Marple United Reformed Church

Hibbert Lane, Marple, Stockport SK6 7NN


 




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


Our Worship

Our Family Worship Service is held most Sundays, starting at 10 30am. Our worship includes lighting of the peace candle when prayers are said for people throughout the world and concerns and celebrations where members give news of the church family, relatives or friends they wish to include in our prayers.

There is active contribution by members of the congregation, e.g., bible readings, ‘concerns and celebrations’ where news is given of relatives/friends they wish to be included in our prayers.

Coffee and biscuits are served after our morning services when people can meet informally.

Communion is celebrated monthly at one of these services.

Weekly Prayers are held in our Quiet Room on Monday mornings from 11.00 to 11.30am and there is a Prayer Breakfast on first Wednesday of the month at 7.00am.

Special services are held at various times of the year

Easter - on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (joint with other Marple churches) and Easter Sunday,

Harvest Festival
- our financial contributions go to Commitment for Life and food contributions to the ‘Wellspring Kitchen’, the Stockport Charity for the homeless.

Christmas - There is a Toy Service before Christmas, with gifts going to Wood Street Mission in Manchester. We have also supported the Bible Society, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, The Leprosy Mission, the Mite Scheme and WaterAid for Africa.

A Carol Service, Christmas Eve Midnight Service and Christmas Morning Service are held, often jointly with our other Pastorate churches.

An annual Thanksgiving remembers those who have died in the previous 12 months.

Bible Study: God Talk – This occurs several times throughout the year.

The church is available for weddings, baptisms and funerals (please contact our church office for further details)


 

Church Activities


The Church and World Group meets together with Marple Bridge three times a year to discuss and act upon agreed and controversial issues concerning local, national and world affairs. It is a member of the Council for World Mission. The group organizes events such as Commitment for Life, One World Week, International Hospitality, Tools for Self-Reliance, Lifeshare, peace vigils and invites speakers on various associated subjects.

Social events such as Music Concerts are held from time to time.

The Pastoral Group supports the members and friends of the Church by making hospital and home visits, providing lifts and assistance. Easter cards and small Christmas presents are given to older Church friends. Each serving Elder has pastoral responsibilities for a group of members and friends.

The Cradle Roll helps to maintain contact with young families after Baptism.


 

Fresh Expressions

Strictly Come Craft is an alternative form of service, usually held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, where young families attend and take part in various  activities, culminating in a hot meal.  It is intended that Baptisms have been held at these services, which are very popular with young families.

Strictly Come Together (Coffee morning) meets each Wednesday morning for coffee, informal chat and most times  they invite a speaker, associated with the group, to talk on various subjects or to demonstrate their skills with craft work, for example.  This is a group of up to 15 people, both church members and those from  the local community.

Strictly Come Lunches - friends who live alone are invited to partake of a mid-day meal at the home of one of the group, followed by informal fellowship.

The Fabric Committee ensures that the church building and grounds are maintained, either by their own efforts or with external help. The committee also looks after aspects of safety, security and fire risk. Practical meetings are held as required or to perform specific jobs.

The Finance Committee manages the Church’s finances, including preparation of an annual budget, running of Free Will Offering and Gift Aid, and hiring of church rooms and facilities.


Concert at Marple URC during Marple Festival 2012

Outreach


Luncheon club for elderly people are organized in the church every Monday and Friday (except for bank holidays) supported by Social Services and Marple Christian Care. They are run by volunteers from a number of churches in the area.

Operation Christmas Child - items for ‘shoe boxes’ are collected throughout the year and the boxes are filled in November for distribution to disadvantaged children in  places such as Eastern Europe.

The church supports a sponsored walk each January in aid of the Wellspring Kitchen, the Stockport Charity for the homeless.

Ecumenical

We are an active member of Marple and District Churches Together. Many of our activities are performed jointly with local churches, including participation in special services and taking part in the Good Friday pilgrimage to the cross on Cobden Edge.

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 29th March 2018