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Madeley Parish Council
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Please note that due to the forecast of heavy snowfalls the above event has been cancelled.
Madeley Parish Council wish to apologise for any inconvenience. However, it wishes to ensure that all residents and staff are not exposed to any unnecessary risk by traveling to and from this event.
Like many churches we have a wonderful nativity set – lovingly made by some of the women in our church – and we are just getting it ready.
This year in Madeley the Mary and Joseph figures from our Crib scene are going on a journey! During Advent they will be travelling around the parish and spending a night in many different homes.
We hope the children will really enjoy opening their homes to Mary and Joseph, taking a picture of themselves with the figures and writing a diary about what happened on their visit.
As part of the visit we ask each family to read the story of Mary and Joseph’s original journey to Bethlehem – some 60 miles. Mary, of course was heavily pregnant and having to travel because of the census – forcing them to journey at an unimaginably bad time.
And as Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, the town was so heaving with visitors that the only place they could stay was where the animals lived.
Which is why at Betley Court Farm on Christmas Eve (thanks to the kind invitation of Frank and Jayne Speed) we will be holding a Farmyard Crib Service at 2.30pm IN THE LAMBING SHED and surrounded by animals – to which you are warmly invited – please come warmly dressed and DON’T FORGET YOUR WELLIES! Our Madeley Crib Service is later the same afternoon, at 4.30pm in Church.
But the Crib Service isn’t just a reminder of the first Christmas but also highlights that even today there are people like the Holy family who are a long way from home and desperately looking for a safe place to stay – and as such are vulnerable and in danger.
The Christmas story is a vital reminder of God coming to us – to you and to me and especially to all those who struggle and suffer and who need help. It’s not just an amazing story but one packed with love and compassion and challenge – the challenge to live generous and supportive lives.
May you and your family know the joy and peace and purpose of Immanuel: God with us.
The 8th Annual General Meeting of the above charity will take place on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at The Madeley Centre, commencing at 7:00pm
Please follow the link below for further information.
AGM Dec 2017 MRCC Members Notice
Come along to this lovely Winter event to be held on Saturday 9th December 2017 at The Madeley Centre, New Road. Performance commences at 7:30pm.
Please follow the link below for further details.
songs of winter
A fun look at the advent of convenience food in our diet. From fish fingers to Angel Delight; spam to salmon paste-all the things we have loved….and some of those we have hated!
Friday 3rd November 2017, 10am-12 noon at The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley.
Free entry-all welcome-full details available from Debbie Burns-0797756198
One of the privileges of my work is meeting some amazing people – amazing not because they are celebrities or high profile people – but amazing because of what they are doing and how they are coping in the face of adversity.
Like the couple who are quietly supporting each other through terminal illness and making the most of the time they have left together.
Like the mum who is doing her best to support her young adult children as they find their way in life in the midst of all the comings and goings of a family home.
Like the person who refuses to let her cancer treatment suck the life out of her.
I am humbled by their strength of character, their positive mindset and their ability to see life beyond their own challenges. I am sure they must have their dark moments – but I find them inspirational.
And my prayer for them, as it is for all of you, is that they will know God’s peace – helping them through those dark moments; reminding them that THEY are precious to God; encouraging them that they are NOT alone and NEVER will be.
Hard times come to us all. Some people seem to get more than their fair share of troubles and it is difficult to imagine all the headaches and heartache that some people have to endure. But we all have a role to play in supporting each other: being willing to listen, slow to judge and ready to help where needed. And when we do this, we are truly fulfilling God’s call to love our neighbour as ourselves.
So, may you know God’s peace, strength, wisdom and help in the midst of the challenges you face and may you be a channel of God’s love to encourage neighbours, friends and family around you.
The Madeley Centre and Lea Court Residents Association present a Community Bingo evening in aid of Sir John Offley Primary School.
Please follow the link below for further information.
Bingo Poster PDF
Madeley Parish Council are considering the above proposal and would like to hear your views on the subject.
Please come along and take part in the Public Open Meeting on Monday 16th October, 7:00pm-8:00pm, The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley.
On Sunday 1st October, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival with familiar hymns and songs in thanks to God for all His goodness, and we will be making a collection of non-perishable goods to be donated to the ever important work of our local Food Bank. You are very warmly invited to join us, and indeed for the Harvest Supper and Dance in Betley Village Hall the night before. But what are we celebrating at Harvest?
There is something very fundamental about a Harvest Celebration – recognizing our dependency on God’s goodness and our interconnectedness with all those involved in providing for our daily needs.
The incredible variety and quality of the food in our supermarkets today is truly amazing – products from around the world and now with home deliveries – even brought direct to our doorsteps: a-ma-zing!
But of course it doesn’t just happen – think of a good tuna mayo sandwich – something so simple and yet think of all those involved in its production: the farmer growing the wheat, milking the cows, harvesting the eggs; the fisherman catching the fish; the driver collecting the crop; the miller grinding the flour; the baker making the bread; the canner sealing the fish; the factory making the mayonnaise; the supermarket marketing and selling the bread, the tuna and the mayonnaise – and then you and I doing the final part on the board at home – what a lot of people involved in the production of a simple sandwich.
I believe Harvest remains a vital festival for us all. Too easily do we forget how blessed we all are in this country with our food security. Too easily do we take for granted the work of others from whose labours we benefit. And too easily do we lose sight of the wonders of creation and ingenuity of growers, engineers, processors, shop keepers and most especially God from whom all these things come. Anyone for a sandwich?