Celebrating Christmas with us

A great time was had by all at The Taste of Christmas event on 1st December at St Mark’s, here are just a couple of pictures:

Don’t worry if you were not able to be with us we have more services and events coming up in the next few weeks, so that’s lots of chances to link up with the Christmas Story.

St Mark’s is beautifully decorated with angel wings designed by church and local groups, which has become a recent tradition, here are just a few of them:

This Sunday we have our Carol services:

  • 10am Celebration Carols @ St Mark’s
  • 6pm Traditional Carol Service by Candlelight @ All Saints’

Next Thursday is the Big Community Nativity at Shavington Primary School, from 5pm, come dressed as your favourite nativity character.

Then on Christmas Eve we have our Crib services, come along as a character from the nativity story. Will you be a sheep, donkey, angel, shepherd, inn keeper…

  • 2:30pm @ All Saints’
  • 5pm @ St Mark’s

And our Christmas Eve Midnight Communion is at St Mark’s at 11:30pm.

Christmas Day we have our United Parish Christmas Communion at All Saints’ at 10am.

We hope to see you over the coming weeks.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mothers’ Union

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The Mothers’ Union aims demonstrate the Christian faith in action, by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of the family in its many forms.
There is a Mothers’ Union group at St Mark’s which meets every third Wednesday at 2:30pm.  With a range of speakers and outings all are welcome to come along.
Trips this year have included a day on the canal in Audlem:
and our annual meal at The Elephant.
The next meeting will be our Christmas Carol Service at 2pm on Wednesday 19th December at St Mark’s.
For more information please contact Margaret Hodgkinson.

Thanks to COOP Members

Thank you to the COOP and local members!

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Here you can see Dennis thanking shoppers in the Shavington store.

St Mark’s New Build fund has received a welcome boost of £2,017.31 from the Coop’s Local Community Fund.

Local Coop members, who have shopped and chosen to support local causes with their 1% since last November have helped to raise this total.

St Mark’s New Build will be a welcoming community space in the heart of the village, with space for groups and activities and a cafe.

We have just had a successful Race Night at Shavington club, looks like it was a fun evening.

The next fundraising event will be the Celebrating Christmas event on 8th December.

TCTC Poster

To find out more about the New Build see the pages here.

Christingle, Carols and Concerts

So we are almost in the season of Advent, when we take some time for reflection as our thoughts turn towards the Christmas season.

We have lots going on throughout December, including a Christingle service at All Saints, several carol services and concerts.

Here is a list of all the services and events across the Parish in December:

 

Or neighbours in Weston also have their annual Christmas display:

Wesston Christmas Lights

If you want to keep in touch with what’s going on, like our Facebook page or sign up to get our Weekly Link notice sheet by email.

We look forward to welcoming you to services and concerts over the next few weeks.

Getting Crafty

This Saturday St Mark’s are holding a Craft Fayre, a great opportunity to get some locally hand crafted Christmas presents and appreciate the talent of our neighbours.

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Don’t forget that every Thursday at St Mark’s you can get crafty yourself at Craft and Chatter. From 1:30pm you can come along and get involved.  Here you can see some of the items that have been made to send to Greenfields Africa:

We will remember

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, a time of suffering and of hope. Churches and communities across the country will come together in places of worship and public spaces to remember all those killed, injured and bereaved by conflict and look with hope to a future free from war and commit ourselves to work for peace.

There is a programme of events as part of the WWI Centenary Celebrations in Shavington, of which St Mark’s is hosting flower displays and children’s activities as well as providing quiet spaces for prayer and reflection throughout the weekend.

All Saint’s are holding a Service of Remembrance at 6pm on Sunday 11th November.

 

Building Momentum

Things are moving ahead with the New Build at St Mark’s, having had a response from Cheshire East Council to our “Pre-Application Enquiry” the architect will be developing more detailed plans.

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After a successful Afternoon Tea in October, which saw 42 people enjoying a traditional spread of sandwiches and cakes raised £326.50.

And there are more opportunities for you to support the New Build fund coming up:

 

For more details of where we are up to with the St Mark’s building project see the New Building page.

Remembering those we love but see no longer

The season of All Souls, at the beginning of November, reminds us that death is not the end – though it may feel that way to us.

We will be having a service in commemoration of all those who have died from the Parish of Weston and Shavington in the past year.

Faithful Departed

We shall join in giving thanks for their lives and the memories we have to treasure, and commit ourselves to use well the time left to us on earth. There will be chance to light a candle in memory of your loved ones, and to pray.

Our Christian hope is that, in death as in life, we find ourselves in the hands of our heavenly Father who proves that his love renews, transforms, and sustains by raising Jesus from the dead. This hope is what makes every occasion for remembering our loved ones so important.

There will be a formal reading of the names of all those whom we have committed into the Lord’s care in the past year. We will also include in the reading of names anyone you would like remembered at this service. You may also request that the names of others who died longer ago or in other places are included.

If you would like to add someone to the list of names read at the service please contact our Parish Administrator, 01270 582 585, pastoral@allsaintsandstmarks.com

 

 

A GLOWing start to a new term

A new term of GLOW is well under way at St Mark’s.  Our first two meetings have looked at new beginnings and harvest.

With The Hungry Caterpillar, butterfly cakes and toilet roll cocoon races we explored how new beginnings are nothing to be frightened of and how we will all change during the year.

Our second meeting featured potato people and take home pizza as we looked at harvest. We watched a cartoon story about collecting the harvest and not wasting food that God has provided and the need to say thank you for all we have. We talked about growing our own food.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd October, 3:30pm at St Mark’s. All primary school aged children welcome. See the Children’s page or Upcoming Events for further details of GLOW and other activities.

Flowers, food and fellowship

This weekend we celebrated Harvest Festival, thanking God for the harvest that keeps us healthy. We also gave thanks for our families, friends, community and church.

The Community Flower Festival brought a rainbow of colour to All Saints and many enjoyed the beautiful displays and local artists exhibition at the hall.

At St Mark’s we enjoyed a special addition to Sunday Celebration breakfast with bacon and sausage rolls. Generous donations of food have been given across the Parish to St Paul’s Pantry and the Salvation Army to be distributed to local people in need.

 

And there’s still the Harvest Supper on Friday evening.

Thank you to all those who have arranged flowers, made teas, coffees, cakes, supper and breakfast, donated food and made our Harvest Festival so special.