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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.

S. Mary's Church News December 2016

FUND RAISING
The re-launched Shoppers Lunch took place at the Town Hall on Friday 4th November. This was a joint event between S.Mary's and the North Shropshire Supporters of Age UK and, for the church, took the place of the Autumn Fayre.
Over 100 diners were served a magnificent spread of home cooked main courses, salads, sweets and cheese and biscuits by volunteers from the church and Age UK and were joined by Kirsty and Chris from Tesco.
Thanks must go to everyone who provided food, to Tesco for providing salads and many other ingredients, Ellesmere College for the loan of crockery and cutlery and some of the food and to those who provided raffle prizes: ABP meats, Belton Cheese, The Boathouse, Lily the Pink, Wendy Lloyd Jewellery, Motors, and Morris, Cook and Co.
The event was a great success, providing an enjoyable social occasion for lots of local people and raising over £1800 for the two charities.
This brings the total raised so far since April by the fundraising team to over £6000 (which includes a final magnificent total of over £800 from Jeremy Stretton's bungee jump in October) and we are very grateful to everyone for their continued support.
GRAND DRAW & CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING
This will take place on Saturday 3rd December starting at 10.30am until 12.00 noon at Ellesmere Town Hall.
Join us for festive mince pies, coffee and a glass of sherry. The prize winners for our Annual Grand Draw will be announced. Buy your tickets for the opportunity to win a £50 first prize and over 30 other quality prizes.
Tickets are still available from Anne Edge and will be available on the day.
200 CLUB UPDATE
The 200 club aims to raise funds for those 'extras' for the church which the normal budget will not allow. The annual subscription of £10 (which is due in February) has traditionally been collected by a small group of volunteers who visit everyone to collect their subscription.
In an effort to try to reduce the workload, we are introducing Standing Orders in 2017 for the 200 club subscription. Further details and a standing order form will be available in the January magazine and we hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to set up a standing order.
Confirmation Service at S.Mary's.
The Bishop of Shrewsbury will be in Ellesmere on Sunday 11th December to conduct the Deanery Confirmation Service. Young adults from S. Mary's and some of the other of the fourteen churches in the Ellesmere Deanery will be presented to the Bishop for Confirmation in what is a very significant step.

S. Mary's Church News November 2016

Congratulations to Jeremy on successfully bungee jumping to raise funds for the Church. His courage is to be admired!

HARVEST SUPPER
The harvest supper at the Town Hall on Friday 7th October was a great success with almost 90 meals served. Guests were treated to melon or prawn cocktail starter, Rodney's magnificently cooked and carved beef sirloin with Yorkshire pudding served with new potatoes, peas and carrots was followed by delicious apple pie and cream. Thanks as always to Rodney for providing, cooking and serving the beef. Big thanks also to everyone who helped to prepare and serve the food and for help with the washing up.
Jeremy provided a very good starter quiz and the evening raised over £700 for church funds.

UP COMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Our next fundraiser is a joint event with North Shropshire Age UK and sees the return of the very popular Shoppers' lunch on Friday 4th November at the Town Hall. Tickets are still available from Ismay's, Maxwell's, Rainbows or Ann Harris. Tickets cost £12 which will include a magnificent two course lunch with a wide range of wonderful home cooked dishes. There will be a raffle, card, gift and preserves stalls. The event starts at midday.

GRAND DRAW
Tickets for our Grand Draw are now available from Anne Edge. With a first prize of £50 and around 30 other quality prizes the draw will be held at the Christmas Coffee morning on Saturday 3rd December again in the Town Hall at 10.30am. Tickets will soon be available. The cost will include coffee, homemade mince pies and sherry.

SILVER AWARD
We have recently received notification from the Lichfield Diocese that we have achieved a SILVER AWARD in the Churchyard competition. Thanks must go to Peter Leigh and Mark and William Spurdens for their hard work (William as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh voluntary work). Warm thanks also to Corinna Jebb for maintaining the flower tubs by the church doors and of course to the contractors who keep the grass well-trimmed.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
The Service of Remembrance takes place on SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER. The parade starts from the main town car park, walks to the memorial in the church yard and after the Act of Remembrance moves into the church for the service.