Latest news and articles from KMC.


Marriage and Relationships Discussion at KMC

The Circuit held a consultation and discussion on Sunday 9th February at KMC around the Marriage and Relationship report. Everyone was invited, and there were 2 keynote speakers Rev Glayne Worgan (from Dignity and Worth) and Rev Derek Balsdon (from Methodist Evangelicals Together), with a brief time time for discussion. In preparation for this discussion, […]

Next KMC Services

Sunday 23rd February Morning preacher: Rev. Sue Swires 9.15 a.m. Morning Worship 10.45 a.m. Morning Worship and Young Church 3.30 p.m. CAMEO 6.30 p.m. Sunday Night Live with Rev Scott Manning (Refreshments at 6.15pm)

Rev Robs 72nd Epistle (Feb)

Dear friends, A Happy New Year and New Decade to all of you reading this letter, who I have not had opportunity to greet in person. As I write to you, I want to thank you all for helping to make our last Christmas in Knutsford feel so special and possibly the very best that […]

I don’t like going to the dentist!

I have never liked going to the dentist. As a child I always seemed to need to have a filling and my dentist did not believe in giving anaesthetic. So did I go to the dentist today? — Yes. Have I always gone to the dentist? — Yes Why? —- Well I know that for […]

EDI. What is that?

(This topic was the theme of KMC's Cafe Church on Sunday 5th May). The initials stand for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The Church Council is a formal body, and makes decisions on behalf of the wider congregation. The Congregational Reps thought it might be useful to be able to outline terms, which might arise in [...]

Church and Community Pastoral News (Feb)

Hi Everyone, I know this is the February Newsletter, but Happy New Year to you all anyway. I am about to do a review of Christmas, when we are already thinking about Valentines Day and Lent! I hope you all enjoyed ‘Journey of the Magi’ by Springs Dance Company on December 22nd; it was lovely […]

Zac’s House (Feb)

“I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121 1-2 Zac’s House at Hope52 have really felt led to reach out to the local community during the Christmas period with a number of ministries. We opened our […]

Friendship Café— 3 years and still going strong! (Feb)

As we celebrate our 3rd anniversary of the Friendship Café, we give thanks that God holds us all in the palm of His hand. We say this at the end of the Café every week, and at Christmas, Aidan kindly hand wrote the decorations, which we gave to everyone who attended. We had a fantastic […]

Rev Alan Bradley is coming to Knutsford

The Rev Alan Bradley has accepted the Circuit’s invitation to be the Circuit Superintendent , and the Minister for KMC, which includes the oversight of Zac’s House, wef 1st September 2020. Alan has been a Superintendent in the North-East for fifteen years, and is currently based in the South-West Tyneside Circuit. His wife Carol is […]

Rob Cotton’s contribution to “the Story Project”

Click on this link to watch our very own Minister, Rev Rob Cotton, talk about Zac’s House and the trip to Uganda, and then ask how the church’s “global mission” can and should inform our “local mission” :

Friendship Café (Dec)

It is a known fact that music plays a massive part in awakening memories for us all. At the Café, we use music in all sorts of ways, from having it on in the background, to exercising to it, dancing to it and of course, singing along with it. In fact, sometimes, it makes us […]

Zac’s House (Dec)

November has been another active month for all at Zac’s House. Our Renew52 wellbeing cafe is going well. We are continuing to work towards partnering with other organisations, so that we can signpost people to other places that they may find helpful, in addition to Renew52, as well as being signposted to us. The Young […]

Children and Families Work (Dec 2019)

The run up to Christmas is always busy and, while Advent is certainly a time of celebration and anticipation of Christ’s birth, it is more than that. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood, the fulfilled promise of Christ’s first coming and the yet-to-be-fulfilled promise […]

Church and Community Pastoral News (Dec 2019)

Hi Everyone, ‘The Calling of the Methodist Church’ is to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. Let your whole way of life respond to God’s call: Letting Life grow in you every day Nurturing life in the Church Bringing life to the […]

Rev Rob’s 71st Epistle (Dec 2019)

Dear friends, I am writing this letter from my bedroom study at ‘Gladstone’s Library’, where I am on a 24 hours retreat with the Superintendent Ministers of the Manchester and Stockport District. It is an important time for me personally, as I hope to find space, possibly in a quiet corner of the library between […]

KidzZone tree on display in Mobberley Methodist Church

This is  a picture of the tree that KMC’s KidzZone have prepared for this year’s Mobberley Christmas Tree Festival.  The theme is “Recycling”, and all the decorations are items left over from previous years : even the Christmas tree is one from 2018. 

