Monday, 14 May 2018



Dear Friends
We are writing to inform you of the current turmoil in Aru and Boga, the Diocese of Chester link dioceses in northeast DR Congo. There has been some coverage of this crisis on national news which you may have seen. We have received requests for support from our link dioceses in this time of need.
Starting last December, and coming to a head in February, there has been a resurgence of hostilities after more than a decade of peace. Clergy report churches and houses being torched, women raped and many killed. The centre of these atrocities is Djugu, 70 kilometres from Bunia, the provincial capital, where +Keith, Archdeacon Ian and a team from the diocese were visiting last July.
Unsurprisingly, many are fleeing the fighting. Earlier this month it was reported that there were more than 100,000 displaced people, including 42,000 refugees in neighbouring Uganda. Bisoke Balikenga, Provincial Youth Leader, tells of 25,000 displaced families in Bunia. The number of displaced and refugees in DRC as a whole equals those of Syria.

The local Church is doing a magnificent job. They are putting people up in their homes and opening up their schools to shelter the displaced. Their whole ethos is summed up by their vision ‘Ensemble nous pouvons’ (Together we can). However, emergency aid is essential: the Anglican Alliance, whose mandate is to bring together development, relief and advocacy work across the Communion, is aiming to raise $100,000 across ten DRC dioceses, starting with Aru and Boga.
We are asking if you would make a donation, however large or small. Donations should be made direct to the Congo Church Association, using one of the following methods;
    • By online payment, details can be found at   You can Gift Aid your donation, by using this payment method or by downloading a form from the same website.
    • By cheque, payable to 'Congo Church Association', Please write Dio Chester on the reverse of the cheque. Addressed to; The Hon. Treasurer, Paul Dickens, Hockliffe Grange, Hockliffe, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9NL

    • By direct payment, payable to ‘Congo Church Association’           CAF Bank Ltd           Account No. 00016616       Sort code 40-52-40
When making a donation please quote the reference DioChester .

Please pray, and thank you for your response.
With love in Christ,
+Peter, +Libby and +Keith










Monday, 23 April 2018

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

There was a very good attendance on Sunday 22nd April for St Mary's APCM

Helen Brophy and Ted Graham were re-elected as Churchwardens for a further year .

After all the business reports, Ted Graham gave an update on the building of the new St Mary's Handbridge Centre. This is progressing well, in anticipation of the opening by the Bishop of Chester on 10th June. The scaffolding has been removed and an updated photo of the exterior of the building from the (future) car park is shown below.

Sunday, 1 April 2018


Do please join us for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting to hear what is happening at St. Mary’s, including an update on the new Parish Centre.

Coffee will be served in Church after the 10.30am Parish Communion, prior to the meeting.

A personal copy of the Rector's Annual Report for each person on the Electoral Roll is now available at the back of Church.

Papers for the APCM will be e-mailed out in early April and will be available in hard copy on Sundays 8th and 15th April .

Monday, 19 March 2018


Palm Sunday               25/03/2018           8.00am       Holy Communion

                                                                   9.30am       Storytelling Service

                                                                 10.30am       Parish Communion with Procession of Palms.
                                                                                      Youth Group will lead Passion Narrative

                                                                  6.30pm       Evensong
 Monday                         26/03/2018          7.30pm       Holy Communion with Address

Tuesday                        27/03/2018          7.30pm       Holy Communion with Address
Wednesday                   28/03/2018          7.30pm       Holy Communion with Address

Maundy Thursday         29/03/2018           7.30pm       Maundy Thursday Service with Address

Good Friday                 30/03/2018        10.00am       Litany, Morning Prayer and Ante-                                                                                     Communion
                                                                  2.00pm       Tenebrae Service

Easter Day                    01/04/2018          8.00am       Holy Communion

                                                                 10.30am       Parish Communion

                                                                   6.30pm       Evening Prayer