St Mary’s is very fortunate to have a wide range of people who do all sorts of things within both the church and local community. Some of the groups are:
Lunch Club for the elderly. Meets on Wednesdays at the Scout Hut in Westminster Park at 12 noon for lunch at 12.30, A two course hot lunch, plus a cup of tea, is provided for £2. The food is freshly prepared each week by a team of volunteers.
Bell Ringing. St Mary’s Tower has 8 bells and an enthusiastic band of ringers.
Choir. The choir sings at the 10.30am Communion service on Sunday morning, at Evensong at 6.30pm on Sundays and can sing at weddings and funerals.
Servers Team. Our teams of servers assist the Clergy during services with the preparation of the bread and wine for the Eucharist.
Flower Arrangers. We have 5 teams of flower arrangers who are, in their own words, enthusiastic amateurs. They decorate the church with floral arrangements throughout the year, each team looking after the arrangements for one month, twice a year, on a rota basis.
Meditation Group. ‘When God seems distant’. This ecumenical group meets on the 4th Tuesday each month in people’s homes, from 8pm to 9.30pm.
Julian Meetings. This is another ecumenical group, a part of the international network of Julian Meetings. We meet on the 1st Monday of the month in different member’s homes. We support the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition: a time of quiet reflection and calm in the presence of God.
For our younger members we also have:
St Mary’s Baby and Toddler Group. We’re a friendly, informal group for all children up to school age, together with their parent or carer. We meet on Thursdays, in term time, from 10am to 11.30am in the church hall. Each week we run a craft activity and there’s a range of games, toys and books, plus a singalong. We run a number of annual events including a Teddy Bear’s picnic, Easter Egg hunt, Christmas party with a visit from Santa and a summer party.
Rainbows is for girls aged 5 to 7. We enjoy a range of fun activities, including craft projects, singing, dancing and games
Brownies is for girls aged 7 to 10. We meet on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm to enjoy a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts, trying out recipes, playing energetic games and taking part in community action projects.
Guides is for girls aged 10 to 14. Our activities include everything from taking part in adventure sports to playing fun games, to taking part in community action projects, to the performing arts. Guides work together in small groups or ‘Patrols’ and, with the support of an adult leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using ‘Go For It’ resource packs.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the 18th Chester (St Mary’s) Scout Group meet regularly in their purpose built HQ in Westminster Park. The Beaver colony is for 6 to 8 year olds, there are two Cub Packs for 8 to 10 year olds and two Scout troops for 10 to 14 year olds.
Youth Group is a group of young people aged 11 upwards who look for different ways of exploring prayer, Christianity and world issues. They also get involved in many other discussions and activities. Young people of all backgrounds are welcomed to join in every Sunday in term time at 10.30am.
There are many other groups not directly linked with St Mary’s, but part of the local community, who meet regularly in the Church Hall. These include dance and music classes for children, children’s gymnastics and football, Keep Fit groups for the elderly, Flower Club, a History Group, Japanese mothers and toddlers, Women’s Institute.
If you would like contact details for any of the above, please ring the Doris Keen in the Parish Office on 01244 671202 or look in the Parish Magazine.