Sunday, 5 May 2019

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

There was a very good attendance in St Mary's Handbridge Centre on Sunday 28th April for St Mary's APCM. 

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

Ted Graham gave an update on the finances of the Handbridge Centre, with the prediction that annual income generated by the bookings will cover all running costs and payments from the loan. The final retention payment of £31,000 to the building contractor will be paid in June 2019. The Centre is now being used by a wide range of organisations and whilst in the short term the locking and unlocking is being undertaken by volunteers, when additional income is generated, additional staff will be employed.  

After many years serving on the Parochial Church Council, both Chris Schofield and Stuart Bull have stood down. Peter Collins, John Scott and John Parkin were re-elected to PCC, and the Council welcomed a new member, David Gilbert. 

Sunday, 31 March 2019


Sunday             14            Palm Sunday

                                            8.00am        Holy Communion
                                            9.30am        Storytelling Service
                                          10.30am        Parish Communion with Procession of Palms
Monday             15              7.30pm        Holy Communion with Address at Dodleston
Tuesday            16              7.30pm        Holy Communion with Address at Eccleston
Wednesday       17              7.30pm        Holy Communion with Address at St Mary’s
Thursday           18              7.30pm        Maundy Thursday Service with Address at St Mary’s

Friday               19            Good Friday

                                          10.00am        Litany, Morning Prayer and Ante-Communion
                                            2.00pm        Tenebrae Service
Sunday             21            Easter Day

                                            8.00am        Holy Communion                                         
                                          10.30am        Parish Communion


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.