This newsletter marks the beginning of a new chapter! We realised that not all of our members and community at the church have access to the internet and they are missing out on our newsletter. So we have now created a printed newsletter called “Heaven Knows” which will be circulated to our members and community of the church. It will contain more or less the same as the blog. We have also included a PDF version of the printed version at the bottom if you would like a copy.
Please note: the printed version contains the memorial window blog which was included on our website last month. You can read the memorial blog here.
Knitting for Covid Patients
It is amazing what has been achieved during lockdown. People sewing scrubs and bags to take the soiled scrubs home in and wash the whole lot. People have been knitting a number of things including scarves and teddies. Pat Joyce has been knitting teddies for Salford Royal Hospital. Pat has knitted two identical ones at a time. One is given to the patient who has the virus and the other one to the family as a sign of a loving connection.
Katherine Paxton has been very productive making colourful scarves for the homeless to wear next winter. Hasn’t she done well. If anybody would like the Teddy pattern, please contact Pat and she will let you have it. Yvonne Crosby, Pat and Alfred Joyce’s daughter, working in A & E at Wythenshawe, was privileged to have her image painted and framed, all done up in her protective clothing. They would like to share this with you. If any of you have photos of things you have been doing, please let Pat know and she will forward them to the editor Becky Vanden.
Written by Pat Joyce
Pam’s VE Day Celebrations
Many months ago news broke that the early May Bank Holiday was being moved to Friday 8th May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. This meant that it would be the day after the local elections, so for us it would be after an all-night session at the count. On top of that we would be heading straight off to the Cotswolds to babysit grandchildren whilst their parents went off to a family wedding. Well we all know that everything changed so we were suddenly able to celebrate the VE Anniversary at home with an afternoon tea shared online with each of our children and their families. Picture shows what Pam prepared for the home made tea and Chris realised that he had a hidden supply of Union Jack bunting and was able to adorn the porch and garage with these.
Written by Pam Boyes
Helen’s Meanderings along the River Mersey
I am a keen rambler and these past few weeks with broader horizons being somewhat curtailed I have spent more time up and around the River Mersey as my ‘on the doorstep local beauty spot,’ discovering routes I have never ventured on before.
I live close to Little Ees Lane and I’ve always walked my Schnauzer Archie along the Mersey as a weekend treat for him, but never thought of it as a place for rambling adventures. Initially my daily expeditions started as being somewhere to exercise for my permissible hour along with the dog to break the cabin fever.
However each week has found me venturing further afield along the Mersey Valley to include Banky and Urmston Meadows, and Kickety Brook. I never knew Urmston or Stretford were that close, or that this small strip of green belt offered such diverse and varied wildlife. I have even put a nature App on my phone to help me identify plants I do not know. I am finding simple, quiet pleasure watching the nature that is around me change as the season develops, and reflect and thank God for all the things that I have to be grateful for.
Written by Helen Priestman
A Special Anniversary
It was fifty years ago on Friday 15th May 1970 that Chris and I went on our first date. Chris was in his third year at UMIST and I was in my first year. He invited me to accompany him to the University’s May Ball. This was a “black tie” event in Buxton. We all travelled by coach appropriately dressed in our finery. We were wined and dined and then the entertainment started interspersed with dancing. Breakfast was served at 4am and then we returned to Manchester by coach. Two weeks ago, on Friday 15th May 2020, was the fiftieth anniversary of that first date and I was surprised and delighted to receive a delivery of a dozen red roses, a card containing a special message and a box of chocolates. The photograph will be a reminder of this romantic gesture.
Written by Pam Boyes
Meditation and Prayer phone line
For all those who struggle with the internet and social media, a dedicated missional partnership phone resource offering short meditation and prayers is available. The number is 0161 509 4264 and will be updated every two to three days. It’s easy to use, just follow the instruction and it costs no more than a local call, or less when included in your free minutes.
Free will offering
If you would like to continue to make your weekly free will offering we would really appreciate it. If you would like your contribution collecting please contact your nominated elder. Otherwise please transfer the funds to our bank account.
Bank details- RBS | Sort code: 16 -30 – 32 | Account number: 11180210
Answers: 1. Rose 2. Tulip 3. Aster 4. Crocus 5. Lupine 6. Primrose
Newsletter compiled and edited by Becky Vanden