Marple Bridge United Reformed Church
Hollins Lane, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5BB

            

Marple Bridge URC is one of the churches of the Goyt and Etherow Pastorate


Our Mission - to work and worship wholeheartedly
as the Body of Christ in this place"


Our Ministry and Mission

Along with St Martin's (Anglican) and St Mary's (Roman Catholic), we are  situated in a broadly residential area enhanced with views of hills and  valleys. We believe that our Church has an open and welcoming  atmosphere, and are eager to share this with others as we work as the Body of Christ here in Marple Bridge.

Most regular worshippers are involved in more than simply attending services, with tasks ranging from preparation and planning of work with the children to participating in Worship and pastoral care.

We are led by an enthusiastic and committed Eldership who work together as a team under the guidance and inspiration of our Ministry team. As part of the Goyt Valley Pastorate, we are happy to work together with our sister churches in Marple and New Mills, bringing a new and exciting dimension to our witness.


Our Worship

• Sunday 10 a.m. Morning Worship with young people's groups - sometimes with All Age Worship
• Sunday 10.30 a.m. quarterly Joint Pastorate Service held in each church of the Pastorate in turn
• Communion is celebrated at least once a month at morning worship

Special Services include Family Festival Services, a Christmas Carol Service and Christmas Day.

For full details of our services and other activities, refer to our Calendar.




Our Congregation

Our Church has a good mix of older and younger people, which engenders a feeling  of fellowship and a strong sense of belonging. There is a wide range of views within the congregation, from those bordering on the charismatic to a more traditional understanding. The balance is maintained by the  open nature of the Church, a willingness to engage in discussion and a strong desire to be led by the Spirit.

Pastoral Care is an important part of our Church life. All our Elders have a pastoral list, backed up by the support and work of the Pastoral Group. An opportunity to pray for members and other individuals arises each Sunday during the service. Good communication within the pastorate as a whole is maintained through the monthly distribution of the Pastorate newsletter "The Link" to the congregation by the Eldership.

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ildren and young people are particularly valued in our Church and are encouraged, through the work of the Junior Church, to participate in Family Time at the start of Morning Worship and later to return to the congregation and report on activities undertaken in the respective groups before the final hymn.

All Age Worship and Family Festival Services give children the opportunity to play a full part in worship, through drama, music or craft activities.

Our Church Life

"Acorn" coffee and chat morning is held on Wednesday mornings.We work hard to attract and interest children and young people through the Junior Church, the Youth Club Rainbows and Brownies. Within each service, Family Time is directed specifically at involving the children.

The Wider World

Our vision as Christians is to share the Love of Christ and bring knowledge of the Good News to those outside our immediate circle. We do this in two main ways:

- by showing our support for various local and international organisations and causes.
- through initiatives directed at and directly involving the local community.

From time to time special events such as Coffee Mornings, Plant Sales or Socials are organised to raise funds and awareness for one or other of the causes. In addition, many individual members of the congregation are involved in giving their time to help in a voluntary capacity, often working together on ecumenical projects, such as Marple Christian Care


Regular and Outreach activities

Friday Rainbows
Rainbows is part of the Girl Guiding organisation for girls aged 5 - 7 years old. We meet on Fridays (during term time) from 5.15-6.30pm at Marple Bridge URC, on Hollins Lane, Marple Bridge. We offer a variety of activities including craft, games and, when the weather allows, nature trails, picnics and sports evenings.
We currently have a waiting list which can be found on the Girlguiding web site (https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/) where girls need to register. In the autumn term, for those who wish, we rehearse for the annual nativity which is performed at Winter Wonderland in Marple Bridge. 
"The Acorn" Coffee 'n' Chat (open to all) - Wednesday morning (2nd in month)
Handbell ringing (joint with Marple)
Regular Lettings: Playgroup , Parent and Toddlers Group
(although not directly linked with the Church, we aim for a degree of involvement on special occasions, and hope that familiarity with the premises may lead to a desire for further contact.)

Safeguarding - our church has a formal Safeguarding Policy for the protection of children and adults at risk. Further details can be provided on request from our Church Secretary



updated 3rd November 2017