This Sunday – live-streamed worship with the Revs Paul, Mike & guests. Join us on one of our channels from 10:30am
Here are some events that you may be interested in.
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21 – 31 May 2020
Thy Kingdom Come 2020
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.” Archbishop Justin Welby
There are some fantastic resources for personal use including apps and prayer journals.
This Weekend Sat 23 & Sun 24 May
Join the Big Church Day Out (In) online for a virtual Festival – why not camp out for the full experience?
The Big Church Day In
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After church Refreshments
After church tea & coffee will be on Zoom from around 11:45am – come and join us virtually, it would be lovely to see each other again.
We have now implemented a Waiting Room on Zoom for extra security.
so much to all those who have given this week and made a difference. On our JustGiving CA Page alone, we’ve raised
£555 (plus Gift Aid).
If you didn’t get a chance to give it’s not too late, simply go to: https://bit.ly/caweekstmarys
Mark Tanner named as next Bishop of Chester
The Rt Revd Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster who retired in September 2019.
Bishop Mark is currently the Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle, a post he has occupied since 2016.
“It will be hard to say goodbye to the North East,” he says, “however, Lindsay and I are really excited to return to Chester where I was ordained, and both of our children were born.”
Mark says: “It is an honour and a joy to be appointed to the Diocese of Chester at such a key time in the life of our communities, nation, and Church. In Christ, God offers a gift of hope beyond our imagining; there is no greater joy or privilege than enabling others to step into this freedom and life, whether in deeply practical service or beautiful wonder and worship. God is here for all.”
Rev Paul says
“Let’s Welcome Bishop Mark”
It is very exciting news that Bishop Mark Tanner has been appointed the new Bishop of Chester. This is wonderful news that we at St Mary’s and St Luke’s celebrate.
We would like to send Bishop Mark a warm greeting from our parish.
We are hoping to create a large collage with pictures of ourselves holding the words of celebration on.
If you are willing to take part please email Paul on email@example.com
He will then send you the instructions for which word you will need to hold.
We would like to send this off next week so the deadline for returned photos is 27th May 2020
An example of what we’d be looking for
Get Together Wednesdays at 7.30pm
Each week Revd Mike invites you to join with him on Zoom for a get-together.
Each week there will be something different including a Bible Book Club, a Prayer Meeting, a topical chat or a discussion. Details will be posted on our Facebook Page on the Monday of each week. All you need to do is click on the link below to register.
This week 27 May:
Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) – Join Mike for Prayer and Worship during the TKC initiative and let’s light up the world with prayer.
TKC is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus – find out more here: https://www.thykingdomcome.global
Limited Access to Church Buildings following the House of Bishops Statement of 5 May
Very limited access allowed to church buildings is now possible for activities such as pre-recording or streaming of services or private prayer, by ministers in their own parishes, so long as the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are taken.
Please note that in each parish there should be only one person appointed for this purpose, although they may be accompanied by others from their own household. Multiple people are strongly discouraged from accessing the space, even if this is done one at a time.
Please note that church buildings remain closed to the public. When a minister is in the church building to pray or pre-record or live-stream worship, the doors should remain locked. The guidance still excludes the possibility of church services, including occasional offices such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.
In the meantime, I have been checking all the buildings twice a week and for insurance purposes, I have been taking photos of them, here is a selection of them – you can click on them to see the bigger image.
Revd Mike, Rector
Funerals this past week
Funerals still to take place during May
Also sadly Joan Clayton passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with Maurice and his family at this sad time.
A Big Thanks From Mike Astbury
Thanks to everyone who has given to our Visyon fundraiser this week, People have generously given over £400. Along with many others, it’s tough for small charities in lockdown, so everything helps. There are lots of photos on Twitter @mondrem_uk and on my LinkedIn, but here are a few.
George (in the half shirt and tie/half morph suit) is off to spend a year as a volunteer working in the Christian Union at Liverpool Uni next year. They had better watch out!
St Paul’s Pantry News
Trust you are all keeping well, here’s our monthly data for you to share with your congregations.
We fed 294 people in April with 2,646 meals and had 2,139.79kgs of food donated. Compare this to last year we fed 125 people with 1,125 meals and had 1,760.78kgs of food donated.
We are steadily busy and are able to meet requests for food. Our shortages include tins of potatoes, vegetables, fruit, sandwich meats, meat pies, custard, rice pudding, pasta, long grain rice and sugar.
Please continue to hold us up in prayer whether in your Zoom services or in private prayer, we need them!
Cheryl Wykes & Tracey Humphries If you can’t get to the Foodbank you can help financially here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/StPauls
The Wistaston Village Fete for 2020 has, unsurprisingly, been cancelled for this year. More details will appear on the Community Council’s Facebook in due course.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/wistaston/
To keep in touch with the church, it’s news and updates and be kept informed of resources which you can use at home for prayer and worship, then please join our Prayer & Communication email list via this link: http://eepurl.com/gbKZ5b
Church Staff & Office
We have had to take the decision to furlough the paid church staff, that is Polly, Teresa & Derek, for the foreseeable future which means under the new government scheme as a church we can claim 80% of their wages back, we will continue to pay them 100% whilst we can. Many thanks to them and for all the help they have given to the church. This, of course, means the office is closed until further notice but the answerphone and emails are being checked daily
Covid-19 and it’s effects of church life: As well as worship being suspended, we have had to cancel all events and close the Church Hall. We pray for all those who are in isolation and will be hugely affected by this.
You can view the latest information from the Church of England and the effect on its services her