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Dear Friends,

Last month I wrote about how Lent is a time to look to ourselves and to seek, and attune ourselves to, God’s will for us; but what is God’s will? 

Well, once a month we hold a service of Evensong which incorporates prayers for wholeness and healing and within that service, in the prayers of intercession, we find the phrase ‘your will for all people is health and salvation’.  Now I can’t find that exact phrase in scripture, although it does echo a line in that great hymn by Joachim Neander and translated by Catherine Winkworth ‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!  O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation’.  Although that phrase doesn’t come directly from scripture there can be little doubt that these are fundamental to Jesus’ mission.

What is health if not to have and enjoy the fullness of life?  In John chapter 10 Jesus addresses this very point, he says, I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  These words of Jesus reflect his mission as described in the famous passage from John 3, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ 

It is surely no coincidence that the passage from John 3 continues immediately to address the second element of Christ’s mission, ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’  We cannot know the fulness of life without being saved, and to be saved is to know the abundance of life that Jesus brings.

And the fulness of both health and salvation come to us through Jesus’ death and resurrection.  For what keeps us from health but the disease of sin?  We still tend to be in the mindset that sin is what we do, but sin is no more an action that a sneeze is a cold.  Sinful thoughts, words and actions are only symptoms of the disease within us and it is this dis-ease that we need to treat in and through Christ who, on the cross, took our sin upon himself.  This is the true miracle of Easter, not that one man rose from the dead but that through him the whole world might be healed and brought into a new and living relationship with our Father in heaven, the source of life.  Join us this Holy Week and Easter as we walk in the way that leads to health and salvation.

Yours in Christ,
Ian.

Holy Week and Easter

Sunday 13th April  -  Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday processions are one of the earliest celebrations in the Christian Church possibly dating back to as early as the 4th century.  This year we shall be joined by the children from Messy Church with their home-made palm branches as we welcome the King of glory into our lives.  The Palm Sunday service begins in the Rectory garden at 10.00 a.m.

Weekdays in Holy Week

Each morning in Holy Week there will be a service of Morning Prayer at 9.a.m. and from Monday to Wednesday evenings there will also be a service of Compline in church at 7 p.m. This gives us time and space to reflect on the day that has passed and how we have used to our time.

Thursday 17th April  -  Maundy Thursday

From the Latin word mandatum meaning ’commandment’ the name Maundy is taken from the gospel reading on this day when Jesus says to his disciples, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.”  On this day Jesus set the example of loving service by washing his disciples feet and by offering to them the Last Supper with another new commandment, to “do this in remembrance of me.”  This service ends with the stripping of the altar and a one-hour vigil.

Friday 18th April  -  Good Friday

On this most sombre of days we reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross and on what caused him to be nailed there.  Whilst we proclaim the glory of the cross we confess also our sin and brokenness, recognising that it was for love of us that he faced torture, humiliation and death in this most sordid way.

Sunday 20th April  -  Easter Day

At Easter we celebrate the most astounding event in human history, and we give thanks and praise to God that the gates of heaven have been opened to any and all who believe and trust in the name of his son Jesus.  There will be two services on Easter Day.  A said service of Holy Communion at 8.30 p.m. and a full Festal Sung Eucharist at 10 a.m.

Annual Parochial Church Meetin

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Sunday 7th April at 11.30 a.m., is an important event in the life of the local church.  It gives the Church Officers the opportunity to report to you, the church members, all the things that have taken place over the last year, and it gives you the chance to ask and questions you might have, to check over the church accounts and to stand for, and elect, Church Officers and PCC members.

The APCM is two meetings rolled into one.  The first meeting is the Annual Vestry Meeting which is open to everybody who resides in Mobberley and everyone on the Mobberley Church Electoral Roll.  The purpose of this meeting primarily is to elect the Churchwardens for the coming year.  Churchwardens are elected annually and can normally serve a maximum of 6 years before having to stand down.

The second meeting within a meeting is the Annual General Meeting.  This is open to all on the Electoral Roll, those not on the Roll may attend but are not abler to vote and may be asked to leave the meeting is requested by the Chair.  The AGM receives the Annual Report which includes the annual accounts, appoints the Independent Examiner and elects Sidespersons and PCC members. 

