Dialstone Lane Notices - 21st January 2021 (2)

Dialstone Lane Notices - 21st January 2021

Continuing Church Building Closure

At the Church Council meeting on Thursday 21st January, we discussed whether the time was yet right for us to reopen the church building. We felt that although the vaccinations are being rolled out amongst our congregation in an encouraging way, the general levels of infection make it too risky as yet.

The Leadership Team will review the situation again in the middle of February. We recognise that with such a gap since we first trained ourselves and since we last implemented the safety procedures, we will need to rehearse them again before we can reopen a Covid secure Church.

For those who have received a vaccination this is the advice from the Gov.UK website:

“The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have had the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear a facemask when in places where it's hard to stay away from other people.

Please stay safe everyone!

Catriona Stoker, Co-ordinating Steward.

Dialstone Lane Zoom Sunday Service

Now that we have access to a church zoom account, we have reset the joining instructions for our Sunday services, starting this week on Sunday January 24th at 11.00am. We apologise that those of you who were trying to access the service by phone previously and who were unable to do so; this should now work for you.

Topic: Dialstone Lane Zoom Church

Time: Jan 24, 2021 11:00 AM London

Every week on Sunday

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 958 2240 1033   Passcode: 611059

Dial by your location – you will be asked to dial in the Meeting ID when you connect, followed by hash - #, then # again as you are a participant not the host, then the password followed by #. So, it’s worth having those numbers ready. As has been remarked “it’s quite a bossy man giving the instructions”!

 +44 208 080 6592 United Kingdom              +44 203 481 5240 United Kingdom

 +44 203 901 7895 United Kingdom              +44 330 088 5830 United Kingdom

 +44 208 080 6591 United Kingdom              +44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom       

 +44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom       

Meeting ID: 958 2240 1033     Passcode: 611059

Eric Osborn is leading our worship on Sunday 24th January.

He has chosen three hymns - if you can use the internet, you can see and hear them being sung on YouTube via these links

"O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder" (82 in "Singing the faith") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdE_NKyY_o0

"To God be the glory" (94 in "Singing the Faith" or "463 in "Hymns and Psalms") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-15v9iworAU

"Lord for the years" (470 in "Singing the Faith") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aluwWcqw4I

Bible readings chosen are Ephesians 1: 3-6 and Ephesians 1: 15-19

Eric will lead us in the words of the "Serenity Prayer"

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

If you would like to borrow a copy of the blue hymn book ("Hymns and Psalms") please let Andy Stoker know and he will deliver one to you

Andy Stoker (0161-487-2010)

Liz Delafield and Stewart Blackedge will lead our service on January 31st

Coffee Morning Details

Coffee mornings will continue on a fortnightly basis at 11.00 starting on Thursday January 28th with the following log in details:

Topic: Dialstone Lane Zoom Coffee Morning

Time: Jan 28, 2021 11:00 AM London
Every 2 weeks on Thursday
Jan 28, 2021 11:00 AM, Feb 11, Feb 25 etc

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 925 9944 4343   Passcode: 626898

Afternoon Chat & Cup of Tea

Apologies if you tried to join the afternoon Tea meeting on 21st Jan. Somehow the meeting ID and password printed on the last newsletter did not tie in with the details of the meeting I had set up!


New details are as follows:

Time: Feb 4, 2021 04:00 PM London
Every 2 weeks on Thursdays

Feb 4, 2021 04:00 PM, Feb 18, 2021,  Mar 4, 2021.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 939 0341 9254    Passcode: 013198.

The same telephone numbers can be used for the services, coffee mornings and afternoon teas.


Ann and family would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for their messages, phone calls, emails, plants and beautiful flowers and the lovely hand made gifts. Two things have been very clear and that is how loved Ted was and how caring people are.

