Upcoming Events

New to St. Mary’s? If you are new to St. Mary’s and would like to know more about our Church and our many activities? Contact a member of the clergy who will happily visit or meet up with you for a coffee with any information you need.

Pastoral matters – please let us know if you or someone you care for would like a general pastoral visit or Communion visit at home or in hospital. Call the Parish Office on 625268 or contact Mary Harris, our Pastoral Worker and care co-ordinator for the Pastoral team – Tel: 07753 840118 or email maryhma@icloud.com

Listening Service – Our trained volunteer Listeners in the pastoral care team are offering a drop-in Listening Session in Church most Thursday afternoons between 2.15 – 4.00pm. Notices will be placed outside the church when the session is taking place.

“The truth”, said Wilde, “is rarely pure and never simple.” Is that true? During the Encounter service on Sunday, 15th September we will be looking at God’s truth and asking the question: “Can it really set us free?” All are welcome at 7.15pm in the Parish Hall for an interesting hour, refreshments are served from 6.45pm, do come & join us.

CAP Money continues on Tuesday, 17th September, at the CAP Job Club, Market Street Church, Nantwich, 10am to 12noon. This is a free course of 3 weekly sessions that makes managing your money simple. It enables people to acquire budgeting skills, to save and prevent debt. For more information or to book on the course ring 07398 434397 or e-mail saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com

The church choir and members of SING are giving a short presentation in church on Saturday, 21st September, 11am-12noon followed by coffee & cake.

By popular request Jonathan Veira is coming back to St. Mary’s on Saturday, 28th September, 7.30pm for another one man concert. Fantastic singing with something for everyone and hilarious stories from this internationally famous singer who often appears on Songs of Praise. Ask Bernard or Sheila about him, and book the date now. Tickets (£15 Adults, £10 under 16s) from the Church Shop, Parish Office or 07718 894335. Help is needed for this event – see sign-up sheet at the back of church for ways you can help.

Are you out of work? Do you want some help with preparing a CV, or interview tips or managing on a low income? Then do drop in any Tuesday morning to the CAP Job Club at Market Street Church venue. The next Steps to Employment course starts on 1st October, 9.30am and runs for eight weeks. The course offers practical, friendly support to help you step confidently into employment. More details from 07398 434397 or saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com

The first St. Mary’s Breakfast will be on Saturday, 12th October, 8.30am at The Crown Hotel. As usual cost is £8. Contributions towards speakers’ breakfasts are welcomed. Sign up at the back of Church or e-mail stmarysbreakfasts@gmail.com Alternatives to full English are Light/gluten free (excludes sausage & black pudding) and Vegetarian. Please indicate on the list or e-mail if you want one of the alternatives. The speaker will be PC Matt Stonier, who will talk about phone and internet scams. He is happy to stay beyond 9.30am for anyone with general policing enquiries.

Licensing Service: On Saturday, 12th October, 4.15pm at Chester Cathedral, Mary Harris (Pastoral Visiting Co-ordinator) will be licensed as a Pastoral Worker, to serve at St. Mary’s, after three years of training. All are welcome to attend the service but please add your name at the back of church so we know numbers. No tickets needed. Please come and support Mary if you can.

Illustrations of St Mary’s Nantwich.   Nantwich Museum is displaying a selection of drawings of the interior and exterior of St Mary’s Nantwich and the exhibition runs from Wednesday 14th August until Saturday 26th October in the Millenium Gallery of the Museum. Entry is free.   These 11 high quality illustrations are taken from a group of 17 large drawings which are part of a larger collection of James Hall, gathered when he was writing his history of Nantwich in the 1880s. These normally are hidden from public view in the Museum archives but as part of a programme of making the collection more accessible to the general public, the Museum Research Group has mounted the exhibition this summer. Also included with these are other illustrations of Nantwich buildings and other buildings around Nantwich which no longer exist.

There will be a Confirmation Service on Sunday, 17th November, 6pm, with Bishop Willie Pwaisiho. This is open to any children (year 7 up) and adults. Please contact the Rector if you may be interested.

Mums & Tots need able-bodied volunteers to help set up on Tuesday mornings in term-time, 8-8.30am for up to an hour. Please contact Gill Appleton (07778 635124) or Celia Kay (07555 113290) if you can help.

Sunday Breakfasts: It is proposed to provide breakfast in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday of each month, from 8.45am, for people to attend after the 8am or before the 9.30am services. If you may be able to help on a rota with this please contact Gill Appleton or the Rector/Churchwardens.

There is a vacancy for an additional Deputy Verger to assist with services, in particular some weddings and funerals (for which a fee would be paid). If you wish to apply please speak to the Rector. For more information contact Keith Harris (Verger).

Thank you for all the responses to the 8am service questionnaire. A large majority are happy with the current pattern of services. An anonymised summary of the responses is available from Paul Ramsey.

Would you like to learn how to operate the PA system? And help on a rota for services? It’s not as complicated as it looks! Please speak to Paul O’Brien, Keith Harris or the Rector if interested.

A huge thank you to everyone for your generous donations of spectacles – over 500 pairs with over 150 coming from St. Mary’s. They will soon be winging their way to the Kasupe School in a remote village in Monkey Bay, Malawi with a team of 4 qualified opticians who have volunteered their summer holidays to the project. Thank you, Ellen Matthews.

Chester Diocese publishes an e-bulletin, e-mailed fortnightly, with news and information about events in the diocese. It is available on the diocesan website where you can also subscribe to receive the e-mail.

Nantwich Street Pastors need more Prayer Pastors to be at the base at the Methodist Church and “on call” at home while the Street Pastors are out, normally 10.30pm-3.30am, Friday/Saturday nights, one turn per month. Please contact David Maidment (maidmentrail@aol.com or 627170) for more details.