Prior to the meeting nomination forms are available for these different roles:

Churchwarden  -  Amongst other things Churchwardens are foremost in representing the laity and in cooperating with the incumbent; they should encourage the parishioners in the practice of true religion and to promote unity and peace among them.  They should also maintain order and decency in the church and churchyard, especially during the time of divine service.  In this they are assisted by -

Sidespersons  -  It is the duty of the Sidesperson to promote the cause of true religion in the parish and to assist the churchwardens in the discharge of their duties in maintaining order and decency in the church and churchyard, especially during the time of divine service.

PCC Members  -  The PCC is the main decision maker of a parish. It has the responsibility, along with the incumbent to promote the mission of God in its parish.  The PCC is responsible for the finances of the parish and the ultimate responsibility for the care and maintenance of all church buildings and their contents. It has a voice in the forms of Service used by the church.  Every member of a PCC is also a charity trustee. The PCC and the incumbent have a duty of care to ensure the protection of the vulnerable in their church community.

Saint's Alive

Most people know that Holy Days are generally split between moveable Feasts, where the date upon which it is celebrated alters (such as Easter) and fixed Feasts where it is celebrated on the same day each year (such as Christmas).  However, in truth most Feasts that we think of as being fixed are, in fact, moveable.  Normally this might only be by a day and the most common reason is if the Feast day falls on a Sunday which is always, primarily, the Lord’s Day, in which case the Feast may be transferred to the next day.

This convention is massively extended however at Easter when no other Feast day can be celebrated in either Holy Week or Easter Week.  In this circumstance the Feasts are transferred to the week after Easter week and celebrated in the order they occur.    This year we face a number of celebrations in the week after Easter week.

Monday April 29th is the Feast of St. George, martyr & Patron of England.
Tuesday April 30th is the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist.
Wednesday May 1st is the Feast of Ss. Philip & James, apostles.

Each of these days will be marked with a said service of Holy Communion at 7.00 p.m.  Do come and join us.

Memorial Service

Each year we hold a special service remembering those people who died in the previous year and light a candle in their memory.  The candles are placed in custom made holders built by Robert Mais who, I don’t need to remind you, died last September and will be remembered at this service.

Alongside Robert we lost several people from our church community last year but, whilst we grieve our loss, at this service we are reminded of the overwhelming love of God for us, his amazing mercy and grace, and the hope that we find in him who overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of Heaven to all believers.  We celebrate and give thanks for their lives and place our hope for them, and for ourselves, in the hands of God who created them, sustained them and redeemed them.

Memorial Service for the Recently Departed
Monday 13th May

7.30 p.m.

Messy Church 

Our Messy Church meets on the last Saturday of the month and is an opportunity for the whole family to join together in arts and crafts around the theme of a Bible story, and to worship together.  

Our April Messy Church is, as you might imagine, concerned with Easter and is entitled ‘Always With Us’.  We shall be messing about with chocolate and eggs and hot cross buns as learn more about how and why Jesus died for us and how we find new life in him.

The story of the crucifixion is a hard one to convey to children however they do understand that out of love people give of themselves and that is the focus of our Messy Easter, the God so loved us he sent his Son to us that through him we might come to the Father.

We have introduced a new attendance card and when a child has been 10 times, however long that takes, that get a little present.  We will also be gathering in the small room at the sstart when the story of the day is introduced. 

Our March Messy Church takes place the Saturday after Easter, Saturday 27th April at 10.00 a.m. at the Rajar. 

Loud 'n' Clear

A couple of months ago St. Wilfrid’s was approached by the communications officer for the Wilmslow Half Marathon to explore the possibility of putting a relay station on the church tower for use during the race.  There have always been problems with the radio communications around the area, particularly around Wood Lane and Pepper Street and the Burleyhurst and Davenport Lane junction.  A quick test from the tower top showed that the church was in a great position and on the day before the race the equipment was installed.  

On race day, for the first time ever, the organisers and more importantly the Red Cross had crystal clear communications over every inch of the race route meaning should there be any kind of emergency help would be on hand quicker than ever before.

On behalf of St. Wilfrid’s I am delighted that we have been able to help the organisers make this year’s race the safest yet.

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