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)
Starting on 7th March, we will be opening on Wednesday mornings for a new venture called Safe Harbour. Carrying on the theme of the Lighthouse which meets on Friday mornings, Safe Harbour offers a friendly, safe space with opportunities for people to come and either join in the activities, crafts, or games or simply watch others do so. If you have something on your mind, a concern, or a worry, there will be members of the team around who are available to listen, or to pray if that would be helpful.
We have recently loaded 2 albums on our Facebook site:
1. Photos of the Old Macey building taken by David Benson, the son of one of our Lighthouse friends, in January 2014. At the time we were hoping that the building project would finally start moving and David offered to provide a memoir of the old place before its demise.
Thank you David, they actually make the place look a little less dreary than reality, but a tremendous memoir.
2. A photo diary of the building project. We got there in the end, but what a long road it was!
To browse these photo albums click here – even if you don’t have a Facebook account!
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.