Sunday, 26 February 2017

St Mary's new Director of Music

Michael Reynolds has recently joined St Mary's as Director of Music.


Michael is a former Head Chorister of Chester Cathedral, where he first learnt to play the organ and had lessons from the assistant organist, Edward Wellman and later had tuition from Roger Fisher.  Michael studied music at Durham University, where he was organ scholar of St John’s College.  In Durham he played in the band for many of the musical productions including Kiss me Kate, Westside Story and Fame! 

From 2009 to 2016 Michael was Director of Music at St Andrew's in Tarvin before joining St Mary's in February 2017.
 
Michael also teaches the piano at the King’s School in Chester and has recently started a new music school, Keyboard Kids (www.keyboardkids.co.uk) which teaches KS1 and KS2 children the basics of music in fun group sessions. 
 
When he’s not teaching, Michael enjoys doing the Parkrun in Delamere Forest or going for a bike ride.  He lives in Tarvin with his wife Caroline and two children Matthew and Sophie. 
 
Michael has already had a noticeable impact at St Mary's.

Friday, 10 February 2017

St Mary's buys a cow!

During Advent and Christmastide, St Mary's Youth Group raised money for Christian Aid's Present Aid scheme.

This was primarily done by asking members of St Mary's congregation to make donations in lieu of sending Christmas Cards.



In 2016 the magnificent total of £542 was raised.

This has been sent to Christian Aid with the request to spend it on the following:

The gift of a cow, will give a widow with children enough milk to keep her children healthy. She can sell any excess at market, and can save up to buy chickens and start selling eggs to improve her life.
In addition to the cow, the money raised will also provide a Home Safety Package to enable the home of a family in Bangladesh to be raised above the flood level, and help fund a Mobile Health Centre in Kenya. 

An excellent effort!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Messy Church


The next Messy Church at St Mary’s is on Sunday 29th January
 
The afternoon includes songs, craft activities and food
 
Photos from the last Messy Church: