You may know that 2017 was the 500 year anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, when the Augustinian monk and Professor of Theology, Martin Luther, started a debate with his superiors in the Church. Legend has it that he nailed 95 Theological Theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, and this was the beginning of an ecclesiastical, theological, social, and economic revolution. In reality Luther probably wrote a letter to his Bishop, Albrecht, in order to kick-start a discussion. Whichever it was, Luther’s objections to the selling of forgiveness and release from purgatory changed the world and the church forever.
Our Vicar, Michael, has recently been involved in some recorded discussions on the significance of the Reformation, and Luther’s involvement in it, not only for the sixteenth century but also for the future of the church in Europe today. You can find the recorded discussions here, Godpod 119 (on the Reformation and the Future of Europe today), and Godpod 120 (on the nature of good disagreement). Each discussion lasts about 30 minutes, and involves a panel of Christian thinkers including a bishop, some professors, ethicists, and historians as well as our very own Vicar!
Michael also gave a public lecture back in November entitled, “Reading the Bible with Martin Luther: Challenges and Possibilities for Today”, hosted at St Mary’s Church in Nantwich. We’ll endeavour to make the text available soon.
It’s nearly here — half way through Advent and Christmas is on its way!
Why not come and join us for some festive cheer at one of our Christmas services? Children and families will especially enjoy the Christmas Eve Crib services at both churches which involve lots of pantomime-style fun as we re-tell part of the greatest story ever told!
Feel free to get in touch with the Vicar for more information. Hope to see you all over the Christmas season. May you and your family know the love of God in all that you do, and may you have the courage to share that love with others…
Sunday Celebration is our newest Sunday morning worship for all ages! It meets on the first Sunday of the month at St Mark’s Church, and serves a continental breakfast from 9am and then throughout the service, which begins at 9.30am. There’s the usual mix of songs, prayers, bible stories, as well as sketches, crafts, and more! The idea is that we come together as the family of God, in all our different shapes and sizes, ages and abilities, and we enjoy being together in God’s house! Children and families are especially welcome, and are free to roam around and get involved as much or as little as they like. Most elements of the service are interactive!
Our theme for this year is “Heroes of the Bible”, and each month we’ll find fun and creative ways of thinking about one biblical heroine or hero and what they can teach us today as we try to be heroes of the faith as we follow Jesus.
Everyone is welcome to come along and join in, and breakfast is free! For more information please contact Revd Michael
Everyone is welcome to our annual Day of Prayer at St Mark’s, Shavington, on Saturday 29th July. Drop-in anytime between 9am and 9pm to find a host of different prayer stations to help you pray. Come for a little or a long as you like – ten minutes or ten hours!
The Day of Prayer is always an energising event, which many people find gives a boost to their personal prayer life and fresh energy to their faith.
During the day there are specific moments when we come together as a whole group:
9am Simple Morning Prayer
10am Ecumenical Holy Communion (followed by bacon butties in the Church Hall)
2pm All Age Songs of Praise (followed by informal afternoon tea in the Church Hall)
8.30pm Simple Evening Prayer to finish
The Team from St Mark’s continues to spread the news about our plans for a new building on the Church field in Shavington, to include a range of community amenities. We were present at the Shavington Festival Weekend giving out fliers and balloons to help publicise the project, and answering questions from villagers. We are currently reviewing all the feedback from the online community survey as well as the paper copies. This information will be used to produce the architects brief, which will form the basis of the plans in the autumn! Thanks to everyone who completed a survey — your views will really help us going forward.
A huge thanks to Nev and Steve from St Mark’s who ventured up Snowdon last Saturday 15th July, for a sponsored walk to raise some funds towards the new build project in Shavington. It was a bit foggy en route but the team had a good time, before retiring for a well earned rest!
Keep up to date with news and information about the development plans in Shavington on the designated web-page here.
We are thrilled to announce that Finlason Partnership have been appointed as the architects for St Mark’s new building in Shavington. The company comes with bags of experience working with churches and helping to create multi-purpose buildings and classic worship spaces. We are really looking forward to working with them, and developing the plans for the new build together.
If you have any ideas about the new building, including architecture and functionality, please don’t hesitate to contact us — the Vicar, Michael, is really pleased to talk with anyone who wants to know a but more or wants to contribute in any way.
For more information, you can view our Launch video or head over to the new building page on our website.
From 14th – 20th May the churches in Shavington will doing the annual house to house collection.
If you would be willing to help with this contact Jean Newall on 568467 or Melvyn Latham on 650020. If you have no time to collect in a whole street, maybe a close or your nearby neighbours? The money collected will be used to help some of the world’s poorest and most desperate people, young and old.
What a wonderful week has just finished in the Parish! It began with Christingle at All Saints on Sunday, then a GLOW Church party (Tuesday), 4 School Carol and Nativity Performances (Tuesday/Wednesday), Edward Bear’s Christmas Party (Wednesday), an SAS Concert (Thursday), and finished with two brilliant Carol Services yesterday: Community Carols at St Mark’s in the morning and then Carols by Candlelight at All Saints in the evening.
All in all we saw about 650 people come into our churches to remember, celebrate, and get ready for Christmas! Take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for how things have gone…
And remember, it’s not over yet! On Saturday 24th we have our crazy family Crib Services — this year with a CHOCOLATE theme – at 3.30pm (All Saints) and 5.30pm (St Mark’s). Everyone is welcome, but it’s especially good for the young and the young-at-heart: come dressed as your favourite nativity character and be ready to join the fun!
GLOW Church making decorations
Everything ready for Edward Bear’s Christmas party!
The wonderful Crib-scene in the Holy Table at All Saints
The Light of the World banner at St Mark’s
The Angel Gabriel (!) tells us all about the first Christmas morning…there were very full nappies!
A little something to get us all in the mood for Christmas – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen