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St Mary’s & St Luke’s News and Information for 04 October 2020 Trinity 17

Worship for this Sunday and the coming week

In Church

This Sunday 04/10
9am Holy Communion at St Luke's 
(Booking Required - fully booked)
10:40am Rev Paul's First Celebration of Holy Communion at St Mary's 
(Booking Required - fully booked)
10am Holy Communion at St Mary's
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9:30am Morning Prayer

Next Sunday 11/10
Harvest Sunday (see below for details)
9am Holy Communion at St Luke's 
(Booking Required)
10:40am All Age Worship at St Mary's 
(Booking Required)


This Sunday 04/10
10:40 am Live Streamed Worship
(stream begins at 10:30am)
Revd Paul's First Celebration of Holy Communion

Next Sunday 11/10
10.40 am Streamed Worship
(stream begins at 10:30am)

Afternoon Tea on Zoom with Rev Paul

Join Rev Paul for a Zoom Afternoon Tea at 3pm. Grab a cup of tea, a piece of cake and join him to celebrate his Priesting with him 😀😀

There is a Waiting Room in place, please use a name we will recognise and wait to be let in.
Meeting ID: 750 2131 3429

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This will cheer your day up 😀

Credit: Erica Wooff on Twitter @ericauk 

St Luke's Update

St Luke’s is Covid-19 Secure and we open for worship this Sunday 4 October at 9am for the first time since March. This Sunday is fully booked so please don’t just turn up.

If all goes well, we will then offer it for hire from Monday 12 October.

Many thanks to those who helped do the cleaning preparation so we are able to open again.

Updates will be posted on our website here.

Click to watch on YouTube at 2:30pm Saturday 03 October

We have a new Rural Dean of Nantwich. The Revd Alison Fulford who is currently vicar of Wrenbury, Baddiley & Burleydam, and has just been appointed the new vicar of Audlem, Wybunbury and Doddington, has accepted the Bishop’s invitation to be the Rural Dean of Nantwich. We wish her well.

Special Events this Autumn

Things may be different this Autumn, but we have some exciting things to celebrate within God’s Love!

11 October Harvest Sunday: this has moved a week due to Paul’s Priesting and it will very different this year, As we won’t all be able to meet in church we will be having a virtual Harvest Celebration! The 9am at St Luke’s and 10:40am service at St Mary’s will be available to book from the Monday beforehand and St Mary’s will be live-streamed so we can all join in! 

We would encourage people to give food donations via supermarkets and other collection points (as we can’t redistribute them this year), or make a financial to the charities we usually support as we give thanks to God for his goodness to us each and every day and even in the midst of a global pandemic – click on the links to go to their donations pages: 
Nantwich Food Bank
Crewe Food Bank
St Luke’s Hospice
Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy – no online giving but there’s an address to send a cheque to
Christain Aid

We will wait and see if the guidance changes, but it’s looking unlikely that we will be able to hold our Annual Commemoration Service which is normally on the 1st Sunday of November. If we can’t we will do something online. 
We also await guidance on celebrating Remembrance Sunday (08/11). We will have a service in church, but it will be limited numbers and we will live-stream it. We will also officially open the new work around the War Memorial on that day. We have a shortfall of a couple of thousand pounds on this project, if you can help to cut this please click here or speak to Revd Mike, it would be good to get it in balance before the opening. 

News from St Paul's Pantry Food Bank

August: 151 people were fed providing 1,359 meals. Donations of food received in was 2,336.59 kgs.

If you are able to donate, we are totally out of long-life cakes, sweet treats, sugar, toothpaste, shower gels and shampoo and low on tinned potatoes, custard, and crisps. We are open Mon- Fri 10-2.30. for you to drop of donations at our rear gates.

We have had some repairs done on our biggest leak and are waiting for a downpour to see if the problem has been fixed. Thank you to those who have donated towards this.

On a personal note I will be leaving St Paul’s at the end of this month and Alexia Stockton will be taking over most of my work. Thank you for your support over the years and particularly during this unprecedented time in the world’s history.

Take care, Cheryl

The latest Information on the Reopening of our Churches and Church Hall

  • Public Worship: We are now back to our usual pattern of Sunday morning worship for the first time since March. 9am at St Luke’s and 10:40am at St Luke’s. Due to the very limited space we have available you need to book in advance – click here to see details of how to book along with other important information
  • Face Masks are mandatory in Church for all services and the Church Hall excluding those with a valid exemption or who are taking part in or are leading the service (as long as physical distancing can be observed)
  • Funerals are permissible in church and we will conduct them at St Mary’s on request. Funerals in church buildings are severely restricted at the moment as per government regulations, please see the C of E guidance on funerals for more information.
  • Weddings are permissible in church. They are limited to 15 people in total (including the minister) and hymn singing  is not permitted at the moment please see the C of E guidance on weddings for more information. To find out more information on booking a wedding at St Mary’s please click here.
  • Baptisms are permissible providing appropriate steps are taken to minimise risk and are limited by the ‘Rule of 6’ including the minister.  We will not be taking any new bookings at the moment until we have rescheduled those that were cancelled. It will be 2021 before we take new bookings. Please see the CofE guidance on baptisms for more information.
  • The Church Hall is Covid-19 Secure – you can read our Covid-19 Secure Policy and Interim Booking Procedures here The new ‘Rule of 6’ doesn’t apply to the hall as it’s a Covid Secure Venue, but all groups who use it should adhere to their own guidance to keep it’s members safe
  • St Luke’s lettings: We have completed a risk assessment and have implemented the necessary changes to make St Luke’s Covid-19 Secure. We plan to offer St Luke’s for limited booking from Monday 12 October. More details will be posted during the coming week – Click here to view the page.
  • As changes to the guidance happen we will update this information accordingly – you can see the full guidance on all of the above at:


Funerals this past week


Funerals still to take place
Hazel Moss
Millicent Emmie Campbell

Please keep their families in your prayers.

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