Please pray for our neighbours in Bosley and if you feel you are able to contribute to the DONATE fund that has been set up for the victims and their families then please click on the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/znkr4vg

The Dane and Trent Methodist Circuit are creating an additional fund to help those

affected by the tragedy at Bosley. This fund will be distributed by those helping with those suffering as a result of this accident.

On Sundays July 26th and August 2nd special collections will be made in our churches. You can also give online by BACS payment to the Circuit’s Nat West account (title your gift ‘Bosley Appeal’):

Sort code 60-06-10

Account No 01236555

If you want to give using a cheque, please make it payable to ‘Dane and Trent Methodist Circuit’.

 

Pray also for the emergency services (a message from the Macclesfield Salvation Army)

Just a request for prayer really. I’m sure churches in Macclesfield and area have already been praying for all those affected by the fire and explosions in Bosley but can I request prayer in particular for all the emergency service personnel who have been involved since Friday and will be for some time.

People may not be aware that The Salvation Army in the Central North Division (which covers most of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and parts of Derbyshire) have 4 Emergency Support vehicles for the Fire Brigade and other Emergency Services which provide on-site refreshment etc. We also have a full-time coordinator in this region who is a Salvation Army Officer and Fire Brigade Chaplain. We were called out as soon as the major incident was declared on Friday and 2 of our vehicles have been on site each day since from morning to about 10pm. Another vehicle was also present during the night on Friday. I was there on Friday for 6 hours with 3 other Salvationists from Macclesfield, the coordinator and 3 other Salvationist personnel and volunteers from Greater Manchester including a retired Anglican priest. Other teams were there overnight, yesterday and again today and will continue as long as required.

The pictures or video you might have seen just do not capture the reality of the situation. One very experienced firefighter said it was the worst incident he’d ever seen. With all the other agencies and emergency services there has probably been in the region of 150+ personnel on site or manning cordons at its peak and it was a privilege not just to provide physical sustenance but also somewhere that personnel could defuse, rest, and laugh, a little away from the actual factory site ( we have been about half a mile down the road with the fire and police command centre, its also the nearest that many of the emergency vehicles could get). On Friday alone we gave out approximately 400 Mars Bars and cooked at least 30 tins of hot dogs and chilli dogs plus sandwiches, tea, coffee, squash, soup, hot chocolate!

Thank you for your prayers

Gareth Dickens

Major

Macclesfield Salvation Army