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 the many activities associated with it (for all ages), please contact Kathryn Slater on 07776 238208 or katheslater@outlook.com Kath will happily pay you a visit should you wish, or meet up with you for a coffee and give you 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 Service in Church most Thursday afternoons between 2.15 – 4.00pm. Notices will be placed outside the church when the session is taking place.

Ordination of Deacons, Sunday, 30th June, 10am, Chester Cathedral, when Rob Icke, Paul North, Dot Woods and our new curate Paul Wheeler will be ordained. Please pray for Rob Icke, Paul North and Dot Woods who will be ordained on Sunday, 30th June and begin curacies in the diocese. Would you like to contribute towards gifts to Dot, Paul and Rob? If so, please hand a donation to one of the churchwardens.

Christian Aid Week 12th-18th May – Take 2 Challenge: This year we are launching our “Take 2 Challenge” to raise money for Christian Aid. We are inviting everyone at St. Mary’s to take TWO Christian Aid envelopes; ONE for themselves and ONE to take to a friend or neighbour. Please return both filled envelopes during or shortly after Christian Aid Week. Envelopes may be left at church or at the Parish Office. There will not be a house to house collection for Christian Aid week In Nantwich this year, so please can you help us to raise a significant amount of money from St. Mary’s. Every donation counts!

Anyone who has been involved in Messy Church, is interested, or has an opinion, please join us upstairs in the Parish Hall after the 9.30 service today, Sunday, 19th May. All feedback welcome.

Encounter, Sunday, 19th May, will be not only looking at Evangelism, but will also include the Eucharist. If you fancy something different come and join us. The meeting lasts for just an hour starting at 7.15pm and serving tea, coffee and biscuits from 6.45pm – It will be good to see you.

Portable Appliance Testing – The annual testing of portable appliances within Church, Church Shop, Tower and Office will take place on Monday 20th, May. It is essential that all personal items (laptops, projectors, amps, toasters, kettles, lamps/decorative lights, etc.) which you use at a service, or at any other time, on Church property are tested and we ask that these items be in Church by 8.30am on 20th May. Please speak to Chris Harris if you have any queries concerning this – our insurance provider recommends that this exercise is carried out annually.

Steps towards Employment course continues on Tuesday, 21st May at the CAP Job Club at Market Street Church. The course runs for 7 Tuesday mornings, 10am to 12noon and includes writing CVs and applications, interview skills, discovering your strengths & overcoming obstacles. For more details contact saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com or 07398 434397. We are here to help you.

Nantwich Deanery Synod – Tuesday, 21st May, 7.30pm in Church. This is an open meeting of Worship – Celebration of God led by Jonathan Roberts and members of the Foundations for Ministry Group that have been meeting in the Deanery. Please do come along and support it.

The next Ladies’ Breakfast will be on Saturday, 25th May at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. The speaker is Isobel Burnley (Cross Country Parishes Reader), who will talk about, and show, the Maundy Money she received last year. Ladies from the Cross
Country Parishes have been invited. If you want to attend please sign up at the back of Church or e-mail
nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

The next Open House will be on Wednesday, 29th May, 2-4pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome for a cuppa and a chat!

The annual Summer Lunchtime Concerts for 2019 begin on Thursday, 6th June. Flyers with details of all the recitals are available in the Carousel.

“Would you Adam and Eve It?” – Searchlight Theatre Company present the first 90 chapters of the Bible in just 90 minutes. Saturday, 15th June, 7.15pm in Church. Tickets £10 (Under 16s £5) available soon so watch this space!

Seniors’ Lounge/Mothers’ Union Coach Trip to Derbyshire – Monday, 24th June.  Stopping for refreshments & tour at St. Oswald’s, Ashbourne (one of the “100 best churches”) then to Crich Tramway Village for free historic tram rides, an early 20th century life exhibition, tram collection, workshop viewing gallery, vintage shop, plus optional woodland walk to see the Giant Ant and views over the Derwent Valley. Information sheets and application forms available from Parish Office. Cost £36 includes coach fare, knife & fork buffet lunch, and entry to Tramway Village. Full payment needed by Friday, 24th May.

Thy Kingdom Come – 30th May-9th June is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know and come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer. Join this global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. For further details see www.thykingdomcome.global

A Date for your Diary -A free concert in church to which everyone is invited to celebrate Bernard’s 50 years in the ministry. Saturday, 1st June, 7.30pm in church followed by light refreshments. A thanks offering collection will be taken from which a donation to Christie’s will be made.

Basic Safeguarding Awareness Module C0 – is a basic awareness course that can be completed by any member of the congregation to improve their understanding of abuse and enable them to help build a culture of informed vigilance within the Church. It can be undertaken online at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/login/index.php In addition to those working with children/vulnerable adults it is recommended that the following roles consider completing it: vergers, servers, welcomers, sidespersons, refreshment helpers, shop staff, flower arrangers, administrative staff, bell ringers, choir and music group members (including sound/AV).

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, has announced that he will retire on 30th September. A farewell service will be held in the cathedral on 20th July. The Bishop of Birkenhead will be acting diocesan bishop from 30th September. Please pray for Peter & Elisabeth as they prepare for retirement, and for the appointment process for new bishops of Stockport and Chester.

New Service Rotas for clergy, readers, intercessors, lesson readers and administrants covering the period June – August 2019 are available in the post file.

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.

THIS MONTH Advertising – THIS MONTH needs help to drum up advertisers to fill vacant advertising space. This could be an ad hoc role as and when space becomes available (not that often!) or it can be a role on the magazine committee. If you are interested (OR if you are a potential advertiser) please contact editor Alison Long stmarysthismonth@gmail.com or Rector Mark.