The Chapel in the Fields

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Latest News in brief....

  • It is the wonderful season of Advent, and we gathered in The Chapel on Advent Sunday afternoon for a time of quiet reflection around the 'O' Antiphons. The Advent Rings that have been made in The Chapel Workshop have gone to various places(Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bury, Manchester, Timperley, Wisbech, Leeds, and above are just a few images of them 'in action'.
  • We are looking forward to Carols at The Chapel on Friday Dec 21st, and we have some talented musicians willing to contribute.
  • The Quiet Day on December 12th is fully booked with 15 people attending!
  • Six of us will be at The Crem on Christmas Day morning for a time of sharing Hot Drinks.
  • The three Oak Noticeboards commissioned by Dunham Massey Parish Council are almost complete.
  • We have welcomed some men into the workshop over the last couple of months to, create, and talk etc.
  • Our Finger Labyrinths are being used in, amongst other places, Wythenshawe Hospital, Methodist Homes, (Care Homes) and they are also listed on a website supplying educational and play resources for schools.
  • We are planning for our third Poetry and Music Evening, most likely on a Friday evening in March next year. We have offers of musicians and poets to join us.
  • In the last few weeks we have welcomed different groups who have used the lovely surroundings of The Chapel. These groups include, two Alpha Course Away Days, a URC Quiet Day, The Boaz Trust for team building, ASK Prayer Network monthly prayer group.

You Are Enough word blockDunham Massey Council Oak NoticeboardsThe 'YOU ARE ENOUGH' word blocks are inspired by the creative work of Micah Purnell.


November is upon us! In this month's Newsletter....

  • Some wooden items made in the workshop.
  • A brief report on the past year.
  • Future events at The Chapel.
  • Dates for Quiet Days in 2019
  • Booking The Chapel next year

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THE PAST YEAR
As you may know, the Project at The Chapel is funded by Grants from the Methodist Church and we were recently invited to give a report on the last 12 months. Here is an extract....
The Chapel has become all that we hoped and more in all the areas we identified:
• It is a place of creativity, both in what emerges from the workshop and the activities in the chapel, and this is leading to the formation of deep relationships
• It is a place of spiritual formation where prayer, stories and listening are bringing people closer to each other and to God
• It is a place of hospitality and welcome – we hear this repeatedly in feedback and the impact of this is exemplified in our offer of coffee for visitors on special days at the Crematorium where the responses are touching and at times overwhelming
• It is a place of worship – we have arranged simple and creative acts of worship at Christmas and Easter and for the Manchester & Stockport District Day of Prayer. Worship is a key element in quiet days and retreats
• It is a much used resource for the wider church of all denominations

This was the first year in which we planned to be running a programme of activities. We targeted achieving just over one third of the anticipated full programme. We have commented previously on the main variances from what we planned. The actual outcomes for the planned activities were as follows: 

Godly Play in schools: target 30 sessions – actual 1 (please pray for openings into schools)

Godly Play in churches: target 5 sessions – actual 14 

Godly Play in chapel: target 10 sessions – actual 20 

Woodwork workshops: target 24 sessions – actual 15 

Craft workshops: target 15 – actual 10 

We targeted 9 hires of the chapel for the year and the actual number of hires was 59, in addition we ran 13 Quiet Days. Taken together with our quiet days, the total number of people visiting has been 1,170. We have 42 Friends of the Chapel against a target at this point of around 90. 

We have, however, found that we receive a regular flow of donations from people who are not Friends. Our Facebook and Twitter postings together regularly reach 400 people weekly and some posts reach over 700.
Thank you for your support.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BOOK THE CHAPEL?
The Chapel in the Fields is available as a venue for spirituality, creativity and worship. Over the last year, over 50 different groups visited and other events happened at The Chapel.

It can be booked on an occasional basis depending on dates and availability.

We offer a warm welcome, a beautifully refurbished Chapel along with a small Hall and an open plan Kitchen. We also have outside seating areas which can be used for quiet reflection etc, depending on the weather.

Away Days and Quiet Days can be accommodated at The Chapel. 

Facilities include parking for ten cars in the car park, toilets, the kitchen has coffee maker, fridge, cooker and kettles. The Chapel has seating for 60 people maximum, but works better with much smaller numbers. 

If you need further information on any aspect of using The Chapel, or would like to explore having someone from The Chapel in the Fields host/lead an Away Day/Quiet Day for your group, please email Kevin on tcitf15@gmail.com

Quiet days at the Chapel, 9:30am for 10am until 3:15pm, £12 per person, booking required

Advent Sunday, 2nd December,  Quiet Time at the Chapel, 3pm - 5pm

Carols at the Chapel - Friday 21st December at 7:30pm - singing, mulled wine, eats.. Let us know you are coming.

Hot drinks ministry at Altrincham Crematorium - 9:30am until 12:00am - Bless others with a free gift!

New Years Day at the Chapel - Soup & Roll & Stroll - join us for a bite to eat followed by a short walk - let us know if you are able to come.

Be part of our vision for the Chapel in the Fields - a place of creativity, spirituality, hospitality and worship and a resource for the wider community.

Sinderland Green Methodist Chapel lies in the countryside south west of Manchester, near Dunham Massey. We want it to become the heart of a network of people focused on spirituality and creativity, making connections and sharing stories. 

Are you interested and able to become a Friend of the Chapel?

Simple moral and prayerful support is really important to us. We also hope that people who become Friends will feel able to offer practical support for some of our activities and financial support. There is no obligation about practical support and no minimum for financial support but if you are able to help even in a small way it will give us financial certainty and enable us to plan more activities more effectively. Thank you for sharing our vision.

To find out more as to how you can support the Chapel in the Fields use the following pages from our website. Thank you.

 

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

Blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
(from the Northumbria Community)

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