Sunday, 10 October 2021



A very warm welcome to our new Curate, Revd Paul Emberton, seen here serving coffee in the Centre on his first Sunday at St Mary's.

An in-depth introduction to Revd Paul can be seen in the October Magazine.

Saturday, 9 October 2021


Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest collection for the foodbank.

After two car trips to the depot this week I am delighted to report that the grand total delivered was 211.87 kg! In addition, donations of £60 were also made.

Thank you again.

Stuart Bull

Sunday, 3 October 2021



There were eighty people at St Mary's for the Christian Aid evening of words and music on September 15th, and they and others who couldn't be there in person were exceedingly generous. The music was wonderful!

The evening raised £2,041.25 for Christian Aid. 

The grand total for the series, counting everything donated for the evenings in December, March, May and September, stands at £10,892.  

Thank you to Trevor Dennis and friends for organising these evenings and to everyone who supported Christian Aid.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021


Another 60 kilos of food donated by the congregation was delivered to the Foodbank warehouse on 14th September.

Sadly, the Foodbank warehouse is looking a little empty as we emerge from the summer holidays and continue to respond to ever growing need from local people for crisis support.  They are currently having to purchase food to keep up with demand.

Please support us by donating food - the containers are at the back of Church and in the Centre.

The current Top Ten items needed are as follows:


Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021


Last Sunday, 5th September, saw St Mary's bid farewell to Rev Laura Rhodes, our Assistant Priest. Laura has been appointed as the Vicar of St Peter's Church, Hargrave and will take up her new role on 13th September.

This is not the first time we have said goodbye to Laura as she grew up in the parish as a daughter of Colin and (Rev) Maureen Pickering, and after school, gained her Theology degree at Durham University. Subsequently, Laura trained for the Ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and served her curacy at St Bartholomew's and St Anne's in Wilmslow. Laura returned to St Mary's in 2017, with particular involvement in the children's ministry, including Messy Church and Storytelling.

Following the service on Sunday, members of the congregation joined Laura and her family for refreshments in the Handbridge Centre and a chance to express their thanks for all she has brought to St Mary's. 

Our love and prayers to Laura and her family for their future in Hargrave.