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

Morning Prayer will be said on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, all at 8.30am. It will last 20-25 minutes and you are most welcome to come.

Count Your Blessings – Many of you may have responded to the Lenten challenge set by Christian Aid. If you still have money to donate please will you put a cheque made payable to Christian Aid or cash together with your form and return it to church in an envelope marked Christian Aid Count Your Blessings. Please either place it in the offertory dish on Sundays or in one of the money boxes at the back of church. Thank you for your support.

Sunday Club Themes – This half term the Church Mice will be finding out about the nature of God. Launch Pad and Orbit will be exploring some real life issues and finding out what the Bible says about them.

Quiz Night – Friday 27th April, 7-7.30pm start. Hotpot supper, bar and raffle, Richmond Village, St Joseph’s Way, London Road, Nantwich CW5 6LZ. Teams of Six, £10 per person. Entries to Chris Farrall tel: 01270 624335, Christine.farrall@dsl.pipex.com Proceeds to be shared between St Mary’s Church and Nantwich Food Festival.

Ladies Breakfast – The next Ladies Breakfast will take place on Saturday 28th April at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. The speaker will be Rector Mark. Please sign up at the back of Church or email nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

Teddy Bears’ Picnic for Baptism Families – Saturday 28th April, 3-4.30pm in the Parish Hall. St Mary’s Church invites you to a picnic for all the family. Bring your own picnic and we will entertain you with crafts, singing and cake! Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to attend – office@stmarysnantwich.org.uk

On Saturday 5th May, 12-2pm, there will be a social for pre-schoolers at the ride-on trains behind the Peacock pub. Places are limited so please sign up with Andrea or email childrenandfamilystmarys@gmail.com

Listening Service – From 10th May some of our trained volunteer Listeners in the pastoral care team are offering a drop-in Listening Service at St. Mary’s Church most Thursday afternoons between 2.00 – 4.00pm. Notices will be placed outside the church when the session is taking place.

Portable Appliance Testing – The annual testing of portable appliances within Church, Church Shop, Tower and Office will take place on Monday 14th May. It is essential that all personal items (laptops, projectors, amps, toasters, kettles, lamps/decorative lights, etc.) which you use at a service, or any other time, on Church property are tested and we ask that these items be available by 8.30am on 14th May. Please speak to Nigel Winzer if you have any queries concerning this – our insurance provider recommends that this exercise is carried out on an annual basis.

St Luke’s Hospice Gala Concert – Saturday 19th May, 7.30pm in Church. Performances by Rhos Orpheus Male Choir and Roberts Bakery Band. Tickets £17.50, to include a glass of fizz and dessert canapés.

Stewards – Date for your diary – Stewards Get Together, Wednesday 23rd May at 2pm in the Parish Hall.

The international pianist, Kathryn Stott, is giving a recital in St Mary’s at 7.30pm on 21st June. Her programme will include works by Bach, Chopin, Grieg and Strauss. An opportunity not to be missed! Tickets £15 available from the Church Office or tel: 01270 568707.

Toy Stall at Church Fete – We welcome any toys, children’s books, jigsaws, etc that are in good order. If you would like to bring them to 5 Heathfield Close or Pat Stalker’s garage at 13 Maisterson Court, this would be very much appreciated. If you prefer I could collect things, please give me a ring. I will need lots of assistance so please let me know if you can help. Many thanks, Ruth Beach 07765 441300.

Help needed – Could you spare an hour or two once a week to serve in the church shop. Please speak to Margaret or Nigel Winzer for more information. Thank you.

Revised Electoral Roll – The Electoral Roll has now been revised in preparation for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Wednesday 25th April 2018. A full list of members can be found on the noticeboard on the west wall just inside the inner south door of the church. Please advise Deborah Snelling of any errors (01270 665800 or deborah.snelling@silverhurst.co.uk) Only those persons whose names are recorded on the Revised Electoral Roll are eligible to vote at the APCM, put themselves forward for election as Churchwarden, Sidesman, PCC or Deanery Synod. Any application forms received from this date forward will be added to the Roll after the close of the APCM.

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.

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.

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

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.

‘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.

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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