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 Slater on 07776 238208 or katheslater@outlook.com 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.

Mission Support Cyclone Disaster: The PCC have agreed to send a donation of £2k from our Mission Support budget to Christian Aid to help the relief work being undertaken. Thank you to everyone who has urged us to do this. (Bernard, Chair Mission Support Group).

Mission Support: a final reminder that after sending £2k to Christian Aid for the cyclone disaster relief we do still have a modest amount available to allocate one-off payments to other projects.

Ordination of Deacons, Sunday, 30th June, 10am, Chester Cathedral, when Rob Icke, Paul North, Dot Woods and our new curate Paul Wheeler will be ordained. If you wish a seat to be reserved for you please add your name to the list at the back of church by Sunday, 5th May.

Please pray for Rob Icke, Paul North and Dot Woods who will be ordained on Sunday, 30th June and begin curacies in the diocese. Would you like to contribute towards gifts to Dot, Paul and Rob? If so, please hand a donation to one of the churchwardens.

The Church Shop is now open for business – with Mothering Sunday and Easter cards as well as gifts and books. Please come, browse and enjoy a hot drink.

Holy Week School Event, Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April. The church is open daily 8.30am – 4pm but closed to visitors for the following times this week due to school events:
Monday 15th April – 9am–12noon and 1–3pm
Tuesday 16th April – 9am–12noon and 1–3pm
Wednesday 17th April – 1–3pm
Thursday 18th April – 1–3pm.

CAP Money Budgeting Course will be running again after Easter, starting on the 23rd April for 3 consecutive Tuesday mornings at Market Street Church, 10am–12 noon. The course makes managing money simple, enables you to acquire budgeting skills & shows you a cash based system that works. To book or to find out more speak to Angie Bartlett or contact 07398 434397 or saintmarys.capnantwich@gmail.com

The next Open House will be on Wednesday, 24th April in the Parish Hall. All welcome for a cuppa and a chat!

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24th April, 7.30pm. There will be several vacancies for the Parochial Church Council. Nomination forms will be issued in due course, but interest is welcome now. If you wish to know more about what is involved please speak to a member of the Clergy or one of the Churchwardens.

Ladies’ and Men’s Breakfast – The next Breakfast is on Saturday, 27th April. It is open to ladies, men and young people. Susie Boxhall (our Youth & Children’s Worker) will be sharing some thoughts with us. E-mail nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com, sign up at the back of Church, or let Jonathan Griffiths or Annie Coombs know by Thursday, 25th April at the latest.

Quiz Night, Hotpot Supper, Bar & Raffle in aid of St. Mary’s Church and Nantwich Food Festival – Friday, 3rd May, 7 for 7.30pm start at Richmond Village. Teams of 6, £10 per person. Entries to Chris Farrall (01270 625335 or Christine.farrall@dsl.pipex.com)

Rachael’s Induction – Friday, 3rd May, 7.30pm at All Saints’ Church, Weston. If you would like to attend please let Rachael (rachaeljuliagriffiths@gmail.com) or the Parish Office know by the end of this month.

A Date for your Diary -A free concert in church to which everyone is invited to celebrate Bernard’s 50 years in the ministry. Saturday, 1st June, 7.30pm in church followed by light refreshments. A thanks offering collection will be taken from which a donation to Christie’s will be made.

The Annual Report of church activities 2018-2019 as well as the Trustees Report and Consolidated Accounts 2018 are available to read on the church website. A printed version of each is available to be read on the church noticeboard at the back of church alternatively please ask the churchwardens or the parish office for a copy.

Basic Safeguarding Awareness Module C0 – is a basic awareness course that can be completed by any member of the congregation to improve their understanding of abuse and enable them to help build a culture of informed vigilance within the Church. It can be undertaken online at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/login/index.php In addition to those working with children/vulnerable adults it is recommended that the following roles consider completing it: vergers, servers, welcomers, sidespersons, refreshment helpers, shop staff, flower arrangers, administrative staff, bell ringers, choir and music group members (including sound/AV).

Chester Diocese publishes an e-bulletin, e-mailed fortnightly, with news and information about events in the diocese. It is available on the diocesan website where you can also subscribe to receive the e-mail.

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/Saturday nights, one turn per month. Please contact David Maidment (maidmentrail@aol.com or 627170) for more details.

THIS MONTH Advertising – THIS MONTH needs help to drum up advertisers to fill vacant advertising space. This could be an ad hoc role as and when space becomes available (not that often!) or it can be a role on the magazine committee. If you are interested (OR if you are a potential advertiser) please contact editor Alison Long stmarysthismonth@gmail.com or Rector Mark.