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.

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

Seniors’ Lounge – the next session takes place in the Parish Hall on Sunday 14th January 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.

Mothers’ Union – There will be Holy Communion for the Mothers’ Union at 1.30pm on Friday 19th January in St Nicholas’ Chapel and Enrolment of new members. This will be followed by our meeting at 2.15pm in the Parish Hall. Speaker – Ray Elks on Royal Secrets of Spode. Everyone welcome.

Men’s Breakfast – The next Men’s Breakfast will be held at The Crown Hotel on Saturday 20th January at 8.30am. If you wish to attend there will be a sign up sheet in Church or email anantwichpriest@silverhurst.co.uk

Messy Church – Sunday 21st January, 3.30pm. We will be creatively exploring the creation story where there will be the opportunity to: play with gloop, splatter paint and sprinkle glitter, have a time of quiet reflection, make your own fruit salad and much, much more. Followed by a light dinner!

Encounter – our friendly, informal cafe style service is held every 1st & 3rd Sunday evenings at 7.15pm in the Parish Hall. Do come & join us on the 21st January as we discuss & ponder on some of the Word pictures in the Bible. Real Coffee & refreshments available from 6.45pm.

Ladies’ breakfast – The next ladies’ breakfast will be on Saturday 27th January at The Crown Hotel.

Christian Aid Quiz 2018 – Please make the entry in your new diary for Friday 2nd February, 7pm for 7.30pm at Acton Parish Hall. Form your teams of six and contact Tracey Foster 626802 for further details.

Ceilidh  / Haggis/Sausage Supper – Saturday 3rd February, doors open at 6pm for 6.45pm at Acton Village Hall. Please bring friends and family. Tickets £6 person/£20 family. Entry by ticket only. Tickets available either at the back of the church or from the Parish Office.

Mothers’ Union annual subscriptions of £23 now due – Your Treasurer needs to have all 2018 money in as soon as possible. Please place cheques or cash in sealed envelope, with your name on the front and marked for Mothers’ Union, and leave in the care of the Church Office or hand it to Rita at the monthly meeting on 19th January. Thank you.

CAP Money is back!! Do you need budgeting support or know someone who does? This is a free short course that makes managing your money simple. It teaches budgeting skills & a simple cash based system that works. The next course is being held at Market Street Church on the Tuesday mornings of the 6th, 13th & 20th February, 10am–12 noon. Refreshments are provided. If you wish to know more, or feel led to volunteer, please contact Angie Bartlett on 07976 943924 or angie.bartlett@btinternet.com

New Home Group – If you would like to explore joining a new home group, please let Pat Stalker (churchwarden) or Revd Bernard Moss know, indicating whether you would prefer a day time or evening meeting.

Becoming a Dementia friendly church – If you have a keen interest in helping our churches become more dementia-aware and dementia-friendly, and would like to explore joining a newly formed diocesan group to take these issues forward, please contact Vanessa Layfield or the Revd Bernard Moss for more details.

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 – The Revd Bernard and Sheila Moss are planning to lead a group to this famous Passion Play as part of a week’s holiday in early June 2020. If you would like more details please contact them direct on 01270 882238.

‘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.

We need volunteers who can spare an hour or two to join our cleaning rota in the church. Thank you. Margaret Wilson, Church Housekeeper.

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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