Foodbank (part of Hope Central)

The work in Knutsford that previously operated under the name “Hampers for Hope” continues as “Hope Central”. This is an umbrella organisation covering Knutsford, Wilmslow (Lacey Green) and Handforth. Overall information is available via this link : The Knutsford “branch” of this is based at The Welcome on Longridge : Knutsford Hope Centre, Open […]

Children and Families (Nov)

At the beginning of October we held the Harvest Experience in the church and we welcomed the Year Fours from the three community schools. It was great to have six classes, 160 children with, additionally, teachers and parents attending. As always, it was a very special time with the children enjoying learning about this wonderful […]

“Sharing with other Christians”, by Eve James

There is something about singing ‘And can it be’ with 2800+ Christians that stirs the soul…. Why wouldn’t you want the opportunity ?…….. and if it’s in the Lake District, who can resist? Not me ! We have gone to Keswick for over 20 years and still enjoy it. Every time we go, we learn […]

Zac’s House (Nov 2019)

This past month has really seen our new premises, “Hope52”, taking off. We had wonderful times of prayer and worship, and many opportunities to both come alongside and connect with our neighbours. As we have listened to peoples’ stories, we have seen an openness to hearing about the God we serve; people are wanting to […]

Church and Community Pastoral News (Nov)

Hi Everyone, Where do the months go? As you read this, we will be in November. A quote for you: ‘In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.’ Cynthia […]

Rev Rob’s 70th Epistle (Nov 2019)

Dear friends, We have enjoyed together the season of Harvest, with 160 school children and their teachers from local schools coming to share in the Harvest Experience with Peter Freeman and his team of volunteers. This was certainly well received and appreciated by all of the school staff and pupils. But we also had an […]

Remembrance Sunday at KMC

KMC will observe Remembrance Sunday at both morning services (9.15am and 10.45am) on 10th November. Rev Rob Cotton will lead each service.

“My Soldier Boy”, by Elizabeth Mason.

“Remember me”, my true love wrote,Just hours before he closed his eyes.How precious is this final note.I sit and read, then kneel and cry. “Put poppies on my grave” he said,My darling, handsome soldier boy.“For in my dreams you’re dressed in red, My bonnie girl, my love, my joy”. Now here I stand before his […]

Admire the new glass doors at KMC !

Zac’s House (October)

Prayer, Partnership and Participation are the values at the heart of Zac’s House Kingdom Community and, over the past 12 months, there has been plenty of each. As we reflect back on all that God has done in and through our growing Kingdom community, we are both amazed and thankful for being a part of […]

Children and Families Work (October)

There is a moment when you ask ‘Should I put this down? Is there any point in carrying on?’ It is part of the process of constantly reviewing what is effective. In the last few weeks, these thoughts have been rumbling around my head and then God answered in a way I did not expect. […]

Church and Community Pastoral Report (October)

Hi Everyone, Autumn is on its way, one of my favourite times of the year—if only we could then, just skip winter and move straight into spring! An autumn quote for you: ‘If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of […]

Rev Robs 69th Epistle (October)

Dear friends, What a wonderful few weeks of worship we have enjoyed at KMC recently. I have certainly loved preaching a short series on Jeremiah and greatly appreciated the positive feedback, particularly about the Testimony Services, when the Uganda Mission Team shared of their experiences. It was lovely to see folks joyfully engaging in the […]

“Journey of the Magi” by Springs Dance Company

For more details, see under “Events” section for 22nd December.

Rev Rob’s 68th Epistle (Sept)

Dear friends, I trust that you have all enjoyed the Summer, I know that many of you have been away and a number have attended Christian Festivals such as Keswick and Naturally Supernatural. As you may be aware, I have just returned from Uganda with our team of eleven and whilst no doubt everyone felt […]

A trip full of prayer, partnership, and participation – UGANDA August 2019

Right from the first moment we landed in Entebbe and throughout our time in Uganda, Jude, with the help of Andrew, looked after us. They not only drove us from project to project, but also communicated with those we needed to, introduced us to the culture and their families, and showed us immense hospitality. Ministering […]

Children and Families Report, by Peter Freeman

It seems slightly premature to be planning for 2020 but this is what is happening at the current time. Part of this is due to the event that was held in June on the 29th. If you recall this was when St John’s and KMC came together to hold their first Community Event on the […]

Open The Book 20th Anniversary

The celebrations for 20 years of ‘Open the Book’ have been going on all over the country. It’s been celebrated in services at Truro Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral , Wells Cathedral and Brecon Cathedral. Then, on July 18th, it came to Knutsford Methodist Church, with representatives of clergy and Storytellers from all over the North West […]

Friendship Café (Sept)

