Notices 1st November 2021

Dialstone Lane Notices 

November 2021

Peter Barton from AAC.

We will be welcoming Peter to lead our Service on 21st November. Peter is the area representative for "Living Water Adopt A Child" (AAC).and the coordinator for England, Wales and south Scotland.

AAC is a Christian sponsorship program aiming to provide food, medical, dental, pastoral and practical care and spiritual hope for thousands of under privileged children and vulnerable adults in Guatemala and Albania.

Peter and his wife Sue will be telling us about his work with AAC, their time in these countries and how we can help the thousands of children and women in need in those countries which AAC support.

Toy and Gift Service 21st November 2021.

Our annual toy and Gift service will be on Sunday 21st November. We are all hearing on the news each day that families are struggling more now than before, and all donations will be very gratefully received by both organisations, Stockport Social Services and Wood Street Mission.

Stockport S.S. state they support mainly 4 - 18 year old's (but also some younger children and babies), they are NOT asking for sweets or biscuits due to food allergies and Healthy eating. Toys, Books, Craft Packs, Games - nothing that promotes violence - hence no guns, and Toiletry sets especially for Teenagers are all very welcome.

Wood Street Mission would like New and unwrapped Toys of all descriptions, Books, colouring and painting, games, Lego, Duplo, Slippers and slipper socks, Hat, scarf and gloves sets, board games and pyjamas for all ages from birth to 14 years, they are happy to receive selection boxes and tins of chocolates and Biscuits for all ages.

Both schemes can accept cash donations and a plate will be available for each.

I have a leaflet from Wood Street which gives lots of ideas for all ages, this will be on our notice board.

If anyone needs items collected from home please contact me on 483 8812


3 'M's Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday November 8th at 2pm. We will be welcoming Paula Rands, who will be speaking about The History of Stockport, we will have our usual Puzzles and refreshments and may be challenging everyone with a little Origami.

I am looking forward to getting back together.


Home Groups

Would you be interested in joining a newly formed home group for fellowship, friendship and sharing faith? Then set the ball rolling by filling in  the home group survey sheet found on your seat in church. Once completed add your suggestions and comments and return it to the steward on duty.


Pauline, Ian, Chris and the Family wish to convey their sincerest thanks to all at Dialstone Lane for your love and support, kind words, flowers and cards.

Roy always found so much love and fellowship amongst you, thank you for being there for us at this sad time.

Christmas Greetings

We hope to do a card with your greetings similar to last year to go out with the December Newsletter. Please let Pat and Peter have your greeting and donation to Church funds no later than 21st November (or hand to one of the stewards who will pass it on). Thank you.

Please note the final day for entries is one week earlier than published last month.

Welcome Group 2021

Many of you will be aware already that The Britannia Hotel is again hosting asylum seekers. This includes 40 families with some 85 children between them. Imagine having to quarantine for two weeks with two or three children in an hotel room, as they had to! In the meantime, they have regular lateral flow tests for Covid.

We have pledged to provide a welcome weekly break for up to 20 families in our Church Hall from Tuesday November 2nd, 2.00 - 3.30. Serco, the organisation managing things at the hotel, will offer the chance to 20 families to come to us and we offer to accompany them down the road the first few times. The plan is that the other 20 families will be offered a similar break from the hotel at St Peter’s Church, Hazel Grove (near Asda) on a Wednesday.

We’ll use the hall and extension rooms as the easiest to ventilate for Covid reasons and the nearest to the outdoor play space at the back of the church – and the store for much of our play equipment borrowed from Dialietots! We hope not to have to spend too long setting up and putting away. Refreshments will be served from a table at the kitchen end of the hall.

We’ll have toddler and older children’s toys and play equipment, board games, books and crafts plus simple refreshments inside. We’d love to be able to offer comics and magazines too as that’s a great way to pick up English in a gentle way. So, if you have a pile of magazines that seem too good to throw away – or your grandchildren have comics they’ve finished with, please bring them along.

