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S. Mary's Church News May 2015

Tower Open Days

After the popularity of our Tower Tours over the last two years, we will again be opening the church tower for visits this year.

The first Open Day will be on Sunday 5th July from 2.00pm until 4.30pm. This is the day of the Rotary Club Regatta on the Mere so you can come and look at the boats from a new angle! The Tower Tour is free of charge and any donations we receive will be added to the Rotary Regatta fund raising.

The second occasion is Saturday 12 September again from 2.00pm-4.30pm. This is the Ellesmere Festival weekend. Again there will be no charge for the Tower Tours.

We will give more details nearer the time - but note the dates in your diary and come and have a look at the bells and the view from the tower.

Peter Leigh, for the Tower Captain and Bell Ringers.

Easter Services

The Easter services were all very well attended.

On Palm Sunday, despite heavy rain, the congregation processed into the church from the top gate following 'Lisa', a well behaved donkey kindly loaned by Mr. Dave Mills from Cockshutt. After a litle persuasion, Lisa walked into church and stood quietly by the West Door much to the delight of the congregation.

On Maundy Thursday there was the traditional service involving foot washing and on Good Friday the procession of Witness and Vigil. On Holy Saturday at dusk there was the lighting of the Easter candle and a further vigil followed on Easter Day by the 10.15am service. This was very well attended and we were joined by families for four baptisms.

Lent Lunches

A record amount was donated from the series of soup lunches held during Lent towards the Bishops' lent appeal. Many thanks to all who attended as well as those who prepared and served such delicious soups.

Easter Services 2015

Palm Sunday Service Sunday 22nd March
Preparation of the Easter Garden Friday 3rd April from 10am
Procession of Witness Good Friday 3rd April 11am followed by the last of the Lent Lunches raising funds for the Bishop's Lent Appeal
Easter Vigil Holy Saturday 4th April
Easter Day serrvice at 10:15am on Sunday 5th April

S. Mary's Church News April 2015

200 Club

There are still some numbers to be allocated in the 200 Club. There are still eleven months to go so if you would like to sign up please let us know.

Hot Pot Supper

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Hot Pot Supper and Quiz at the Town Hall on 27th February. A capacity attendance enjoyed Rodney Stoke' Hot Pot with new potatoes and then a selection of homemade apple pies and trifles for dessert. Jenny Spurdens' quiz was well received, with a team of bellringers the winners. Over £900 was raised for church funds.

Future Fundraising Events

Garden Trail: Sunday, 7th June
Parish Lunch: Sunday, 21st June

Stewardship Campaign

Thank you to everyone who returned their pledges to church before the Mothering Sunday Service on 15th March. Anyone still to complete their forms may return them to Fr. Philip or Peter Leigh.

Annual PCC Meeting

This will be held on Tuesday 13th April in S. John's Room at 7:30pm.

Attending this meeting is a chance for everyone on the Church Electoral Roll to hear about the work of St. Mary's Church in the last year and to vote for new members of the PCC.

S. Mary's Church News March 2015

Mothering Sunday
Sunday 15th March, 2015

Mothering Sunday Service and Eucharist at 10:15am

Special Service with posies and cards. Everyone welcome.

S. Mary's Church News February 2015

Movember

Mark Spurdens would like to thank everyone who sponsored him for his Movember moustache growing challenge and is very pleased to report that he sent a magnificent total donation of £725 towards their work with prostate cancer research and treatment.

Fundraising - Hot pot Supper and Quiz

Our first fundraising event for 2015 is the very popular Hot Pot Supper and Quiz to be held at the Town Hall on Friday 27th February at 730pm. Jenny Spurdens is hard at work compiling the quiz, Rodney Stokes has the date in his diary to provide his usual top quality hot pot and Ann Harris is already busy selling tickets. Tickets are priced at £10 and as there are a limited number you are encouraged to reserve yours as soon as possible.

Christmas Services

Crib service 2014The Crib Service at St. Mary's 2014Whilst it might seem a little late or maybe very early to talk about Christmas, the series of services held over the festive period were very enjoyable and well supported. In particular the Christingle Service and Carol Service on Sunday 21st December and the Crib service on 24th which enjoyed a record attendance.

It was also a pleasure to welcome pupils and parents from Ellesmere Primary School for their Nativity and Carol Service on Wednesday 17th December. There were excellent readings from a number of children and the final tableau of the Holy family, shepherds, animals and Wise Men at the front of the church brought a tear to many eyes. With the church heating failing on the morning of the service Fr. Philip managed to hire some extremely efficient fan heaters and many people commented that the church had not felt so warm in years! We hope that the Primary school carol service might once again become an annual event at S. Mary's.

200 Club Update

Annual subscrptions for the next year are now due and can be paid to Ann Edwards, Ann Harris, Mark Spurdens or Jeremy Stretton. The subscription of £10 allows the holder to be entered into a monthly draw with prizes ranging from £10 to £100. There are  small number of vacant slots if anyone would like to join the 200 club. Proceeds are used to help fund the purchase of "extras" in church which our normal budget would not allow us to buy.