Maundy Thursday (Thur 14th April) 7:30pm Supper and Story
The supper will be a ‘faith’ supper – just bring something for the supper that you like and we’ll all share the offerings together. We will remember the story of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, and, subject to the weather, will finish the story of the betrayal and arrest in the church garden. So bring suitable warm (and waterproof) clothing.
Good Friday (Fri 15th April) 10:30am The Lighthouse does Good Friday
Join us at the Lighthouse for a cuppa and a hot cross bun as we continue the Easter story through his trial and execution.
Also on Good Friday 6:30pm Partnership Service
Macedonia is host for the service for the Oldham and Tameside Partnership. A time of remembering and reflecting with our friends from Failsworth and from across the Partnership. All are welcome, whether part of the Partnership, or not.
Easter Day (Sun 17th April) 10:30am Beyond the Cross
Join us for our Sunday worship, café-style as usual, when we will celebrate the climax of the Easter story. Spoiler alert – the cross is not the end!
Starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Bob Hoskins
Peter Pan was the boy who never grew up – but what if he did???? Join us to watch the film and then on the following Wednesdays for discussions on themes raised in the film (March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and 6th April at 4:00pm)
On Saturday 15th July, the new Macedonia URC building was dedicated to the service of God. The date had to be settled at short notice (due to the stop-start nature of the building project) which meant a number of key folk were unable to be with us and others were on holiday.
But nevertheless, we had a good turnout, including former Macedonians from various places – Cumbria, Shropshire and even Germany – to share in the celebration and it was a lovely opportunity to rekindle old friendships as we formally begin a new innings. There was also strong representation from Failsworth Churches Unite! and from the URC Central Area churches.
Huge thanks to two key batsmen – Revd John Piper (who, amongst other things, represented Synod) who led the prayers of dedication and to Revd David Ireland (of Union Street and Francis House Children’s Hospice) who brought a thought-provoking message. Needless to say, we suffered one or two no-balls when the IT (bowled by an expert – not!) took its bat home but play continued regardless.
A lovely celebration cake was made by, Naomi, the daughter of Wallace and Tracey – even the church was edible (made of rice crispies) and Naomi admitted “the church took the longest time” – oh how true was that!
The Cricket Club First XI were playing away that day (otherwise we wouldn’t have got on the car park!) but kindly allowed us to use the pavilion for refreshments and helped serving tea and coffee. Although rain didn’t stop play, it sadly did mean the picnic benches were too damp to sit on outside.
So after all these years, we must now sit down and plan our fixture list and set to work to build up a strong and committed team of batters, bowlers, fielders and supporters.
Our move to the new building is coming closer, and for some time we have been collecting photos and stories from our past. So Oldham’s Heritage Days seemed a useful forum for sharing what we have so far.
To that end, the church will be open from 1pm to 5pm on Fridays 9th and 16th September. Inside will be presentations, photos, pictures of the church, its activities and its people.
Do pop in and see us, refreshments will be available.
The Silent Night Carols which we were planning to hold on the cricket ground on Christmas Eve will be held in the church instead. The amount of rain we’ve had recently has left the cricket ground extremely muddy so rather than risking losing one or two folk in the mud, we decided to shift the venue.