Trinity Christian Aid walk 2021: on The CloudWe can’t compete with Revd Ian Enticott (aged 61) Rector of the Congleton Parish and his Treasurer Mike Laurence (aged 78) who ran round the Congleton Parish boundary on Ascension Day, covering 17.33 miles, and raising £3,138 for Christian Aid.

However, Cath Lilley and Dennis Wood, supported by Enid & Neil Munro, did a 10 mile sponsored walk for Christian Aid from Buglawton to Timbersbrook, over The Cloud, to Bosley and back. In total we raised £410 including Gift Aid for the charity.

Despite the weather, mist on The Cloud, and umbrellas up when we ate our lunch at Bosley Chapel, it was a highly enjoyable walk.

During the first part of the year Trinity Brownies often had to meet on Zoom. This is still a little different from normal but allowed us to have meetings that would not have been possible in person.

Trinity brownies baking (at home) 1We had a pet show where everybody introduced their pet (alive or a stuffed toy). There were prizes given out for sparkliest unicorn and cuddliest guinea pig (amongst other things) and we certainly couldn't have had all the dogs and the cats in the church hall!

We have worked to earn our baking badge which was a lot of fun - we made cakes and decorated them to illustrate a story (see photos of one home cook). We have also done crafts.

Rev Nic with ex president of Conference, Rev Barbara GlassonOur own Rev. Nic Langton-Miller was welcomed into Full Connexion and Ordination at a service in the Central Hall Methodist Church, Walsall, on 27th June.  For our Superintendent Minister, Rev Yvonne, "it was a wonderful experience to attend the Ordination with her family and to meet her as she came out of the hall afterwards. Such a joyous occasion."

For a description of all that took place during the service, and some appreciation of the significance of it, see the Order of Service on the web site of the Methodist Church of Great Britain."

This year, Conference made a wide range of decisions on, e.g.

  • cohabiting and same-sex marriage,
  • celebrating a rich diversity in humanity (race, gender, disability LGBT etc),
  • creating the office of Lay pastor,
  • changing the minimum size of a 'local church',
  • campaigning against changes proposed for the UK social care system,
  • selling Church House;

and debated, amongst other things:

  • whether and how to celebrate Holy Communion on-line,
  • theological bases of safeguarding,
  • a call for a ban on conversion therapy,
  • a review of the work by Methodist Women in Britain.

See the official 'digest' of the proceedings.

Bosley gravestone for MH BrassingtonBehind the headstones in a graveyard are many stories, most forgotten and beyond recall. There is a headstone in Bosley St Mary's Church yard, near the path as you walk from the Church to the main gate. "Asleep in Jesus; M H Brassington, Wesleyan Minister, Queensland; died 10th March 1894, in his 26th year".

I have often wondered what his story was. None of the local Methodist families [who go back several generations] seemed to know anything about him. I presumed he was a bachelor with a local connection who had died in his prime.

A few weeks ago we had a surprise email, via the Circuit Office, from his great grandson, Mark Greenwood, who has been researching his ancestors. M H Brassington certainly had a story! The following is an abridged version of what Mark could tell us.

[Alec Needham]

Coming up soon . . .

Monday 13 Sep 10.00am
CTC Prayer Meeting
Sunday 19 Sep 6.00pm
District Service: President and Vice-President
Monday 11 Oct 10.00am
CTC Prayer Meeting
Monday 8 Nov 10.00am
CTC Prayer Meeting