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 Leonard on 07776 238208 or kathrynleonard@hotmail.co.uk. 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

Morning Prayer will be said on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, all at 8.30am. It will last 20-25 minutes and you are most welcome to come.

Listening Service – Our trained volunteer Listeners in the pastoral care team are offering a drop-in Listening Service in Church most Thursday afternoons between 2.00 – 4.00pm. Notices will be placed outside the church when the session is taking place.

Men’s Breakfast – Our next breakfast will be held on Saturday 19th May at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. The speaker will be Arthur Moran. To attend please e-mail Jon Griffiths (drjongriffiths@gmail.com) or sign up in church.

St Luke’s Hospice Gala Concert – Saturday 19th May, 7.30pm in Church. Performances by Rhos Orpheus Male Choir and Roberts Bakery Band. Tickets £17.50, to include a glass of fizz and dessert canapés. Tickets available from the Parish Office or Church Shop.

A Right Royal Wedding – Messy Church – Sunday 20th May, 3.30 pm upstairs in the Parish Hall. Come and join the celebration as we explore the wedding where Jesus turned water into wine through science experiments, games, craft and much more. All finishing with a short time of worship and a High Tea for everyone. Feel free to don your best red, white and blue outfit! If anyone can bake any cakes for the occasion please get in touch with Andrea 07930 390775.

Archdeacon’s Visitation – St Mary’s Church, Astbury, CW12 4RQ on Monday 21st May at 7.30pm. Churchwardens and Sidespeople are requested to attend.

Stewards – Stewards Get Together, Wednesday 23rd May at 2pm in the Parish Hall.

Nantwich Foodbank Open AGM – Thursday 24th May, 7.30pm at Market Street Church. A time to give thanks for the work for the food bank, meet the Trustees and hear our annual report (31st March year end).

Ladies’ Breakfast – The next ladies’ breakfast will be on Saturday 26th May at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. The speaker will be Christine Kirkby, with a talk titled “Who do you think you are?” Sign up at the back of Church or email nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

Sunday Clubs – On 27th May all groups will be together for a time of fun and games. This is a great opportunity for the children to get to know each other better. There will be no Sunday Clubs on 3rd June but the service will be accessible to all. Please remember that after half term, the children will be moving into their groups they would be in from September as per the letter you should have received.

Restructuring of Sunday Clubs – please make sure you have seen the letter your children will have been given at Sunday Club. If anyone can help with the setting out of toys in St. Nick’s after the half term break, please talk to Andrea so she can add you to the rota. Many thanks.

Farewell Lunch – So we can have an opportunity to mark Stephen’s retirement from St Mary’s and his and Deborah’s move to Suffolk in the coming months, there will be a Celebratory Lunch in the Parish Hall after the 10.45am service on Sunday 3rd June. This is NOT a bring and share. Please sign the sheets at the back of church to say that you will be attending. Please speak to Margaret Winzer if you have any queries. Thank you.

Lunchtime Concerts – The annual Summer Lunchtime Concert series begins on Thursday 7th June, 12.30-1.15pm, free entrance with retiring collection. Please see boards outside Church for details and take a flyer from the carousel in the porch.

The international pianist, Kathryn Stott, is giving a recital in St Mary’s at 7.30pm on 21st June. Her programme will include works by Bach, Chopin, Grieg and Strauss. An opportunity not to be missed! Tickets £15 available from the Church Office or tel: 01270 568707.

Seniors’ Lounge and Mothers’ Union Day trip by coach to Chester and Ness – Monday 25th June – Refreshments in the Refectory on arrival then a chance to tour the Cathedral, followed by a buffet lunch at Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral in the private Hulme Room overlooking the gardens, with an optional guided tour of the gardens. Other members of St Mary’s are welcome to join us, space permitting. The coach departs Nantwich at 9.15am, returning by 5.30pm. The cost is £26. Booking forms, to be returned no later than Friday 25th May, are available from Ros, Cathie or the Parish Office.

Two Regular Stewards Urgently Needed – Please can you spare one hour each week to cover this enjoyable duty either Monday or Thursday 11am to Noon. Reserves available for when you cannot attend. Full training given – ring Penny on 611227 or Chris on 628393.

Rotas for clergy, readers, intercessors, lesson readers and administrants are available for collection from the post file. This will cover the period from June – August September 2018.

Mothers’ Union are assisting in the Deanery project to fill a box of socks. If you can contribute please bring NEW socks for adults or children to church from 20th May – 3rd June to the 9.30am or 10.45am services. A box will be available at the back of church along with a MU member to take contributions. Socks can also be taken to the Parish Office. All socks to be distributed to the homeless and refugees.

The Church Shop is in urgent need of more volunteers in order to keep open for Visitors and locals alike from 10am – 2pm, Monday through to Saturday. Volunteers generally work a two hour time slot. If you are able to help (even if you cannot do every week) please talk to Nigel and/or Margaret Winzer (623768). Thank you.

This Month – The May issue of This Month is now available. Read about Rector Mark’s journey here and about the primary schools’ visits during Easter. If you have (or you know about) a forthcoming special anniversary or other family news, please send information preferably with a photograph to stmarysthismonth@gmail.com by 10th of the month before the event.

Summer Fete – Have you signed up to help yet? If not, please do so, as the day will only be a success if we all pull together. If you are not sure how you can help, please talk to anyone on the social group, or contact Chris Harris (07718-894335). We need your help!

Help needed – Could you spare an hour or two once a week to serve in the church shop. Please speak to Margaret or Nigel Winzer for more information. Thank you.

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 or Saturday nights, one turn per month. If you may be able to help or want more details please contact David Maidment, maidmentrail@aol.com, tel. 627170.

Christian Aid – Under the auspices of Churches Together in Nantwich the Christian Aid committee works to raise interest and funds locally and currently requires a representative to liaise with St. Mary’s. If you are interested in knowing what would be involved in this role then please speak to Beth Roberts, Tel: 07703 126163.

Calling all musicians and singers! The 9.30 worship band are always looking to recruit new members. If you would like to consider joining the band (who are very friendly), then please contact Jon Griffiths or any band member for a conversation about this. All musical abilities and instruments catered for! The band are about to embark upon a series of band skills workshops, so now would be an ideal time to join. Jon can be contacted after the 9.30 service or on drjongriffiths@gmail.com

Are you technically minded? Would you be interested to help with the church PA at 10.45am and 6.00pm on a rota basis and are you familiar with using an iPad? It’s a very interesting and rewarding job. If this is you please contact Paul O’Brien 07973 743909 or Keith Harris 07790796937 for more information.

‘Coffee’ and a chat after the 10.45am Sunday Service is a most enjoyable event but we do need extra volunteers to serve & wash up. We work in pairs & the rota for this would only involve you once every 6 or 7 weeks. Please contact Jill Oakes on 01270 662940 if you are able to help.

Stewards needed – Please join our Team of Regular and Reserve Stewards for the enjoyable task of greeting visitors to St Mary’s. We have vacancies for Regular and Reserves. Full training provided. Telephone Penny Smith on 611227 or Chris Harris on 628393 for more details.

This Month – If you have any items for family news please send words and photographs to the stmarysthismonth@gmail.com email address. If you would like to write for the magazine or have an interest in photography and be willing to take occasional photos and/or be part of the magazine committee, please get in touch with a current committee member or via the email address above.



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