July/August 2019 Newsletter

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July/August 2019 Newsletter

Thanks for stopping by to read our newsletter! This month is a double edition: July and August. You can read about Messy Church’s adventures into the body and soul. Plus, read about how we celebrated with the other churches of Sale in June. Plus lots of upcoming events!

Messy Church – “Healthy Body, Healthy Soul”

This month our families explored: ‘How we are all different, yet better together’

It gave us the opportunity to think about how we are all unique and special with different strengths and qualities, but how we can all work together as ‘a body’ to be even better working as one.

Through the creative activities, children had the chance to work as a team to make a large collage body and tessellate shapes to see how well they can fit together without any gaps. 

Children also used yummy marshmallows to build as we thought about how we are connected to other people. Whether that through friendship, family, Facebook, Skype, email, as well as through playing with them and spending time with them face to face. A body would look very silly if it was all separate body parts. They need to be joined.  How can we be better joined together?

Children had chance to plant peas to look after and watch them grow.

The younger children used playdough to make bodies and we named body parts and how they help us.  There was an opportunity for families to have fun playing a variety of board games such as Ludo and Hungry Hippos (who were very noisy and vociferous).

We started the celebration singing about all the things our bodies can do and how we are all special, it was all very active and really got the children joining in.  We also talked about what our strengths are and how we can all work together as one to be even better doing God’s work.

Next month our theme is ‘Unity in Community’.  Messy church is for all ages, so come along and join us 3 till 5pm on Saturday 6th July. We would love to see you.

By Helen Priestman

Knitting for those in Need


CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) are a group of noble knitters based at our church. We caught up with them this month…

“We are still meeting and enjoying knitting for the needy.  We, with the help of the ladies of Altrincham URC, have donated items to a number of very needy causes and charities.   We enjoy a lovely social evening chatting to each other as we knit and listen to Alfred on the piano in the background. We always have a drink and a cake. The items that are produced are so lovely and we are very proud of the quality.  

Please think about coming to join us, transport can be provided, and if you don’t wish to knit or crochet, you can always sew squares together to make blankets.

Please ring Pat Joyce if you do wish to join us, you will be very welcome.”

CAMEO meet on the 2nd Wednessday each month at 7:30pm”

By Pat Joyce

Churches in Sale come together in Celebration

Our CTiS quarterly ecumenical service was celebrated at St Francis Church.  I believe that all churches in the Sale area were represented and most attended complete with their own church banners.  It was intended to be an outdoor service and many preparations had been made by our hosting church. They made us all feel very welcome no matter which denomination we each represented.

Unfortunately, the weather was threatening to be wet and so the service was moved indoors.

The music for the hymns was admirably played by the Salvation Army, and after the service, ample light refreshments were provided.  Some of our friends from Sale URC helped in the preparation of the refreshments.

The service was held under the auspices of the Chairman of the CTiS, Michael Riley.  Many thanks to Michael and to the members of St Francis Church, our host, and to The Salvation Army.

By Alf Joyce

Upcoming Events

  • 3rd July – 7:30 pm – Elders’ Meeting
  • 6th July – 3 pm-5 pm – Messy Church “Unity in Community”
  • 7th July – 6:30 pm – Healing Service
  • 9th July – 7:30 pm – Bible Study
  • 16th July – 7:30 pm – Bible Study
  • 23rd July – 7:30 pm – Bible Study
  • 27th July – 2-4 pm – Strawberry Tea
  • 30th July – 7:30 pm – Bible Study
  • 3rd Aug – 3-5pm – Messy Church “Down through the Roof”
  • 6th Aug – 7:30 pm – Elders’ Meeting
  • 7th September – BBQ and Concert – Details tbc


  • 7th July – Reverand Valerie Davies
  • 14th July – Ian Allan
  • 21st July – Jim Hough
  • 28th July – Worship Group taking service
  • 4th August – Joint at Sale URC
  • 11th August – Joint at our church
  • 18th August – Joint at Sale URC
  • 25th August – Joint at our church – Pam Boyes taking service

Flower List

  • 7th July – Joyce Doggart
  • 14th July – Blank
  • 21st July – Gill and Dave Hunt
  • 28th July – Diana McClave
  • 4th August – June Horsefield
  • 11th August – Gill Hunt
  • 18th August – Blank
  • 25th August – Blank

Edited by Becky Garrattley