This Month’s Letter
June is a month for us to celebrate, a time for us all to get involved, to share in fellowship with each other and to express our faith to those who will join us in our celebration weekend of June 10th to 12th.
The Flower Festival provides an opportunity for everyone to take part and share in the tasks that must be covered.
Hurst Nook members will be dealing with refreshment on Friday 10th, Charlestown on Saturday 11th and Albion on Sunday 12th.
There are other tasks to cover and rotas are displayed in each church. If you haven’t already signed up and you are able to offer a few hours of your time please do so. People on the door and stewards will have a vital role in welcoming our visitors.
I hope that all who are able will be present at our Opening Service at 10.30am on Friday 10th when descendants of Nathaniel Buckley and Hugh Mason, who played a major role in the formation of our church, will be present. This will be an opportunity for us all to place ourselves and our celebrations into God’s hands to be used in spreading the good news of Christ’s saving grace, during the weekend and in all that lies ahead.
The hymn that provides the theme for the Flower Festival is
“Lord for the years your love has kept and guided”
The weekend will give us the opportunity to give thanks for the past, for the heritage of faith that has been placed in our hands. But we must take note of the final verse of the hymn:-
Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us –
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.
As we look to the future we must rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
When we rely on our own strength and resources, what we do will be in vain. We are still in the season of Pentecost when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples. What a difference it made to their lives and the life of the Church! They now had a purpose; they knew what they must do and had the power to do it. They had the courage to take risks, to break new ground and reach out to all kinds of people; to break through the barriers of us and them. This happened through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lord of our lives, by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the future take us.
The Buckley and Mason families contributed to Albion’s welfare, education and social well being, as well as financial support. The Buckley family stretched back to our beginnings when the 1816 Chapel was initially financed by Nathaniel Buckley. Both families were cotton manufacturers always ensuring good practice and fairness with their workforce. Both families believed in education and Abel Buckley Jnr (grandson of Nathaniel) and Hugh Mason provided scholarships to the children of Albion school which enabled entry into Owens College. Hugh Mason financed the building of Charlestown School and provided a playground area. Hugh was also Treasurer of Albion Chapel and prominent in the decisions made regarding the arrangement of the interior of the new Chapel built 1837. Both Hugh Mason and Abel Buckley Snr and Jnr were local Councillors, Mayors and Aldermen. Hugh became Ashton’s MP. Hugh married Abel Buckley Jnr’s sister and their two sons Rupert and Sydney were active in the life of Albion, Rupert being treasurer of the building fund for the chapel we see today. The Spire for Albion Chapel and four original designs of stained glass windows in the East and South transepts were financed by the Abel Buckley Jnr. The East stained glass window was financed by Hugh’s two sons.
At the opening ceremony Rupert was called upon to lay the foundation stone but out of respect to Hugh Mason who had now deceased he handed over the trowel and mallet to his young daughter Muriel Mason, granddaughter of Hugh which, during the ceremony, she handed to Abel Buckley who spread mortar and taped in the corner stone.
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
|1st June||7pm||Hurst Nook Fellowship||TBC|
|5th June||10.30am||Gift Day||Albion|
|8th June||11am||Mid –Week Service||Albion|
10.30 – 8pm
2pm – 5pm
Songs of Praise
Auction of Flowers
|13th June||7.30pm||Fellowship Forum||Charlestown|
|18th June||3pm-5pm||Afternoon Tea||Charlestown|
|19th June||13:30||Walk of Witness||Albion|
|21st June||7.30pm||The Circle||Garden of Bob and Barbara Drury|
|25th June||6pm||Ashton Masonic Hall||200 Year Albion Fellowship Celebration Meal|
We invite you to afternoon tea at Charlestown 3pm – 5pm Saturday June 18th. Excellent musical entertainment with Hurst choral group, tickets £4. Come and enjoy a lovely afternoon.
We welcome your support.
We welcome all ladies and gentlemen to Charlestown on June 13th at 7.30 pm when there will be an interesting talk by Frank Galvln about the Elizabeth Gaskell house in Manchester.
Please come along you will be most welcome
COMMITMENT FOR LIFE PRAYER FOR JUNE
I pray for the people living with oppression that is ruining their lives
I pray especially for children who have known only war, homelessness and abuse of freedom.
Lay your hands on those who seek to do wrong, that they may cease the global harm they cause.
