News Stories for all Circuit Churches
Audley Male Voice Choir Concert at Trinity
Trinity hosted a concert by Audley Male Voice Choir, led by their wonderful musical director, Christopher Cromar, and accompanist star, Anna Chiu. The event was organised by Douglas Parker of Trinity who is also a member of the choir. The event raised more than £1,400 for church funds.
Advent Hope at Trinity
For the afternoon Circuit Service at Trinity on 3rd December, the first Sunday in Advent, Trinity Singers & Friends celebrated Advent by performing Advent Hope at Trinity.
Members of the congregation and friends had prepared a presentation in words, songs and hymns from the Roger Jones Organisation. They are not a trained choir but once nerves subsided and the music flowed, it proved to be a valuable experience for both singers and congregation.
Wellspring is 30 Years Old
On Sunday, the 10th of December 2023, Wellspring was delighted to welcome back Dr Phil Botham to lead our nativity service and help us launch our year-long celebrations. Phil preached at the first ever service in our brand-new building on the morning of Sunday 19th December 1993. The official opening was soon afterwards, on Saturday 8th January 1994.
At the anniversary service, candles were lit for the second Sunday in Advent and Phil outlined some of the early history of Wellspring, covering the coming together of Congleton's two Methodist Churches, Kinsey Street and Mossley.
Phil outlined how life had changed over the thirty years by way of technology and that in so many other ways things were very different. He challenged us to still “make way for Jesus” in these present and future times.
Community Carol Service at Wellspring
On 17th December, the third Sunday of Advent, the regular 4pm service at Wellspring was outdoors(!) in our car park. Happily, the weather was fine, though a bit blustery.
The numbers attending built up slowly initially but, swelled by young people, parents, local residents and our own folk, there were in the region of 120 attending soon after the start. Our stewards were kept busy wheeling out more and more chairs! More orders of service needed to be printed hastily too.
Fortunately, the outside mobile refreshment bar serving hot drinks and mince pies was able to cope and was very much welcomed in the cool fresh air.
The augmented Wellspring music group, consisting of violin, guitar, flute and electric piano, worked splendidly to accompany the singing of the carols including :- O come, all ye faithful; Many years ago, in a stable far away; Hark! The herald angels sing; Riding out across the desert.
Wellspring Supports Compassion UK
Back in January 2020 Wellspring decided, as a church, to sponsor six children through Compassion UK, a Christian organisation that provides education and support for vulnerable children in families throughout the world. We decided to choose a boy and a girl from the three continents of Asia, Africa and the Americas.
We agreed to support
We get regular updates and letters from these children, which we share with the congregation. It is sometimes quite overwhelming to see the change in the children over such a short time.
A case in point is little Paloma, shown in the picture above as she was when we first started to support her.
Coming up soon . . .