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St Mary’s & St Luke’s News & Church at Home Resources for 15 November 2020 – 2nd Sunday before Advent

Worship & Prayer for this Sunday and the coming week


Every Sunday

10:40 am Live Streamed Worship
from St Mary's
(stream begins at 10:30am)

Morning Prayer - Mon, Tues, Weds & Thursday
Online only on Zoom -

Click below to view our channels

In Church

We are open for Individual Prayer on
Tuesday mornings 10am - 12 noon
& Thursday afternoons 1:30pm - 3:30pm

From 5 November we are closed for Communal Worship until further notice


On Saturday 14th November I am arranging a virtual quiz night including two interviews about faith in the modern army.
The evening will start at 7:00pm.

It would be great if you could support this night in aid of our war memorial refurbishment project.

Join Us On Zoom Meeting ID 2176168124

Thank You


Ladies First Mince Pie Evening

Ladies let’s forget this second lockdown for a short while and enjoy each other’s company by having our first festive mince pie/mulled wine…. together on Friday, 20th November at 7.00 pm on Zoom.  If you are able to join Sue and I simply email Joy on and she will send you the login details.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York has asked the church to Pray for our Nation through November. You can see more details and access resources on the Church of England website here and you can click here to access a PDF to print and use at home if you wish. Feel free to share this with friends and family as well.

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance Sunday was very different with many outdoor services cancelled and churches closed for communal worship.

Against that backdrop we help an Act of Remembrance within our Online Worship live from St Mary’s War Memorial. Take a look at the photos and video. Many thanks to Craig Shaw for playing the Last Post Reveille for us and Simon Bartholomew for the outdoor camera work.

We are short on the funding for the completed War Memorial Project, now completed. If you can make a donation no matter how small, please click here

Our clergy were also involved in the Willaston Remembrance Service & the Memorial Hall Online Service. You can view them at the links below.

Willaston Act of Remembrance

Memorial Hall Remembrance Service 

Rev Paul's Poppy Run

Update: Well done to Rev Paul who completed his run on 1 November. To date he has raised an incredible £1,300.00. The reason Paul did this run is below, you can still make a donation using he link below.
As the traffic through our buildings is vastly reduced this year, and our remembrance services can only be attended by a few people, it was decided that one of the clergy team should give the Poppy Run a go. I won! I will be joining a virtual community of fellow runners across the UK and completing my own run. I’m going to run 11k around our parish as close to the boundary as is safely possible. By taking part in this challenge I’ll be raising funds to support the Royal British Legion. Many thanks, Rev Paul.

To sponsor Paul please visit here:

Chris and Mike Horne have been busy making jams, pickles etc

Update on Produce Sales……..

We have had a fantastic response to the Produce made by Chris and Mike Horne.

So far, £388.50 has been raised towards church funds and the orders are still coming in!  Thanks for your support.

Please Note, the hyacinths have now all sold.  Those already ordered will be delivered as soon as possible after w/c 14th December.

Thanks again to Chris and Mike for providing the delicious goodies.  You can still order jams, pickles etc and the list is available on the church website blog.


Chris Horne, mobile: 07756 575835

Sue Squirrell, mobile: 07817 746288, e-mail:

Click here to see what’s available and call Chris or Sue to order

Christmas Toy Appeal & Food Bank Appeal
As you may be aware on the first Sunday of December we usually collect new toys for the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal. However, this year due to Covid the Salvation Army can’t accept toys this year and are asking for a cash donation instead. Our friends at Wells Green Methodist Church have arranged an afternoon to help us support the Salvation Army and the local Food Banks (especially with Christmas Treats).

They will be open on Saturday 28 November, 2 pm – 4 pm for you to drop off Food Bank items and cash donations for the Salvation Army Toy Appeal. 
Please support it if you can.


Funerals this past week:

Funerals still to take place
Rosemary Neish Challinor
Ron Stockton

Please keep their families in your prayers.

Here’s our monthly Foodbank data for October that you may wish to share with your congregations:-

Donations of food received weighed 3,739kg and we were able to help 190 people during the month

If you are able to donate, we are currently short of long-life cakes/puddings, chocolate and sweets, sugar, custard, and crisps.

We are open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3.30pm for donations at our rear entrance.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Best Wishes,  John Rivers

St. Paul’s Centre, Hightown, Crewe CW1 3BY Tel: 01270 586186 Email:



Advent & Christmas
We are busy planning our Advent & Christmas services for this year. Yes, things will be different, but at the heart of all that we will do, we will prepare for and celebrate, the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.

The Church of England’s theme for this year is ‘Comfort and Joy’ and we hope that we will be able to share this through our services. Of course, we don’t know what will be allowed at this point, but we are planning for ‘in church’ and ‘online’ services during this period.

We will give you more details as we have them, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the resources on the Church of England website.

Church at Home Resources for all ages

Junior Church Resources

As we can’t meet together for Junior Church, each week we will publish something on here for our young people, and not so young people, to do at home. 

We hope you find these resources useful.

  • You can click here, or the image above, to access the resource from St Mary’s
  • Also, each week The Ollertons have produced some great resources over the past few months
  • The Church of England’s ‘Faith at Home’ website has resources for young and old
  • The Bible Society’s Book Club is an amazing resource for older youth and their parents – it’s well worth a book to discover more about the Bible

A bitesize Bible experience from the Ollerton Family

Through 15 minute sessions explore famous characters and events that form The Greatest Story Ever and discover how we can be part of it today. Simple to run. Fun. Free. No prior knowledge required. This family devotional course mixes online content (videos, readings, discussion) and printed cards to form a colourful learning experience in your own home.
Faith at Home from the Church of England

This is a great resource for families to keep their children’s faith alive at this time. 
Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Click Here to go to the Faith at Home website.

The Bible Society
Bible Book Club

This is a fantastic free resource which we’ve used for some of the Midweek Get Togethers and is great for personal use to discover more about the books of the bible. Please take a look at the video and click here to find out more.

Giving to our church Online or by Phone Banking

It's simpler than you may think

You can give via our very simple online giving partnership with Give a Little and Sum Up. Simply click the button below. Sum Up take a small transaction fee from what you give.

Click here to give online

You can give via your bank via online banking or telephone banking. If you do it this way we receive 100% of the money you give, there is no transaction fee. Here are the details you need to make a payment directly into the church bank account. For phone banking you may need to take a look at a statement from your bank and it normally has the details of how to do this on the back. You can give once or set up a monthly payment. Please remember to never give passwords over the phone and only call the official number on your statement.

Account Name: St Mary’s Wistaston PCC
Sort Code: 08 92 99
Account No: 65067004
Ref: your initial & surname


A very simple way to give, if you shop online or do click and collect, is through Easyfundraising – it doesn’t cost you a penny as by using Easyfundraising a percentage of what you but gets given to the church.
In total we’ve raised over £1600 through Easyfundraising. For more information on this please click here.

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