Matilda, waltzing Matilda,
You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.
St Martin’s choir has begun additional
rehearsing for our annual ‘supper with the Choir’ night (put the date in your diaries now – it’s the
evening of Saturday 9th June, further details and tickets will soon be available.) Once again, we’ll be performing
an interesting selection of choir and solo pieces, with a few fun poems, and some background to each piece as its performed.
One of the songs we’re including is
an unusual arrangement of Waltzing Matilda. I was thinking about this while I was recently meeting with the Vicar of Partington
and Carrington. Now, there aren’t lots of coolibah trees or jolly swagmen in Partington, but I was thinking about it
because we will soon see not a waltzing Matilda but a walking Bishop coming our way.
As part of the global wave of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come
in 2018 The Bishop of Stockport, Bishop Libby, and Archdeacon of Macclesfield Ian Bishop are prayer walking with members
of churches across our region. Bowdon Deanery has organised a prayer walk for Friday 18th May through
3 parishes on the northern edge of our deanery, including St Martin’s, where the walk will end at the church.
Along the way those walking will be stopping to pray “Thy Kingdom Come” in varied locations including schools,
new building sites, urban estates, a care home, a new children’s play centre, small businesses and other churches, including
local Baptist, Methodist and Catholic churches. There will also be prayers for all the other parishes in the deanery
Anyone is very welcome
to join Bishop Libby and Archdeacon Ian for all or part of the walk. The whole route is 7.6 miles, entirely
on the flat. Please bring suitable shoes for walking, a waterproof just in case and a packed lunch. Refreshments
and toilet facilities will be available at points on the way. The map below shows the route that will be followed.
If you can’t manage the
whole walk you’re welcome to join at various points on the way. These are the approximate times – either arrive
in good time or phone/text (preferred) one of these two numbers for an update on where we are on the route
Starting at 10.00am from St. Werburgh’s Church, Bent Lane, Warburton WA13 9TQ
Cars may be left here for the day, but note there is limited space, so please car share where
11.00am – The Fuse, 56 Warburton Lane, Partington,
Manchester M31 4BU
12.00pm – St. Mary’s Church, Manchester
Road, Partington. M31 4FB
2.00pm – All Saints RC Church, 164 Carrington
Lane, Ashton-upon-Mersey M33 5WL
3.15pm - Carrington Lane Methodist Church, Ashton-upon-Mersey M33 5ND
Finishing at 4.00pm at St. Martin’s Church, Church
Lane, Ashton-upon-Mersey M33 5QQ
At the end of the walk volunteers will help coordinate
getting people back to their cars.
Thy Kingdom Come
is the 10 days of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost (this year 10th-20th May). Once
again our two archbishops have called members of the Church of England to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for ‘a
renewal of their expectancy and the overflowing of Christ in their lives together, so that people right across the country
see who Jesus is and are drawn to faith in him.’
with the last two years’ call to prayer, Fr Shaun will be praying at different locations around the parish each day,
in addition to the day we are doing the prayer walk, and will be very happy to have others join him. A prayer card with times
and locations will soon be available in Church. If you cannot join in around the parish, please do pray at home. Last year
we had small groups of between 2-7 at each location, but it would be great if a few more people could join in this year at
the various venues. (You will not be expected to lead any prayers if you attend!)
May Christ enrich our lives as we continue
to walk in the light of his risen life and await anew the outpouring of his Holy Spirit this Pentecost.