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

A message from Mark & Karen – Thank you to all who came to give us a wonderful welcome last Wednesday and to those who worked hard to make the service run so smoothly and provided the refreshments. We are delighted to be here and look forward to getting to know you in the coming weeks.

Morning Prayer – A primary responsibility of clergy is daily Morning and Evening Prayer. Since I’m blessed with such a wonderful church next door, I intend to use it for this purpose as much as possible, and also try to establish a pattern which will give opportunity for others to pray together with me. This week, Morning Prayer will be said on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all at 8.30am. It will last 20-25 minutes and you are most welcome to come.

The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 17th March – 8.30am at The Crown. To attend please e-mail Jon Griffiths (drjongriffiths@gmail.com) or sign up in church.

Easter Experience – This year we will be running something called “The Faces of Easter”. Volunteers will be needed to oversee snack, an Easter craft and the children having opportunity to explore and respond to the story I tell, through art, writing and quiet time. If anyone feels they can help out with this at any point on Monday 19th, Wednesday 21st in the afternoon, Thursday 22nd and Monday 26th March then please contact Andrea on 07930 390775.

The next Ladies’ Breakfast will take place on Saturday 24th March at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. The speaker will be Clare Hogg, a colleague of Dot Woods, who will speak about her experience in the Philippines. Sign up at the back of Church or
e-mail nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

Nantwich Choral Society Concert – Dvorak – Stabat Mater, Simon Russell – Poulenc Organ Concerto with The Nantwich Sinfonia, Saturday 24th March, 7.30pm in Church. Tickets £12.50, Students £5.00 – available from The Civic Hall, all choir members and at the door.

The Nantwich Singers – On Sunday 1st April during the 22nd Nantwich Jazz Blues and Music Festival and in the context of Eucharist, the Nantwich Singers will be performing the Jazz Missa Brevis by Will Todd at 6pm. The Singers will be accompanied by pianist John Gough.

The Nantwich Christian Men’s Supper Club meets on Wednesday 11th April at the Nantwich Methodist Church Centre, Hospital Street, CW5 5RP. Supper is served at 7.00pm, comprising a main course, sweet and tea or coffee. The price is £8.00. Supper is followed by a presentation, a hymn and prayer. The subject is The RNLI approaching 200 years service and the speaker is Bryan Hughes. Men wishing to attend should phone Margaret Kirkman on 01270 611942 to book their meal.  New members are warmly invited.

Calling all musicians and singers! The 9.30 worship band are always looking to recruit new members. If you would like to consider joining the band (who are very friendly), then please contact Jon Griffiths or any band member for a conversation about this. All musical abilities and instruments catered for! The band are about to embark upon a series of band skills workshops, so now would be an ideal time to join. Jon can be contacted after the 9.30 service or on drjongriffiths@gmail.com

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 Rev. Bernard Moss for more details.

Are you technically minded? Would you be interested to help with the church PA at 10.45am and 6.00pm on a rota basis and are you familiar with using an iPad? It’s a very interesting and rewarding job. If this is you please contact Paul O’Brien 07973 743909 or Keith Harris 07790796937 for more information.

St. Mary’s Electoral Roll Membership – Each year before the (APCM) Annual Parochial Church Meeting (Wednesday, 25th April) the church is required to revise the Electoral Roll of church members. If you are not already on the revised Roll made last year, are baptised, aged over 16 and have attended St. Mary’s regularly for worship for six months then you are eligible to be a member and have voting rights at the APCM. Being on this list of members can also be a great help in the provision of pastoral care when needed. Application forms are available now from the South Porch display stand, the Church Office or from Deborah Snelling (665800 or deborah.snelling@silverhurst.co.uk) and should be returned by Sunday 1st April.

Afternoon Home Groups – We are now able to form two separate afternoon home groups, each with a different emphasis. Full details are available at the back of church for you to sign up if you would like to come along.

Christian Aid – Under the auspices of Churches Together in Nantwich the Christian Aid committee works to raise interest and funds locally and currently requires a representative to liaise with St Mary’s. If you are interested in knowing what would be involved in this role then please speak to Beth Roberts, Tel: 07703 126163.

Bible Reading Fellowship notes – 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 – Tel 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.

‘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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