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

St Michael's.

As you will know the Country is now in a 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.

This Page has been updated 28th March 2020 at 10.20am, and will be updated from time to time.

If you use the Morning Prayer Readings the references for the week ahead, Monday 30th March > Saturday 4th April can be seen by scrolling down on this page.

Church Clock will not be reset until such time as the restrictions on travel are relaxed, sorry to our neighbours who identify with the bell chimes.

The Scout Hut will be open this Sunday, 29th MARCH, 10am to 12noon,

 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.

Our latest update contains info' regarding Coronavirus Symptoms, as issued by Boots Chemist and there is also a generous offer from No.1DiamondCars 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.

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING COVID-19, THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

KEY POINTS OF COMMUNITY MEETING HELD WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH, VIA A VIDEO/ZOOM LINK.

1. Middleton Foodbank in need of donations and possibly volunteers.

2. Drop Off points for Foodbank Donations are; Lighthouse Project, Tesco, Co-op Funeral Care and Middleton Funeral Service.

2A. Drop Off point for food parcels to be delivered to those SELF ISOLATING - The Scout Hut, St Michael's Townley St, Friday 6pm > 7pm and then Mon > Fri 6pm > 7pm, PLEASE NO FRESH FOOD PRODUCTS.

3. Local Businesses that are facing hardship are requested to feedback how we can support them practically.

4. Safe Contact number for whole of Middleton to take ALL requests for help - Neil 07568 765379 available 10am > 9pm.

5. Allocate teams to responsibly deliver food packages.

6. Alison will be the lead contact for requests for prescriptions.

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

8. Information Page - we need a person to set up to answer questions specific to Middleton and who will also receive requests for help and further offer of support.

9. 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.

If you have offered help please contact Neil - number at item 4, who will co-ordinate the list - One thing is clear DONATIONS OF FOOD ARE URGENTLY REQUIRED.

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

In a joint statement the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have deemed it necessary to put all public services on hold until further notice, therefore all scheduled services at St Michael's are now suspended.

Rev'd Jackie will endeavour to share a "live" service via Facebook as often as possible, please keep watching our Facebook page for details, time date etc.

If you wish to read the Archbishops statement in full please go to the Church of England website where you can view the full text.


  St Michael's Church is working to  refocus its efforts into an action plan where our Church Community, including children will be able to support people who are vulnerable and/or self-isolating  during this unusual time.


TO SEE THE FULL TRANSCRIPT OF OUR PLANS PLEASE VISIT 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.


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. 

LATEST DATES/LINKS FOR YOUR DIARY ARE ON OTHER ACTIVITIES PAGE.

Pew Sheet notices when available on this website, click on the Tab, PEW SHEET on the Home Page. The Tab to click on appears just below the static Pew Sheet Tab. 4 weeks information will be available to view on this page, the link will include a PDF version of the Pew Sheet, if you are unable to view this version please let me know via the CONTACT US facility on the HOME page of the website.

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.  

MORNING PRAYER READINGS W/C 30th MARCH;

Monday; Psalm 73; Exodus 8:1-19; Hebrews 11: 17-31.

Tuesday; Psalm 35; Exodus 8: 20-end; Hebrews 11: 32-12.2.

Wednesday; Psalm 55; Exodus: 9: 1-12; Hebrews 12: 3-13.

Thursday; Psalm 40; Exodus 9:13-end; Hebrews 12: 14-end.

Friday; Psalm 22; Exodus 10; Hebrews 13: 1-16.

Saturday; Psalm 23 or 42; Exodus 11; Hebrews 13: 17-end. 


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 Elaine Morgan, Warden, in Church


BIBLE STUDIES:

Suspended at present.


The group meetings are USUALLY held at Marjorie's home,1.30pm, Tuesday afternoons, where the discussion for the next 5 weeks covers Lent. Please see poster on the Other Activities page.  

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.

 Please keep up to date with our Facebook page as well as this website regarding resumption of our Children's Services. 

 

March: 22nd, & 29th Junior Church.

April: 5th & 26th,Junior Church. Parade 12th No Junior Church, 19th School Hols, No Junior Church.

May: 3rd,17th & 24th, Junior Church. Parade 10th & School Hols, 31st,No Junior Church.

June: 7th, 21st, 28th Junior Church. Parade 14th No Junior Church.

July; 3th & 19th Junior Church, Parade 12th No Junior Church.

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

Sept 6th Junior Church resumes with Registration.


FAMILY EUCHARIST TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

This service is at 5.30pm and continues weekly, except during School Term Breaks and Holidays. 

Next Family service at 5-30pm will be announced here and on our Facebook page once the current suspension is lifted.


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.


MOTHERS UNION.

Everyone is welcome, you don't have to be a Mothers Union Member to attend meetings.

Annual Subs are now due, £23.50, please pay to Treasurer Annette

In keeping with the present situation the next meeting of the MU has been put on hold. 

Please contact Yvonne or any MU member for more information. 

Mothers Union are supporting the theme "UP YOUR STREET" this year, you can obtain more information by visiting the Mothers Union website; www.mothersunion.org.

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.

Your donations via the Shopping Trolley at the back of Church have been amazing, thank you and this continued support is making a huge difference. 

THANK YOU.

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.

  MEN'S GROUP

Graham Barr and Roger Albiston have volunteered to take charge of the Men's Group until a permanent successor  can be found.

The next Group Meeting was scheduled to be held 15th May at the Baum in Rochdale, however the present situation regarding Social and Safe Distancing means that this gathering will not take place.

If you wish to be added to our contact list please contact Graham, gcbarr@hotmail.co.uk

and provide your e-mail/phone contact number.


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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