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
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.