After a busy festive period featuring, knitted angels, carols by candlelight, angel wings, dress up nativities, Christingles and concerts and events we are looking forward to getting stuck in to our usual activities in the New Year. All of our usual groups will be meeting again over the next few weeks:
GLOW, our group for primary school aged children at St Mark’s, starts on Tuesday 8th January at 3:30pm (keep an eye on the calendar for the rest of this terms dates).
Friendship Lunches as usual at 12noon on Tuesdays at St Mark’s
Singers at St Mark’s (SAS) starts again on Tuesday 8th January at 7:45pm at St Mark’s
St Mark’s Invites you to a Ladies Evening (SMILE), an evening for ladies only, with no need to spend a lot of money, wear expensive clothes or stay late. The evening starts at 8pm in St Mark’s Church hall and lasts until the last person needs to leave or the conversation has run its course. Every 2nd Tuesday evening at 8pm at St Mark’s Hall starting on 8th January.
Craft and Chatter is on as usual Thursdays from 1:30-3pm at St Mark’s, come along and join in
Monthly Prize Bingo is on Thursday 10th January at 7pm at St Mark’s, £4.50 for 12 games and tea or coffee.
Next Friendship Lunch at All Saint’s Hall is on Wednesday 16th January (and fortnightly afterwards) at 12noon
This Sunday we welcome Bishop Libby Lane to lead our services
We’d love to see you there!
Both All Saints’ and St Mark’s hold regular Fellowship Lunches, an opportunity to get together with others and share a simple meal of soup, savouries and cake.
More than a good lunch for a good price the lunches are an opportunity to meet with friends old and new.
Here are some of the All Saints’ team:
St Mark’s lunches are held 12noon every Tuesday and All Saints’ lunches are 12noon every other Wednesday. The All Saints’ lunches are advertised outside the hall on the weeks they are happening or check the calendar to see when the next one is happening.
We’d love to see you there.
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!
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.
Thank you to the COOP and local members!
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.
To find out more about the New Build see the pages here.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.