I pray this in your name
200TH ANNIVERSARY BADGE, FLYERS AND POSTERS
There is a new flyer with all the dates for events during 2016 – the front is advertising the flower festival – please distribute these as widely as you can to friends, neighbours, families, other church groups etc. Please ask your local shop if they will display them for customers to collect.
A sew on badge is on sale at £1 each.
200TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MEAL
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 2016 6PM
Ashton Masonic Hall. Three course meal and entertainment- music from Christopher Howard. The cost is £22 for adults £10 for children balance now due. Menu options available from Doris Wallwork –please pre-order by 11th June (We can still add on until 11th June ….)
ALBION BOOKS FOR SALE …. £10 EACH
On sale at Albion are two books – please contact Jean G or any elders at Albion
‘A Tribute to the People of Albion, Ashton-under-Lyne.’ In Celebration of Albion’s 200 Years of Ministry 1816 – 2016.
Researched by: Mary W MA Mary’s book tells the story of Albion through the people of the past.
Albion United Reformed Church, Celebrating 200 years 1816-2016. This book, by Mrs Jean G contains information and colour pictorial of Albion church and all its events plus Charlestown, Hurst Nook and Hazelhurst.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION AT ALBION
Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 11.00am
Please note we have returned to the old time of 11.00am by request. The fellowship of a light lunch after the service will continue for those who wish to stay; a “cuppa” will be served. Anne S
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2016
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December 2016. I know it seems early but the theme this year is Bible Stories. Please check with Gillian before you start work on your theme to avoid duplication.
FUNERALS CONDUCTED BY THE REVD. BARBARA PLENDERLEITH
May 6th At Dukinfield Crematorium Dennis Thomasson (85 years)
May 12th At Charlestown and Dukinfield Crematorium Marjorie Bradwell (70 years)
May 18th at Dukinfield Crematorium Irene Metcalfe (93 years)
Albion News & Dates
The Mills family (Canada) In memory of Oliver and Ethel Mills
Colin Bell Birthday memories of a very dear mother
Revd. Barbara Plenderleith In grateful remembrance of the life and ministry of the Revd. Norman Riley
The Gregson family Memories of Harry Gregson’s sisters Elizabeth, Alice and Lois
Glenis Outram Loving Memories of Dad
Our thanks to these donors for sharing these memories with us all
CHURCH ANNIVERSAY AND GIFT DAY
Our Church Anniversary and Gift Day service are normally held on the 2nd Sunday of June but this year the Gift Day service will be held separately on Sunday 5th June, as the 11th June is a joint Anniversary Service being led by Rev. Tony Burnham. Gift Day is one of our major fund raising events, and it is the time of the year when as Treasurer, I ask you to give a gift of money to the church. I would kindly ask you to support Gift Day with enthusiasm and make as generous a donation as you are able, and please consider the Gift Aid scheme if you are a tax payer. Gift Day envelopes will be available on previous Sundays as well as on Gift Day and should be placed on the Offertory plate. Those who Gift Aid are asked to write their name on the envelope. Gift Aid certificates are available for signing if you are to gift aid for the first time. If you are unable to attend church either before or at the Gift Day service, please be a part of this special day by asking an Elder to deliver a Gift Day envelope to you.
Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.
John B Treasurer
WALK OF WITNESS
Sunday 19th June is the annual walk of witness joining with other churches in Ashton. The service will be held in the grounds of Ashton Parish Church. All Albion Fellowship are invited to walk together. Please meet at Albion at 1:30pm to leave at 2pm sharp.
The next meeting will involve enjoying strawberries in the garden of Bob and Barbara D; weather permitting. Tuesday 21st June at 7.30pm Bring a friend; enjoy a chat and a brew. Anne and Barbara
WILLOW WOOD MOONLIGHT WALK
On Friday 6th May Gillian, Ann H and friends from work took part in the Moonlight Walk. Thank you to all who sponsored us and helped us raise funds for Willow Wood. See Facebook for our photo at church!
CELEBRATION AFTERNOON TEA
Thank you to everyone who supported the afternoon tea which raised £250 for church funds. This was a lovely start to a busy few weeks of the 200th Anniversary Celebrations.
The dates have been set for Messy Church for the remainder of 2016. The next one is Sunday 10th July during the morning service. All families are invited to join us. 11th September, 23rd October, 27th November and 11th December. These dates are shown on the website.
