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.

Church Shop – Please note, the shop is now closed for the winter and will re-open in March 2019.

Little Fish – Join us this term for the return of Little Fish every Thursday in term-time, 10-11.30am in St. Nic’s Chapel. We shall be looking at animals in the Bible.

At Encounter, Sunday 17th February, in the Parish Hall we will be looking at Identity and what it means to be part of God’s family. Refreshments from 6.45pm, meeting starts 7.15pm. It’s an informal, Cafe Style meeting and it would be lovely to see you there.

CAP Job Club “Steps towards Employment” course is now running on Tuesday mornings, 10am at Market Street Church. Practical, friendly support to help you step confidently into employment. More details from Angie Bartlett or ring 07398 434397.

Mental Health Matters in Church – Saturday, 16th February, 9.15am-1.15pm at Market Street Church. A free half-day meeting to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health. Contact minister@marketstreetchurch.co.uk or 07977 542909 for more information or to book a place.

Housekeeping Group Get-Together – come and join me for tea/coffee, cake and a chat on Monday, 18th February, 2pm at Café de Paris. Anyone interested in joining the team would be most welcome to come along, I’d love to see you there. Pat Stalker.

The next Ladies Breakfast will be on Saturday, 23rd February at The Crown Hotel at 8.30am. The speaker will be Mary Harris. Sign up at the back of Church or e-mail nantwichladiesbreakfast@gmail.com

World Day of Prayer – “Come, Everything is Ready!” Praying for Slovenia: A Service for Everyone. Friday, 1st March, 2pm in Church followed by refreshments. All welcome.

The Big Pancake Party – Saturday, 2nd March, 4-6pm. All welcome – Enjoy pancakes, games and activities. Sign up in the Parish Office to let us know you can come. Any donations will go to the Church Urban Fund.

Celebration of Different Abilities Service, Saturday, 9th March, 2.30-3.30pm. Join us for an informal service in Chester Cathedral to celebrate the contribution of people with different abilities. The service will include a BSL signer, hearing loop, signing choir, large print and braille service sheets. Book your place at www.chester.anglican.org/calendar or call Vanessa Layfield (01928718834 x 232).

The Daleian Singers “Spring-time” Concert, Saturday, 9th March, 7.00pm in Church. Tickets £12.00 in support of St. Luke’s Cheshire Hospice available from St. Luke’s Hospice, St. Mary’s Church Shop, Vernon Cope (526239) or pay on the door.

Our Lent Course this year will run on five Tuesdays starting 12th March, the same course running in the afternoon (2pm) and evening (7.30pm), joint with the Methodist Church. Venue: Methodist Church Coffee Lounge. We will use part of the Pilgrim Course and study the Beatitudes. If you wish to attend please add your name to the sheet at the back of church so that we know how many course books to order.

Nantwich Lecture by Dr Ben Fulford (Deputy Head, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Chester) “Life Together – The Theology of Marriage”, Wednesday, 13th March, 7.30pm in St Mary’s, Nantwich. Refreshments from 7pm. Admission £2.

Royal School of Church Music Come & Sing Faure’s Requiem – Saturday, 23rd March in St. Mary’s Church. Rehearsal 2.45pm, performance 6.30pm. Cost £5 inc. refreshments. Cheques payable to “RSCM Chester Area” with your name, address, phone, e-mail, voice part and if you need a copy to Simon Russell c/o St. Mary’s Parish Office, Church Walk, Nantwich CW5 5RG. Contact Simon (srussell@rscm.com or 07909 886997).

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.

Farewell Service for Bishop Libby Lane – Chester Cathedral will be celebrating her ministry and saying farewell on Saturday, 30th March at 11am. Bishop Libby will preside and preach; the service will be followed be a simple reception in the south aisle. Tickets are limited. If anyone is interested in attending please let Mark know by 17th February.

The Church Fete will be held on Saturday, 6th July. There is a large team of willing volunteers but we need someone who will co-ordinate the event. There are people who can guide with this who have undertaken the role before. If you think you may be able to take on this role please speak to one of the Churchwardens or the Rector.

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).

The Electoral Roll is to be completely renewed this year. Please complete an application form by 27th March. If you are already on the roll you will receive an envelope containing a form. Application forms are also at the back of church. If you are aged 16+, baptised and are either resident in the parish or have attended St. Mary’s for six months or more, you are eligible to be on the roll. Please return forms to the Parish Office, Churchwardens or Clergy. The roll is an important record of St. Mary’s people, and if you complete the attached consent form that will be a great help in keeping in touch.