Pet service at Wellspring: preaching with a hen!Recently, Wellspring hosted their first pet service. There was a good number in attendance including six or seven dogs, a cat, a hen, two tortoises and lots of teddies too!  

Although it was cloudy the congregation gathered on the carpark for the service.  We sang familiar tunes to some new words written by Revd Nic, before sharing in some prayers and reflecting on how animals serve us and our role as God’s stewards here on earth. Each animal was also blessed in turn.

There was a dog chorus in many of the hymns, which made for an interesting morning!

The event was a great success and Rev Nic would like to thank everyone who supported this service.

[From an article in Contact magazine by Rev Nic Langton-Miller]

Setting off from Cloud Chapel on a commemorative walk for Hugh Bourne In celebration of the 250th birthday of Hugh Bourne at Cloud, we began with a walk via some of the farmhouses where Hugh Bourne preached before Cloud chapel was built. Along the route we visited an old Baptist burial area, predating the Primitive Methodists.

Children and adults enjoyed listening to interesting information about the farming families who opened their homes to Hugh Bourne.  Those families included the Dakin/Deakin family. We heard about one occasion when a funeral was held at Woodhouse Green Farm, so many people crowded into the farmhouse parlour that the floor collapsed and they all found themselves in the cellar!

JPIT logoJPIT (The Joint Public Issues Team) has created a briefing note about the cost of living crisis.  It summarises the problems and actions taken to date, and describes "Ideas for action now and in the months to come". 

Changes are also being introduced by The Trussel Trust and others:

"One of the church’s partners in providing foodbanks, the Trussell Trust, has made the decision that its ultimate aim as a charity should not be to feed people, but to work with others in order to end the need for foodbanks. Mass emergency food provision should not be needed in a wealthy nation. Many other charities are reorientating in the same way, and churches have important contributions to make in this change."

See the full briefing note.


Rev. Nic leading the service for Boys Brigade volunteersWe are delighted to see our very own Rev Nic Langton-Miller being part of the recognition service for Boys' Brigade adult volunteers.  She was one of the Boys' Brigade chaplains who led the service at All Saints, Childwall, Liverpool.

Boys' Brigade leaders from across the Liverpool Region gathered at All Saints Church to recognise the service of the adult volunteer community.

The service was led by Boys' Brigade chaplains from across the Battalion and long service awards were presented by the Boys' Brigade Director of Operations, Natalie Whipday, and the North West District President, Alan McLoughlin.

Many thanks to all the adult volunteer leaders.

knitted ukrainian bearsOn Mothers’ Day Judith Talbot of Trinity Church was in Windsor when her granddaughter held a cake sale for refugees.  A lady from the local refugee charity gave her a bear dressed in Ukrainian colours.

The pattern was very easy, so when she got home the Trinity Stitch and Chat group decided to make them and sell them for contributions towards the support of Ukrainian refugees.  Glenice Weston from the group then invented a smaller version of the bears for use as key rings. 

Many thanks to everyone who donated to our Congleton Teddy Bears and to the knitters who just kept on going! You all helped to raise a magnificent £500 for UNICEF’s appeal for Ukrainian orphans. We still have some cash to donate to our local Ukrainian charity.

Coming up soon . . .

Thursday 30 Jun - Sunday 3 Jul
Congleton Bible Week 2022
Saturday 2 Jul 8.00am - Monday 4 Jul
Flower Festival
Saturday 2 Jul 2.00pm
Cloud Mission Area walk
Saturday 9 Jul 7.30pm
Biddulph Organ Recital
Saturday 16 Jul 2.00pm
Garden Party for Ukraine, Congleton
Sunday 24 Jul 10.45am
Festival Service & BBQ
Monday 25 Jul - Friday 29 Jul
Cliff-College summer school
Sunday 31 Jul 10.45am
Davenport: Bacon Butty Church
Friday 30 Sep - Sunday 2 Oct
3Generate children and youth assembly