During this pandemic we have been especially moved by the care we have received from The Christie . Ted was especially grateful to the dedicated staff who became ‘family and friends’ during the time we were unable to visit him. I am sure they will appreciate the donations we have received in Ted’s memory. Thanks to everyone’s generosity we have been able to send £1500 to The Christie Hospital and £500 to Cancer Research. This could possibly be more as some folk have sent their donations direct.

One of the headings in Our Calling is Learning and Caring. Caring is what DLMC does best. Our thanks go to Andrew, David, Jane, Sue and Susan who helped at the church service and to Mandy and Cathy who helped us through a very difficult time and made Ted’s funeral very special.

We very much appreciated those who came to say their goodbyes outside church in the cold and damp. Thank you all for caring and for all the fun and friendship we have both received in the past.

May God bless everything you do in His name and may he keep us all safe and well until we meet again to worship face to face.

Love and prayers, Ann


There is a lightweight folding wheelchair at church available to borrow if anyone needs it to get to their vaccine appointment. Please contact stewards if you need this.

Holocaust Memorial Day Service 2021 – Greater Manchester

The Mayor of Greater Manchester together with the ten councils of Greater Manchester invite you to join them online for this service in commemoration of the holocaust.

The virtual event will be hosted on the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Facebook page on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, 10.00 – 11.15am


RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 29th – 31st January

This is something we can all do, from inside our houses. Just spend an hour over this weekend counting all the different birds and how many of each sort that you see. Then report your findings to the RSPB. Their website gives full details and help with identifying the birds:

The Big Knit 2021/22

What is the Big Knit? The Big Knit is the campaign that Age UK runs in partnership with innocent drinks where we ask you to knit little woolly hats which then go on to their smoothies. For every smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p.This year, Age UK Stockport has the target of 1,000 hats and all the money we raise will stay in Stockport and will be used to help combat loneliness.

How to get involved: We’d love you to knit lots of lovely little hats for this year’s Big Knit and whether you’re a knitting novice or a purling pro, it couldn’t be easier. Download the knitting patterns from https://buff.ly/3gnruMZ or phone 0161 480 1211 for paper copies to be sent to you, make yourself a nice cup of tea, find a comfy chair and knit away!

Hand in your hats: Once your little knitted creations are ready, drop them off or post them to:

Age UK Stockport, Commonweal, 56 Wellington Street, Stockport, SK1 3AQ.                                                                                                                                                                               Please be aware the office has restricted opening at the moment but there is a post box! If you have any problems getting them to us give us a call on 0161 480 1211 and we can arrange for them to be collected.

How does the Big Knit help? The money we raise from the Big Knit helps us be there for older people who have no one else to turn to – so those little hats really do make a big difference!

If you would like to be involved in a Stockport AgeUK zoom Knit and Natter, please contact: denise.almond@ageukstockport.org.uk

Methodist Women in Britain (MWIB)

MWIB have taken the decision to cancel their “annual” conference at Swanwick in April, for the second year running. The MWIB Communications Officer writes:
“However, we are delighted to be able to invite you to ‘Together, with Hope on the Way’, an online conference taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021. It will be different to our previous conferences, but nevertheless is an exciting new venture, which will be accessible to a wider audience.

Our keynote speaker Sister Imelda Poole will be joining us ‘virtually’ from Albania, to talk about her work educating and training young people to help prevent them becoming trafficked. There will also be worship,
prayer and Bible study, plus news and information on the work of the World Federation, and a chance for us to celebrate 'together' the tenth anniversary of MWiB.”
You can find more information and register your interest now on the MWiB website:


I’m looking forward to the Virtual Traidcraft Roadshow I’ve signed up to in early February, which will outline the goods in the new Spring/Summer catalogue.

Watch out too for events on-line or Fairtrade promotions in the supermarkets during Fairtrade Fortnight – Feb 22nd to March 7th.

Feel free to contact me if you’d like more details of the many food items I have available.

Catriona Stoker, Traidcraft Rep, Tel: 487 2010, email: cat.stoker@btinternet.com



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