1st January 2022

Dialstone Lane Notices 1st January 2022

Offerton Church

I am delighted and relieved to say that after more than five years of trying, since it closed in October 2016, the site and buildings of the former Offerton Church have finally been sold to a housing developer.  Two previous potential purchasers pulled out after putting a lot of effort into realising their plans for the site.  The site’s location on the busy Marple Road, the lack of vehicular access to the site (except for a ramp for wheelchairs and mobility scooters) and the lack of off-street parking made finding an alternative use for the building and site difficult.  Designated a building of local historic and architectural significance by Stockport Council, the chapel, dating from 1887, presented further challenges but also the potential to retain local heritage, an opportunity that I know the late Ray Preston, a member of the congregation at Offerton Church, would have strongly supported, and I suspect others in the former congregation.  The developer’s plans for the site realise that potential, retaining the chapel and knocking down the 1960’s extensions to the rear.  The chapel will be converted into small apartments on two floors and a new extension of similar broad design will be built behind the chapel to provide additional apartments.  The developer tells me that he hopes to commence work on the site in January and I for one will be very interested to watch the project come to fruition.
The proceeds from the sale of the church after expenses have been deducted will be shared between the Connexion and the United Stockport and Macclesfield Circuits.
Dave Bryant  

Our thanks go to Dave for his hard work over the past years in looking after the property and dealing with the many problems faced. Also thanks to Andy Stoker for his help at times. Ed


With Sympathy

Our sympathies go to Susan, Terry, Jonathan, David and families on the death, shortly before Christmas, of Susan’s Father, Donald Riding. Our thoughts and prayers go to all the family who will miss him very much, Members who saw him at various church events will miss his cheery smile.


Room Bookings 

As many of you will know, Sue J is incapacitated at the moment and unable to deal with Room Bookings, which she has done wonderfully for quite some time. Any changes to regular bookings should be made to Pat on 0161 456 5314 for the foreseeable future.
We wish Sue a speedy recovery and hope she will soon be back with us.


Thanks

Terry and I would like to express our gratitude and thanks for all the prayers, messages of support, cards and flowers we received after my dad passed away last month. It really helped us get through a very sad time, knowing that we are part of such a loving church family. Many thanks.
Susan Conlon

Diane would like to thank the church for the beautiful flowers and the birthday cards.  Also thanks to Catriona for a lovely day at Gorton Monastery.
Also, many thanks to the church for the lovely Carol Service in the garden on 12th December and to Dave for keeping us warm.

Thank you to all at church for the delicious biscuits as a Christmas Gift. This was very unexpected but gratefully received. It was kind of you to think of us. We would also like to thank friends for cards and gifts.
Pat & Peter.

I would like to say thank you for the flowers from Church, the cards and phone calls. All your concern means so much to me.
Because I have been feeling unwell, I have decided to give up my door duties, doing the door rota and being a pastoral visitor. It has been a hard decision to make. Don’t be surprised to see me helping on the door now and again next year.
I want to say a big thank you to all my welcomers, past and present. Everyone has been so reliable and helpful. God bless you all.
May Fidler

Thank you too to May from all at Dialstone Lane for all she has done for so many years. We are pleased to say that Debbie Wells has offered to take on the role of organising the Door Welcomers Rota in future.

I would like to say "thank you" to the fellowship of Dialstone Lane for the Christmas cards and presents. Although I cannot get to the church services, I am kept informed by the newsletters delivered to me by Gill, also phone calls, which make me feel part of the church family.
May we all have a happy new year in God's hands
Margaret Smith


Outdoor Carol Service – 12th December

A Big Thank You to Rev Cathy and all our Musicians – Margaret, Anita and Barry - chief Fire Raiser, Dave, for minding the fire pit and all those who erected the gazebo, set up the seating and provided refreshments. We had a good turnout for our new venture and the weather was kind until we actually started the service of readings and carols. But we’ve had many positive comments and will certainly include this in our Christmas repertoire in future.


Letter about Church Services during January

Many of you will already have received this letter by email, but I thought it was also worth including in the January newsletter, as a further reminder of Dialstone Lane’s Guidelines to keep us all safe in Church.

Dear Friends,

The Leadership Team has been discussing whether we hold the services for the next few weeks in Church, so we can meet in person, or over Zoom. We know how disappointing it was to cancel our Carol Service and Christmas Day Service at short notice. We have concluded that so long as there is no change in Government or Church guidance and everyone plays their part by sticking with the guidelines outlined below, we should be able to meet safely in person at Church. The guidelines have been updated a little since we first returned to church, as our knowledge of Covid has progressed. So please take the time to read them.

