Church Life recorded from 1st January 2016 onwards.
It would be easy to see Fairfield just as a small Church with an aging and shrinking congregation.
While having seventeen members (at October 16) and with an average age of 75++ the members work hard to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ. They give both money and talents generously to the Church and for other good causes and are extremely supportive of each other and events within the life of the church.
This page is a personal view of life around our Church and wider as seen by me.
If you would like to make any comments or contribute to the page please email us .
At our Church Council meeting held on 14th February a whole range of topics was covered in a very reasonable time. If you are interested our minutes of the previous meeting held in October were approved and are available on application. Pastoral, Worship, Finance, Property and many other topics were discussed. It was also agreed that we would offer skills we had developed during our project "Comfortable with Computers" to other Churches and community organisatios.
17th February 17
Fairfield Methodist Church is mainly a church of older people with an average age of 75+. Our membership and congregation is small and declining.
While we look to witness the love of Christ here at Fairfield through our Sunday worship we often struggle because of the age of our membership to physically support activities of CTiB and other active Church and Community Groups.
However, we do have some skills we would like to offer other Churches and organisations, if required. That is:
To help people use computers and their software including tablets, smart phones, IPads or traditional laptop or desktop computers in a safe way.
We can build modern websites.
We know that there are many gifted people who can do this and we do not claim to be either expert or professional but if we can help you or someone you know or your Church please contact me.
We do not charge for any help we give , we see it as part of our mission to use the gifts we have to serve others.
With every good wish.
Church Council Secretary
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 16
A very respected and much loved member of our Church, Margaret "Peggy" O'Gara passed on. Although Peggy had been in the Hawthorn's for about ten years she had always remained in our thoughts and prayers and celebrated on a monthly basis Holy Communion with her friends from this Church joining her at the Hawthorn's. Peggy will be much missed.
The meetings of the Pilgrim Group finished with an excellent meal at the Old Hall hosted by Maureen & David Mickleburgh. Sadly this looks like being the last meeting with David & Maureen no longer able to organise speakers as needed. It is hoped that occasional meetings will take place in 2017.
CHURCH COUNCIL 11TH OCTOBER 16
Is the business meeting of the Church where the Trustees meet to discuss current issues. The meeting was chaired by Rev Andrew Parker. The format of the meeting is fairly formal following an agenda under the headings of Pastoral,Worship,Mission in neighbourhood and world church, Finance ,Property and Circuit, District and Connexional Matters. The agenda allows time for discussion of most isues within the Church and minutes are kept of the discussion and decisions made. At this meeting year end accounts and state of the property are major issues.
The meeting also includes issues such as safeguarding, membership, services and general church life. If you would like more details contact our church secretary.
Our Harvest Festival was held on Sunday 25th September 16. There were some changes from the advertised event as our morning preacher Colin was ill and unable to fulfill the appointment. Not to worry Eirawen with help stepped into the breach and we had a really good service. The above photo shows Eirawen and our collection of goods collected which have been sent to the Buxton Food Bank. After a really good tea and with thanks to Morrison's we enjoyed a thoughtful service led by our local preacher Ruth Hayter. Thanks to all who helped on the day.
The final Tuesday Comfortable with Computers clinic was held on 19th July 16 . The trainers have undertaken to continue to support the one hundred plus people who have come to CWC weekly over the last 30 months but in a different way ;which may include email, telephone or small group support.
Russell one of the organisers said "It's been a real priviledge to have introduced so many people to the wonders of technology . So many people who have come to us are now using technology each day in a way that suits them and enriches their life"
Our Church Summer sale on Saturday 25th June raised £190. Many thanks to all who supported it and especially to Joan Bramwell who organised it and made it happen.
May 17th "Coffee Meets Computers" was an event hosted by our "Comfortable With Computers" Group to raise money for Christian Aid. The event brought together people calling for a coffee, Church Members and Computer GroupMembers. The event was a real success with thanks to all those who helped or contributed and the sum of £153.34 was raised on the day which will be added to other money raised within the church sending £233.53 to Christian Aid. The picture above taken by Chris shows the event. More photos taken by Chris can be found at the link here
1st May 16. Church Anniversary with an excellent morning service with Andrew and a really good lunch where we met Rev Andrew Lunn our new Chair of District. In the evening service we had opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to Audrey and Ray at a splendid service with Rev Colin Smith but also featuring Rev Andrew Parker and Rev Carl Edwards to name just a few. There are a whole series of excellent photos taken by Chris but I have picked out three of my favourites. Special thanks to Margaret and Ann for cooking a lovely meal and providing a "cuppa" after the evening service. More of Chris's photos can be found by clicking here. If you have problem looking at these perhaps you ought to consider coming to our "Comfortable With Computers" Group.
April 16- The impending move of two of our loved members Audrey & Ray to Peterborough in Mid May will leave a gap both in the Church and the Circuit where Audrey has as a Local preacher filled many appointments over the last 19 years. Both will be greatly missed but we hope to be able to say good bye to them at our Chapel Anniversary Evening Service on 1st May.
Added February 16-The agreed minutes of the Fairfield Church Council held in October 15 can be found at the link below.
Added February 16. Picture below shows Andrew preparing for the "Ashing Service".
Fairfield Methodist Church, Fairfield Road, Buxton SK17 7DU in the Buxton Circuit and Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church of GB.