Monday, 16 July 2018

More Photos of St Mary's Handbridge Centre

 
 
 
 

 


 
THE PRICE HALL, THE DAVIES AND THE WILLIAMS ROOM EACH HAVE INTEGRAL AUDIO AND PROJECTION FACILITIES
   
 
COFFEE BAR

 
 
WILLIAMS ROOM
 
To book a room or for further information, please contact the Parish Administrator, Doris Keen, in the Parish Office:admin.stmaryschester@talktalk.net
Tel: 01244 671202
 
 
 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

St Mary's Handbridge Centre Opening - Photos

Over 200 people attended the opening of St Mary’s Handbridge Centre on Sunday 10th June. The official opening  was carried out by the Right Revd Dr Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, assisted by Razia Daniels, our Councillor and recent Lord Mayor.  Razia, along with Chris Matheson, our MP, and Rupert Collis, the Estate's Manager from Eaton Estates, have been key in their local support for the success of the project.

Some photos of the Centre, and of the opening ceremony, are given below:


 



 
 
 
 







Saturday, 9 June 2018

St Mary's Handbridge Centre - Now Open

St Mary's Handbridge Centre was opened on Sunday 10th June

Below are some photos at the setting up on Saturday morning




 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
THIS VIEW FROM THE CAR PARK SHOWS ST MARY'S CENTRE - THE ORIGINAL PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY ON THE HILL, PRIOR TO THE BUILDING OF
ST MARY WITHOUT - THE - WALLS IN 1887
 
 
 
 



 


 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

St Mary's Handbridge Centre


Opening of exciting new Centre in Handbridge

 
On Sunday, 10th June, the Right Revd Dr Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, will officially open the new St. Mary’s Handbridge Centre, a long awaited community hub serving the needs of Handbridge and beyond. 


 
 
The new facility replaces the old church hall, and is over twice the size of the former building. Comprising a large hall, two community rooms, a small meeting room, and an outdoor seating area, the Centre will be available for hire and use by the whole community. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, a refreshment and social area, disability access, a secure pre-school play area, and full state of the art projection facilities.

Members of the public are warmly invited to come and view the Centre and its facilities between 16:30 and 18:00 on Sunday, 10th June. 

St Mary’s is extremely grateful to all those organisations and individuals who have contributed and worked tirelessly over the past three years to see this project become a reality.

Monday, 14 May 2018

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHESTER'S LINK DIOCESE OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO


FROM BISHOP PETER, BISHOP LIBBY AND BISHOP KEITH

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 www.congochurchassn.org.uk   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