New hope for Tintwistle (Aug 2014)

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undefinedA few weeks ago Archdeacon Ian Bishop went to a PCC meeting at Tintwistle, where the parish is in vacancy and facing some big problems. There are huge parish share arrears and a hole in the church roof. When Archdeacon Ian visited there was no-one stepping forward to be churchwarden. Frankly, closure looked on the cards but suddenly new hope has emerged

Two churchwardens have stepped forward, the roof is now being fixed, and a recent community meeting brought renewed interest in and energy for saving the church from closure. 

Ian went back to take services shortly after his PCC visit this summer – and there were more than 30 people in church and a new spirit about the place.

Archdeacon Ian rolled up his sleeves and joined in a sponsored churchyard clearance (PICTURED ABOVE).

He said: “The transformation in fellowship at Tintwistle is amazing.  There are new people coming through the door, the new wardens and the rest of the PCC have galvanised the congregation and community.

“I am so pleased that they are really putting effort into making the Gospel known. The threat of closure has really made everyone think about priorities and they just might turn the whole thing around. I really hope they can.  They are working so hard. It’s inspiring.” 

Archdeacon Ian added: “We are in the resurrection business and the most marvellous story is emerging here. I hope people will pray for the folk at Tintwistle and really encourage them to carry on with this brilliant effort.”

Tintwistle is in the far extreme north-east of our diocese. In local government terms it is in Derbyshire, but prior to 1974 it was in Cheshire.