St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 25 & 26 December 2021 – Christmas Day & 1st Sunday of Christmas

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Midnight & Christmas Day Holy Communion Readings,

Collects & Post Communions Readings

Weekly Information Sheet

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

I have assessed our church’s response to Covid, and the same measures will stay in place for January and will be assessed again ahead of February. Revd Mike.

Advent & Christmas Services 2021

Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus.

Click here for our dedicated Advent & Christmas webpage.

Ladies Afternoon Group
Our Carol Service with the Mothers Union on the 8th. December was very uplifting. John played the organ and we sang together all the traditional carols for the first time in nearly two years! We had a social gathering in the Church Hall afterwards when all our family news was thoroughly discussed. As I write the covid situation has taken a turn for the worse but I am hoping that by the end of January things will have improved and we shall be able to meet on Thursday 27th. January for our A.G.M. and Bring and Share tea. We send our best wishes to you all. Audrey and Marian.

Many thanks to all the members and friends who gave a donation. We raised the marvellous sum of £120 for the Britain and Ireland Fund, this has now been sent. Thank you, Jenny.

The Church Office

Christmas office opening hours will be restricted for week of 27th December to 4th January. Please note we will aim to respond to emails and correspondence as soon as we are able upon our return.  Polly and Teresa would like to thank everyone for their support this year and would like to send our thoughts to you all for a very happy Christmas and a healthy New year! 

Morning Prayer on Zoom

Morning Prayer on Zoom is taking a break until 4 January 2022

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

After church refreshments

We need people who can make drinks and those who can set up the hall for January 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
Alex Carter
Pamela Anne Cordall

Funerals still to take place
Terry Jackson

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

Click on the image to view/download the leaflet.