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 Slater on 07776 238208 or katheslater@outlook.com.  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

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.

Church Shop – Please note, the shop is now closed for the winter and will re-open in March 2019.

CAP Money Budgeting Course continues at Market Street Church, 10am-12noon on Tuesday mornings – a free course to help people manage their money better & learn to budget, save & spend well. It will be run in a safe, confidential & informal setting with cake & coffee! Please book your place by ringing 07398 434397 or e-mail saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com

To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 Jan), Churches Together in Nantwich will hold a united service at St Mary’s Acton, Sunday, 20th January, 5pm. It would be good if St Mary’s Nantwich were well represented. This service will include the commissioning and re-dedication of Street & Prayer Pastors and School Mentors.  You are also invited to arrive early and sample “Tea at the Tower” served 2.30-4.30pm.

Encounter – Sunday 20th January – Our friendly, informal café style Encounter worship this weekend will be looking at the question ‘What is Faith?’ And why thinking about this question is so important. There will be real coffee & plenty of time for discussion, so do come & join on Sunday evening in the Parish Hall. We start at 7.15pm, but refreshments will be served from 6.45pm, we would love to see you there.

Ladies’ Breakfast – The next ladies breakfast will be on Saturday, 26th January at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. Pat Stalker will lead a discussion on volunteering. Sign up at the back of Church or email nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

Holly Holy Day is Saturday, 26th January. Along with many other events on the day (including a re-enactment of the Battle of Nantwich by the Sealed Knot troops), there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial at 1.15pm.

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, 26th January, 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)

Nantwich Choral Society – Come and Sing Handel’s “Messiah”, Saturday, 2nd February. Choir rehearsals 10.30am-12.30pm, 2.15-4.00pm, concert performance 6.00pm with Nantwich Sinfonia and soloists from Heritage Opera. Singer fee £15, registration forms available from www.nantwichchoral.org.uk Audience tickets £10 from Nantwich Civic Hall or the NCS website.

Nantwich Singers will be singing the office of Compline in the Chancel on Sunday, 3rd February at 6pm. This beautiful ancient service of prayer will contain music by the 16th Century composers Tallis, Mundy and Farmer.

Little Fish is restarting on Thursday, 7th February, 10-11.30am. Please do let me know if you are able to help – susie@stmarysnantwich.org.uk or ring the Parish Office.

Lunchtime Organ Recital by Simon Russell – Chester Cathedral, Thursday, 7th February 1.10pm, £5.45 or £4.50 concessions.

Christian Aid Quiz – Friday, 8th February, 7pm for 7.30pm at Acton Parish Hall. Quiz master David Greatorex. £8 per person to include refreshments, bar available. Form your teams of six and contact Tracey Foster (01270 626802) for further details.

Mental Health Matters in Church – Saturday, 16th February, 9.15am-1.15pm at Market Street Church. A free half-day meeting to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health. Contact minister@marketstreetchurch.co.uk or 07977 542909 for more information or to book a place.

Mothers Union New Year Appeal – we will be collecting toiletries and underwear for women and children at the local Women’s Aid refuge. We can unfortunately not accept bedding. Please take any donations to the church office. Many thanks for your generosity.

Susie Boxhall has been appointed Youth & Children’s Worker. She comes from Watford and has recently completed a degree at Ridley Hall Theological College in Cambridge. We look forward to her commencing employment with us on Tuesday, 15th January.

An adventure looms for Ellen Matthews as she prepares to travel to Malawi on 29th January. Ellen, on her self-funded trip, will be personally escorted by Davy Chilakalaka, the Founder of the Christian Charity Kasupe. Mothers’ Union members there will be involved to share faith and to hear of Mothers’ Union members here in St. Mary’s. Davy and Ellen say that God is not sending them, he is taking them! Ellen is collecting old pairs of glasses to take with her to be re-purposed for local children. Please donate any old glasses via the Parish Office.