Sunday, 31 August 2014

Storytelling Service




From the beginning of September 2014, St Mary’s will be introducing a Storytelling Service at 9:30am on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. This will be a short and interactive service tailored for families with younger children. The first service will be on Sunday 7th September.

As a result, from September the start time of the Parish Communion Service will be moved from 10:00am to 10:30am. The 11:30am Holy Communion Service will be discontinued.

The times of services will now be as follows:


8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Storytelling Service 1st & 3rd Sundays

10.30am Parish Communion

Sunday Club: 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays in term time

Youth Group: Sundays in term time

12.30pm Holy Baptism 2nd & 4th Sundays

6.30pm Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) 1st, 3rd & 4th Sundays; Be Still & Know service 2nd Sunday; No service at St Mary’s on 5th Sunday – join Compline at Chester Cathedral


10:00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Forthcoming social events at St Mary’s

Saturday 20th September: 7.15pm French Evening
Enjoy wine, pâté, cheese and dessert, French music plus a quiz with prizes. Tickets: £12.50 from Elizabeth Pugh (675822) or Elsie Scott (674996)

Saturday 4th October: Harvest Bring & Share Supper

Friday 7th November: Beetle Drive 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

St Mary’s Parish Weekend at Rydal 2014


The weekend ran from Friday afternoon 18th July through to Sunday lunchtime and as with the two previous such events, we were enjoying the hospitality of the peaceful and comfortable Rydal Hall, set in possibly the most beautiful spot in the South Lake District. There were 41 of us, most from St Mary’s, but this year we were joined by 6 people from other local churches, who by the end of the weekend felt very much like old friends.


Our leader was Dr Stephen Cherry who began the weekend making us take seriously St Paul’s challenge to die to sin and live to God. We found ourselves, unexpectedly perhaps, relishing the challenge. In our worship sessions we concentrated on finding God in the ordinary things of life.

Happily our combat with sin was interspersed with delicious meals and a guided walk to Tarn Howe on Saturday afternoon, a most enjoyable quiz, whilst the evening finished with the ever popular barn dance.

The weekend culminated with a Eucharist in the converted Barn at Rydal at which Stephen gave us a pithy sermon drawing together all we had learned about sin but also about the generous love which comes to us when we take off our shoes and walk humbly with God and with other people.