As many readers know, for the past two years I have been a regular attendee at Sing for Pleasure choral singing leadership and conducting courses. Last November, this was my “study” piece at such a weekend. I knew immediately that I would have to sing it during the Remembrance Sunday service at St Margaret’s later that month … More I Believe (S Overington)￼
Many of St Margaret’s parishioners’ will have been used to reading Mrs Perry’s updates of what has been happening at St Margaret’s CE Primary School. In July 2022, after 18 marvellous, dedicated years of service Mrs Perry has retired. I know as the new Headteacher, I have large shoes to fill and follow such an influential, passionate and caring leader for our school and our community … More Mr Longworth says “Hello”
I’ve been asked to introduce myself to you so here goes…
I’ve lived in Oldham for the majority of my life. I spent three years in York while at York St John University and I’m currently living in Birmingham while studying at The Queen’s Foundation. I’m very much looking forward to coming back home to the North … More Helen says “Hello”
The Act of Remembrance I’m sure many of us know was actually begun in 1919 by King George V to recall the end of the first World War hostilities, which formally ended at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th Month in 1918, when the Peace Treaty was signed, although the war officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles on 28TH June, 1919 … More Remembrance Sunday Sermon
Good morning and welcome to our service of Holy Communion for Remembrance Sunday 2022. Rev Sue will preside, Reader Christine will preach, and the act of remembrance will be at the end, near to 11:00am … More Remembrance Sunday 2022
I write this the day after returning home from a 9-day singing and conducting summer school with Sing for Pleasure. Based at Jesus College, Cambridge, it was utterly exhausting yet completely exhilarating. Work began at 8.45am last Sunday morning as we started learning Sarah Quartel’s “A Winter Day”, led by the SfP tutors. Sublime … More Why Sing?
In the church calendar November is a sombre time of the year. Although it starts with a celebration on All Saints Day, we quickly move to remembering the departed on All Souls and then to Remembrance Sunday … More Rev Sue’s November letter to the parish
Good morning and welcome to our service of holy communion for Sunday 30 October, on which we celebrate All Saints’ Day. We also welcome Rev Mike Dyson (of St Paul’s Kersal Moor) who will preach and preside.
We begin with the hymn “The Church’s One Foundation” … More All Saints’ Day 2022
One of my favourite songs in the Sunday School Repertoire is Thank you Lord, by Mark & Helen Johnson of Out of the Ark Music. I tend to drop it into our weekly singing practices whenever I feel there is something to be grateful for – the sunshine, the rain, plentiful hot clean running water, my family, my friends, the food in the cupboards, for waking up reasonably healthy, for being born into a first-world country … More Thank You Lord
When Jesus told parables they were usually subversive. They are designed to shake up the world view and question the conventional. They weren’t like Aesop’s fables – tales to show us that the well behaved are rewarded and the selfish people come off badly. They were stories with a fresh view, an unexpected twist … More The Feisty Widow and the Lazy Judge