Buchaille Etive MorAs many in Holmes Chapel Methodist Church will know, Brian and I enjoy walking and have for many years walked with our friends Robert and Shirley. Often in recent years we have had a project of a long-distance path. The West Highland Way which follows Loch Lomond and continues up to Fort William is a favourite.

We are members of Congleton‘s U3A Thursday Walkers but sadly have not felt able to join them this last year. At first it seemed that our wings had been clipped but what a joy it has been to discover what is around us, often setting off from our doorstep, and how thankful we have been that we live in such a beautiful area. We have found footpaths we didn’t know existed and watched the delights of the changing seasons. Through fields freshly fertilised (farmyard aromas at their most pungent), young crops shooting up, maize reaching above our heads and the stubble of harvested wheat, we’ve witnessed the growing cycle.

Trussell Trust logo As a consequence of COVID-19, those who rely on extra support to receive essential food and resources may find the next few months particularly difficult. Foodbanks are already beginning to be stretched as a result of the strain on resources.

As we seek to care for the vulnerable and at risk in our communities, supporting your local foodbank is a practical way to be of help. There are two key ways in which you can offer support:

  • Volunteer – the Trussell Trust is calling on working-aged people in good health to volunteer, to enable their services to remain open.
  • Donations – you can find lists of the resources your local foodbank particularly needs on their website.

Guidance on supporting your local foodbank

An appeal to churches from the Trussell Trust


not just to survive but to thrive

JPIT have produced a briefing note in which they identify specific steps we can all take to reduce the carbon footprint.

Personal Steps, e.g. specific green energy providers you can swap to;

Church Steps, e.g.score your church overall, such as its management of buildings and land;

National Steps, e.g. join the campaign to get your MP to be a 'Hero for Zero';


street pastorsBy November 2018, there were seventeen Street Pastors, including three new ones who, having been out as observers, began to be officially part of the team going out on patrol.

It’s encouraging to see different groups coming together to help our Community.  Rumba restaurant, now established on Swan Bank, provides a good stop in order to connect with people.

New volunteers are always welcome, especially for Street Pastors.  If you’d like to volunteer for the Street Pastors please contact Revd Andrew Lindley and for the Prayer Pastors please contact Anne Argent.

local preacher awards, February 2018


A Circuit Together event was held in February 2018 at Trinity Methodist Church, to celebrate and give thanks for seven Local Preachers with a total of 275 years service.

The event started in the afternoon with a workshop led by Rachel Lampard, past Vice-President of the Methodist Church and who is currently Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, churches working for peace and justice. see http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk

The workshop was entitled “Politics is too important to be left to politicians and political parties! What can WE do?”. Rachel was engaging and enlightening and the workshop was enjoyed and appreciated by over 40 participants.