Welcome to St. Mary's Church
Welcome to our parish church website.
We hope that you will join with us both in worship and in the many activities that are organised within the church family.
This website aims to give you details of who we are, what we do and how you can join us.
'Living to Worship and Glorify God,
to Encourage and Support His Church,
and to Reach Out to His World'
Note from the Church Wardens
We have received news from the Bishop of Shrewsbury this week. She has set the date for Rev’d Canon Pat Hawkins’ Induction Service. It is Tuesday 11th February. Make sure you get the date in your new diaries ! We will let you know more details in the New Year as the plans evolve. It will be at St. Mary’s, Ellesmere.
Secondly we would like to apologise for the lack of heating at the beginning of the month we are pleased to report that the heating engineers have been out and re programmed the electronics. We now have a warm and welcoming Church.
We look forward to the forthcoming Christmas Services and sharing the Seasonal Festivities with you all.
St. Mary's Church, Ellesmere
Fundraising and Social Events 2019
|Saturday 7th December||Christmas Coffee Morning and Grand Draw
Entry includes Tea/Coffee, Mince Pies and Sherry.
Gift stall, card stall, etc
Ellesmere Shoppers’ Lunch raises £1400
The annual Shoppers’ Lunch at Ellesmere Town Hall raised over £1400 for local groups whilst getting everyone into the festive spirit. Members of Age UK North Shropshire Supporters and the fundraising group at S. Mary’s Church, Ellesmere prepared a wonderful selection of main courses and puddings to tempt over 100 guests. Retail therapy was available in the form of Christmas cards, gifts, a range of delicious cheeses and home-made jams, and the raffle provided some excellent stocking-fillers provided by local people and businesses.
Mark Spurdens, Chairman of the Church’s fundraising group and Treasurer of Age UK Supporters, said: “We rely on the generosity of all those who buy, make and donate food to the event and are very grateful for everyone’s support.” Anne Wignall, Chair of the Age UK group, said: “A big thank you to our volunteers who worked so hard to make the lunch such an enjoyable occasion and to our guests for supporting us. We hope to see you again next year.”
Age UK is holding a pre-Christmas drinks party with carols at The Gannow, Welsh Frankton, on Friday, 6th December, by kind permission of Clive and Beverley Wrisdale. Tickets, at £10, are available from Ismay’s of Ellesmere, and from members of the committee.
On Saturday, 7th December, S. Mary’s Church is organising a Christmas Coffee morning and Grand Draw at Ellesmere Town Hall, starting at 10.30am.
The annual Midwinter Concert at Ellesmere College will be held on Saturday, 1st February 2020 and will feature the College’s Choirs and the Porthywaen Silver Band playing ‘Songs from the Films’.
The Bells of St Mary's - December 2019
This year is the centenary of Save the Children founded by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton. Each year the church marks the achievements of Eglantyne Jebb as a social reformer on the anniversary of her death on 17th December 1928. This year Save the Children have asked that church bells be rung on or near that date to mark their centenary. We therefore intend to ring a quarter peal on the afternoon of Sunday 15th December as a tribute to her and the work of Save the Children. (A quarter peal is 1260 changes on the bells and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.)
Mothers' Union Programme 2019
The Mothers' Union Programme 2019, St Mary's Church, Ellesmere, Shropshire