St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 14 March 2021 – Lent 4
Mothering Sunday

In preparation for the reopening of our churches, we are moving back to a Weekly Sheet as we had pre-pandemic. As before, it will contain service times, readings for the week & news & information. It will be published weekly on here and, when we are back in church, it will be available in printed form. We are keeping the Blog going for larger items that won’t easily fit on the Weekly Sheet and we will signpost to these from the printed sheet.

Lent Group and Resources

Zoom Lent Group
Monday at 7:30pm: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March

Join Revd Mike on Zoom Monday evenings in March as we think about ‘God’s Story, Our Story
You can download the course here

Please click here to view more info on all the resources including resources for young people.

Reopening St Luke’s & St Mary’s in March

We are looking to reopen both St Luke’s and St Mary’s for worship from Sunday 21 March.

A booking system will still be in place for Sunday Worship for the time being. Please see the image or click here for details of how to book. Booking will open on Monday 8 March.

Face coverings and Social distancing will still be in place until the government say it’s safe not to.

Funerals this past week
Margaret Welch
George Follenfant

Funerals still to take place
Gwen Blackwell
Martha Betts

23 March is the National Day of Reflection, a time to stand with our local communities and pause for a minute at noon. There are resources being added to the Church of England ( website. 

Hearts to Remember

Perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18

It is nearly a year since the 1st Covid-19 lockdown. At St Mary’s Church we think it is important to think about this difficult time. To remember the people who have died and the wonderful people who have helped us, people like doctors and nurses, our neighbours, and our families. 

At St Mary’s we believe that God’s perfect love drives out all fear, and that those people who have helped us have shown how love is stronger than fear.

We are inviting you to colour in a heart, make it as colourful and patterned as you like. As you do this you might like to think of someone you want to say thank you for, someone who has supported you. Or colour a heart for someone you love but have lost during the year.  We would like to fill the windows of St Mary’s Church Hall with hearts as a sign of thanks and hope.

We want as many hearts as possible so you can make as many as you like. Please post your coloured hearts in the Church Letterbox at the Church Hall or St Luke’s or at the Rectory (104 Church Lane). We will display these from 15th March 2021. 

A message from our Branch Leader, Jenny

Hello everyone, we are still in lockdown but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully, we will be able to meet again soon at our branch meetings.

In some ways during the past year, we have been like our members who are in the Indoor Members Circle, thinking and praying for each other. Here is a brief history of that circle – it was started in 1921 by Mrs Edith Lucy Mosse for anyone who couldn’t take part in the activities of their branch, but who still supported the work of the Mothers’ Union. She was it’s first Central Correspondence.

In 1891 Edith married the Rev William Mosse, their first parish was in Redditch, Worcestershire. After two years they moved to The Lickey in Birmingham diocese, then in 1914 the family moved to Moseley where soon after she became seriously ill and more of an invalid. Further ill fortune followed when their daughter Mary died, aged 23 years old and Kathleen, another daughter became ill and her husband’s deteriorating health became a problem with his work. Edith realised that as she prayed for others it helped with her own suffering and gave great comfort.

She then submitted a scheme to MU Head Office with the suggestion of praying together could be worthwhile, this lead in 1918 to an experimental group being set up in the Birmingham diocese under the title “”Prisoners of God”, This idea spread to other dioceses and in 1921 was officially incorporated in the MU as the “Invalid Members’ Prayer Circle. By 1928 there were over 1,000 members in 41 dioceses. Edith continued to write for the IMPC until her death in 1943.

By the 1960’s the word invalid in the title was disliked and in 1971 the title was changed to “Indoor Members’ Prayer Circle”. In 1991 prayer leaflets were issued three times a year to IMPC members, the World Wide President sending a letter at Christmas. The leaflets were so popular both with IMPC and branch members, this lead in 2009 becoming the Families Worldwide booklet. IMPC members receiving a letter and card from our World Wide President at Christmas and Easter, this is now being discussed at Mary Sumner House better ways of serving the members.
(This article was written by Shiela Alton, Southwell and Nottingham Area and can be seen in full on the MU website here

If members haven’t paid their 2021 subscriptions and still wish to do so please contact me if any help is required.

God be with you all, Jenny

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

St Paul’s Foodbank Update

February – Donations of food received weighed 2006kg and we were able to help 212 people. We are currently running low on tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned ham, tinned corned beef, tea bags, rice, long life cakes/puddings, and tins/cartons of custard. We are open Mon to Fri between 9.30am and 3.30pm for donations at our rear entrance.

Church at Home Resources for all ages

There are resources for Lent for all the family on our Lent Resources Page: Click here

Together @ Home Resources

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.

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.

The Bible Society Bible Book Club

This is a fantastic free resource that 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 St Mary’s & St Luke

The church’s finances are under extreme pressure at the moment. I would ask you to review your personal giving to the church. If you already give regularly then perhaps consider increasing your giving, if you don’t give regularly then perhaps consider doing this. I really do appreciate the giving that happens already and the extra giving that has taken place during the pandemic. However, due to the lack of income from not being in church and from not being able to let the church hall, plus our outgoings being fairly fixed, we have lost around £30,000 in the past 12 months. This obviously places us in a difficult and vulnerable financial position. To find out more about giving to church, the ways you can do it, and how you can do it in a tax-efficient way, please take a look below. Please keep our finances in your prayers.

One Off Giving

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

Giving via you Bank – online or phone

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.
We’ve raised over £1600 through Easyfundraising. For more information on this please click here.

Giving Leaflet with

Click on the image to view/download the leaflet.