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 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 Nantwich ringers will start their commemorative ringing on Saturday 10th November at or just after 5pm for an hour. We shall then ring prior to the 7.30pm performance in the Church of the “Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” sung by the Nantwich Choral Society.
At 12:30pm on Remembrance Sunday, the bells will be rung half-muffled as part of the Government’s “Ringing Remembers” campaign which commemorates the more than 1400 bell ringers who died during the First World War. Included amongst those performing at Nantwich will be three new ringers who have been recruited during the Ringing Remembers Campaign.
At 2pm on Remembrance Sunday, a half-muffled peal of Plain Bob Major will be attempted which should last for around 3 hours – the peal is being rung in honour and commemoration of those who died during the First World War and subsequent conflicts, and in celebration of the peace that was agreed at 5am on 11 November 1918 which halted the carnage of the First World War.
‘There but not There’ silhouettes are in the pews until after Remembrance Day as a reminder of those who never returned. “What ‘There But Not There’ does so powerfully is support those struggling with the wounds of their service. Because it is through remembering and honouring the past that we can best stand alongside those facing so many scars of conflict today.” Bear Grylls
Richmond Village Services – please note, there will not be a Service at Richmond on Remembrance Sunday but there will be a Service of Remembrance on Saturday, 10th November at 10.45am.
Nantwich Choral Society – Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man, Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm in Church. Tickets £15, Students £5, available from The Civic Hall, St Mary’s Church Shop and at the door.
The Nantwich Singers will be performing the Fauré Requiem on Sunday, 11th November at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church, in the context of prayers commemorating this year’s special Armistice Day. There are no tickets but a retiring collection will be taken.
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday, 17th November, 8.30am at The Crown Hotel. The speaker will be our Rector, Mark. Please sign up at the back of Church.
Saturday, 17th November – Family Concert – Jonathan Veira one-man show in Church, 7.30pm. A great evening out with international Christian opera singer and all round family entertainer and amusing story teller. Tickets (£12 Adults, £6 under 16s) from the Church Shop, Parish Office or 07718 894335.
Confirmation – Please pray for the children (Grace, Lois, Madeleine, Grace, Erin, Christopher, Rochelle, Isabella and Jessica) and adults (Anne, Emma, Graham, Jake, Jan and Pam) from St. Mary’s who are preparing for confirmation. The service will be led by the Bishop of Chester on Sunday, 18th November, 6pm. All are invited to attend.
Encounter on Sunday, 18th November will start at 7.30pm. This revised time is due to the Confirmation service being held beforehand, but you’ll find your real coffee brewing shortly after 7.15pm.
Nantwich Lecture – Theology at a Local Level “The Star of Bethlehem – Myth or Reality?” Professor David Watts of Manchester University, Wednesday, 21st November in Church, 7pm Meet and Greet refreshments, 7.30pm Lecture. Admission £2.
Step into Christmas – Crewe Brass, Emma Brown and Acton School Choir, Saturday, 1st December, 7.30pm in Church. Tickets £10 adults, £8 concessions, available from the Church Shop or Parish Office.
NSPCC Christmas Carol Concert, Wednesday, 5th November in Church. Doors open 6.30pm, performance starts at 7pm. Tickets £5 per adult and free for children under 16. Tickets available from the Church Shop, Parish Office or on the door.
Cheshire Age UK Carol Concert, Wednesday, 12th December at 7.30pm in Church. Featuring entertainment from Brine Leas school choir, chamber choir, school band, chamber band and soloists. Tickets £9, concessions £7 (price includes refreshments).
Shoebox Appeal leaflets from Teams4U are available to pick up from the carousel in the porch, in the shop and in the Parish Office. Further information can be obtained at http://teams4u.com or from Jenny Clews. Flat pack boxes are available from Jenny if you don’t have a suitable shoebox. St Mary’s will be a drop-off point from 1st-18th November. Please continue to support this appeal which does make a difference to children who have so very little joy in their lives.
Correction: Please note that, contrary to what is printed in This Month, the Airman’s Grave service will be held on 13th January (not 11th November), and the evening service on 11th November is not Communion.
Youth & Children’s Worker – This full-time post at St Mary’s is now being advertised. Full details are available on the church website or from the parish office. Any further enquiries, please contact the Rector. Do spread the word to anyone who may be interested. Deadline for application is 12 noon, Friday 16th November.
Last year plans were approved by the PCC in principle for a re-ordering of the NW corner of the church in order to move the shop there. There is now a vacancy for a manager of St. Mary’s Visitors’ Centre (otherwise known as the Shop), whether or not it moves, and it is crucial for this appointment to be in place for the re-ordering project to be picked up again. For more details please speak to the Rector.
The Church Shop is in urgent need of more volunteers in order to keep open for Visitors and locals alike from 10am – 2pm, Monday through to Saturday. Volunteers generally work a two hour time slot. If you are able to help (even if you cannot do every week) please talk to Nigel and/or Margaret Winzer (623768). Thank you.
Are you technically minded? Would you be interested to help with the church PA on Sundays on a rota basis at 10.45am and 6.00pm. Also if you are familiar with using an iPad it could be an advantage but not necessary. It’s a very interesting and rewarding occupation. If you would like more information please contact Paul O’Brian 07973 743909 or Keith Harris 07790796937.
Christian Aid – the Churches Together in Nantwich Christian Aid committee currently requires a St. Mary’s representative. If you are interested in knowing what would be involved in this role then please speak to Pauline Beeby (626442) or to Mark.
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 or Saturday nights, one turn per month. If you may be able to help or want more details please contact David Maidment, email@example.com, tel. 627170.
`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.
THIS MONTH – If you have any items for family news please send words and photographs to the firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Cheshire Police Alert: Could You Knit or Crochet a Buddy Bear for a child in need who may have been involved in an incident, or may been have victim of crime. There is a knitting pattern available or you can follow a pattern of your choice! You could be the one to change how a child remembers a difficult situation. The bear can be designed to look like a Police Bear!
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