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.

Saturday, 28 August 2021



On Sunday 5th September we will be saying goodbye to our Assistant Priest, Revd Laura Rhodes.

Laura is moving to become the Vicar of St Peter's, Hargrave. Her licensing and induction at Hargrave will be at 7pm on Monday, 13th of September

If anyone would like to give towards a leaving gift for Laura, please leave the gift in a clearly labelled envelope at the Parish Office or in the post box by the main entrance of the Centre. Alternatively,  if you wish to make a contribution by bank transfer/electronic banking, please contact the Treasurer, Helen Brophy.

Friday, 13 August 2021



Sunday Morning Service

It is planned to re-introduce a Holy Communion Service on Sunday mornings at 8am, commencing 5th September.

Storytelling Service

There will be no Storytelling Services during August, and Storytelling Service will resume on Sunday, 12th September. There will be an 'All Age' Service at 10.30am on Sunday, 5th September.

The Well

'The Well' - the new Youth Group for children and young people aged 7+ will start on 12th September and run each Sunday of term-time. Children can be dropped off at 10.3oam in St Mary's Handbridge Centre and will then re-join their parents in church towards the end of the service.

Monday, 2 August 2021


There is currently a very attractive display in Grosvenor Park celebrating the NHS. 

Here are some photos of the display: