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.

Prayer for the next Bishop of Chester:
Almighty God, who sent Jesus Christ to be the cornerstone of your Kingdom and to call us to follow him; guide your Church, by the Holy Spirit, to show love and mercy as we build your Kingdom. We pray for the person you are calling to be the next Bishop of Chester; bless, guide and strengthen them to answer your call; in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To assist the process of appointing a new Bishop of Chester the Diocese have published a “Statement of Needs” which is available on the Diocesan website. A hardcopy is also available to be read in the Parish Office.

Encounter takes place today Sunday, 19th January in the Parish Hall exploring the theme of Hope. Encounter starts at 7.15pm with hot drinks and light snacks available from 6.45pm. Hope to see you there.

The Nantwich CAP Job Club is open on Tuesdays, 9.30am–12.30pm, at Market Street Church. The CAP Money Budgeting course continues on 21st January for 2 more Tuesday mornings. To book a place contact saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com, 07398 434397, or speak to Angie Bartlett.

“The Civil War Explained” with speaker Mike Lea – Saturday, 25th January, 11am at St. Mary’s, Acton followed by a guided walk to view the battlefields. Contact Steve Davies (01270 624135) for further details.

Holly Holy Day: On Saturday, 25th January, 1pm there will be prayers led by the Rector and the laying of wreaths on the Square, to mark Holly Holy Day.

Choral Evensong and Churches Together in Nantwich service – The 6pm service on Sunday, 26th January will be Choral Evensong and also the Churches Together in Nantwich service to mark the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and will include the commissioning and re-dedication of Street Pastors, Prayer Pastors and School Mentors. Diaries and Prayer Booklets for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are available at the back of Church.

Saturday, 1st February – Nantwich Choral Society “Come and Sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah”. Rehearsals at 10.30am and 2.15pm; Performance 6pm. Registration forms from www.nantwichchoral.org.uk

The Nantwich Singers are delighted to be invited to sing the evening service of Compline on Sunday, 2nd February at 6pm. They will be directed by their new Musical Director, Jake Barlow.

The next St. Mary’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, 8th February, 8.30am at The Crown Hotel, cost £8.00. The speaker will be Chris Harris on the topic of “schooling”. Sign up at the back of Church or e-mail stmarysbreakfasts@gmail.com and indicate any dietary requirements. Please note we now confirm numbers first thing on Thursday.

Quiz Night and Chips Anyone? Nantwich Churches Together are holding a Quiz night and Fish ‘n’ Chip Supper in support of the Syrian Refugee Family – St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Saturday, 8th February, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm prompt start. Price £15 per person includes the Fish and Chip supper, wine, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. Tickets from Wendy Beastall (07962 251929 or wendybeastall@btinternet.com)

A Lent Course will run on all five Tuesdays in March at 2pm and repeated at 7.30pm. Further details to follow.

Ordination of Priests (including our curate, Paul Wheeler, and also Rob Icke, Paul North and Dot Woods), Chester Cathedral, Saturday, 20th June, 5pm. Ordination of Deacons (including Vanessa Layfield, to be curate at St. Mary’s), Chester Cathedral, Sunday, 5th July, 10am. Ticket only – details nearer the time.

Mothers’ Union New Year Appeal in aid of a local domestic abuse refuge. Mothers’ Union are collecting toiletries and clean/new underwear for women and children. If you can, please leave any donations at the church office. Sorry we cannot accept bedding.

Saturday Steward urgently needed to cover vacancy 1.30-3.00pm. Saturdays are popular days for visitors so do please help us to provide a welcome to our lovely Church. Reserves available if you cannot attend. Full training is provided so call Penny Smith (611227) or Liz Chisnall (624818).

Vacancy – Manager of the St. Mary’s Nantwich CAP Job Club. 6-8 hours/week. There is a good team of volunteers. Training provided. The post holder must be a Christian. For further information contact Angie Bartlett (07976 943924) or the Rector.

This Month: Do you receive the magazine This Month regularly? Copies are available in the porch, along with subscription forms. £1 per issue. Along with this weekly notice sheet, it is the best way to keep in touch with all that is happening at St. Mary’s.

Bernard Moss RIP – It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death last Sunday of our much loved Associate Minister, The Rev. Prof. Bernard Moss. A private crematorium funeral service will be held. Notice of a thanksgiving service will be given once a date is confirmed. We remember Bernard with gratitude and hold Sheila in our prayers.