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
CHURCH ANNIVERSARY 2019
Was held on 5th May with the preacher Liz Brueck. After a stimulating service the members enjoyed an excellent roast beef lunch cooked by Margaret & Ann. £70 received toward the lunch is to be donated to Christian Aid. Picture copyright "Chris".
SOUP, SWEATERS & SURPRISES- 13th OCTOBER 18
The event for church funds organised by Margaret, Ann & Joan raised £450. On the day support was provided by the whole of the Parker family. Thanks to all who helped and thanks to all who came on a day where the weather was terrible. The photos below show how the event looked before it started. Yes all the garments both big and tiny were knitted by Ann.
AUTUMN FAIR NOVEMBER 17
Saturday November 4th
Thanks to all who helped and supported us.
HARVEST FESTIVAL 2017
This year we decided to support the Chernobyl Aid UK charity which has support in Buxton area and Longnor. We decided to collect items on their "useful list". The picture below shows our collection with our preacher for the day Peter Wadsworth, a good friend of Fairfield for many years.
Many thanks to the Church members and friends who supported our collection which will be taken to the needy people in Chernobyl soon.
If you would like more details of the Chernobyl Aid UK charity you can email them or the local friend of the charity firstname.lastname@example.org
July 5th saw the celebration of the 100th birthday of our most loved Treasurer Norman E Brittain. Norman was crucial in the building of our current church. He has remained treasurer longer than most of us remember and with his beloved wife Mary has worshipped on this site for many years.
Thanks to the wonders of the web and excellent photos taken by Colin you can share in NEB's birthday celebrations by emailing me here.
June 17 saw the essential sale to raise money for the Church funds. Organised by Joan (Wesley) a substantial sum was raised. Thanks to Joan and her helpers on the day.
May also saw our Church hosting the start of "Christian Aid " week. The evening service conducted by Mr Charles Jolly from the URC Church was well supported by people from other Churches in the Buxton area.
May saw the celebration of our Church Anniversary with two exceptional services taken by Rev Robert Davies in the morning and the Rev Colin Smith in the evening.
February saw the Church Trustees meet for the Church Council where the life of the church was discussed. More details of this can be found by contacting our Church Secretary
We were extremely sorry to lose another member of our Church Mrs Joan Bletcher. Joan had the most wonderful singing voice a gift she used to bring music to life. Joan's daughter Alison ensured the service of remembrance was a real musical event and in keeping with the life of Joan.
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
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 my favourite showingMr Norman Brittain our treasurer presenting a gift. Special thanks to Margaret and Ann for cooking a lovely meal and providing a "cuppa" after the evening service. .
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. Picture below shows Andrew preparing for the "Ashing Service".
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Fairfield Methodist Church, Fairfield Road, Buxton SK17 7DU in the High Peak Partnership and Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church of GB.