A new Innings

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.

Heritage Days

Heritage Days 2016Our 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.



Lighthouse for Macmillan


This Friday (26th Sept) the Lighthouse team are holding a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There’ll be a ‘prize every time’ Tombola and a book sale as well as copious amounts of tea and coffee and cake (with grateful thanks to Park Cakes) all served with a smile by the Lighthouse team.

Do come along and join us, and raise funds for this worthwhile charity.



Big BBQ – in the rain!

After a whole week of glorious sunshine, the forecast said rain in the morning, clearing by lunch-time.  So we thought we were in with a chance of barby-ing outside!

We should have known better – it rained, heavily at times.

So we left our our ‘chef extraordinaire’ out in the rain ……Chef  in the rain!

….   and we enjoyed the fruit of his labours inside the church hall.

But it didn’t stop is having a great time and the grand sum of £118 was raised for Francis House.


Thanks to all those who helped (especially the chef!) and all those who supported us on a damp and dismal day.