Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Parish Weekend 2nd – 4th September 2016

38 people attended the Parish Weekend in the beautiful surroundings  of Rydal Hall in the Lake District.
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The weekend was led by Margaret Silf, who had taken early retirement to devote more of her time to creative forms of writing, accompanying others in their prayer journeys and leading retreats. Her writing springs from personal prayer and is an expression of her own journey with God. 
Margaret focussed on a number of topics including what prayer means in the ordinary everyday-ness of our lives; the preciousness of our lives to ourselves, to others and, above all, to God; and to seek ways to allow God to transform our routine trudge through life into a place where the Kingdom is coming.

There was also time for relaxing on a rather wet Saturday afternoon, whilst on the Saturday evening Colin Pickering organised a Quiz, followed by a Barn Dance, led by Alistair and Catherine Jones.
A thought provoking and most enjoyable weekend.

Friday, 5 August 2016


Funds towards the cost of the new Centre are now over £1million and we are pursuing other sources of funding to reach our target.

The application for Planning Permission has been submitted with a view to building taking place in the summer of 2017.




Members of St Mary’s congregation and from the wider community have been asked to pledge financial support. 

Pledge forms are available in church and cheques should be made payable to “St Mary’s PCC – re Handbridge Centre”. Alternatively, a new Standing Order form may be completed.   

Payments should go to Chris Schofield, Treasurer, c/o Parish Office, St Mary Without – the - Walls, Overleigh Road, Chester CH4 7HL.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

David Cowie–our new Curate

Revd David Cowie has recently moved to St Mary’s as our Curate. David originally hails from Bangor in Northern Ireland, and came to Chester about ten years ago to train as a primary school teacher at the University. Experience as a Chaplaincy Assistant at the University led him to Ripon College, Cuddesdon, to train to be a priest. On completion of his training David returned to Chester, spending two years at Holy Trinity in Blacon before coming to St. Mary's in late April.
We welcome David to the parish and hope he will enjoy his time with us, in spite of being volunteered to man the “throw the wet sponge stall” at the Summer Fair!