We would remind you that this is in the context of huge growth in the numbers of people diagnosed with Covid throughout the country and in Stockport in particular, the Zoe study estimate that numbers with an active infection have grown by 985 in the last week to 6954. A few weeks ago, this number was in the low hundreds. So, we must proceed with caution. We will also be reviewing the situation regularly.

  • Please don't come to Church if you feel unwell or think you are starting with a cold. The top 5 symptoms for both the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid are runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing and sore throat - very much what you would expect with a cold. The "classic" symptoms of fever, cough and loss of sense of taste or smell are less in evidence.

  • Please take a lateral flow test before coming to Church. The kits are still readily available in pharmacies or on-line and no longer require you to "tickle your tonsils", just take a nose swab sample.

  • Even if you have a negative lateral flow test result please follow all the guidelines listed - a significant proportion of infections are thought to be asymptomatic and such people can still transmit.

  • Continue to wear masks whilst inside the Church building. These should be of a minimum of double thickness cloth and be worn over the nose and mouth.

  • Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church.

  • Choose how close you wish to sit to other people. The seats down either side of the Church are spaced a little further apart. In addition you can pick up a blue sheet marked with a cross to place on any paired chair, to indicate that you don't want anyone to sit beside you.

  • The risks of infection are highest when we are close together and talking, especially in an enclosed space. - So please don't move about the Church before or after the service - or stop other people on their way to their seats - to talk to them. - And please don't gather more than 4 people in the foyer before or after the service. When entering and you can see people gathering ahead of you, please wait outside. When leaving, please move quickly through the foyer and don't block the doorways talking. If you can see a blockage developing, please wait in the church.

  • Please don't be offended if you are reminded of these guidelines on the spot; it's all too easy to forget.
    Ultimately you must decide on what is right for you about attending Church - and this includes those who have "duties". Please don't feel obliged to attend if it isn't right for your circumstances.

If you decide to stay at home this coming Sunday, 2nd January, you might be interested in:

TV      BBC1 1.15 Songs of Praise
Radio  Radio 2  - starting at 6.00 Rev Kate Bottley reviews the year
            
Radio 4  - 8.15 Sunday service marking the life of Desmond Tutu
            
Radio Manchester - Starting at 6.00 - Reviewing the year with the Bishop of Manchester

Zoom  If anyone would like to join a Zoom service at a different church, please contact Catriona or Andy    and we can provide details of some options

With best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2022!

From the Leadership Team


New Year Challenge – we need Volunteers for Roles in Church.

This is that time of the year when we are more likely to have time to look back over the past year and think about what is to come. It’s a time for New Year Resolutions.

We’d be so grateful if this led you to think about how you might help the Church. We need more Stewards, Welcomers, people prepared to help on the audio-visual presentations. At present much of this work devolves on a very few people and it has meant that other things, like restarting our Sunday School, have remained on the back burner. Please ask any of the stewards – Susan Conlon, Stewart Blackledge, Eric Osborn, Andy and Catriona Stoker - about what is involved, if you feel that you could take a part in any of this work – or offer assistance elsewhere.
Catriona Stoker, Co-ordinating Steward


Future Dates

Worship Consultation
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 19th January 2022, on Zoom, to save any issues over whether we are meeting in Church at this point.
Susan Conlon

Catriona is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: My Meeting DLMC Worship Consultation
Time: Jan 19, 2022 15:00 London

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Afternoon Quiz and Hot Pot, 3.30pm Saturday 19th February

You are invited to an afternoon quiz (kindly produced by Andrew Mason) followed by Hot Pot, Apple Pie and cream, Tea or Coffee.
Cost to be confirmed as I am awaiting prices for Hot Pot from outside caterers.
Tickets to be on sale shortly.
This is one of our fundraising events for Jumpspace.
I would be grateful for offers of large plate apple pies. Thank you.

Linda N


4 Seasons

There will be no 4 Seasons meeting in January and February 3rd will be led by Ruth


A Letter from St. George’s

Dear Friends,
A belated thank you for entering a tree into our festival and helping us to make it a splendid occasion. Many people commented on the high standard of tree decoration this year, so please have a well deserved pat on the back.

This year we have created a virtual festival which includes all the trees in the festival as we know that some people don't yet feel confident about coming out or going into potentially crowded places. So please feel free to pass on the details of how to watch it. The Festival is on our church FaceBook page so click on the following link and it should take you there even if you don't have FaceBook installed.

https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgeschurchstockport/videos/602873874131648 

I hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas.

Best wishes

Hazel – (who organises the Tree Festival each year)


 


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