If the weather is at all suitable, we would like to use our grass outside for games too; but whatever the weather the grass is likely to be wet at this time of the year. That’s not great for children with only one pair of shoes, so we would love to be able to provide welly boots. It may take some time to get children fitted up with the right size of wellies at first. We would like to collect a range of sizes at church, new or second hand.

Otherwise, at present, we don’t want to set up a clothing store as we did in the past; we want to offer play activities and conversation. We feel we will need 8 volunteers at each session so that there can be at least 2 helpers in each room/outside. If you feel you can offer to help weekly, monthly or whatever, we’d be keen to hear from you. We need help to set up, clear away, serve refreshments, play and talk with the children, inside and out, and talk with the adults. We are appealing around the circuit for help and folk are coming forward; it’s good to feel that we are working on this together.

Please speak to Catriona or Andy Stoker as soon as possible if you’d like to be involved. Tel 0161 487 2010 or email or


You will find red poppies from the British Legion and white poppies from the Peace Pledge Union available in the foyer. Please give generously as part of our annual act of remembrance of the horrors of war.

Davenport Methodist Church, Garners Lane

Our friends at Davenport are planning a Christmas Market on Saturday 20th November 10.00 – 3.00. They would welcome our support in what is a new venture for them. There is an opportunity to have your own stall, for £10. Contact David Clarke at Davenport –

Autumn Event Sat 13th November 10.00 – 12.00

We’re looking forward to welcoming our local community along to our first Autumn Event – a super coffee morning. Please take a flier from church or better still take one to your neighbours or put up an advert on your front door.

We need help with setting up on Friday 12th November 1.30 – 3.30 and 7.00 – 8.00, volunteers to look after various stalls, help with refreshments and also with clearing up and restoring the Church for worship. Please see Catriona if you can help in any way.

Jenny Nowell and Doreen Parrott would love you to let them know what baked goods and preserves you might be able to bring for the cake stall and refreshments.

Boxes will continue to be at the back of Church until Monday 8th November for your kind gifts of chocolate bars, Christmas foods for the Hamper raffle and accessories and toiletries for a new stall.

Thank you in advance for your donations and your time –

Catriona Stoker – 487 2010


Feel free to take a catalogue from the foyer or make use of the treats box of Traidcarft goods that I’ve placed there. As you know, I am happy to take orders, saving you any postage costs. I am also able to order things like boxes of tea bags or biscuits in quantity so that reduces the price from that of the single items listed in the catalogue. I never ask for payment before I have your goods as, particularly at present, the supply chain to the Traidcraft warehouse is under a lot of strain with container ships waiting to unload, so I can’t guarantee that everything will be available.


From Traidcraft Exchange

“With the COP26 conference starting on Sunday, the media has turned its attention to the state of the UK's climate policies - and one phrase keeps cropping up: "Net Zero". 
In typical style, Boris Johnson has ambitious plans to reach net zero, and talks it up at every opportunity. Addressing the UN, he called for humanity to "grow up" in tackling the crisis - sounding very much like a man with a solid plan to deal with climate breakdown.

But there's a gaping hole in his policy - the emissions we outsource to other countries. British consumers drive the demand from factories in countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia - but the emissions from these products don’t count towards the ‘Net Zero’ target.

The need to cut these emissions has not gone away, we have just made it someone else’s problem. That doesn't seem very grown up - despite what Boris Johnson might say. Today, you can help us hold the government to account as we approach COP26 - by sending an email to make sure the government sets a target to reduce offshored emissions.

Go to and add your name to those taking action.

With thanks from Dom Clarke,

Traidcraft Exchange Campaigner

Newsletter Deadline

Please submit items for the December newsletter no later than Sunday 21st Nov.

Service Plan & Rota for Nov- Dec

Please Click here to view the Service Plan for Nov - Dec.





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