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Green Sheet – 22nd November 2020

Cheshire South Circuit – Audlem Mission Area

(Minister: Rev Robin Fox. Tel: 01270 812820 email:
Newsletter for Audlem, Hankelow & Hatherton Methodist Churches
For the week commencing 22nd November 2020

Dear friends

This was the weekend that we were due to re-open the chapel, but sadly lockdown has postponed that yet again. Hopefully we will be able to re-open on Dec 6th, but that cannot be confirmed at this stage as we are awaiting a Government announcement next week about what will and won't be possible in December. I am writing this now, as the next newsletter is due to come out the day before the first Sunday, and that will be too last-minute for my liking, and, I suspect, yours.

I would say at this stage, take no action, but, if it is ok to reopen in 2 weeks time, please remember that under social distancing guidelines, the chapel can only hold a maximum of 22, this includes using the gallery and choir stalls. I hate to limit numbers, but if you wish to attend, booking will be essential. Fran has kindly agreed to help us in that department, so please let her know. As I say, though, that is for early December, I am just writing this now so that it will be in your minds.

Hopefully we can meet for worship soon. I've got to meet a fair number of you now, but not as many times as I would have liked by the end of my first quarter here. However, the news does sound to be hopeful, so with a few more prayers it might finally be possible before too long.

With love in Jesus


From Tom Hassall; ASAP

Ever wondered about the abbreviation ASAP?
Think of it in terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives.
Maybe if we thought of this abbreviation in a different manner along the way

There's work to do, deadlines to meet, you've got no time to spare
But as you hurry and scurry, ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)

In the midst of family chaos, quality time is rare
Do your best, led God do the rest. ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)

It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear,
Slow down and take a breather ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)

God knows how stressful life is, He wants to ease our cares,
And he'll respond to all your needs ASAP (Always Say A Prayer).

We extend a welcome to Dilys Massey who has just moved into the village.

We would all wish to pass on our sympathy and prayers to Andrew and Jean Gunstone on the passing of Andrew's mother Evelyn. Evelyn was a regular attender at the Midweek Service and lunch, and also joined with Three T's on some Sundays during the time she lived in our area, though sadly she had been away in residential care for her last years.

The funeral of Dorothy Brown, 93 years, a member at Hatherton for many years, was held on Wednesday, 18th November at Audlem, followed by burial in Audlem cemetery.
The service was conducted by Robin and attended by family, friends from Woore where Dorothy lived in recent years, and representatives from Hankelow, Hatherton and Woore chapels. In Robin's eulogy, he said that Dorothy is remembered as a kind, gentle and determined woman of faith. She first came to the Audlem area to join the Land Army in the Second World War and, after a life of living, working and caring for family members in the Stockport area where she was from, she returned to the local area in her retirement where she had found enjoyment and many friends over the years. More recently, she had been a regular member of Audlem & District Community Action's Tuesday club where she made many friends. A trip to the National Arboretum three years ago on Land Army Day was a special event for her.'

Salvation Army Christmas Appeal/Annual Toy Service 2020
Usually at this time we are asked for gifts for the Salvation Army to distribute to those less fortunate. This year, due to the situation they have made significant changes to ensure the safety of their volunteers, whilst recognising that the needs within the community have not gone away.

As they have been advised that any donations of toys etc would have to be quarantined for 48 hours , the Salvation Army have taken the decision to ask that those of us who wish, to give a financial donation rather than actual gifts. This will enable support to be provided in a COVID secure way.

Should you wish to make a cash donation please transfer it to

Bank: Reliance Bank
Sort Code: 60-01-73
Account No: 00178123
Account Name: SATCO General Income
Payment Ref: CR01/11000/GP1-TS

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