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Parish Magazine Developments

It is hoped that we will be able to resume publication of the Parish Magazine with effect from the November issue, although this will very much depend on any future developments regarding precautions surrounding the Covid19 pandemic.

Some changes have taken place since the April edition was printed. Our magazine’s printers for almost 20 years, Tom and Jos Higgins of Cranmore Instant Print in Macclesfield, have decided to retire and the business will shortly be closing down. I would like to publicly thank them both for the excellent service that they have provided to us over the years. They became personal friends to Jacquie and I, indeed a trip to Macclesfield for a chat and a coffee with Jos, whilst I went over the magazine with Tom, became a highlight of Jacquie’s month. No longer will the cry of “Jos, how many copies?!” ring out across Crompton Road Mill! I am sure you will join me in wishing them both a long and happy retirement!

I am pleased to say that production of the Parish Magazine is being transferred to The Print Room in Church Walk, with whom I look forward to enjoying a long and successful association.

Finally, a big thank-you to Lew Riches and Rod Pickles who have been sharing the logistical task of collecting the finished magazines from Macclesfield each month and delivering them to Sue Wood in Cranage.

Alan Rickards

A Very Useful ‘Bible App’

Lynn McIntyre shares her thoughts on a new Bible reading tool

I’ve discovered a very helpful Christian ‘app’, which you may be interested in downloading. It’s free and has some excellent features. Called the ‘Bible app’ it was created by ‘YouVersion’.

There is a section where all the books of the Bible are listed with the option of clicking on individual chapters. Both reading and/or listening to the text is possible. A wide range of Bible versions is offered, including: New Living Translation, King James Version, and Good News. This sometimes helps me see a passage from a different angle and can help my understanding of it.

A video review of each book is also available. A section of text can be highlighted (different colours available). Scripture can be sent to a personal prayer list and you can also copy, share, add a note, bookmark or get a different translation on a particular piece of text etc. These highlighted, bookmarked extracts of scripture can then be accessed in a separate section.

The app has a video sub-section with a variety of videos such as ‘How to read the Bible’, ‘Wisdom’, ‘The Torah’, ‘The New Testament’ and so on. Selected Psalms have been put to music and are relaxing to listen to.

Within the search section of the app you can look up a particular word such as love, anger, wisdom, Holy Spirit etc and relevant scriptures in the Bible are listed. This is a very useful tool which I only discovered when asked to write this article. Often in the past I have wanted to easily access applicable scriptures for a particular word and this makes it easy.

Other excellent features include plans, images and Christian events that you may also find useful. Hopefully, this summary has given you a taste of what the ‘app’ offers, and I encourage you to download it and benefit from it.

Source : Association for Church Editors

Churches Enjoy Zooming

Most churches who used digital channels during lockdown, in order to keep in touch with their congregations, found that their favourite platform was Zoom.

A recent survey by Ecclesiastical found that Zoom was used by 78 per cent; Skype by 12 per cent, and other platforms, including WhatsApp, by eight per cent.

Nearly one third of churches who used digital channels have also reported an increased attendance at their virtual services. 

That has led to some 38 per cent of churches saying that they would continue to use digital channels, even now that churches are physically open again.

Source : Parish Pump

Diocese of Chester Clergy – Local Moves

Local Clergy Moves and Notices – August 2020

The following have been announced since June 2020:


ALDRIDGE-COLLINS Murray Allan Leonard
Formerly Assistant Curate of Ilfracombe (Holy Trinity) (St Peter), Lee, Woolacombe, Bittadon and Mortehoe in the Diocese of Exeter, now Incumbent of Lower Peover St Oswald (1408) and Over Peover St Lawrence (1411), in the deanery of Knutsford, with effect from 16 July 2020.

BOYDE Briony (Bee) Alice
Currently Rector of Coventry St Peter, in the Diocese of Coventry, to be Vicar of Sandbach St Mary (1318), in the deanery of Congleton, with effect from 21 September 2020.

PIPER Jessica Ann
Formerly Assistant Curate of Bowdon St Mary the Virgin (1006), in the deanery of Stockport, now Assistant Curate (known as Associate Minister) of Stockport and Brinnington (1801), in the deanery of Stockport, with effect from 29 June 2020.


YOUNG Daniel George Harding
Formerly Curate of Knutsford St John the Baptist (1406) and Toft St John the Evangelist (1414), in the deanery of Knutsford, following his retirement Mr Young has been granted PTO in the Diocese of Chester until 28 September 2020.

Selma – a topical film review

A film review by Sally Churchus, Chair of the Association for Church Editors

This is a very topical film – and extremely good! It is a historical drama that was released in 2014 but covers three months in 1965. The film starts after Martin Luther King Jr has been awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace prize and tells the story of his historical struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, which was a dangerous and terrifying campaign.

During the film Jimmie Lee Jackson is shot by police in a café after a peaceful march is broken up by state troopers using violence. The film culminates in the finally successful attempt at marching from Selma to Montgomery that eventually swayed American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act in 1965. King’s strong Christian faith shines through.

David Oyelowo takes the lead and gives a tremendous performance as Martin Luther King. The New York Times review stated, ‘Even if you think you know what’s coming, Selma hums with suspense and surprise. Packed with incident and overflowing with fascinating characters, it is a triumph of efficient, emphatic cinematic storytelling’.

It is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime or as a DVD. It made me think, sadly, that in those 55 years since the events portrayed happened, we have not moved on as far as one might have hoped.   
‘And now unto him who is able to keep us from falling and lift us from the dark valley of despair to the bright mountain of hope, from the midnight of desperation to the daybreak of joy; to him be power and authority, for ever and ever’. Blessing spoken by Martin Luther King to his congregation in Montgomery as he left them to devote all his time to political action.

Sally Churchus

Source : Association for Church Editors

Bell Ringing Limited Return

By now you will, hopefully, have heard some of our bells ringing for the new and revised Sunday morning service.

The nature of ringing, involving close proximity of the ringers to each other and direct hand contact on ropes,  has made the return to ringing quite complicated involving three way discussion between HMG, Church authorities and the national body representing ringers (Central Council of Church Bell Ringers)

A plan has been developed allowing social distancing by halving the number of bells rung and only allowing ringers to ring a designated bell, and also limiting the ringing time to 15 minutes.  No practices of the tradition kind are permitted.

That is why you are hearing only three bells, and only for 15 minutes.

It will also be a novel and strange experience ringing with a mask.

It has been most gratifying to read on Social Media the favourable comments by people who have heard the bells, for the first time since early March. Thank you on behalf of all our ringers.

Mervyn Harrison (Tower Captain)