We have been busy over the summer months continuing to meet on a weekly basis, with a constant number of people attending the Café. In July, we had great fun partaking in our very own Wimbledon with strawberries, cream, home-made shortbread and non-alcoholic “Pimms”. We also had a chance to play tennis in the church! […]

Church and Community Pastoral Report, by Carol Cotton (Sept)

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! For those of you who think I have gone slightly mad, the Methodist New Year begins in September, when Ministers have moved and begin their work in a new setting. I hope you have all had a good summer, we have not quite had the weather we had last year, […]

Zac’s House Uganda Trip Blog

Here is a link to the latest "news and views" of the team's visit to Uganda, enabling you to follow the activities each day and to pray for them: Https:// If you want a reminder of what they are doing in Uganda, here is an excerpt from an article written by Neal Stanton for the [...]

An evening with Paul Jones (ex-Manfred Mann) and Fiona Hendley.

An Ideal Opportunity to Invite Friends & Family An Evening WithPaul Jones (Manfred Mann) & Fiona HendleyHear how God has changed their lives Tues 1st Oct 7pmGiovanni’s Restaurant, KnutsfordTickets £17.50 incl. 2 course meal Tickets available Knutsford Methodist Church OfficePrincess Street, Knutsford (01565 652251)Or email:

Quotes of the Week (from Rob Cotton’s Sermon 14th July)

Quote 1: "I don't believe that any Church, or committed Christian,  should be able just to pass by on the other side when most of the world lies half-dead in the road". Quote 2: "Be careful how you live -- you may be the only Bible some people will ever, ever, read".

Rev Rob’s 67th Epistle (July)

Dear Friends, I begin my letter, by thanking people for attending our recent Garden Party at the manse, celebrating my significant birthday and also acknowledging your support of the Zip-wire challenge for Grow (UK) which, together with a family party in Staffordshire has raised just over £3000! Particularly, I need to thank Carol who made [...]

Zac’s House (July)

What an incredible and amazing trip to Uganda we have just ventured on, which saw 3 of us go to Jinja to prepare for a team of eleven to pray, partner and participate in the Misseo Dei (the mission of God). During our time in Uganda, we were able to visit FACT, Future After Child [...]

Report from Peter Freeman (July)

Children and Families Work.......IMPACT Following on from my review of the work I am doing with schools, I have now reviewed, in a similar fashion, my work with families. What are you doing? In the last year my role has expanded and I now coordinate the ‘All In’ parts of the 10:45 service. This means [...]

Result of Christian Aid Week 2019

This year Knutsford raised £3725.67 during Christian Aid Week, including £180.10 from the Big Brekkie. This fantastic amount will help provide vital frontline health care for mothers and their babies in Sierra Leone. £30 could pay for a large table, giving nurses a place to store their vital equipment. £50 could fund a community health [...]

Friendship Café (July)

  “Be present in all things and thankful for all things” This quote by Maya Angelou, is very much at the heart of all that we do at the Café. We sit alongside people to enjoy the moment and be thankful. This month I would like to voice my appreciation to all the wonderful volunteers [...]

Church and Community Pastoral News (July)

Hi Everyone, I cannot believe I am writing a magazine letter for July and August. Some days it has felt like we are in October or November! First of all a big thank you to everyone who came to our Garden Party on June 15th and to those who helped in any way. We did [...]

Spring Harvest April 2020

COME & BE INSPIRED Last year a group of 8 “intrepid” old Spring Harvesters revisited our youthful days by attending Spring Harvest (SH) Harrogate. Gone were the big tops, the smell of dying grass and the cancellations due to gale force winds : instead great learning in a comfortable Convention Centre theatre with good sound [...]

Zac’s House (June 2019)

What an incredible and amazing trip to Uganda we have just ventured on, which saw 3 of us go to Jinja to prepare for a team of eleven to pray, partner and participate in the Misseo Dei (the mission of God). During our time in Uganda, we were able to visit FACT, Future After Child [...]

Church and Community Pastoral Work (by Carol Cotton , June 2019)

Dear Friends, I don’t know about you but I am so thankful that we have a God who gives us second chances and more. In the charity GROW , which our son runs and many of you have supported through sponsoring Rob in the Zip Wire challenge, it is all about giving young people another [...]

Rev. Rob’s 66th Epistle (June 2019)

Dear Friends, How good it is to have time to rest and pray. Jesus certainly modelled and taught the need to take time out, seeking God’s will and presence, keeping in step with His Spirit in daily life. The challenge of a full diary is that we find it difficult to step back and to [...]

