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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.

S. Mary's Church News January 2015

Hot Pot Supper and Quiz

We will be holding our populat Hot Pot Supper and Quiz on Friday 27th February 2015, at 7.30 pm at the Town Hall.

Tickets priced at £10 are available from members of the Fund Raising Committee, or from Mrs Ann Harris - Tel 622163.

S. Mary's Church News December 2014

Joint Confimation Service

On 14th December there will be a joint Confirmation Service at St. Mary's starting at 10:15 am. The service will involve all churches in the Ellesmere Deanery. Any young members or adults from St. Mary's who are thinking of being confirmed are encouraged to speak with the Vicar to discuss arrangements and preparations.

S. Mary's Church News November 2014

Christmas Coffee Morning

On 6th December St. Mary's will be holding their Christmas Coffee Morning and Grand Draw from 10:30 am - 12 noon at Ellesmere Town Hall. Please join us for Coffee, Mince Pies and Sherry. Admission £2.00. Read More...

Joint Confimation Service

On 14th December there will be a joint Confirmation Service at St. Mary's starting at 10:15 am. The service will involve all churches in the Ellesmere Deanery. Any young members or adults from St. Mary's who are thinking of being confirmed are encouraged to speak with the Vicar to discuss arrangements and preparations.

The Harvest Supper a great success

Sixty diners enjoyed a wonderful evening on Friday 3rd October for our Harvest Supper at the Town Hall. Rodney Stokes once again kindly provided the beef, and in his absence it was expertly cooked and carved by Adrian Stokes and Steve Davenport. A starter of Melon or Prawn Cocktail was followed by Roast Beef and all the trimmings, with Apple pie and cream and coffee to follow. A 'Fruit and Vegetable' Quiz prepared by Jenny Spurdens kept everyone occupied and there was the usual attempt to sing some of the best known Harvest hymns. Although the supper is intended primarily as a social event for the church, the generosity of those who provided all of the ingredients at their own expense resulted in an overall profit of £430 which is a useful addition to the total for this year's fundraising.

S. Mary's Church News October 2014

S. Mary's Autumn Fayre 2014

Our Autumn Fayre will be held on Saturday 18th October from 11.30am-1.30pm in the Town Hall. This year's fayre will be in a slightly different format from previous years as we try to promote those parts of the event which work well whilst saying goodbye to some of the stalls which have served us well in the past, but which have been less successful recently. Read More...

Harvest Festival Service

This year's Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday 5th October. This will also include a pet service. Following on from a successful first pet service last year, everyone is encouraged to bring their pets with them to the service for a blessing.

The Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper will be held in the Town Hall on Friday 3rd October at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £10 will soon be available from Ann Harris and will include a three course meal with a starter, Rodney Stokes' home cooked beef with all the trimmings followed by apple pie and cream.

Joint Confirmation Service

On 14th December there will be a joint Confirmation Service at S. Mary's starting at 10.15am. The service will involve all churches in the Ellesmere Deanery. Any young members or adults from S. Mary's who are thinking of being confirmed are encouraged to speak with the Vicar to discuss arrangements and preparations.

Last Night of the Proms

The total profit from the concert after expenses was £3200 which will be divided equally between the church and North Shropshire Supporters of Age UK. This is a fantastic achievement and thanks to everyone involved with the organisation and to the audience on the night.