nd Sunday   Holy Communion (BCP)

3rd Sunday Matins (BCP)

4th Sunday   Holy Communion (BCP)

5th Sunday   Holy Communion (BCP)

All services are said at present.  

Readings for the Ninth Sunday After Trinity

1 Kings 19: 9-18   

There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The Lord Appears to Elijah

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”            

Matthew 14:22-33   

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Hymn of the Week
– This week our organist, Judith, has chosen:

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,                            tune Repton

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

Forgive our foolish ways;

Re- clothe us in our rightful mind,

In purer lives thy service find,

In deeper reverence praise

In deeper reverence praise.


In sine trust like those who heard,

Beside the Syrian sea,

The gracious calling of the Lord,

Let us, like them, without a word

Rise up and follow thee

Rise up and follow thee .


O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above,

Where Jesus knelt to share with thee

The silence of eternity,

Interpreted by love

Interpreted by love!


Drop thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of thy peace

The beauty of thy peace.


Breathe through the heat of our desire

Thy coolness and thy balm

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,

O still small voice of calm

O still small voice of calm



Gracious Father, revive your church in our day, and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer Focus: The People of Lebanon

Merciful God, be with the people of Lebanon. Comfort all who are distressed and anxious, protect the emergency services, restore the injured to health, and abide with all who mourn, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For our Prayers: Amy Roberts, Pat Wain, Luke Pateman, Dylan Belt, Cliff Lovatt.


Dorothy Thompson, John Wynne Williams, John Russell.

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 quiz about landmarks from Jackie Hulme:



1. N.C.     LONDON  (7, 6)

2. G.T.    SOMERSET (11, 3)

3. G.C.    NORTHERN IRELAND (6, 8)

4. A.O.T.N.   GATESHEAD (5, 2, 3, 5)

5. A.P.    CROSBY BEACH (7, 5)

6. S.    WILTSHIRE (10)

7. A.B.L.    NORTHWICH (8, 4, 4)

8. F.C.    ISLE OF STAFFA  (7, 4)

9. L.W.    ISLE OF MAN (5, 5)

10. W.C.O.D.   KENT  (5, 6, 2, 5)

Thank you, Jackie

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. 2. Yew 3. Ash 4. Beech 5. Elder 6. Maple 7. Monkey Puzzle 8. Plane 9. Crab Apple 10. Laurel.

Another topical poem, this week, from the pen of Carolyn Andrew:

Saturday August 1st

What an afternoon of sport

I will have to give some thought

To the choice that I'll be making

Snooker, football, cricket,racing

Think I'll start by watching cricket

Goodness, someone's lost his wicket

Took a swipe and missed the ball

Not the way to play at all!

Some don't find the game inviting

But it can be most exciting

At Wembley now the time is up

Arsenal's won the FA Cup

Beating Chelsea 2-1

That's another season done

Engrossed in all the skilful play

Snooker watching ends the day

However did he pot that shot?

What a steady arm he's got!

It is time I went to bed

Time to rest my sleepy head

Thank you, Carolyn.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in contributions to the newsletter. Please continue – all contributions are most welcome - memories, poems, quizzes etc.

Other News

Found in Church – an electronic book reading device

An electronic book reading device has been found in church. It has obviously been there since before lockdown. If anyone thinks it might be his/hers please contact Linda lindacraig57@gmail.com  or 01625 424505.

Song for the Frontline

Lots of Henbury residents enjoyed the music interludes on the Thursday evening 'Clap for NHS, Carers and Keyworkers' events.

Now, Henbury resident Andy Crosland, has sent us information about a new piece that he, and members of the Camping and Caravanning Club Brass Band, have recorded, to produce a very clever video.

Andy told us

"After several of our members took part in the Thursday evening events, we came across this new piece written by John Barber of Foden's Band, with all proceeds from the sale of the sheet music online going to NHS Charities. It had to be done ...

Our band has now recorded "Song for the Frontline", and I spent a whole day putting the finishing touches to the video, which is now live on YouTube.

The piece is put together from individual recordings that each band member makes using a mobile phone, etc., to record just their own part. Then we bring all the recordings together and we mix them on the computer to create the overall balance. That gives us the audio track. Then we set about creating the video images to go with it, and finally bring the audio and the video together as one. It takes hours and hours in front of the computer to create a video like this, and I had some great help from one of the band members Kim Speller. We had countless Zoom Meetings and mixing desk sessions to eventually arrive at the finished video and soundtrack."

You can play the video here.


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Words of Wisdom

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

This week’s closing prayer was written by St Columban (540-615AD) who was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries from around 590 AD in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil Abbey in present-day France and Bobbio Abbey in present-day Italy.

Lord grant me,

I pray thee, in the name of Jesus Christ the Son, my God,

That love which knows no fall

So that my lamp may feel thy kindling touch

And know no quenching;

May burn for me

And for others may give light.



God bless,

Tony and Carole (611477), Jackie (429075), 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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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.