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.

Prayer for the next Bishop of Chester:
Almighty God, who sent Jesus Christ to be the cornerstone of your Kingdom and to call us to follow him; guide your Church, by the Holy Spirit, to show love and mercy as we build your Kingdom. We pray for the person you are calling to be the next Bishop of Chester; bless, guide and strengthen them to answer your call; in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“The Civil War Explained” with speaker Mike Lea – Saturday, 25th January, 11am at St. Mary’s, Acton followed by a guided walk to view the battlefields. Contact Steve Davies (01270 624135) for further details.

Holly Holy Day: On Saturday, 25th January, 1pm there will be prayers led by the Rector and the laying of wreaths on the Square, to mark Holly Holy Day.

Choral Evensong and Churches Together in Nantwich service at 6pm today, Sunday, 26th January will be Choral Evensong and also the Churches Together in Nantwich service to mark the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and will include the commissioning and re-dedication of Street Pastors, Prayer Pastors and School Mentors and prayer for the Nantwich Foodbank and Nantwich Syrian Refugee Welcome.

The Nantwich CAP Job Club is open on Tuesdays, 9.30am–12.30pm, at Market Street Church. The CAP Money Budgeting course continues on 28th January for a further Tuesday morning. “Steps towards Employment” starts again, with the first of eight free sessions, on Tuesday, 4th February, 9.30am-12.30pm. Friendly, practical support to help you into employment. Contact 07398 434397 or saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com

The next Open House will be on Wednesday, 29th January, 2-4pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome for a cuppa and a chat!

The Nantwich Thursday Club – a new, free, dementia friendly social group for loved ones, carers and family begins Thursday, 30th January – 10am-12.30pm every fortnight in the Parish Hall. Further details from dfnsteeringgroup@gmail.com or 626020.

Nantwich Choral Society “Come and Sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah” – Saturday, 1st February. Rehearsals at 10.30am and 2.15pm; Performance 6pm. Registration forms from www.nantwichchoral.org.uk

The Nantwich Singers are delighted to be invited to sing the evening service of Compline to mark Candlemas on Sunday, 2nd February at 6pm. They will be directed by their new Musical Director, Jake Barlow.

Encounter on 2nd February, 7.15pm in the Parish Hall, will include Communion led by the Rector, and some reading of poetry relating to the theme of light and Candlemas, led by Ernie Charlton. All welcome.

The Accession Service will be used in Morning Prayer on Thursday, 6th February, 8.30am, to mark the 68th anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

The next St. Mary’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, 8th February, 8.30am at The Crown Hotel, cost £8.00. The speaker will be Chris Harris on the topic of “schooling”. Sign up at the back of Church or e-mail stmarysbreakfasts@gmail.com and indicate any dietary requirements. Please note we now confirm numbers first thing on Thursday.

Quiz Night and Chips Anyone? Nantwich Churches Together are holding a Quiz night and Fish ‘n’ Chip Supper in support of the Syrian Refugee Family – St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Saturday, 8th February, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm prompt start. Price £15 per person includes the Fish and Chip supper, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. Tickets from Wendy Beastall (07962 251929 or wendybeastall@btinternet.com)

Nantwich Lecture: Art Lovers Alert. Our next Nantwich Lecture is “Theology and the Arts” on Wednesday, 19th February in St. Mary’s. 7.00pm Meet & Greet Refreshments, 7.30pm Lecture by Professor Alana M Vincent, Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Religion and Imagination, University of Chester. Admission £2.

Lent Course 2020: Tuesday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March, 2-3.30pm and 7.30-9pm. The same course will be run at both times, in Nantwich Methodist Church. We will study “Being Christian” by Rowan Williams, a wonderful book which is short, simple, comprehensive and profound – all at once. It covers the basic activities of a Christian community, and how they relate to our daily lives: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer. A sign-up sheet is at the back of church.

New Reader: On Tuesday, 10th March, 8am, at Foxhill, at the Communion service prior to the Bishop’s Staff Meeting, Alan Thompson will be licensed as a Reader to serve at St. Mary’s. If you would like to attend in support of Alan please let the Rector know.

Bernard Moss RIP – It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death on Sunday, 12th January of our much loved Associate Minister, The Revd Prof Bernard Moss. A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Mary’s Nantwich on Saturday, 18th April at 2pm. All are welcome to attend. We remember Bernard with gratitude and hold Sheila in our prayers. Sheila is very grateful for all the messages of love and support she is receiving.

Not Just Sunday – Chester Diocesan Lay Conference is to explore how we can all live out our faith in every part of our lives every day of the week, not just Sunday. If you are interested in attending the Swanwick Conference Centre 15th-17th May then please speak to Beth Roberts, PCC secretary or Mark.

Ordination of Priests (including our curate, Paul Wheeler, and also Rob Icke, Paul North and Dot Woods), Chester Cathedral, Saturday, 20th June, 5pm. Ordination of Deacons (including Vanessa Layfield, to be curate at St. Mary’s), Chester Cathedral, Sunday, 5th July, 10am. Ticket only – details nearer the time.

Mothers’ Union New Year Appeal in aid of a local domestic abuse refuge. Mothers’ Union are collecting toiletries and clean/new underwear for women and children. If you can, please leave any donations at the church office. Sorry we cannot accept bedding.

Vacancy – Manager of the St. Mary’s Nantwich CAP Job Club. 6-8 hours/week. There is a good team of volunteers. Training provided. The post holder must be a Christian. For further information contact Angie Bartlett (07976 943924) or the Rector.