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CAP Summer Event

On the 15th July we held a CAP Summer Event in St Michaels Church Hall. The event was originally planned to be a BBQ in the Vicarage Garden, but due to the typical British Weather we had to move indoors.
We hosted around 65 people including CAP Clients, Befrienders & Church Family and we heard some uplifting testimonies.
Jane McCallum gave an encouraging talk reminding us of the hope we can have in Jesus and how faithful & loving our God is. This event was a great opportunity for people to come together as a community and to experience the love of God through the service of our Church family.

Update from our Mission Partner – Sena and Jane Ounate-Lare – serving in Caen, Normandy, France.

Sena and Jane have recently provided this video to Crosslinks speaking about the need for gospel ministry in France and the way God is working through them to bring spiritual life.
You can also read their latest prayer letter here.
In this letter, Sena and Jane give thanks for the evangelistic event that they put on as a church last month. They write:
“In June we held an evangelistic event with an international theme. Since then, we have several different nationalities in our church, and we have reached out to our non-Christian international friends. People in the church brought traditional dishes and we had specialities from eight countries!”
Please continue to pray for Sena, Jane and the family and keep up with their latest news and prayer requests on their mission partners page.

We’ll hold a Commissioning Service for our Mission Partner – the Putman Family – with a BBQ to follow on Sunday 9th July

We’d love you to join us for the Commissioning Service being held to send out the Putmans into their ministry in Kenya. This will be held on the vicarage lawn on Sunday the 9th of July beginning at 10:30 and subsumes the 0930 service at St. Michael’s that day.
We will also get the chance to meet other friends, family and supporters of the Putmans and strengthen our partnership with them as fellow senders and supporters of this leading.
You can find out more about the work the Putmans will be doing with AIM by visiting their Mission Partners page on our website or their AIM profile page –
If you are able to come with outdoor chairs and/or a picnic mat for yourselves that would be great in order to save more of the seating we do have for those without. We would also appreciate an idea of the numbers involved for catering purposes so please, if you’re able, give our parish office a call on 0151 648 2404 to let us know you’ll be there!

Women’s Breakfast 10th June

Whilst enjoying a delicious breakfast it was lovely and inspiring to have Jess and Christina from Christians Against Poverty speaking to us about “Hope in the Hard Times”. It was such a blessing to hear about their trust in God’s faithfulness and know that we too can be confident of the same! Jesus loves us and has a plan for our lives – even if we don’t always feel that.
With incredible honesty, how wonderful it was to hear from them that, even in the depths of deep despair, they each encountered Jesus and received His redeeming love.
Jess also spoke of her life’s profound disappointments with openness and assured us that we can entrust our own disappointments to God and be certain that He will carry them for us. She also shared with us a comforting passage, Hebrews 618-19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”, reminding us that Jesus is our anchor and comforter in whom we can trust, and that He is with us through the storm.
Our next breakfast is on 14th October. All are welcome.

Latest News and Prayer Update from Mission Partners Joshua and Miriam Mbithi serving Neema Children’s Home and school, Eldoret, Kenya.

Please click here for the full text of the latest news and prayer letter from Joshua and Miriam.

Church Family Weekend Away –
6th-8th October 2023

We are excited to announce a significant weekend in the life of our church family. After the turmoil of recent times, we have the opportunity to share life together and consider our vision for the future in the picturesque surroundings of the Staffordshire countryside. We will be staying at the newly refurbished Yarnfiled Conference Centre, near Stone, which offers great facilities (including its own Costa Coffee) and is able to cater for a wide range of needs.
In addition to the programme there will be plenty of time to explore the surroundings or visit local attractions such as Wedgewood, Trentham Gardens or even Alton Towers! Bedrooms are en suite with single occupancy, shared and family accommodation available.
We’d be delighted if as many church family could attend as possible. In order to make the weekend accessible we’re proposing a reduced rate, in the region of £120 per adult, full board, (bursaries available), with no charge for children.
To help us estimate numbers for our booking please indicate your likely interest on a sign up sheet in one of our church buildings or get further information from Rev. Chris Slater on 07899_807_507

Women’s Breakfast with Jess Parkhouse –
Saturday 10th June

On Saturday the 10th June from 8.30am at St Michael’s – Jess Parkhouse will be speaking to us about hope in the hard times. Jess is the Centre Manager for one of our Missions Partners, CAP Wirral.
Jess is married to Paul, and has two beautiful children, Shoshi and Asher. Come and join us and be encouraged as we enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast together.
All are welcome but spaces are limited so please contact Shirley Moots on 07969_190_261

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday 20th May

Coming up soon is the latest in our Men’s breakfasts. This is a great chance to get together as men for a great cooked breakfast and to hear someone’s story of faith.
This month we hear from Matt Fairhead, who is a member of St. Michael’s, teaches maths at a local secondary school and runs in his spare time! Matt has just completed the Ultra Trail Snowdonia – a 100 mile race around Snowdonia. Matt completed the race in forty hours, fifty-eight minutes and fifty-seven seconds – a remarkable feat of endurance!
Matt will be sharing with us about this journey and its place in his wider faith journey. Do come along to St. Michael’s from 0845 for a 0900 start to hear all about it.

Mental Health and Your Church

Most of us know what it is like to find life hard at times or we have walked alongside those who feel despairing. Our church communities have great potential to help those who are struggling.
We’re running a course using this book by Helen Thorne and Dr Steve Midgley thinking about how to understand mental illness better, develop a Biblical understanding of it, and thinking about how to care best for one another in this area as a church community.
Contact Joanna Hill to find out more about the course which will run: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th June, 9:45am at St Michael’s.

Coming up in May

We’re really excited about all that May has to offer us in terms of spending time together being the family of God and growing together in Him.
On Sunday the 7th we’re meeting on the vicarage lawn (British summer time permitting!) for a picnic to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. This is a bring your own picnic lunch event and will start from 12 noon. Anyone is welcome.
On Sunday the 14th we’re holding a confirmation service at Christ Church at 6.30pm. Bishop Mark Tanner will be confirming our candidates and we look forward to hearing their stories of belief and public declarations of faith in Jesus.
And on Sunday the 28th of May we’re back on the vicarage lawn for a Pentecost celebration! On this occasion there will be catering so signing up in advance on sheets in the church buildings or via the Parish Office would be greatly appreciated.

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