THE 155th ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CONGREGATION OF
FLOWERY FIELD CHURCH
PRESENTED 24th FEBRUARY 2019
FOR THE YEAR ENDING 2018
Mr Donald Brooks
Mrs Phyllis M Abbott
Mr John Heywood and Mr. Harry Durose
Mrs Carol A Redfern, 18 Thorsby Avenue, Hyde, SK14 5PH
Church Committee Members 2018/2019
Mr. John Ashall, Mrs Sylvia Cooke, Mrs Dorothy Finan,
Mrs Anne Lownds, Mrs Karen Marsden, Mr Stephen Marsden,
Mrs Muriel Slater, Mrs Margaret Sowter,
Mr David Stanley, Mr David Timperley and Mrs Denise Timperley,
The year was overshadowed by the death in March 2018 of Donald Brooks, a long-serving Church Chairman. His influence in Church affairs over the years has been outstanding and he will be greatly missed.
At the 154th Annual General Meeting it was reported to the Congregation of Flowery Field Church
(Feb 2017) that Mr John Flinn, Davenport and Flinn Architects had applied for planning permission to build a new Church Hall. This was passed in August 2017 and work commenced in October 2017. The building was completed by July 2018. An official open day was organised by the Church Trustees (September 19th 2018). This included a church service of dedication for the building by our Minister, and a buffet lunch for all members together with Church officers from Hyde Chapel and members of the East Cheshire Union.
The Church Trustees are pleased to announce that the transfer of the Cat’s Park from the Ashton Trust, as a gift to Flowery Field Church has now been legally completed. The Cat’s Park has now been converted to a car park to accommodate 10 cars and the Church would like to record our gratitude to the Ashton Trust.
The link with Hyde Chapel has continued, enabling us to sustain the Rev. Eric W. Breeze as the Joint Minister, and two Joint Pastorate Services have been held. (June and October). The alteration of the time to 11.00am start for the churches proved extremely popular.
Regular weekly Services were held each Sunday afternoon, with Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Tea/Coffee and biscuits are now served at the conclusion of the Afternoon Services in the Church Hall. Volunteers again formed a choir for the Special Service at Christmas.
During the year 2018 we have continued with our outreach programme by:-
(a) Supporting the Foodbank run by the Hyde & District Fellowship of Churches.
(b) Visiting the residents of the Riverside Care Home for a monthly Service of Holy Communion and a Christmas Carol service.
(c) Donating the produce from our Harvest Thanksgiving Service to “Wellspring”, a charity working with the homeless in the Manchester area.
(d) Dispatching 100 shoeboxes to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal.
(e) Taking gifts from the Christmas Morning Service to elderly patients in Tameside Hospital.
(f) Taking retiring collections at all Services throughout the year and, thanks to generous giving by members, we were able to support the following charities:-
April and May Christian Aid
June and July Mummy’s Star
August and September: Multiple Sclerosis
October and November Meningitis
December and January 2019 Lifeshare
February and March 2019 Cancer Care UK Research
(g) Hosting an evening Memorial service and refreshments for Masseys Funeral Directors.
(h) Offertory on Christmas Day was sent to the Send-a-child-to-Hucklow Fund.
The Christmas Fair on the 10th November 2018, held once again at Hyde Town Hall, helped to keep our Church in the public eye and the financial result showed a slight decrease on the previous year. As always, the friendly atmosphere engendered by the common effort of everyone working together at this event and the support we receive from a wide range of people, is a very evident feature of the day and greatly benefits our fellowship.
The Annual Carol Service with the Adamson Band took place on Sunday 16th December. The Christingle Service with Nativity Mime on the 23rd December was well supported. Christmas Eve saw the Communion Service back to its original time of 7pm. Special Services which had previously proved popular were repeated during the year including a Family Service with the participation of G.A.P. Puppets, Healing & Angel Service, “Light for a loved one” Memorial Service and the Annual Service of Remembrance with Wreath Laying on Remembrance Sunday morning. All were well received and have become established as annual events. We were also represented at the Newton Churches Wreath Laying at the War Memorial in the George & Dragon Square on Remembrance Sunday.
There were 22 Christenings, 6 Weddings and 6 funerals held in Church during 2018.
We shared in the sense of loss felt by the death of Donald Brooks, Harry Lever and Sheila Holmes
and our heartfelt condolences go to their family and friends.
Prior to the opening of the new Church Hall a number of successful social and entertaining events were held in the Flowery Field Centre including a production of the comedy “Key for Two” by FFADS, our Amateur Dramatic Society. From September 2018 events are now being held in the Church Hall and we have had events such as Pea & Pie Lunch, Bingo Evening, Beetle Drive and Afternoon tea with Christmas Carols.
It was thanks to the co-operation of the Rising Moon Motorcycle Club acting as Marshalls once again, that the traditional Whit Sunday Procession of Witness with the other Newton Churches was able to take place, prior to assembling for the United Sing around the bandstand in Hyde Park.
We supported Christian Unity by co-operating in ecumenical events organised by the Hyde and District Fellowship of Churches.
Finally, we place on record our sincere gratitude to everyone who helps keep our Fellowship going:- the Minister, the Visiting Preachers and all who take part in Services, the Organists, the Cleaner, the Authorised Person for registration of marriages, the Wedding Caretaker, the Assistant Treasurer, Membership Subscription Secretary, Offertory Cash Registrar, Offertory Envelope Registrar, Envelope subscribers, Flower Steward, flower donors and distributors, Altar cloth changers, Sidesmen/women, Coupon Secretary, Coupon seller, Flag Stewards, Wardens, Central Heating controller, Working Party volunteers, Gardener, Memorial Plaque installer, Communion Assistants, Baptism Assistant, Auditor, Poster Steward, all who provide transport during the year; the Banner carriers, the Editorial Staff and distributors of ‘Chalice’ and leaflets, the Website controller, the birthday card scheme operator, volunteers who open and close the Church each week, the choir, all who help decorate church for special occasions, the Building Management Committee of the Flowery Field Centre and the 100 Club organisers.
On behalf of the Church Committee.
PHYLLIS M ABBOTT, Chairman
CAROL A. REDFERN, Secretary
JOHN N HEYWOOD, Treasurer