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.
After all that waiting, we’re finally in the new church building. We held our first service there last Sunday to check it out, and while there are a few minor problems to be sorted, in general we’re delighted.
Holy Week and Easter is a busy time for the church generally so we are finding ourselves rushing round madly getting things ready so an official opening will have to wait a bit till the dust has settled.
We’ll do our best to keep you posted – so watch this space!
We got excited and hoped we’d be able to meet with our Failsworth church friends on Advent Sunday in our new building. But Building Control had a few concerns to be addressed.
We then thought we might be in the new building for our Christmas Services. No – still not signed off.
So here we are, in the middle of winter, still using the old building, still worshipping with hats and gloves and scarves on, heading for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Sunday 22nd) service – once more in the old building.
Are we disappointed – oh yes we are!
Are we despondent – oh no we’re not! because we know the finishing line is not far away (it’s been ‘not far away’ for such a long time) and we will cross it! So keep watching!