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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


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.