Children and Families Worker report (June 2019)

It is good to review the role you are playing on a fairly regular basis and in recent days that is what I have been doing. Using what I call the ‘What, Why, Where, How and When question’, I have been looking, in particular, at my role within schools. What are you doing? In October [...]

Rob’s 65th Epistle [May 2019]

Dear Friends, After another inspirational celebration of Easter as a church family with wonderful worship at KMC, ‘The Good News Singers’ and many visitors, it has also been good to hear of church members returning from Spring Harvest in Minehead and Harrogate, plus ECG in Scarborough, feeling renewed by the experience of worship and teaching. [...]

Friendship Cafe (May 2019)

by Paula Lambe Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed a very creative time using our many talents to make beautiful things! I am sure many of you have seen the colourful spring tree on the noticeboard in the hall. This denotes the positivity and optimism that is experienced at the Café. Each flower [...]

Church and Community Pastoral News (May 2019)

by Carol Cotton Hi Everyone, I had a birthday in April (they just keep coming!!). For one of my gifts I was given a "Daily Bread" Promise Box. Rob has had one of these since he was a young man, but I have never had one and always wanted one so, to the person who [...]

Children and Family Worker Report (May 2019)

With school holidays this year set away from Easter so that Easter Sunday is on the last weekend of the spring holiday, the Easter Experience was held two weeks before Palm Sunday. In many ways not ideal, but on the other hand it does mean that the children who attended know the Easter story and […]

Zac’s House (May 2019)

Our Alpha Awayday was spent at Chapel-in-the-Fields, and was a fantastic time to explore more of what faith and discipleship can look like. Taking time together to explore more of what it means to have a living faith, people were encouraged in their faith and in their questions too. We were so grateful for the [...]

Toilet Twinning in Uganda

Toilets under construction funded by donations from KMC toilet twinning project last Christmas.

Christian Aid Week: ‘All mums should live’ by Jo Taylor)

    Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds. Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her [...]

Mary Jones and her Bible – A seed is sown!

Following Jill Lee’s imaginative and interesting presentation at Tuesday Fellowship on 26 February, it is proposed to organise a visit to the Mary Jones’ World visitor centre by Bala Lake near Bala, North Wales. This would be of interest to anyone who supports the Bible Society and its principles, as Mary Jones’ actions in walking […]

Friendship Cafe (April)

“Variety is the spice of life” – do you remember the dog food advert with that catch phrase? Well, variety certainly is the order of the day at the Café. We aim to have something different going on every week, to capture and engage folk’s interest so that they have an enjoyable and meaningful time […]

Church and Community Pastoral News (April) by Carol Cotton

Dear Friends, I am going to begin my letter this month with a little chat about ANTS. At the March Cameo Rob and I talked about teamwork and supporting each other both in life and faith. We used Ants as our example. ‘Courage isn’t always a lions roar … it’s also the silence of ants […]

Rev. Rob’s 64th Epistle

Rev Robs 64th Epistle Dear Friends, As I write, I am just coming to terms with the disappointing news of my birthday Charity Zip-wire Challenge having been postponed due to tomorrow’s weather forecast of snow and high winds! Thank you for all those of you who have sponsored me, I now feel quite obligated to […]

Zac’s House April 2019

The community in Northwich continues to grow and we are seeing God move in amazing ways in the town.

Christian Aid Week

This year CAW is May 12th to 18th. Please save the date and speak to Jo Taylor if you can help.

Rob’s Zip Wire Challenge

LATEST NEWS – Delayed due to bad weather in Wales! New dates for May are being planned

Firefest 2019 resources

Firefest at KMC has drawn to a close, with Rev Scott Manning leading SNL (Sunday Night Live) along with guest worship leaders from USA, Shane Rootes and Randy Seedorf.

Firefest 2019 gets underway

Firefest 2019 at KMC launched on Friday night. A full church was led in worship by Shane Rootes and the KMC worship group, with inspirational songs from Randy Seedorf.

Firefest starts this Friday

Starting this Friday at 7pm, with an Evening Celebration with Shane Rootes, Randy Seedorff and KMC Worship Band, and preacher Revd Steve Wild.

Children and Families – Feb 2019

January has been a month of setting things up, filling my diary with dates, as well as continuing with the week to week work.

Rev. Rob’s 63rd Epistle

Dear Friends,
I have just returned from a ‘Re-Imagining Circuit’ morning at Mobberley

Church and Community Pastoral News – Feb 2019

Hi Everyone
Having had the last 3 months not working (sort of!) as unpaid leave, it has been helpful to refresh and meet up with family and friends and support Rob in all that he does.

Zac’s House March 2019

We have had an exciting few weeks. Our Alpha course is going from strength to strength

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