St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 24 October 2021 – Bible Sunday

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Prebendary Frank Powell

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Prebendary Frank Powell has recently passed away. 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.

Frank’s funeral will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. You can join in the service using the following link: or

We are expecting Frank’s funeral to be well attended, and there may not be room for people to socially distance, if you are concerned about this then I would recommend you join in online if you can.

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.

We will be assessing our Covid advice in the coming weeks. Revd Mike.

Our annual Commemoration Service will be on Sunday 7 November at 6pm at St Mary’s. Due to Covid restrictions, numbers in church will be restricted, to attend in church a free ticket will be required. Invites are being sent out this coming week to those whom we’ve conducted funerals for over the past 2 years, they will have the first opportunity to get tickets. In a few weeks time we will open this up for all. The service will also be online, details to follow. If you would like a Loved One remembered in the service by name please go to:

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

To find out more about our Thursday Home Group please call Howard Barker for more info and to book a place: 07552276587. They are currently at the Bible Course from the Bible Society – all welcome!

The Church Office

This is now open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-12.30am (please note Monday – we are available but the actual office is closed, but all emails and enquiries will be responded to as normal). It is good to be back! Regards from Polly and Teresa. Office tel number 01270 567119.  

November Magazine

We would like your articles/news for the October Magazine. The deadline for submissions is Monday 25 October. You can email or drop off to the Office or Rectory, or submit online via the Blog.

Morning Prayer on Zoom

There will be no Morning Prayer this week, it will resume on Monday 1 November on Zoom.

Please see the Church of England Website for daily prayer.

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.

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 for November & December, 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
Colin Germain

Funerals still to take place
Preb Frank Powell
Ed Piotrowicz

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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