New Organ for St John’s Church!

 UPDATE:  We did it!   The new organ was installed and has been in use every Sunday since June. Many thanks for all the generous donations received and the very generous bequest. We pray that the organ will always be used in a fitting manner to praise God and to bring people together, as a faith community, in loving fellowship.  


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Chelford Church will in the near future be purchasing a ‘new’ organ, an Allen Bravura L-227t Organ to be precise. This venture has been a step of faith for us as well as being something of a necessity. We are fortunate to be in receipt of a generous bequest and the family are very happy for it to be used in this way.


We want to be able to hear great music in the church, not only at services both regular and on all those special occasions but also at recitals and concerts that many people will be able to enjoy with us. We see this as a positive step towards a hopeful future for the church.


The cost of the new organ is £15,950 and the bequest will mean that we only need to raise £2,000 to make up the balance. We are asking for your help in this and hope that through fund-raising and generous donations we will be able to realise this amount.


If you wish to make a donation, either:


  • Send a cheque made payable to Chelford and Lower Withington PCC to: Mr Ian Johnston, PCC Treasurer, Dalefields, Macclesfield Road, Chelford, Macclesfield SK11 9AH with a note saying that it is for the Organ Fund.

  • Alternatively give on the plate at church services in an envelope marked Organ Fund.


Please see the insert with more information on the new organ, from Charles Rogers.


We will keep you informed of progress in the coming months.


With grateful thanks, Revd Gerri Tetzlaff




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Dear Friends

Christmas will be with us very soon, it’s closer than we might think!  Recently, after attending a family wedding I was in a hostelry relaxing before going to the station to catch a train home.  After about 30 minutes I mentioned to my husband about the Christmas music, this being just after Remembrance Sunday.  He responded, ‘have you only just noticed?’  In my defence it was quite low-key!  In some ways Christmas creeps up on us and in others it is more evident than we would like.  Yet we know it will happen, it does every year after all.

First though Advent comes - the four weeks before Christmas when we anticipate the event itself.  A time of waiting and thinking of taking moments to engage with the wonderful accounts of prophecy that spoke of a Saviour coming not only to save ‘a people’ but to save ‘all people’. 

Making the most of Christmas is more than baking, decorating, buying presents and making things look beautiful - it is primarily about celebration and of course all those things mentioned are about making the season celebratory.  We celebrate the extraordinary events of the incarnation - the wonder of God coming to earth - coming in innocence and helplessness to a hostile world that largely rejected him.  Jesus Christ came to be one of us, to experience the joys and sorrows of the human condition and to lay down his life in place of ours. 

If the acts of one sinless man can make such a difference to our destiny, imagine what leading a Godly life makes to our everyday existence.  Love is more powerful than hate; I can’t stress that enough!  Kindness, gentleness, consideration and respect - all of these attributes and more besides show that we are living lives worthy of our Saviour.  Let’s make a resolution to seek the way of loving faith.  Good timing for the New Year!

Please do join in with any or many or all of our Christmas services this year - we would love to see you and you will be made warmly welcome.

Kind regards and blessings of the season
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff