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Hot Pot Supper and Quiz Night, 2017

The Fundraising Team organised another excellent evening at the Town Hall on Friday 3rd March with our annual HotPot Supper and Quiz. Almost 80 tickets were sold thanks to the hard work of Anne Harris in advance. It was a most enjoyable evening as a result of the valuable contribution from many of our friends in setting up, waiting on tables, raffle ticket sales, washing up and all that back-room activity that makes events like these look so simple! Special thanks to Rodney and Adrian Stokes for providing a superb HotPot again and their staunch work at the sinks.

Apple pies were provided for dessert by yet more of our friends and thank you to them for that.

After feedback from last year's Quiz about the 'degree of difficulty', this year the winner scored 42 out of 48 and most teams seemed to find the questions a bit easier generally! Fr Phillip acted as a very entertaining Quiz-master as usual.

Jeremy put the questions and answers together.

All in all a great evening - thank you too to everyone who came along to share this event - it is difficult to mention everyone who helped out by name but you know who you are!

Best wishes, Fundraising Team

S. Mary's Church News April 2017

HOT POT SUPPER
The Fundraising Team organised another excellent evening at the Town Hall on Friday 3rd March with our annual Hot Pot Supper and Quiz. Read more...

LENT
Please support Bishop Michael's 2017 Lent Appeal by coming to our seven Friday Soup Lunches (3rd March to 14th April: 12.30 - 1.30) throughout Lent. Enjoy a variety of high-quality soups in S. John's Room expertly prepared by our skilled soup-makers, and contribute to the Appeal. Please attend as many lunches as possible so that we can again send our customary £1000.

Bishop Michael writes: "It is a great honour to select and promote my first Bishop's Lent Appeal in Lichfield Diocese. As I've learned about past Lent Appeals, I have become so aware that they are the result of thousands of people in parishes across the Diocese working together to contribute positively to the good of Christian and non-Christian, near and far away. And so I appeal to you again this year to open your hearts and wallets in generosity as we focus on the needs of refugees and asylum seekers; strangers, aliens and even angels maybe; certainly all people made in the image of God."

200 CLUB
Next years subscriptions are now due. Thank you to everyone who subscribes to our 200 Club which is an important part of our fundraising activities annually. It has become somewhat challenging for our subscription collection team to get around everyone and the PCC has agreed that from March 2017 next years subscriptions can be made by Standing Order. We will be letting everyone who was a member of the Club last year have a Standing Order form which we would be grateful for them to complete and give to their bank by the end of March 2017. There will be some members who still want to pay in cash and we will do our best to get round to collect those payments in the next few weeks. Please let Jeremy, Anne Edwards or anyone who is a regular church attendee know if you can help with any cash subscription collections.
We still have a few spare tickets available if you would like any more or know someone who would like to join. Any queries please contact Jeremy Stretton on phone number 01691 624772. Thanks for your support.

S. Mary's Church News March 2017

HOT POT SUPPER
Tickets for the Hot Pot Supper and Quiz will soon be available priced at £10. We are inviting teams of four with prizes for the highest (and lowest!) scores. After last years success as quizmaster, Jeremy Stretton has once again offered to be in charge of the quiz questions.

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
There will be a service held at Church to celebrate The Women's World bay of Prayer on Friday March 3rd.

LENT
Please support Bishop Michael's 2017 Lent Appeal by coming to our seven Friday Soup Lunches (3rd March to 14th April: 12.30 - 1.30) throughout Lent. Enjoy a variety of high-quality soups in S. John's Room expertly prepared by our skilled soup-makers, and contribute to the Appeal. Please attend as many lunches as possible so that we can again send our customary £1000.

Bishop Michael writes: "It is a great honour to select and promote my first Bishop's Lent Appeal in Lichfield Diocese. As I've learned about past Lent Appeals, I have become so aware that they are the result of thousands of people in parishes across the Diocese working together to contribute positively to the good of Christian and non-Christian, near and far away. And so I appeal to you again this year to open your hearts and wallets in generosity as we focus on the needs of refugees and asylum seekers; strangers, aliens and even angels maybe; certainly all people made in the image of God."

