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.

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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.

Coffee, Cake and so much more

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Thank you to everyone who supported our contributions to Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. All Saints Coffee Morning and St Mark’s Catch Up for Coffee both hosted the annual event at their regular coffee mornings raising £362.10 helping Macmillan make even more of a difference for people facing cancer.  A huge thanks to all those who baked and brought cakes, I can only comment on the chocolate cake at All Saints’ – it was delicious!

Don’t forget, Catch Up for Coffee happens every Tuesday 8:50am-10am at St Mark’s during term-time and the All Saints’ Coffee Morning happens 10:30am on the 3rd Friday of every month at All Saints’ Hall.  You are welcome to join us for coffee, chat and more.

Check the calendar page and Upcoming Events for details of regular and special events in the Parish.

All good gifts around us

Autumn is here, the nights are drawing in, the leaves are changing colour and trees and hedges are bearing fruit and our thoughts turn to harvest.  When churches give thanks for the crops and produce of the land and look to share the harvest we enjoy with others.

Join us to share food, appreciate the work of local artists and thank God for the good gifts of harvest.

 

Walk A While

The “Walk A While” group organised by Nev Cracknell went to Rawhead (near Bickerton, between Nantwich and Wrexham) on Weds 24th January.

Only 4 hardy walkers took part – the weather was not too good – but they had a lovely time together.

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The Vicar and Martin Luther

martin-luther-9389283-1-402You 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.