Welcome to 'News Items Page' designed to keep you informed about some of the stuff that is coming up at

St Michael's.

This page updated on Sunday 5th July at 845am.

STOP PRESS

 Your Church will open for Services on Sunday 12th July as follows;

A 930am Service at St Michael's, this service will also be streamed live via our Facebook platform.

An 11am Service at All Saints.

 Also on Wednesday 15th July at 2pm at St Michael's 


   This is a week later than our original plan and has been developed following on from an important discussion with our PCC members on Friday evening, 3rd July. The week delay gives more time to ensure that our Risk Assessment is implemented thoroughly to ensure safety for everyone in keeping with Government Advice, Church of England directives and above all the safety of all those in our congregations. The aim is clearly to maintain safe social distancing, excellent Hygiene and protect the NHS and Save Lives. 

Please do not attend if you have signs of any of the symptoms attributable to Covid-19 or you are still in the Group of those who still required to self isolate and are considered vulnerable and are still "locked down" until the end of July. 


You will be directed to a place to sit and pray and you must not touch anything please, books, bibles candles in the Memorial Area.

Once you have finished please leave through the door where you entered Church, and at all times on entry and exit please use the hand sanitizing facilities that are available.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Church in the meantime please check this website and our Social Media Platforms for updates etc.

Above All Please continue to Stay Safe.

JUNIOR CHURCH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL NOT BE HELD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


Please remember that it is still vital that the necessary Hygiene and Social Distancing Precautions are maintained at all times in order to protect the NHS and Save Lives as well as to protect each other when we attend Church.

There is little to add with regard to Holy Communion and the singing of Hymns as this is yet to be confirmed.

Please continue to watch this space and our Social Media platforms for the latest updates.

The following poem is published on our website with the kind permission of its author, David Prior, who is a regular at our Sunday 0930 service. David is a lovely man so when you have the opportunity have a chat with him both you and he will be delighted.

The world has changed now,

It cannot go back to what it was before,

The new currency is kindness,

But we cannot take anything for granted anymore.


There have been so many deaths, and much sadness, and stress and worry,

With jobs disappearing and shortage of money,

We know that life can never be the same again,

There is so much uncertainty now, and so much pain.


The future though will become brighter if we all work together,

We have a chance now to be more grateful, and more loving than ever,

Hope can emerge from all the misery and gloom,

And darkness will be replaced by light, as the flowers begin to bloom.

                                                                David Prior April 2020.


As you will know the Country is now in a revised LOCKDOWN situation, please follow the instructions and ensure that you your family, friends and neighbours stay safe. Support one another by regular contact via the phone and social media etc however always make sure that you follow Safe Distance instructions especially if you are out exercising or making essential visits to food stores or pharmacies, Banks and Post Offices.


MIDDLETON IN ACTION TOGETHER

This group continues to provide amazing support to those vulnerable and in need. Check out their Facebook Page.

You can also click on the following link to read a message from our Vicar, Rev'd Jackie.

CV LINK

If you use the Morning Prayer Readings the references for the week ahead, Monday 6th July > Saturday 11th July,  they can be seen by scrolling down on this page.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.

We thank God for all we have become because of those who have loved us and who we have loved but see no longer.

  30th June > 6 July:

David Maycock, Brenda Mellor, William Holden, James Hosie, Jane Hosie, David Robinson, Lilian Cooper, Ernest Cooper, Benjamin Greenwood.

7th July > 13th July:

Bertha Wilkinson, Margaret Booth, Vincent Bennell, Emma Ormerod, Lena Chorlton, Ernest Emsley, Henry Grimshaw, Alfred Kelly, William Finlay, Neil Kreibich, Enda Hawkes, Ora Studdard, Philip Bennett.

 

(Dates will now be out of sync. as I don't have access to Church to check the BofR).

Please continue to pray for Vivian, and also her family, especially her daughter Skye, and friends as they face the task of coming to terms with their grief and the loss of Vivian.

  

The Scout Hut will be open, Mon > Fri 6pm > 7pm and also Sunday 10am > 12noon, for donations of food for the needy.  ,

 if you are able to donate food for those isolated and in urgent need of help. Any items, non perishable that you can spare would be appreciated. Please observe the Safe Distancing criteria if you can come along.

 Keep watching our FACEBOOK Page -@stmichaelsmiddleton

 STANDING ORDER - A GENTLE REMINDER. 

During these difficult times you may wish to consider switching your giving to the Church to the Standing Order method.

To do so just inform your Bank that you wish to set up a Standing Order in favour of;

St Michael's Tonge PCC Finance Account.

Account Number 70780502

Sort Code 20-64-12.

Once your SO is set up please inform our Gift Aid Officer, Gwen, that you have done so.

You can obtain a form via this website by completing the "Contact Us" section at the beginning of this website.

Our latest update contains info' regarding Coronavirus Symptoms, as issued by Boots Chemist and there is also a generous offer from No.1Diamond Cars with regard to collection and delivery of prescriptions also shopping/essential items for those self isolating. There is a dedicated phone number for these services - 07342671786.

 Safe Contact number for whole of Middleton to take ALL requests for help - Neil 07568 765379 available

10am > 9pm.

 Pastoral Care - Church Leaders, nurses on self isolation offering support.

Strict observation of Ground Rules - Hygiene protocol to keep everyone who is involved and those receiving parcels and prescriptions safe. Also including Children who will be delivering cards.

Hygiene Protocol is 72 hour rule, Safe Space Rule, hand washing, no entering of homes and no exchange of money.

 One thing is clear DONATIONS OF FOOD ARE URGENTLY REQUIRED.

