The Rector writes

rev angie and rev alison

Dear Friends in Christ,

Did you know that October is National Sausage Month? No? Neither did I until I read it recently. In America, it’s a month, in Britain we have a more modest National Sausage Week! More of you will know that October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the Church of England, October begins not a Month of Invitation, but what we now call the Season of Invitation; during that time – October until Christmas, we at St Elisabeth’s are creating lots of different services and events that we would love you to invite people to come along to.

The first is a Quiet Day, run by Rev. Alison and her newly ordained friend, Fiona. The theme of the day, which runs from 10am – 4pm, is ‘The Radical Hospitality of Jesus’. It should be the perfect way to begin this Season, focusing on invitation and welcome, providing space to think, pray and relax together in church. Bring something to share for lunch.

Our Harvest, is on 9th October. As usual we will be collecting dried, packeted and tinned food to help Stockport Foodbank (via Re:dish) and The Wellspring with their essential work of feeding local families and individuals who fall into difficulty. Your gifts of food, toiletries and warm clothing (which can be brought to church at anytime of the year) are invaluable.

On 16th October we are hosting our Makers’ Market and on 30th October we are hosting the first ever Reddish Wedding Fair. Please do spread the word about these – they are advertised on our Facebook Page, and come along on 16th to see what wonderful things local crafters are making and selling. Entrance to the Makers’ Market is free and there are refreshments available.

Our annual All Souls Service is on Wednesday 2nd November. It is a moving and wonderful time to welcome back to church the families we have conducted funerals for in the last few years – and everyone is welcome to come and light a candle in remembrance of loved ones who have died. The service begin at 7pm and is followed by refreshments.

Our Garden of Remembrance is a place that people begin to visit more frequently as All Souls, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas approach. One of our Wardens, Brian, who is doing a wonderful job of taking care of the grounds, asks that all flowers should have the wrappers removed before they are placed on the grass, and that no ornaments are left. If anyone would like to plant a shrub, or some bulbs, he would be very keen to meet with them and help them do that. Please call the Rectory on 0161 432 3033 to leave a message for him. At the moment, all the flower beds are being treated, so please do not plant anything without contacting Brian.

As the weather turns colder, our thoughts turn to those people who will struggle this winter, the elderly, frail and housebound. If you know of anyone who would welcome a visit from one of our pastoral team, please do get in touch with either Elaine or myself.

We look forward to seeing you over the coming weeks.

With every blessing