Family Carol Service – Sunday 13th December 3:00p.m.

Our annual Family Carol Concert will take place on Sunday 13th December at 3:00 p.m.

You will be able enjoy and join in all your favorite Christmas Carols.

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served in the Church Hall after the service.

Please come along – everyone welcome!.

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Christingle Service – Sunday 6th December 10:30 am

St Nicholas Church is calling on the local community to help bring some light to the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children this Christmas by supporting their Christingle event in aid of The Children’s Society.

The Christingle celebration will be held at St Nicholas on 6th December at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities and all money raised will go towards helping the children the charity works with, including victims of sexual exploitation.

Families and communities are welcome to come and celebrate together at the festive fundraising event, which revolves around orange flavoured cakes decorated with red icing and sweets. These, as well as a candle, highlight different parts of the Christian story.

Christingle has been taking place for 47 years and, with around one million people attending each year, it plays

a huge role in supporting The Children’s Society’s vital work to help some of this country’s most vulnerable children. This year, the charity is aiming to raise £1.4 million and every penny will be crucial to its work.

Jill Lomas from St Nicholas Church said: “We are really excited to be putting on a Christingle event this year and hope to have lots of local people coming to see the lovely display of illuminated orange cakes and help us raise money for a very worthy cause.”

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: “We are thankful for the massive difference that Christingle services make to vulnerable children, year after year.

“Every child deserves a childhood filled with joy and happiness. The support from everyone attending Christingle events up and down the country will help us to fight child sexual exploitation and allow us to support even more children who have been seriously affected by it.”

To find out about a local Christingle near you visit www.christingle.org

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.

 

 

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The Rector Writes – November 2015

Alan’s letter

Hello Everyone,

I have been asked to write a something for the November issue of the magazine and thought it would be a good idea to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Alan Simpson and on the 28th June this year I was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Manchester at the Cathedral, and subsequently licenced on the 5th July as the Self Supporting Assistant Curate to St Nicholas’s.

I am a Mancunian born and bred having been brought up in Miles Platting. I was baptised a Roman Catholic and attended Catholic Schools, so the practice of my faith has always been a very important aspect of my life from an early age. Following studies for a degree in politics, I was accepted by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford to study for priesthood within the Catholic Church. I commenced theological and formational studies in Spain, Durham and Rome before discerning that ordination into the Roman church was not where I thought God was calling me to be,
so I took the painful decision to leave formational training.

However, I can certainly relate to the old adage of ‘if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans’! Having embarked on a career in Administration Management within the Higher Education sector, I found myself more and more drawn to the Church of England and the realisation that the sense of vocational calling to ministry I felt so keenly since childhood, had not gone away. I began to attend an Anglican church in Oldham where I was warmly welcomed by both the incumbent and the congregation alike. As I became more involved in the worshiping life of the parish, I began
to feel the pull to ordained ministry more and more. I was formally received into the Church of England in January 2009 and began the discernment and selection process for ordained ministry within the diocese. I attended a Bishop’s Advisory Panel in October 2012 and was selected for training.

I began my theological studies in September 2013 with the Yorkshire Ministry Course (based at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield) and I will graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Theological and Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield in January 2016.

I am currently self-supporting, that is I am also in full time employment, currently working for the Diocese of Manchester as the Committee Secretary to the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee & Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches. I currently live in Dukinfield with my partner, Stuart and our dog, Rufus.

I was truly delighted when Bishop David asked me to explore the possibility of serving a curacy at St Nick’s, and I was even more delighted when Rachel and the PCC offered me the opportunity to serve my title with you. I have felt immensely blessed these past few months at the overwhelming welcome I have received and I am very much looking forward to the months and years ahead of journeying alongside you and serving you all as your curate.

Blessings,

Alan

Download the November 2015 edition of the church magazine