Saturday, 16 March 2019

Coffee Morning Challenge!

Would you hold a Coffee Morning or Afternoon Tea to raise funds for our new Parish Centre?

As our year of fundraising draws to a close we are asking individuals to host the above. It's an ideal opportunity to touch base, catching up with family, friends and neighbours after Lent, whilst raising funds for our new Centre.

Why not run a raffle, Bring-and-Buy, tombola or quiz to enhance your event?

Let' s make Coffee and Cake for St Mary'sand be sure to tell us how you get on!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Canon Paul Dawson took his last service as the Rector of St Mary's on Sunday, 17th February, prior to moving to become the Vicar of Whitegate and Little Budworth.
Following the service, there was a gathering of parishioners in St Mary's Handbridge Centre to thank Paul and his wife, Fiona, for their support, friendship and dedication over the last 12+ years.
Revd John Carhart led the tributes to Paul and Fiona.

Helen Brophy, a Churchwarden, presented a cheque to Paul whilst Fiona was given plants for the garden of their new home in the vicarage in Whitegate.


A buffet lunch followed, attended by over 100 parishioners and the local Councillors, including Razia Daniels, for whom Paul was Chaplain in her year of office as Lord Mayor of Chester. 
A photo showing 
Paul and Fiona with their daughters, Becki and Lindsey, the Churchwardens,Ted and Helen, and Councillor Razia Daniels.

Thank you, Paul and Fiona, for all you have given to our parish. We wish you a happy and fulfilling time in this new chapter in your lives. 

Thursday, 17 January 2019


The Bishop of Chester has accepted the nomination of the Delamere Trust, the joint patron, of the Reverend Canon Paul Christopher Owen Dawson, Bachelor of Arts, to be Vicar of the parishes of St Mary, Whitegate and St Peter, Little Budworth in the Deanery of Middlewich.

Paul’s last service at St Mary’s will be on Sunday 17th February, followed by a farewell lunch.

The Bishop of Birkenhead will institute Paul at a service in St Mary, Whitegate on Monday 25th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The Archdeacon of Chester will induct him during the same service.


Monday, 14 January 2019

Lantern Parade

On 19th December Overleigh St Mary's C of E School held its Lantern Parade, with carol singing, from the school to St Mary's Church.

The Parade was followed by mulled wine and mince pies, soft drinks for the children …...and a visit from Santa.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Christmas Services at St Mary's



Sunday 16th December

6.30pm      Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Wednesday 19th December

5.00pm      Lantern Procession from Overleigh St Mary’s School. Carol singing procession to finish at St Mary's Church with mulled wine, mince pies and a visit from Father Christmas

Monday 24th December: Christmas Eve

4.00pm      Crib Service
11.30pm    Midnight Eucharist
Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
10.30am    Parish Communion