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 07776 238208 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

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.

Youth Worker – We are now advertising a part-time post for the role of leading and developing all aspects of St Mary’s work with 11–18 year olds. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Sunday Clubs – Packs for younger children available from the welcome team for children aged 5 up.

Morning Prayer – Please note that there will be no Morning Prayer from Thursday, 9th to Monday, 27th August. Recommences Tuesday, 28th August.

Foodbank has been awarded Sainsbury’s Nantwich local charity of the year. We have been giving the following dates to be able to collect money at front of store. If you can spare 1½ hours or more on any of these dates 3rd, 4th 5th August; 12th, 13th, 14th October; 23rd, 24th, 25th November please e-mail Jane (info@nantwich.foodbank.org.uk)

If anyone is interested in supporting the Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust with any sponsored event on Saturday 8th September then please see the poster in the parish hall or contact the parish office for details. It is intended St. Mary’s along with other Cheshire churches will be open for visitors taking part on this “Ride and Stride” sponsored event.

Are you starting school in September or moving to Secondary School? If so, we would like you to bring your uniform to church on Sunday 9th September for a photo to be taken of you all wearing it after the 9.30 service. It will be used in the church magazine and we’d like to interview you to find out what you’ve been up to in your first week at school! Andrea Clews, Children and Families’ Worker

“Free to Be” a Care for the Family event for Christian Women in partnership with Spring Harvest – Tuesday, 9th October, Stoke-on-Trent. For further details and other dates/venues see www.careforthefamily.org.uk. Tickets £4 until 21st August then £6.

Children’s Society Box Count 2018. I shall be in the Church porch between the 9.30 and 10.45am services from 12th August to 2nd September. Please bring your boxes to church or leave them at the church shop during the week. Thank you. Marion Edge, tel. 628619.

Churches Together in Nantwich Refugee Family Re-Settlement Project. If you would like to contribute a new household item to aid the resettlement of a refugee family in Nantwich, please see and sign the gift list at the back of church.

Housekeeping – Help! Do come and join me for tea/coffee and a cake to chat about what is involved in being part of the Housekeeping Team on Tuesday, 21st August, 2pm at Café de Paris in Hospital Street (upstairs room). I’d love to see you there, Pat Stalker.

After many years of service, Nigel & Margaret Winzer will retire at the end of the year from their duties of managing St Mary’s Visitors’ Centre (otherwise known as the Shop). We owe them much gratitude. 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 a vacancy for a manager of 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.

Jonathan Veira one-man show in Church – Saturday, 17th November, 7.30pm. A great evening out with international Christian opera singer and all round family entertainer and amusing story teller.

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.

Confirmation – The Bishop of Chester will visit St. Mary’s for a service of confirmation on Sunday, 18th November at 6pm. Please speak to Mark if you or one of your children may be interested in being confirmed, or if you know people who could be invited to consider it. Preparation for adults and children will commence in September.

The next issue of Bible Reading Fellowship notes are available in the pew postal system for current subscribers. If anyone else is interested in subscribing to the notes which assist daily Bible reading, then please contact Beth Roberts (07703 126163) for more information.

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.

Find the Keys to the Holiday Home – £1 a go. Label a square on the map in the Parish Office and if that is where the keys are you win the holiday!

Regular Steward Needed from 8th Sept: Saturdays, 1.30-3pm. It is so great that St. Mary’s stays open Monday to Saturday every week. Our resigning Steward says how much she has enjoyed this Saturday slot meeting so many visitors. Reserves are available when you cannot attend. Full training is provided. Ring or text Penny (07929 989835). Stewards do not have to members of our Congregation.

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, maidmentrail@aol.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 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.  “This Month” Magazine will be available in church on Friday, 24th August.

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!

Mission Support – We are looking for new suggestions for projects we can support as a church. Please see our article in August’s THIS MONTH and speak to Revd Bernard if you have some ideas.

Communication at St Mary’s – The PCC are keen to hear from anyone who has suggestions for ways in which communications at St Mary’s can be improved. We are contacting all organisations in our annual report for their comments. Please speak to Gill Appleton, Andrew Kelly or Revd Bernard if you have suggestions for us to consider.

The annual Mothers’ Union fund raising coffee morning will be on Thursday, 16th August in the Parish Hall from 10-12midday. Price is £2.50 for coffee/tea and a scone with jam and cream. There will also be various stalls plus a raffle.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services will be held on Sunday, 2nd September, 9.30am & 10.45am. Donations of any long-dated food items (eg. tinned & dried food, bottles, chocolates etc.) are welcome on the day and up to Wednesday, 5th September, when they will be taken to Cheshire Without Abuse (formerly Crewe Women’s Aid).

Children’s Society Box Count 2018. I shall be in the Church porch between the 9.30 and 10.45am services from 12th August to 2nd September. Please bring your boxes to church or leave them at the church shop during the week. Thank you. Marion Edge (628619).

The September-November Service rotas for clergy, readers, intercessors and lesson readers are in the post file ready for collection.

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