St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 10 October 2021 – Trinity 19

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Prebendary Frank Powell

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Prebendary Frank Powell who passed away on Tuesday. Frank’s life and ministry touched so many people’s lives over the years and he will be sorely missed by us all at St Mary’s & St Luke’s. His funeral will take place at St Mary’s Wistaston on Monday 25 October at 11:45am. Please keep Joan and the family in your prayers. Revd Mike.

Weekly Sheet

The Weekly Sheet has news and information and the
Readings, Collect and Post Communion Prayer in it for this Sunday.

Worshipping in church.
We would ask you to continue to wear a face covering and to respect other people’s distance. We are continuing with Holy Communion in one kind for the time being, this decision was reviewed at a recent PCC Meeting and will remain in place until the end of October when it will be reviewed again. Revd Mike.

Beryl Spencer’s funeral is on Monday 11 October, 1pm, at St Mary’s. Beryl and her husband Bert are longstanding and faithful members of our St Luke’s congregation. Please keep Bert and the family in your prayers. If you would like to join in the service online the family have shared the link, it will begin around 12:50pm:

Thursday Home Group – The Bible Series: Experience a better story

A 7-part journey through the big story of the Bible for your whole church.

The Bible Series: Experience a better story

Our Thursday Home Group continues on 21 October at 7.30pm at the Helen & Roger Phenton’s Home. We will be beginning The Bible Series (take a look at the intro video for more info). You are welcome to join us! Please call Howard Barker for more info and to book a place: 07552276587. Due to Covid there is a limit to how many people can attend a group, please check with Howard, if needs be we can move to a bigger place!

Harvest Sunday

Many thanks for those who gave Harvest Gifts last week and to those who helped to distribute them. We distributed the gifts to the Crewe and Nantwich Food Banks and Chance Changing Lives in Crewe. St Luke’s Hospice couldn’t accept any gifts this year.

Welcome Service for the Bishop of Stockport: An opportunity to praise, pray and offer thanks for the ministry of Sam Corley, Bishop of Stockport, as he begins his ministry amongst us. The service is at St George’s Stockport, to attend you will need to register:

The service will be online and we will post the details when it is available.

Join us for Morning Prayer on Zoom

9:30am (usually) Mon, Tues & Thurs: or by phone: 0203 051 2874 Meeting ID: 850 2058 1307 Passcode: 914961

There is also Daily Hope: a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers you can call at anytime on O800 804 8044.

We all enjoyed a talk by Karen Grimwood on her work as a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser. It is heartening to listen to people who voluntarily give so much of their time for the good of others. Eva the friendly puppy, behaved impeccably and hopefully will soon become the vital support of a visually impaired person.
On 28th. October Frances Latham, one of our Committee members, will lead us in some gentle exercise suitable and helpful to our age group. Participation is encouraged but not compulsory!
Audrey and Marian.

The guest speaker for October’s meeting on 20th is Rev Malcolm Shaw, talking about Harvest. The Harvest of the Mothers’ Union is the work carried out, improving the lives of families around the world.

We were unable to hold a fund raising event this year, I am asking members, please would they give a donation, enabling this important work to continue.

On 8 December at St Mary’s we have our annual Carol Service with the Ladies Afternoon Group followed by refreshments in the Church Hall.
Many Thanks, Jenny.

After church refreshments have restarted at St Mary’s. We need people who can make drinks and those who can set up the hall up from November onwards, please sign up on the rota in the hall or call the office.

The hope is for people in Church of England churches across the country to use the Living in Love & Faith resources to study and pray together. The resources are designed to encourage and enable engagement and learning in a variety of settings. This church-wide learning together, listening to one another, and listening to God is part of discerning a way forward for the Church of England in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The purpose of the resources is to enable the Church of England churches across the country to participate in a process of learning and praying together as part of discerning a way forward in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

Revd Mike, along with the PCC, will be exploring ways to facilitate these discussions in our church community.

You can read more on the Diocesan website and download the free eBook here:

Funerals this past week

Funerals still to take place
Beryl Spencer
Preb Frank Powell

St Paul’s Foodbank Update

Here is our monthly update for St Paul’s Pantry for August 2021

The pantry has provided 79 households with a crisis food parcel which has helped to feed 187 people.

We are truly grateful for every item of food that is donated to the foodbank. We could not provide the support we do without these donations. Thank You!

Over the summer donations have been an all time low for the year so far so if you or anyone you know is planning a Harvest collection do please pass on our details. For large one off donations from named organisations we will be able to collect donations over the harvest period. Advanced notice of when a collection is needed is always very helpful when planning workload for our staff and volunteers so please encourage those who you know will organise a collection to let us know. They are welcome to email this address or telephone and ask to speak to myself.

We consistently have low stock of: tinned vegetables; tinned fruit; rice; rice pudding; instant snacks (noodles, mugshots); UHT milk; tea bags; microwave rice.

I have attached a poster about the foodbank and a shopping list that can be printed for use. Please do feel free to use this and send to anyone who may be interested in supporting the project.

Many thanks,
Alexia Stockton

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

Church at Home Resources for all ages

Together @ Home Resources

Faith at Home from the Church of England

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

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

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