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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Friday Nite Connect starts this Friday, 15th November, downstairs in the Parish Hall 8-9.15pm. Free – open to all 11-18s. Games, activities and snacks! Bring your friends!
Worleston Chamber Concert, Saturday, 16th November, 7pm in church – Worleston Virtuosi. Tickets (Adults £12, children £5) from Worleston Music School, Nantwich Civic Hall and the Parish Office.
Seniors’ Lounge, today Sunday, 17th November, 3pm in the Parish Hall – friendly company and a chat over a cup of tea/coffee & cake with a varied programme of activities and singing.
Confirmation: Please pray for those preparing for confirmation – Audrey Cope, Ernest Charlton, Phoebe Crewe, Elizabeth Dowson, Philipa Jones, Amy Phipps, Alan Thompson, Janet Thompson from St. Mary’s, the 5 candidates from St. Mark’s Shavington and 5 from St. John’s Doddington. The service will be led by Bishop William Pwaisiho on Sunday, 17th November at 6pm. All are invited to attend.
Encounter, Sunday 17th November looking at the relationship between our faith and politics. There will be refreshments in the Church Hall from 6:45pm, starting at 7:15pm. Look forward to seeing you there.
The Centenary of the Dedication of the Reredos is on 17th November. Rev. Ian Stubbs has been researching the history and written an article for the November “This Month”. He has also obtained the 1919 leaflet prepared for the dedication, copies of which are available in the carousel in the south porch. Please help yourself, and thanks to Ian for his work.
Out of work? Need help preparing a CV, interview tips or managing on a low income? Drop in to the CAP Job Club at Market Street Church on Tuesdays. “Steps to Employment” continues on 19th November, 9.30am for a further week with practical, friendly support to help you step confidently into employment. Details from 07398 434397 or email@example.com
The Julian Meeting for Contemplative Prayer is on Thursday, 21st November, 2pm at 11 Maisterson Court, Nantwich. All welcome.
Christmas Shoeboxes will again be distributed by Teams4U. We will be acting as a drop-off point until 23rd November. Leaflets are available in the porch and the Parish Office. If you need a shoebox some are available in Church or from the Parish Office. We would appreciate cash donations for extra small items to fill the boxes. Information available at www.teams4u.com or via Ellen or Abi Hendry.
My Name is … ? Please come and guess the name of our Bear in the Parish Office. £1 a guess. All monies raised will go towards the Christmas Shoeboxes – and you could win a lovely big bear.
Posada: Could you give Mary and Joseph shelter for a night from the 1st to 22nd December? Sign up at the back of church for this year’s Posada journey.
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 offer a monthly breakfast in the Parish Hall each 1st Sunday, from 8.45am, for people after the 8am or before the 9.30am services. If you could help on a rota with this please contact Gill Appleton or the Rector/Churchwardens.
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.
TWO Saturday Stewards now urgently needed to cover slots 1.30 to 3 pm or 3 pm to 4 pm. Saturdays are popular days for visitors so do please help us to provide a welcome to our lovely church. Full training is provided so call Penny Smith (611227) or Liz Chisnall (624818).
2nd class Christmas Stamps (with a religious image) are now available from the church shop. Also available are several inspirational little gifts for £5 or under, cards, Advent books, calendars and candles … and lots of Angels. The shop is open from 10-2pm weekdays and Saturdays. Please come and support us.
Calling for Ideas: Our Mission Support Group invites you to suggest potential charities or projects which we might support with a modest one-off donation from St. Mary’s. We have a small amount available from this year’s Mission Support budget allocation. Please send your suggestions to Rev. Bernard Moss (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 26th November.
Thank you to all who have responded to the “Giving to St. Mary’s” appeal. This is beginning to make a significant difference. However, only a small minority of the congregations have made new or increased pledges so far. It is understood that not everyone is in a position to help more, but if you can, please do so. The leaflets are available in the south porch.
Send us your used stamps – The Bible Society is happy to receive used British and International stamps with no more than one cm of envelope around each stamp making sure the perforations aren’t damaged. Send them please to Bible Society, Stamp Appeal, Post Room, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DG