Stockport Parish Church     St Mary's in the Marketplace -  with St Andrew's


We will be starting  the new year in the knowledge that the legal processes are completed and the paperwork signed on the 13 December 2018 forming the new parish of Stockport and Brinnington,  effective from the 1 January 2019. 
A new calendar year and a new beginning for St Mary’s,  St  Thomas’ and St Luke’s. Clearly there is a lot of work to be done making all the necessary administrative arrangements merging us into one parish and the next few weeks will be a little complicated to say the least, but we all accept the challenge and look forward to working together during 2019. 
Things will slowly start to change and new arrangements emerge, but first of all our annual break following Christmas is a welcome one.  With the exception of Sunday worship St Mary’s remains closed to the public until Tuesday, 8 January 2019. It will be all systems “go” when we return with meetings scheduled with Ian Bishop (Archdeacon of Macclesfield) and lots to do!
We can tell you that the post of Rector will be re-advertised shortly – arrangements being made  by the Archdeacon of Macclesfield - and we hope that this time round we will be able to complete the recruitment process.  Temporary clergy cover for St Mary’s is however more or less sorted up until Easter and a new programme now available for our Tuesday lunch-time services.

It will also be a fresh start for Bishop Libby as she prepares to leave us and become Bishop of Derby.  Congratulations to Bishop Libby from all of us.


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