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 our many activities? Contact a member of the clergy who will happily visit or meet up with you for a coffee with 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 Session in Church most Thursday afternoons between 2.15 – 4.00pm. Notices will be placed outside the church when the session is taking place.

Encounter Explore on Sunday 21st July will be looking at Biblical Hope. As usual Encounter will start in the Parish Hall at 7.15pm with refreshments served from 6.45pm. Around 7.30pm we will move over to the church to follow various prayer stations which will enable us to reflect on how God brings us HOPE. Do come & join us, we would love to see you there.

Open Coffee Morning at Nantwich CAP Job Club, Tuesday, 23rd July, 10am-12noon at Market St. Church. If you want to know more about what CAP (Christians Against Poverty) does in Nantwich then do come and join us for coffee & cake. We would love to see you. If you have further queries about CAP contact 07398 434397 or saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com.

Summer Lunchtime Concert, Thursday 25th July with the Nantwich Chamber Ensemble (String Octet). Flyers with details of all the recitals are available in the Carousel.

Journey into Light: This exhibition of artwork by prisoners from HMP Styal & HMP Thorncross, Cheshire, will be in church until 26th July. Guide books may be purchased and there is a visitor’s book to sign.

Choral Evensong, Sunday 28th July, 6pm. The choir invite the congregation to join them for refreshments after the service.

An opportunity to meet some of our Mission Partners whom we support at our Harvest Lunch, Sunday, 8th September 12noon onwards. Bernard, Chair: Mission Support Group.

Young People’s Weekend to Edale, 13th-15th September, organised by St. Mary’s. Please spread the word and contact Susie Boxhall if you know people (Yr. 7 and up) who may be interested in this, and for more details and bookings. The cost will be no more than £70 but if finance is a difficulty please contact the Rector confidentially as funds are available.

By popular request Jonathan Veira is coming back to St. Mary’s on Saturday, 28th September, 7.30pm for another one man concert. Fantastic singing with something for everyone and hilarious stories from this internationally famous singer who often appears on Songs of Praise. Ask Bernard or Sheila about him, and book the date now.

There will be a Confirmation Service on Sunday, 17th November, 6pm, with Bishop Willie Pwaisiho. This is open to any children (year 7 up) and adults. Please contact the Rector if you may be interested.

We would like to develop the ministry of welcome at the 9.30am service, and increase the number of welcomers. If you would be interested in being part of this on a rota then please speak to the Rector. It’s a great way of getting to know people and helping others to feel part of the church family. Also, if anyone is willing to be on a rota to read the lesson at this service please let the Rector know. Please note that at the next PCC meeting it will be proposed that the service name changes from Family Worship to All Age Worship.

There will be a Confirmation Service on Sunday, 17th November, 6pm, with Bishop Willie Pwaisiho. This is open to any children (year 7 up) and adults. Please contact the Rector if you may be interested.

Would you be interested in joining, hosting or leading a Homegroup? Please speak to one of the clergy if so.

If you want any poster displaying on the A-Boards outside church please give your poster to Pat Stalker who will display them in date order.

Steward urgently needed: A vacancy has arisen for a regular Wednesday one hour slot, 2-3pm. Stewarding is an enjoyable task greeting visitors. Full training provided and a Team of Reserves for when you cannot attend. Please phone Penny Smith (611227) for more details.

Congratulations to our Head Chorister, Grace Lewis, who has been awarded a distinction in her ABRSM grade.

The next issue of Bible Reading Fellowship notes are available in the pew postal system for current subscribers. If anyone wishes to try these notes, which assist daily bible reading, please contact Beth Roberts for more information – Tel 07703 126163.

A Questionnaire has been prepared to allow members of the 8am congregation to give their thoughts on the current pattern of services. Please complete and return the form as soon as you are able.

The August edition of This Month is now available, full of interesting news and articles as usual. Please note that it includes an item about same sex relationships which invites comment from parishioners in advance of a decision to be made at the September PCC meeting.

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).

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.

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.

Advertisements in This Month – Would anyone be willing to contact some local businesses to help fill advertising space in the church magazine? If so please contact the Rector or a member of the magazine committee.