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.

The next Seniors’ Lounge will be on Sunday, 8th December, 3pm in the Parish Hall – friendly company and a chat over a cup of tea/coffee & cake with a varied programme of activities and singing.

The Nantwich Singers will be performing a recital of Christmas music on Sunday, 8th December at 3pm in St Mary’s. Tickets at £12.50 are available from the Church shop and office or online, and include festive refreshments at the end of the concert.

Nantwich CAP Job Club – Tuesdays 10th December – Christmas Chat & Craft – both 10am-12noon at Market Street Church. All welcome to come and find out more about CAP. 17th December – CAP Volunteers Together Morning, 9.30am-12.30pm. The Job Club will be closed on the 17th, 24th & 31st December and reopen on Tuesday, 7th January 2020 with a CAP Money Budgeting Course starting 14th January 2020.

Cheshire Age UK Carol Concert, Wednesday, 11th December at 7.30pm in Church. Featuring Malbank School orchestra, choir and ukulele band. Tickets £9, concessions £7 (price inc. refreshments).

The next St. Mary’s Breakfast will be on Saturday, 14th December at 8.30am at The Crown Hotel. Change of Plan – it will be an opportunity to sing carols led by Tony Metcalfe. The quiz will be another time. E-mail stmarysbreakfasts@gmail.com or sign up in Church and indicate any dietary requirements.
NB numbers are confirmed first thing on Thursday.

Crewe Brass Concert featuring Emma Radcliffe and Elworth Hall School Choir, Saturday, 14th December, 7.30pm in Church. Tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) from the Church Shop or the Parish Office.

St. Mary’s Breakfast – The next St. Mary’s Breakfast will be on Saturday, 14th December, 8.30am at The Crown Hotel -including a festive (in part) quiz, with quiz-master Nick Howell-Jones. Suitable for all ages and levels of competitiveness; a truly communal event. E-mail stmarysbreakfasts@gmail.com or sign up at the back of Church and indicate any dietary requirements. NB numbers are confirmed first thing on Thursday.

Tots’ Nativity, Sunday, 15th December, 2pm in Church. Jo, Dorothy & Clare invite baptism families to a Tots’ Nativity – discovering the Christmas story with action songs, bells and a treat to take home. Please let the Parish Office know if you are able to attend.

The Julian Meeting for Contemplative Prayer is on Thursday, 19th December, 2pm at 11 Maisterson Court, Nantwich. All welcome.

Salvation Army Christmas Gifts for Children – you are invited to bring a gift to the All Age Nativity on Sunday, 22nd December to put under the tree. These gifts will be given to The Salvation Army to be distributed to less fortunate children at Christmas.

Once again Churches Together in Nantwich are holding a Christmas Day Lunch at Nantwich Methodist Church for around 50 people sitting down for a 3 course lunch plus some take outs to housebound people – all prepared by volunteers. For general enquiries & donations contact Rev. Malcolm Lorimer (625278), invites for the meal – Audrey Bennett (629963), volunteers – Helen Piddock Jones (628419).

PCC Minutes, once approved, are posted on the notice board at the back of church. They are now also available on the PCC page of the church website.

St Mary’s Church Diaries are available in the Church Shop, price £1.00.

2nd class Christmas Stamps (with a religious image) are now available from the church shop. Also available are several inspirational little gifts for £5 or under, cards, Advent books, calendars and candles … and lots of Angels. The shop is open from 10-2pm weekdays and Saturdays. Please come and support us.

Christmas Flowers – If you would like to make a donation towards Christmas Flowers perhaps in memory of a loved one, please hand it to Gill Appleton, Glenys Ellis, the Church Shop or Parish Office in an envelope clearly marked. Thank you.

Sunday Breakfasts: A monthly breakfast is offered in the Parish Hall each 1st Sunday, from 8.45am, for people after the 8am or before the 9.30am services. If you could help on a rota with this please contact Gill Appleton or the Rector/Churchwardens.

Two Saturday Stewards now urgently needed to cover slots 1.30-3.00pm or 3.00-4.00pm. Saturdays are popular days for visitors so do please help us to provide a welcome to our lovely church. Full training is provided. Please call Penny Smith (611227) or Liz Chisnall (624818) if you can help.

New Service Rotas for clergy, readers, intercessors, lesson readers and administrants are available for collection from the post file. This will cover the period from December to February 2020.

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 (07703 126163).

We will need a new PCC Secretary from 22nd April 2020 onwards (the date of the Annual Meeting). If you may be interested, or know someone who may suit the role, please speak to the Rector or Beth Roberts.

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.

Mums & Tots need able-bodied volunteers to help set up on Tuesday mornings in term-time, 8-8.30am for up to an hour. Please contact Gill Appleton (07778 635124) or Celia Kay (07555 113290) if you can help.

Sunday Breakfasts: It is proposed to offer a monthly breakfast in the Parish Hall each 1st Sunday, from 8.45am, for people after the 8am or before the 9.30am services. If you could help on a rota with this please contact Gill Appleton or the Rector/Churchwardens.

Would you like to learn how to operate the PA system and help on a rota for services? It’s not as complicated as it looks! Please speak to Paul O’Brien, Keith Harris or the Rector if interested.