Church of England Diocese of Chester Saint Michael and All Angels, Macclesfield

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26 Mar 2021, 10 a.m.
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Connecting our church community - take a look at our weekly newsletter bringing lots of news from our church community.

The weeks seem to be flying by and we are finally returning to live worship in the building - hurrah!

If you intend to come into the building for our Palm Sunday service, please remember the usual safety precautions: wear a mask, maintain a 2m distance from others not in your bubble, sign in / use the NHS test and trace app., and please don’t sing, or linger to chat in the building. Socialising can take place outside in the churchyard (safely distanced).

Please note the Holy Week service details on the front page of this edition: Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday morning; Zoom/live worship on the mornings of Good Friday and Easter Day; the Stations of the Cross event in the churchyard; and the Good Friday contemplative service in the afternoon (2.00pm, live only) - a selection of readings, poetry, music, artwork and silence on the theme “Words from the Cross”. This service will last around 60-75 minutes. It doesn’t divide into neat time-slots as in previous years, but you are welcome to come or leave as you wish as long as you do so quietly and at a suitable, non-obtrusive point!

As always, my thanks to all who contribute articles, pictures and jokes. There are some lovely personal “stories” here, expressed both in words and in paintings: Tricia has shared her lock-down artwork; several of the Wednesday chat group their lockdown positives; and Sue a very personal and moving article on the National Day of Reflection and its resonance for her in her new role.

Do keep these contributions coming!

Also, as befits an Eco-Church, please note the several articles on the theme of the environment, neatly building on the wonderful service our young people led last Sunday: particularly the Climate and Ecology Emergency Bill information on page 2, the Earth Hour information on page 6, and eco-news from the diocese: Chester’s recent commitment to becoming an Eco-Diocese, along with the weekly diocesan Lent challenge and daily reflections, all with an environmental theme.

Phew! It’s a big read, but I am sure there is something to interest everyone.
Have a good week, and I hope to see you on Sunday - in the flesh or on Zoom.
My best wishes to you all,

P.S. And DON’T FORGET: the clocks go forward on Sunday at 2.00am! Make sure you turn up/log on at the right time for our Sunday worship: it would be such a shame to be late for our first live service in three months because you stayed abed too long!.