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 07776238208 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.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service for the life of Anne McKay on Saturday 29th April at St Mary’s. All welcome.

Salt Sunday – Sunday 7th May. Lion Salt Works in Northwich will be holding a FREE event from 1.30pm – 4pm. There will be talks and contemporary worship, arts and drama, messy science, a talk from the Bishop of Birkenhead and much more. Suitable for all the family.

Growing Young – 95% of children and young people do not have regular contact with a church. Based on ground-breaking research and packed with ideas, Growing Young shows congregations how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church. Presented by a team of experienced practitioners from Scripture Union North West Region. Tuesday 9th May: St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall at 7.15pm refreshments, 7.30pm start to 9.30pm finish, at latest. Please register free at:
sunw-growingyoung.eventbrite.co.uk or let Andrea Clews know you wish to attend. This is suitable for everyone to attend as everyone is responsible for growing the congregation.

Seniors’ Lounge – the next session takes place in the Parish Hall on Sunday 14th May at 3pm. A chance for people to enjoy friendly company and a chat over a cup of tea/coffee & cake with a varied programme of activities and singing.

Confirmation – Are you interested in being confirmed? Classes will be announced soon for the Confirmation Service with Bishop Libby on Sunday 14th May at 6pm. Please speak to Barry or Stephen if you are interested.

The Diocesan Lay Conference is to be held at the Hayes Conference Centre at Swanwick, Derbyshire on 19th-21st May. If you would be interested to attend then please contact Barry.

Men’s Breakfast: Our next breakfast will be held on Saturday 20th May at The Crown Hotel at the usual time of 8.30am and the speaker will be the Reverend Bernard Moss our new Associate Minister who will be telling us his story. Please email anantwichpriest@silverhurst.co.uk if you wish to attend or sign up on the sheet in church.

St Luke’s Hospice Gala Concert – Saturday 20th May, 7.30pm in Church. Performances by Rhos Orpheus Male Choir and Roberts Bakery Band. Tickets £15.00, to include a glass of prosecco and dessert canapés, available from the Parish Office or the Church Shop.

We’re pleased to announce that the Rev. Professor Bernard Moss will soon be licensed as a new member of our Clergy team. His Service of Welcome will be at 10.45am on Sunday, 21st May.

Professor Anthony Reddie, Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa will speak on: `Me, myself and I; a post-colonial critique of Christian theology’ at the next meeting of the Potteries Theological Society on Wednesday 24th May, at 7pm, in the Chancellor’s Building, in Room CBA 0.061. Professor Reddie is a participative educator and liberation theologian, the author of 16 books, numerous journal articles and founding editor of Black Theology: An International Journal. He is renowned for his innovative and engaging teaching and facilitating style and is one of the foremost Practical Black theologians in the world. We do hope that you will be able to come.

Portable Appliance Testing – The annual testing of portable appliances within Church, Church Shop, Tower and Office will take place on Friday 26th 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 26 May. Please speak to Nigel Winzer if you have any queries concerning this – our insurance provider recommends that this exercise is carried out on an annual basis.

Ladies’ Breakfast – The next ladies’ breakfast is on Saturday 27th May at 8.30am at The Crown Hotel. Our new Associate Minister, the Rev. Professor Bernard Moss will also talk to us, on his theme of “Women in my life”. The sign-up sheet is at the back of Church, or you can email nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

Big Church Day Out! 2nd and 3rd June at Capesthorne Hall. Book your tickets through the Chester Diocese website and get a discount! This is a fantastic day out with lots of music and fun for all the family.

Day trip to Llandudno – church members and friends are invited to join the Seniors’ Lounge and Mothers’ Union trip to Llandudno on Monday 26th June, leaving Nantwich by coach at 8.45am. Coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival and a 2-course lunch is included at the sea front Queens Hotel. During free time you might like to take a tram ride up the Great Orme, now designated a site of Special Scientific Interest and visit the Country Park Visitor Centre at the summit, visit the Happy Valley Gardens adjacent to the ski centre on the lower slopes, enjoy a walk along the promenade, go shopping or just sit in the hotel lounge overlooking the sea. Booking forms available from the Parish Office and the cost of the trip is £25 inclusive. The closing date is Friday 26th May.

Church Summer Fete – Saturday 1st July. This is one of our major fund-raising events during the year and we need an army of helpers to make it a success this year. We need bottles and boxes of chocolates for the tombola, books for the book stall, toys, craft items, jewellery, nearly new and bric a brac, plants, children’s lucky dip prizes, and lots of cakes!! Please do not bring them into church yet but start putting things aside – we will start to collect in the last week of May. If you are prepared to run a stall, or to help with stalls during the day, please let Chris Harris know on 07718-894335 or 01270-628393.

Rachael’s Ordination – If you would like to go to Rachael’s Ordination at Chester Cathedral at 10am on Sunday 2nd July, please speak to the Rector or let the Parish Office know or sign up at the back of church. The coach will leave at 8.15am and will return from Chester at 2pm. There will be no charge.

Bring and Share Tea – Rachael would like to invite everyone to a bring and share tea on Sunday 2nd July at 3.30pm in the Parish Hall for anyone who would like to come along, particularly if you are unable to make the service at the cathedral.

The Sunday Clubs are in need of people willing to lead and help at the 9.30am service. If you think you could serve in this way please speak to Andrea Clews in person or phone on 07930390775.

Seniors’ Lounge – Volunteer urgently needed to help make tea and coffee at Seniors’ Lounge on the second Sunday of each month, 2.30-4pm. Please contact Ros on 611344 or Cathie on 629252 if you can help.

Messy Church – Could you spare a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon once a month? Messy Church is in need of someone to run the refreshments after the activities. If you think you can help please contact Andrea on 07930 390775.

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.

Parochial Church Council – following the 2016 APCM the following are the current members of the PCC, any of whom can be approached for help or information: Rev Barry Wilson, Rev Stephen Snelling, Rev Kaushal David; Steve Lockett (Treasurer & Churchwarden), Pat Stalker (Churchwarden); Beth Roberts (Secretary); Gill Appleton, Bryan Coghlan, Ros Reid, Margaret Whitehurst (Deanery Synod reps); Angie Bartlett, Belinda Coghlan, Jackie Ford, Marie Hamner, Nick Hutt, Andrew Kelly, Vanessa Layfield, Kath Leonard, Paul O’Brien, Simon Russell, Nigel Winzer, Dot Woods.

 

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