Lent Course – Home Groups this Lent are looking at various elements of our Christian Life. This week we are looking at Health and Wellbeing. There are also extra meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 1.30pm at Paul and Gail Ramsey’s home (23 Gingerbread Lane) and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in the Rectory. The subjects will be introduced during Sunday services.
Lent prayer – Lord, teach us to seek You, and as we seek You, show Yourself to us, for we cannot seek You unless You show us how.
The next Open House will be on Wednesday 29th March, 2-4pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome for a cuppa and a chat!
Disasters Emergency Appeal for East Africa – On Sunday 2nd April there will be a retiring collection after each of the Sunday services.
Baptism Service “Count Us In” at 2.30pm on the first Sunday of the month. Open to all members of St. Mary’s Church. Come along and help with the singing, welcome & prayers for the babies being baptised into the Christian family. Service lasts about 30 minutes – do come.
RSCM Chester Area Come and Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion in Church, Saturday 8th April. Soloists – Peter Edge and Philip Cartwright, Simon Russell (organ). This is an opportunity to sing this traditional work on Palm Saturday with professional soloists. Please bring your own copy of the music if you have one. Rehearsal starts 2pm, performance at 6pm. Cost £4 including refreshments.
Seniors’ Lounge – the next session takes place in the Parish Hall on Sunday 9th April at 3pm. A chance for people to enjoy friendly company and a chat over a cup of tea/coffee & cake with a varied programme of activities and singing.
Easter Holiday Activity Taster Days at Brereton Lake/Nature Reserve. Wednesdays 12th & 19th April, 11am – 3pm, £2.50 per person. Primary school & secondary school ages, try canoeing, kayaking & the obstacle course. Over 14s will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills. Ring or email Graham Bushill, 07999 932963 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Saturday Open Doors at St Marys, 5-9pm, 15th April. All welcome to drop in for a quiet time, short guided reflections at 6pm & 7.30pm, thoughtful images & prayer stations.
Save the date – Saturday 22nd April at 8.30am, at The Crown Hotel, there will be a ladies’ and men’s breakfast, which is a Christian Aid fund-raising event. There will be an external speaker and donations for Christian Aid will be gratefully received. The breakfast price as usual is £8. Places can be booked at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or on the sign-up sheet at the back of Church. Please indicate if you want ‘light’ or ‘veggie’ options for breakfast.
There will be a Thanksgiving Service for the life of Anne McKay on Saturday 29th April at St Mary’s. All welcome.
CAP Money starts again in March, 3 consecutive Thursday mornings on the 16th, 23rd & 30th March at the Children’s Centre in Dog Lane, 10.30am-12.30pm. If you, or someone you know, would like some help with budgeting your finances then this is the place to be. If you are interested, want to book on, or have any queries, please contact Rachel Carter through the parish office (625268) or e-mail Angie Bartlett (email@example.com). Refreshments & crèche provided.
Confirmation – Are you interested in being confirmed? Classes will be announced soon for the Confirmation Service with Bishop Libby on Sunday 14th May at 6pm. Please speak to Barry or Stephen if you are interested.
The Diocesan Lay Conference is to be held at the Hayes Conference Centre at Swanwick, Derbyshire on 19th-21st May. If you would be interested to attend then please contact Barry.
St. Mary’s Membership: Each year before the APCM (Wednesday, 26th 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 attend St. Mary’s for worship then you are eligible to be a member and have voting rights. 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 back of Church, the Church Office or from Keith E Johnson (01270 580634 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and should be returned by Sunday, 2nd April.
We’re pleased to announce that the Rev. Professor Bernard Moss will soon be licensed as a new member of our Clergy team. His Service of Welcome will be at 10.45am on Sunday, 21st May.
Lent Appeal 2017 – We will be collecting donations in aid of the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy who work across the county supporting farming families in crisis. At any one time, they have contact with between 80 and 120 farmers, many of whom are suffering from mental health problems or financial difficulties. The team offer befriending, a listening ear, support groups, financial and legal advice, and access to emergency funds. Donations can be made via the office, or the yellow Gift Aid envelopes.
Seniors’ Lounge – Volunteer urgently needed to help make tea and coffee at Seniors’ Lounge on the second Sunday of each month, 2.30-4pm. Please contact Ros on 611344 or Cathie on 629252 if you can help.
Messy Church – Could you spare a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon once a month? Messy Church is in need of someone to run the refreshments after the activities. If you think you can help please contact Andrea on 07930 390775.
This Month – If you have any items for family news please send words and photographs to the email@example.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.
Volunteers needed – We urgently need volunteers with skills and experience to help with our children’s work. We are short of help on Sunday mornings at 9.30 across all age groups. Please speak to Rachael or Andrea for more information (via the Parish Office).
New Parochial Church Council – following the 2016 APCM the following are the current members of the PCC, any of whom can be approached for help or information: Rev Barry Wilson, Rev Stephen Snelling, Rev Kaushal David; Steve Lockett (Treasurer & Churchwarden), Pat Stalker (Churchwarden); Beth Roberts (Secretary); Gill Appleton, Bryan Coghlan, Ros Reid, Margaret Whitehurst (Deanery Synod reps); Angie Bartlett, Belinda Coghlan, Jackie Ford, Marie Hamner, Nick Hutt, Andrew Kelly, Vanessa Layfield, Kath Leonard, Paul O’Brien, Simon Russell, Nigel Winzer, Dot Woods.
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