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

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16 Apr 2021, 10 a.m.
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This week’s edition contains both some heartening news - and a sad farewell. We say goodbye to the Lawrence family as Esther, Vijay, Doron, Sharon and Sarah fly home to India in a few days’ time. We are so sorry to see them go but give them our love and sincere thanks for being a part of our family for the last couple of years. Esther promises to keep in touch so let's hope we receive news before too long on how their return to India is going.

On a brighter note we welcome the return of the [email protected]’s concerts. Please read the details of the planned programme on page 4 – obviously all these plans are subject to national restrictions, but we are hopeful! How wonderful to be able to sit and listen to some live music, just as in olden times.

On the same page, David Mayers encourages us all to get involved in the church cricket team. Whilst I personally love sitting listening to the sound of leather on willow while my nearest and dearest watch matches avidly (and I keep occupied with knitting or similar!), for me it’s pretty well on a par with the Shipping Forecast – part of the backdrop to my life but with no meaning at all! However there may be others who have been waiting for this invitation, so now is your chance!

Hilary has sent in a heart-warming poem, and Eleanor gives us some reflections on what life has been like in lockdown as a teenager. And there’s a great trip down memory lane with some recipes from a St Michael’s recipe book printed around 50 years ago (using what looks like the old Roneo system). Some familiar names submitted recipes – all in aid of the “organ fund” - and I've included a few examples Next week maybe I’ll include some recipes from another recipe book, printed a few years later to celebrate the St Michael’s Septcentenary in 1978.

As always, I do invite you to send in any of your own items: book reviews, reflections, photographs or happenings. It’s great to keep in touch (email [email protected]).

Meanwhile, have a good weekend and I hope to see you at Sunday’s service, whether on Zoom or live in the building.