October 2015

Dear Friends,

Few people could not have been touched by the sad image of the 3 year old toddler Aylan al-Kurdi, whose lifeless body was washed up on the shore in Turkey. He was another victim of the plight faced by the people fleeing the horrendous situation in Syria. As his aunt told the media Aylan al-Kurdi was a  ‘Message from God to wake up the world to the plight of Syrian refugees.’ For us, in the West, it is hard to even begin to grasp what life in Syria must have been like to make a small family feel compelled to embark upon such a perilous journey, in search of a better life… a life worth living.

Yet out of this single incident, this tiny child has become a catalyst for something good. And whilst the leaders of EU nations play the numbers game, deliberating over how best to accommodate the thousands of refugees involved, the image of that lifeless child stays with us and challenges us all.

Personally, I feel saddened by some of the reactions to the need to provide shelter and hospitality to these desperate people. These are our sisters and brothers, made in the image of God. At such a time as this, how can we in all conscience allow NIMBYism to creep in.

At the heart of the Gospel is the message of hope and love. Hospitality and the welcoming of the stranger are vital features. In recent months in our Churches, we have been encouraged to think about what it means to be a welcoming Church. Now, we are being challenged as a nation how we can be a welcoming Country.

In his teaching, Jesus was very clear about this. Remember his parable of the sheep and the goats: ‘… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me…’ Matthew 25:35-36.  Furthermore, Jesus said whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.’ We meet Christ in many guises, not least in the face of strangers.

I recognize that the situation is complex and there are no easy, quick-fix solutions. Equally, as Christians we cannot turn our backs, nor can we bury our heads in the sand. In response to the Christian Aid appeal, I hope as a fellowship we feel can give a generous response to the needs of these people. You might also like to use the following prayer, prepared by church leaders in the North East of England, as we continue to hope and pray that something good will eventually come out of this situation, and that Aylan’s death will not have been in vain.

God of the nations
you have compassion on all your creatures.

Have compassion on the people of Syria
and all those nations of the world
oppressed by violence and conflict.
Stay the hand of the violent,
strengthen the arm of those who seek peace with justice
and give courage and wisdom to the leaders of the nations
as they seek both to resolve and mitigate the effects of national conflict.

Generous God,
we thank you for the generous hearts of your people
and all those of goodwill across our continent, nation and region.

We pray for ourselves –
that you would so form in us the character of Christ
that we will stand ready to offer His generous welcome to our communities, homes and lives.

So may your will be done
and your kingdom come
on earth at it is in heaven.

Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen

Your friend and Minister,


1st October7pmAlbion Pastoral EldersAlbion
4th October10.30amMessy ChurchAlbion
6th October7.45pmBible StudyManse
7th October7.30pmHN FellowshipHurst Nook
8th October7.30pmFull Church MeetingHurst Nook
10th October11am -1pmCoffee Morning
In aid of Cystic Fibrosis
14th October11amMid-Week ServiceAlbion
20th October7.45pmBible StudyManse
31st October7pmPotato Pie SupperCharlestown
21st November 11am -1pmChristmas FairHurst Nook

“By God’s help, the Church will seek to proclaim the inclusive Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and action within the life of the Church and reaching out into the life of the world. It will be prepared to respond to the ever new challenges the Gospel presents.”


The Albion Fellowship Church Meeting will take place on Thursday 8th October at Hurst Nook at 7.30pm. All are encouraged to attend.


The next mid-week Communion Service is on Wednesday 14th October at 11am in the Choir Vestry, and will be led by Irene W.


Saturday October 31st we are having a Potato Pie Supper with an evening of very special entertainment by Hurst Choral Group 7pm at Charlestown. Admission to the event is with a ticket which costs £5.

We welcome your support at this event. All proceeds will be donated to Hearing Dogs.


The Bible study group will meet at the Manse at 7.45pm on Tuesday 6th and 20th October. All welcome to share a time of informal reflection and fellowship.


The 2016 URC Diary and Prayer Handbook are now available priced at £6.50 for the Handbook and £7 for the Diaries. If you would like to order one or both, please let Alan or Pauline T know as soon as possible. We hope to collect them from Synod on 10th October, which will avoid the need to pay postage.


Conducted by the Revd. Alan Wickens
10th Sept At Dukinfield Crematorium
Jeffery LEES (80 years)
16th Sept At Dukinfield Crematorium
Nellie PINDER (88 years)
24th Sept At Dukinfield Chapel & Cemetery
Paul Ernest LITTLEWOOD (52 years)
24th Sept At Dukinfield Crematorium
Alice Neville (92 years)


Ernie Hague and family would like to thank everyone for their cards, donations and expressions of sympathy following their sad loss.

A special thanks to the Revd Barbara P and those who worked so hard in preparation for Eva’s funeral.

It was very much appreciated.


The Gregson family
Ann H
Jean and Edmund K
Dorothy, Margaret and family
Lynda G
Anne S
Irene M
Linda G


Treasured memories of Eileen and for Harry’s Birthday
In loving memory of George Sixsmith
In memory of Harry Andrew, dear brother of Jean
In memory of a loving husband, father and grandfather
Treasured memories of my dear husband Norman
In memory of a cherished brother, Arthur
In memory of my dear friend Margaret
Treasured memories of my Dear Husband Norman

Thanks to all who contribute so generously.


Sincere thanks to anyone who helped in any way towards the success of Heritage Day, particularly the kitchen staff and “Guides”. As far as I could see visitors really enjoyed and appreciated having the guides there and took advantage of their knowledge.

Thank you from Jean G


October is a popular month for holidays for many of the Albion congregation this year. If you can help with any tasks – cleaning on Friday or Saturday morning, setting up the church for harvest or serving morning coffee on 11th October please contact Jean G.

