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

As I write, it feels as if Christmas and the New Year are a long way off; maybe because we are heading rapidly towards Lent — which begins this year on 14th February — a date that gives us an interesting combination of Ash Wednesday and St Valentine's Day! Later on we have Easter Day falling on 1st April — All Fools Day! I'm sure there will be plenty of witty remarks about these intriguing confluences. We can see them as harsh clashes of love and repentance at the beginning of Lent and resurrection and foolery at the end of Holy Week. I'll perhaps look at resurrection and foolery at a later date!
Love and repentance: the joy of love and the perceived misery of repentance; Lent being a time when we think of sackcloth and ashes. On Ash Wednesday this year we join with other churches meeting at Marton for a service together with 'ashing' a literal marking on the forehead with ashes in the sign of the Cross; made from burning palm crosses from the previous year. The mark is a visible sign of repentance; and a sign of our mortality a reminder that we come from 'earth, dust and ashes'.
That might all seem rather gloomy and not have a lot to do with love but I believe that repentance itself is a huge reminder to us of God's abiding love for us. It's the struggle to repent that is difficult; once we have chosen that path we are filled with joy — it is love that calls us back; it is overwhelming love that touches us and enables us to make that decision. Remember God is with us, he came to us through Jesus Christ and remains with us by his Holy Spirit, not for a while, for a bit; but for good, for always — Emmanuel!

With kind regards

Revd Gerri Tetzlaff