Keep pace with further updates especially those on our Facebook page @stmichaelsmiddleton 


PEW SHEET WILL NOT BE PRINTED FOR THE TIME BEING, however if this changes please visit the Pew Sheet Tab on this site. However we are exploring the feasibility of an "Online Newsletter". The first edition of this can be viewed by clicking on the link on the Pew Sheet page of this website.

Our second 'news' page is "Other Activities" where there is news about All Saints Rhodes as well as other events locally or within the Diocese and there is lots to look forward to in the coming weeks. Please also view news regarding All Saints on their Facebook page.

ELECTORAL ROLL PRIVACY NOTICE.

We are obliged to display the above notice as part of this website, please click on the DATA TAB above to access this statement, other items on this tab page are also legal requirements regarding protection and individuals rights


MORNING PRAYER is being spoken Monday > Friday at 09.15am

If you wish to undertake Morning Prayer at home the reading schedule for the week will be published on this page.  Or you can use the Zoom Link to join in live daily, our Facebook page has details how to link into this.

MORNING PRAYER READINGS W/C 6th July;

Monday; Psalm 80; Judges 13: 1-24; Luke 17: 20-end.

Tuesday; Psalm 89: 1-18; Judges 14; Luke 18: 1-14.

Wednesday; Psalm 119: 105-128;  Judges 15: 1-16.3; Luke 18:15-30.

Thursday; Psalm 92; Judges 16: 14-end; Luke 18:31-end.

Friday;  Psalm 88; Judges 17; Luke 19: 1-10.

Saturday; Psalm 97; Judges 18: 1-20,27-end; Luke 19: 11-27. 

 

We now have a dedicated page for Baptisms.

You can download a Baptism Application Form via the link on that page of this site.


YOUTH GROUP LATEST...

 In line with the guidelines the Group Activity will be suspended for the time being.


There are also items on 'Other Activities' Page, which have been updated on this date.

 PASTORAL TEAM.

The Pastoral Team also requires new members. This is a team of people who take Holy Communion to the sick as well as visiting those who need and appreciate a bit of a chat. If you would like a visit please contact one of our Pastoral Team or Rev'd Jackie or contact us via this website.


BIBLE STUDIES:

Suspended at present.


The group meetings are USUALLY held at Marjorie's home,1.30pm, Tuesday afternoons,however sessions have begun using the "Zoom" app via you mobile device.   

Please contact May for more information.


Just as a gentle reminder. The there are so many ways to check out what's happening at St Michael's;

This page of the Church Website.


  WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP.

Currently Suspended.

 PRAYER BREAKFAST.

Currently Suspended.

JUNIOR CHURCH

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

It is important that Parents complete the "Consent Form" for their children who will attend Junior Church. You can print a copy of this form from the DATA Tab on this website. Click on the Tab - Data and then click on the Icon for Consent Form.(updated form applied 01-09-19)

  

ALSO PLEASE NOTE:

INFANT CHURCH is temporarily SUSPENDED 

Is normally available at both the 8am and 9.30am services. These sessions will be held in the Choir Vestry and all children of pre-school age are welcome. for further information contact Lauren in Church.We do need volunteers to help with the Infant Church sessions, are you able to commit to one Sunday at 8am in particular just once each month.

 We need additional leaders to supervise and prepare activities for Junior Church sessions. Without additional help we may have to reduce some of the sessions we run. If you are able to help please contact Kelly, our Junior Church leader and Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Officer.


JUNIOR CHURCH, IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED, DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES, PLEASE LOOK FOR UPDATES, HERE.

    July 26th > 30th Aug, School Hols No Junior Church.

Sept 6th Junior Church resumes with Registration.


FAMILY EUCHARIST TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

A service for the whole family, with worship that is EPIC (Experiential, Particpatory, Image Rich and Connective) This service takes a break during the school holidays, if you attend any of the other services during the school holidays please complete the Attendance Register.


There are some other requests that may interest you or you are able to support:

St Michael's is anxious to provide continuous support to the Middleton Foodbank, however please refer to item 2 at the top of this page  A donation of a tin or a packet of non-perishable food once a week or once a month would be brilliant.

The  address is; Unit S6b/c, Second Floor, Middleton Shopping Centre, located in the Lighthouse Project Accommodation

The facility is only open - 09.30 > 4.30pm;

 Contact phone number - 0161 643 1163.

On this theme MUSTARD TREE , who are one of St Michael's nominated Charities, have also made an urgent request for donations of food. Any support would be much appreciated. For further details go to;

www.mustardtree.org.uk

If you are able to offer a cash donation to Mustard Tree in support of the valuable work they perform, please "Gift Aid" your donation.

MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER.

These are the days of electronic banking, cashless societies and 'chequeless' organisations.

So there are many options to chose from if you want to donate to St Michael's.

Gift Aid Envelopes.

On request you can be issued with a box of 52 envelopes, one for each week of the Tax Year, April to March, your envelope will carry a number unique to you. Using this system will enable the Church to claim tax back, currently 25p in every £1. The claiming of Income Tax is very important to the financial survival of the Church, so this is an important way to give.

If you are using the 'Yellow Envelopes' please ensure that you complete the details on the face of the envelope - otherwise we are unable to claim the Gift Aid element of your donation.  

Contactless Payments: We now have the facility for you to make "card payments" using our new card reader. This is a secure and confidential method of donating/making a payment to St Michael's. Please see the current weekly Pew Sheet, 16/6, which is also available through the Pew Sheet Tab on this website, or speak to Neil our Churchwarden. 


Standing Order.

If you wish to use this method to donate to the Church all you require is the following detail to set this up with your Bank.

Barclays Bank Middleton.

Account Name: St Michael's Tonge PCC Finance Account.

Account Number: 70780502.

Bank Sort Code: 20-64-12

If you require any further advice or help on these matters please contact the Church Treasurer, Mike Brooks.

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