Friday, 14 February 2020

NEW £98,000 GRANT FOR ST MARY'S HANDBRIDGE CENTRE


                                       

Since the Centre opened in June 2018, it has proved to be a great success, being used by an increasingly wide range of organisations in the community.

Until now a team of volunteers has been used to help the day-to-day management of the activities and events taking place in the Centre. The parish has been grateful to these volunteers for their support and the dedication they have shown in making the Centre a success. However, although the help of the volunteers is much appreciated, in the long-term, it is not an ideal situation.

We are delighted to announce that the Centre has now secured a Reaching Communities grant of £98,408 to fund up to three part-time staff to manage the Centre for the next four years. 

At the end of the four-year period St Mary's expects the Centre to be self-funding to enable staff to be employed in the future.

Volunteers will still be needed, and very much appreciated, in the short/medium term, particularly at times when the demand for the Centre is high.





Sunday, 9 February 2020

MESSY CHURCH


   

MESSY CHURCH 
3.00 p.m. SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

PLEASE JOIN US FOR STORY, CRAFT ACTIVITIES AND REFRESHMENTS

Friday, 7 February 2020

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2020



WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2020

Friday 6th March 2020 10.30 – 11.30 am

ST. MARY WITHOUT - THE - WALLS
HANDBRIDGE, CHESTER, CH4 7HL

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.

On Friday March 6th 2020, men and women from the Chester area will gather here at St. Mary’s, Handbridge, to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Zimbabwe. Do join us for the Service and refreshments afterwards in the new Handbridge Centre.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later.

Details available from Sybil Graham 01244 679636




Sunday, 2 February 2020

YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS CARD APPEAL


Youth Group Giving Appeal Christmas 2019

Youth Group would like to say thank you very much indeed to everyone who gave towards their Christmas Card Tree Appeal for Christian Aid this year.  You helped us raise an amazing £702.61.  Christian Aid will also be able to claim a further £125.00 from the money which was Gift-Aided bringing St Mary’s contribution this Christmas to £827.61.  We’re so thankful for the donations you have made.

With the money we have bought:


A child-friendly space in a refugee camp (£93.00) for children who lost their homes in conflict and to help give people our age a place where they can be safe to learn and play and be themselves.



Another mobile health clinic (£115.00) like last year to help women and babies in remote parts of Kenya, through local partners including the Transmara Rural Development Programme there.


Another cow (£187.00) to help a family become self-sufficient, contribute to the local economy and give women, who look after the animals, a voice.




With the remaining money, we chose 5 turkeys, 2 pairs of chickens and 2 nanny goats to generate income and food; 2 water pumps for safe water in emergency situations, 2 emergency disaster kits and vital antibiotics; and some fruit tree saplings and seeds to help floodproof land in Bangladesh and provide fruit for people to sell.  Finally, our money will help send 4 children to school in Kenya.

You’ve really helped change people’s lives.  Thank you!

St Mary’s Youth Group

Sunday, 29 December 2019

FOODBANK COLLECTIONS 2019


A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL AT ST MARY'S WHO HAVE DONATED TO THE FOODBANK IN 2019


STUART HAS TAKEN 1006.3 KGS OF FOOD FROM ST MARY'S TO THE WAREHOUSE 




A NUMBER OF PEOPLE FROM ST MARY'S HAVE HELPED WITH THE COLLECTIONS AT TESCO SUPERMARKETS. ONE OF WHOM WAS LINDA MANNING.


                                                 


THE TOTAL WEIGHT OF FOOD DONATED AT THE TWO LOCAL TESCO STORES WAS AN AMAZING 3386.88 KGS.