200 CLUB
Next years subscriptions are due in March 2017. Thank you to everyone who subscribes to our 200 Club which is an important part of our fundraising activities annually. It has become somewhat challenging for our subscription collection team to get around everyone and the PCC has agreed that from March 2017 next years subscriptions can be made by Standing Order. We will be letting everyone who was a member of the Club last year have a Standing Order form which we would be grateful for them to complete and give to their bank by the end of March 2017. There will be some members who still want to pay in cash and we will do our best to get round to collect those payments in the next few weeks. Please let Jeremy, Anne Edwards or anyone who is a regular church attendee know if you can help with any cash subscription collections.
We still have a few spare tickets available if you would like any more or know someone who would like to join. Any queries please contact Jeremy Stretton on phone number 01691 624772. Thanks for your support.

S. Mary's Church News February 2017

HOT POT SUPPER
Tickets for the Hot Pot Supper and Quiz will soon be available priced at £10. We are inviting teams of four with prizes for the highest (and lowest!) scores. After last years success as quizmaster, Jeremy Stretton has once again offered to be in charge of the quiz questions.

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
There will be a service held at Church to celebrate The Women's World bay of Prayer on Friday March 3rd.

LENT
Lent starts on Wednesday 1st March and the popular lunches in aid of The Bishops Lent Appeal will take place each Friday in Lent at 12.30pm in S. John s Room.

NIGHT OF THE PROMS
We are very pleased to confirm that in conjunction with North Shropshire Age UK we will be holding another Last Night of The Proms concert in church on Saturday 14th October with the Shrewsbury Light Orchestra and choirs from Ellesmere College under the direction of Head of Music Tony Coupe.

200 CLUB
Next years subscriptions are due in March 2017. Thank you to everyone who subscribes to our 200 Club which is an important part of our fundraising activities annually. It has become somewhat challenging for our subscription collection team to get around everyone and the PCC has agreed that from March 2017 next years subscriptions can be made by Standing Order. We will be letting everyone who was a member of the Club last year have a Standing Order form which we would be grateful for them to complete and give to their bank by the end of March 2017. There will be some members who still want to pay in cash and we will do our best to get round to collect those payments in the next few weeks. Please let Jeremy, Anne Edwards or anyone who is a regular church attendee know if you can help with any cash subscription collections.
We still have a few spare tickets available if you would like any more or know someone who would like to join. Any queries please contact Jeremy Stretton on phone number 01691 624772. Thanks for your support.

S. Mary's Church News January 2017

GRAND DRAW & FESTIVE COFFEE MORNING
Our Grand Draw and Festive Coffee morning held on Saturday 3rd December at The Town Hall attracted a large crowd and with no less than 39 excellent prizes there was a good chance of being a winner.

There were also gifts, cards, jams and preserves for sale and the event raised £1,325 for church funds.

Thanks must go to Anne Edge for masterminding draw ticket sales and Beryl Gilbert for helping with the raffle on the day and to all the local organisations, businesses and individuals who so generously donated prizes.

Jeremy Stretton deserves special thanks for coordinating the collection of prizes.

CONFIRMATION SERVICE
The Bishop of Shrewsbury Mark Rylands visited S. Marys' on Sunday 11th December to officiate at the Deanery Confirmation service.

23 candidates from some of the 14 churches in the Ellesmere Deanery were confirmed including a number of young people from S. Mary's. The service was very well attended and enjoyed by all. Congratulations to all those Confirmed on the day.

FUNDRAISING & SOCIAL EVENTS FOR 2017
The fundraising team have been busy planning next years fundraising and social events. Please see the Schedule of Dates. In addition to our usual events we have plans to repeat the very successful garden trail in June - but to open gardens in other parts of the town and with our friends from Age UK NSS to repeat the Shoppers' Lunch in November.

We are also very pleased to confirm that after the success of a Last Night of The Proms concert held at S. Mary's in 2014, The Shrewsbury Light Orchestra have agreed to play at another concert in the Church on Saturday 14th October 2017 and will be joined by the Ellesmere College Choral Society and Choirs under the direction of Head of Music Tony Coupe. This promises to be a very special evening of music and tickets are certain to be in great demand.