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.

The Church Shop is now open for business – with Mothering Sunday and Easter cards as well as gifts and books. Please come, browse and enjoy a hot drink.

Little Fish – Join us this term for the return of Little Fish every Thursday in term-time, 10-11.30am in St. Nic’s Chapel. We shall be looking at animals in the Bible.

CAP Job Club “Steps towards Employment” course is now running on Tuesday mornings, 10am at Market Street Church. Practical, friendly support to help you step confidently into employment. More details from Angie Bartlett or ring 07398 434397.

Our Lent Course continues on Tuesdays, the same course running in the afternoon (2pm) and evening (7.30pm), joint with the Methodist Church in the Methodist Church Coffee Lounge. We are using part of the Pilgrim Course (an 8-part course produced by the Church of England) studying the Beatitudes. How can we build our lives on the teaching and example of Jesus? We will explore the Christian vision for the world, including openness to God, thirsting for what is right, peace-making and living as citizens of God’s Kingdom. If you wish to attend please add your name to the sheet at the back of church.

Mayor’s Charity Quiz – Friday, 22nd March – quiz, raffle, fish & chip supper. Tickets for teams of 6, £10 per person from Nantwich Civic Hall (628633).

Ladies’ Breakfast – The next ladies’ breakfast will be on Saturday, 23rd March at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. Sign up at the back of Church or email nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

You are warmly invited to a Celebration of Baptism on Saturday, 23rd March at 2.00pm in Church. This will be followed by a celebration cake, tea and coffee in the Parish Hall. A social time for grown-ups with toys available for the young ones. Do come along and catch up with all that’s on offer at St. Mary’s and meet our new Children’s Worker, Susie Boxhall.

Royal School of Church Music Come & Sing Faure’s Requiem – Saturday, 23rd March in St. Mary’s Church. Rehearsal 2.45pm, performance 6.30pm. Cost £5 inc. refreshments. Cheques payable to “RSCM Chester Area” with your name, address, phone, e-mail, voice part and if you need a copy to Simon Russell c/o St. Mary’s Parish Office, Church Walk, Nantwich CW5 5RG. Contact Simon (srussell@rscm.com or 07909 886997).

The next Open House will be on Wednesday, 27th March, 2-4pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome for a cuppa and a chat!

Mothers’ Union seek donations of greenery to make up with the daffodils to give out on Mothering Sunday, also any volunteers to help with this. They will be in Church from 10am on Saturday, 30th March.

The Big Spring Clean, Thursday 4th – Saturday, 6th April. Have your mops, buckets, dusters at the ready! Please do come and help spring clean the church. All ladder climbers especially invited to clean windowsills. Light refreshments available.

The next Seniors’ Lounge will be on Sunday, 14th April, 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.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24th April, 7.30pm. There will be several vacancies for the Parochial Church Council. Nomination forms will be issued in due course, but interest is welcome now. If you wish to know more about what is involved please speak to a member of the Clergy or one of the Churchwardens.

Breakfast Date: Men, ladies and young people are all invited to the Breakfast on 27th April. Susie Boxhall will be sharing some thoughts with us.

Rachael’s Induction – Friday, 3rd May, 7.30pm at All Saints’ Church, Weston. If you would like to attend please let Rachael (rachaeljuliagriffiths@gmail.com) or the Parish Office know by the end of this month.

The Church Fete will be held on Saturday, 6th July. There is a large team of willing volunteers but we need someone who will co-ordinate the event. There are people who can guide with this who have undertaken the role before. If you think you may be able to take on this role please speak to one of the Churchwardens or the Rector.

Basic Safeguarding Awareness Module C0 – is a basic awareness course that can be completed by any member of the congregation to improve their understanding of abuse and enable them to help build a culture of informed vigilance within the Church. It can be undertaken online at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/login/index.php In addition to those working with children/vulnerable adults it is recommended that the following roles consider completing it: vergers, servers, welcomers, sidespersons, refreshment helpers, shop staff, flower arrangers, administrative staff, bell ringers, choir and music group members (including sound/AV).

The Electoral Roll is to be completely renewed this year. Please complete an application form by 27th March. If you are already on the roll you will receive an envelope containing a form. Application forms are also at the back of church. If you are aged 16+, baptised and are either resident in the parish or have attended St. Mary’s for six months or more, you are eligible to be on the roll. Please return forms to the Parish Office, Churchwardens or Clergy. The roll is an important record of St. Mary’s people, and if you complete the attached consent form that will be a great help in keeping in touch.

The next issue of the Bible Reading Fellowship notes are available in the pew postal system for current subscribers along with a letter requesting this year’s subscription. If anyone else is interested in subscribing to the notes which assist daily Bible reading, then please contact Beth Roberts (07703 126163). There are spare copies of both Guidelines and New Daylight available should anyone wish to try these notes which assist daily Bible reading. Please contact Beth for more information.

Chester Diocese publishes an e-bulletin, e-mailed fortnightly, with news and information about events in the diocese. It is available on the diocesan website where you can also subscribe to receive the e-mail.

Do you have any palm branches, jungle like plants or big bits of fabric or tarpaulin in white/beige/cream or black? Could we borrow them for Holy Week? Please let Susie know on 07795 696234.

Nantwich Street Pastors need more Prayer Pastors to be at the base at the Methodist Church and “on call” at home while the Street Pastors are out, normally 10.30pm-3.30am, Friday/Saturday nights, one turn per month. Please contact David Maidment (maidmentrail@aol.com or 627170) for more details.

THIS MONTH Advertising – THIS MONTH needs help to drum up advertisers to fill vacant advertising space. This could be an ad hoc role as and when space becomes available (not that often!) or it can be a role on the magazine committee. If you are interested (OR if you are a potential advertiser) please contact editor Alison Long stmarysthismonth@gmail.com or Rector Mark.