Thank you in advance.


David would like to thank everyone who helped with this year’s Whit Walks, especially Vinney and Roman who carried the banner. (Sorry this was omitted from last month’s Messenger). The heritage day display of photos from whit walks over the years created a lot of interest. Gillian hopes to build on this for next year – photos preferably with names and dates wanted! (They will be returned)


Sunday 4th October is Harvest; gifts of non-perishable goods will be donated to The Carpenter’s Arms. Commitment for life envelopes will be received during the service and throughout October. The children are invited to “Messy Church”, they will share the first and last hymn of the Harvest service. Please advertise this ALL are welcome

Sunday 11th October is Communion – please note the change of date.


We have new stalls this year plus our regulars! There are still a few tables available. Join us on the day – shop early for Christmas, enjoy lunch in the café and catch up with friends. Please advertise this event in local businesses. Posters are available. Contact Pat or Gillian via Albionurc@hotmail.co.uk


Val and Martin would like to thank everyone for their cards, visits, prayers and friendship during Val’s recent illness. Thank you too to all who have visited Martin.

The family of the late Eileen Gregson would like to thank all her family and friends at Albion Fellowship for their kindness, prayers and support during her short illness. Special thanks to Barbara Plenderleith and Auntie Barbara for their many visits during mums stay in the hospital and for their support to us all. The impromptu concert given by Clive was shared by them both at mum’s request. A special thanks to both Barbara and Alan for their ministering and support at mums funeral. Mums faith was very evident during her last few days and it was a great comfort to her to know that she would be reunited with Harry.

We were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs Margaret Turner our prayers and thoughts go to her family at this sad time.

Your prayers are also asked for Mary B, Hilda F, Val and Martin B, Alan C, Jean K, Olive B, Irene M, Brian P 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. Thanks go to all the people who work hard during the year to maintain and make our beautiful building welcoming.

For Albion news please send information to Gillian  

THE TREASURER ACKNOWLEDGES with thanks the following donations:-

In Memory of Eileen Gregson                – £643
In Memory of John Millin                       – £750


The following article appeared in a somewhat muddled manner in September’s issue and therefore is repeated with clarity in this issue.

Apologies – The Editor

The amount donated to date for Gift Day 2015 amounts to £1605.  The original total was greatly enhanced by the generous gift by Mavis Defley who read the Gift Day article in the June edition of the church Messenger Magazine.   If you were not able to attend the Gift Day service or did not see your Elder to obtain an envelope but would still wish to donate, then it is still not too late.  Please hand any envelope marked GIFT DAY to the Minister, or any of the Elders who will pass it on to myself or Colin Bell. GIFT DAY is one of our MAIN FUND raising events of the year and is so very important to our continuing Ministry and Mission.  Please do not forget to GIFT AID if you are a tax payer as your gift is enhanced by the government 25p for every £1 donated.

John Baron Treasurer.


Joyce M
Marion T
Barbara B


Memories of Parents
Memories of Parents
Memories of the D Family

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30PM. All are welcome.


This will take place on Tuesday at 7 30PM.  

Good attendance pleas


May W Jack S and Amanda H
May god bless you and watch over you


Hurst Nook Christmas Fair – 21st. November   11am -1pm


Lisa niece of Barbara H who is very ill in hospital, Kathleen L and family on the death of a husband, Dad, Grandad, Brother and Uncle, our thoughts are with you. Flo J, Mavis D, Doris and Janet W, David A and Martin B. 

May god be with them all at this difficult time

The cold weather is on the way may god look over us and keep us safe. SHALOM 


Helen Mellor
Margaret Heap
Pat O’ Brien


Memories of a much loved friend and very dear member of Charlestown
Carol and Paul’s Anniversary, Love Mum and Dad
Loving Memories of Loved Ones


As part of this year’s Harvest festival we will be collecting tinned food for Carpenters Arms; they would be grateful of donations of tinned meats. These will be accepted during morning worship on the 11th October.


Please come along and have a brew and a natter, eat some lunch, buy a raffle ticket or start your Christmas shopping at our bring and buy stall at Charlestown on Saturday 10th October 11am -1pm. Everyone welcome. . . bring your friends..

”Ever since we began in 1964 we have funded research into every aspect of cystic fibrosis. Together with our national and international partners we continue to increase our understanding of cystic fibrosis and improve understanding, treatments and management of cystic fibrosis. We are also involved with social research, exploring the non-medical impact of cystic fibrosis, and its implications for quality and length of life.”  The CF Trust.

Last year our coffee morning sent over £400 to the CF Trust, You helped to make a huge difference to the lives of those living with this disease.  . . . .Thank you!    Antonia and Francesca Popat

P S. . . . mum is still bobbins in the kitchen, so all offers of help will be gratefully received!


We hold in our prayers and thoughts, Jim Pinder and family on the death of Jim’s mum. Also we continue to pray for our minister Alan, Keith Culpan, Sam Hilton & Nancy Harvey. It is nice to see Barbara Robinson back worshipping with us and see her health improving.


This will be held on 18th of October following morning worship. Please make every effort to attend; the meeting is for everyone to attend not just the members.


Rotas are displayed at the back of church for volunteers to sign up. Lesley would be grateful of any help you can spare at Pilots. If you feel you can help one Sunday morning and host an activity for our young children during morning worship, then please speak to Lesley or Gill.  Our children enjoy simple activities such as crafts, puzzles, games, colouring, listening to stories, singing or quizzes.


The Guild will be meeting on Thursday, 22 October at 2.30pm, when the speaker will be the Revd. Barbara Plenderleith. Any ladies who might like to come along would be very welcome.

Albion United Reformed Church

Stamford St E, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6QQ