ALBION PARENTS AND TOTS
Friday morning 9:30am -11:00am in the memorial chapel. £1 per family ALL welcome
CRAFT FAIR & PLANT SALE
Thank you for your support in another successful event. The next craft fairs are Saturday 15th October 2016 and Saturday 20th May 2017 -the May date will be the plant sale too.
We were sad to hear the news of the death of Irene Metcalfe (affectionately known as “Trouble”) on Thursday 28th April; and the death of Alan Cartwright on Tuesday 17th May. Our sympathy, love and prayers go to their families.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Edward B, Mary B, Barbara D, Val and Martin B, Olive B, Brian P, Judith S, Margaret G, Ros S and anyone who needs our prayers at this time. There is a prayer book in Albion, please add concerns; to be included in our prayers of intercession.
Charlestown News & Dates
Norma and John S Loving Memories of Janet
Helen M and Family For Loved Ones
Christine and Tom Jessica’s Birthday
Lesley, John and Antonia Francesca’s 8th Birthday
JUNE COFFEE MORNING
There will be no coffee morning in June as it the Flower Festival at Albion
GIFT WEEKEND / ANNIVERSARY 9TH AND 10TH JULY
This year we will be combining both of these important events in our calendar. On Saturday 9th July we will be holding an evening social event for families, tickets will be on sale and we hope that everyone will support us. Personal gifts as well as gifts from the organisations will be received during the Sunday morning worship.
CHRISTIAN AID BREAKFAST
A big thank you to Lesley who organised this special event, a good time of fellowship, prayer and reflection was enjoyed by all those who attended. Everyone who attended enjoyed the morning.
Pilots are 80 years old! Please join Charlestown Pilots as we celebrate on Wednesday 29th June at 6.30pm. We are holding a good old fashioned Beetle Drive. Entrance £2 including refreshments. You are all invited!
The Guild will meet on Thursday 23 June at 2.30pm. All ladies are invited to join us
We continue to pray for Keith and all the family following the death of our very dear friend Marjorie. Marjorie’s greeting, warm smile and sparkles will be very much missed by all.
We continue to pray for Nancy, Keith C, Larrayne and all those who need our prayers at this time.
We also think of our young people who approach their exams at school, college and university, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Hurst Nook News & Dates
Irene whitehead Birthday memories
Sandra Butlin Wedding anniversary
Jean Bradley Loving memories of a dear husband Alan, Dad and Grandad
HURST NOOK FELLOWSHIP
This will take place on Wednesday 1st June. We will be enjoying a meal out. See Pat for details.
HURST NOOK BROWNIES
Hurst Nook Brownies went on Pack holiday on Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May. Despite the weather the girls all had an amazing time in rain, hail stone, snow and sunshine. Our theme was “Under the Sea”, and the house was decorated throughout and the girls came on board with the theme making placemats, identity lanyards, bracelets, chocolates, starfish coasters and they all completed a diary. As part of their group challenge they wrote a poem about the theme, and performed on party night.
Below are the poems written by the Brownies on Pack Holiday 2016:
Fishes in the sea park,
Sharks lurking in the dark
Whales are nestling
And dolphins are wrestling
Turtles are hiding
And starfish are finding
Stingrays are stinging
Whilst seahorses are clinging
Seals are singing
And octopus are ringing
Jellyfish are causing trouble
Whilst the puffer fish are giving cuddles
There was a fish
Who had a wish
It never come true
He always thought boo-hoo
There was a whale
Who lost his tail
There was a turtle
Who was called myrtle
There was a crab
Who was very fab
Under the sea
This is what life is for me
You see seahorses swim
But beware of a sharks fin
Watch out for the fisherman getting their catch of the day
So you must hurry along so you can play
Under the sea
This is what life is for me
Under the sea
Is where you want to be
HURST NOOK TOTS
Tots take place every Thursday 10am –11.30am during term time. The cost is £1 per family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM HURST NOOK TO:
Rachel A, Jo H, Brian B, Kathleen H and Pauline T.
May God bless you all and keep you safe.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Mavis D, Oliver, Barbara H, Mark H, Martin B, Jan A recovering from a knee operation and anyone who may need our special thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
May God be with them all. Thank you God for the lovely flowers and trees that make the world wonderful, the rain and the sunshine and all new life.
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