Race Night Results

A successful evening if not too well attended.
There were some notable winning horses:

Race 1 – Pease Pudding – owned by Norman Hodgkinson

Race 5 – Lightning II – owned by Rita Bloor

Race 6 – Giddy Up Let’s Go – owned by Elizabeth Davies.

£668.30 was raised for the New Build Fund.
Thanks to all who helped out.

Lent Charity Giveaway

Lent Charity Giveaway

During Lent, we have donated £50 from our café profits to each of the following charities:

The Wingate Centre

Positive About Down Syndrome

DEC Ukraine Appeal

SANDS Neonatal Research

British Legion

Edward’s Trust (support for bereaved parents)

North West Air Ambulance

Nantwich and District Riding for the Disabled

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Water Aid

Alzheimer’s Society

Mission to Seafarers.

Thank you to everyone who nominated a charity and huge thanks to all our wonderful customers who made the donations possible.

And don’t forget we have a new spring menu available.

Living in Love and Faith Feedback

This is the letter we will be sending to the Bishops, having completed the course.

For the attention of the Bishops,

Living in Love and Faith Feedback

This letter is written on behalf of members of the churches of All Saints’ in Weston and St Mark’s in Shavington in the Diocese of Chester who have taken part in the Living in Love and Faith course. We have valued the opportunity to learn together using the LLF resources and wanted to share with you some of the key issues that have arisen as a result of the learning that has taken place. In our final session together, we agreed that we would feedback the following points:

1. We want to welcome everyone with tolerance and sensitivity regardless of who they are. 

2. We feel it is important to develop ways of enabling people to gain a greater understanding of the impact that their views have on an individual’s emotional and psychological well-being. 

3. We want to accept people for who they are or as they present themselves. 

4. We have valued the course but cannot see how two opposing sides can come together in agreement when each side is firmly grounded in the belief that they are right. 

5. We believe that the feelings of the existing church congregation are also important so there needs to be mutual understanding and respect on all sides. As a church community, we need to learn to disagree well. 

6. We need to develop a much clearer understanding of the issues involved, particularly in relation to a person’s gender and sexuality. 

We hope that our feedback is useful as you prayerfully consider the next steps for the Church of England. We wish you well in this difficult task and pray for God’s wisdom and grace to be with you. 

With all good wishes,

Rev Rachael Griffiths

Vicar

All Saints’ Weston with St Mark’s Shavington

Living in Love and Faith Week 5

Session 5:  Living Together

In this session we explored what is means for us, as Jesus’ disciples within the Church of England, to live together with truthfulness and integrity whilst having differences, disagreements and diversity.

As for the other weeks the evening was guided by a video which tied the sections together and informed us to help with our discussions.   

We started by looking at the fifth pastoral principle of  the Church of England: to admit to hypocrisy.  We live in a world that is quick to pick up when the church fails to act in line with its stated beliefs and principles.  Lying is found at the heart of hypocrisy and it weaves webs of fantasy and fails to tell the true story. This, not surprisingly, erodes both trust and openness between people.  We are called to be honest about our failings and truthful about our “ inward being”.  Saying one thing and believing or doing another is damaging to both ourselves and others. This applies to many issues in our church life, including identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, where are actions as individuals and the collective church do not reflect what we say and believe.

We then watched a story film of married couple, Elaine and Alan, who have been married for many years, after what seemed a whirlwind romance.  They discussed both their similarities and differences and how they respected each other’s which strengthened their life together. One of the differences spoken about was about Romance. Elaine was a  “ great romantic” whilst Alan did not believe in romantic love but love as described in 1 Corinthian 13:

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

saying this was the basis for thier marriage.

The Bible study was based on the John 17 which recounts Jesus’ prayer in the Upper Room, just before his betrayal.  Over tea and biscuits, a discussion followed about what struck us about the passage and we shared any words or phrases that we felt were speaking to us in our struggles with unity and diversity.  

The last story video introduced us to Stephanie and Debbie.  They both talked movingly and were quite candid about their experiences and thoughts as a result of Debbie’s gender change from a David to Debbie; from husband to friend. Stephanie spoke of the pain of her loss of a husband which couldn’t be categorised as widowhood or divorce and the feeling that she was in a societal void. She openly described the day that she told her children was the worst in her life.  However, what was evident was how Stephanie had respected Debbie’s choice and they had worked together to keep their family together. Although extremely painful for Stephanie they still live together, in a different relationship to the one she expected when they married, and plan to continue to live together as their children leave home.

The final discussion focused around trying to categorise the churches differences over identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage and what new insights, difficulties or possibilities we could take to God in prayer.  Those present generally felt that there was quite a diversity of belief  with the Church of England itself over identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage and then the diversity of the Worldwide Anglican Church also needed to be considered too. It will not be any easy path as there would seem to be a whole spectrum of beliefs and attitudes to how we address this topic within the Church of England.

 The session ended with a prayer:

Grant to your people, good Lord,

the spirit of unity,

that we may dwell together in your love,

 and so bear to the world

the ointment of your healing and the dew of your blessing;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Common Worship: Prayer after Psalm 133 (adapted

Everyone was asked to note what they had gained from the session or their thoughts about this or future sessions or any questions they might have. Here are a few :

“ We need to let God guide us to work towards the right way”

“Our parish rejoices in making everyone welcome”

“I don’t feel that there is tension in our church, but in others there might be”

“We are lucky that we have two very welcoming and accepting  churches and church families ”

“Feels as if one is being asked to sit on judgement on others. Surely not!

“Importance of unity in communicating the love of God with the world around us”

Want to explore session 3 further?

  • Download the LLF book* and  look at Chapters 7,11,14  and scenes 4  and the Appeal
  • Podcasts to listen to:6, 8, 12 & 16
  • Films to watch: Graham

*Resources for the course can be found via www.churchofengland.org/LLF

Next session; A feedback session  (questions for reflection are below) will be at All Saint’s Church Hall , Weston on Thursday 3rd March, starting at 7:30. All are welcome.

Questions to reflect on:

• What have you learned from the course – about God, yourself, each other, the church?

• How diverse was your group? What did you discover about each other’s different perspectives?

• What aspects of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage felt particularly important to learn about?

• How has the course affected your own life and the life of your church community?

• What did you find hopeful, challenging?

• What did you hear God saying to the church