News & Recent Events

Summer Fair

See the photos from our Summer Fair in July. Click on the image.

Our Mission Partners Say Goodbye to Togo

On Sunday Gad, Liz, Corban and Lael visited St Mary's to say what they had been doing in Togo now that their work for Crosslinks has come to an end.
Gad and Liz say, 'We give thanks for the work of Crosslinks, who seek to share God's word to God's world. Through the opportunity to work with them we have been able to appreciate how sharing God's word, teaching from his word and looking at life in new ways through his word has guided us faithfully through many new adventures in the last 7 years. We've also had the privilege of being part of a large group of scattered mission workers all seeking to serve God in so many diverse ways and places.'

Rainbows Visit St Mary's

During June, members of the 1st Yarnfield Rainbows visited St Mary's.

Revd Stephen McKenzie helped them to explore the church.

Please Welcome Drew - our new Curate

Hi everyone, my name is Drew Walker and in July 2017 I look forward to joining the United Benefice of All Saints’ Standon, St Mary’s Swynnerton & Cotes Heath and St Luke’s Tittensor as your curate.
    
A little bit about myself. I was born in Liverpool, but have lived in Cheshire most of my life. I’m married to Jules, and we have 4 adult children, Josh, Thom, Amy & Matt (pictured below with Josh’s fiancé Beatrix too). Our children are in a contemporary Christian worship band, which means our home is never quiet. We love to share God’s word through music and encourage others to do the same.
    
I first felt God’s nudging over 20 years ago, but ignored this for many years. In 2008 after many years working within the commercial flooring industry I felt it was time to stop and listen to God properly. I went to Liverpool Hope University as a ‘mature’ Theology and Religious Studies student and as part of my studies completed an extended placement within a prison setting. This was a time of huge growth for me personally and I spent over 7 years continuing to volunteer in the Chaplaincy teams within several prisons in the North West. I have a massive heart for hurting people and restorative justice, for people who might be seen in society as ‘the least, the lost and the broken’ and believe in second chances.
    
I have only a few indulgences, proper coffee and a small dram of Scottish water now and again. I can often be found being exercised by my two dogs across Cheshire fields, enjoy reading, listening to all types of music and laughing, lots.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon.
    
Walk of Witness
Good Friday at Tittensor
This year's Walk of Witness was around Tittensor village.  After a short service in St Luke's, members of the churches carried the cross around the houses, before returning to the church hall for tea and hot-cross buns.

Lent Lunch

Pictures of this year's Lent Lunch in the Church Hall, in aid of the Bishop's Appeal "I was a Stranger'.
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Quiz and Chips - The Result

​Twenty three teams competed recently in the St Mary's church annual quiz, to compete for the 'magnificent' Brewer Trophy (it's actually only fifteen centimeters tall!) This long-standing competition met in the village hall for Quiz and Chips on Saturday 25th March, this year in aid of the church boilers. Church members recently found out that the boilers were faulty and had to be switched off. 

After three hours and over a hundred questions, the team called 'Under New Management' (seen below) were declared the winners. Team members Rose, Jane, Paul and Ian, along with Sandra and Alan (not in picture) get to return with the cup to defend it next year.  

'New Management' wins the Brewer Trophy

William Shakespeare Pashi

For many years now, St Mary's has been supporting the work of Revd William Shakespeare Pashi and his wife Peace in Africa.  At Christmas, we raise money for them by sending the money that we would have spent on cards to other church friends.  We put one card at the back of church instead and ​we raised £160.

We have received the latest newsletter from him and you can read it here.
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Tending the Churchyard

Can you help?

We meet in the church car park at 09:30 on the first Saturday of each month.  This year’s dates are (all Saturdays):​

  • June 3rd
  • June 24th
  • August 5th
  • September 2nd
  • October 7th

If you would like to join us then please just come along and we will find something for you to help us with.  We provide all tools.  Did I mention the coffee and cake?
For more information please e-mail me, Ken Marchant, at  kenm@dehav.plus.com  or see me at St. Mary’s church.

Silver Award

Once a month (carefully avoiding Winter), the Churchyard Clearing group meet for some light gardening work.  I say light, if you consider cutting boughs from overhanging trees, mowing paths, trimming hedges and weed killing as light work then we can possibly find you something more challenging.  We are well supported by the Oak Farm Trust who mow the lawns and keep the areas generally under control.

To be honest, the main reason most of us turn up is for the delicious coffee and home-made cakes at 11:00.

Along the way we help to keep the church yard presentable.  For the last two years we have won a Silver award in the annual Churchyard Awards Scheme – a competition that is judged by an independent panel of volunteers.  It would be good to catch our sister church, St. Luke’s in Tittensor who won Gold last year.

This year we hope to establish a nature friendly area, and tackle a few areas that have been partly neglected; and eat more cake.

Master Henry And The Art
of Making Willow Decorations

Alan Rawlings in his guise as Master Henry, gave lessons in St Mary's car park on how to make Christmas Decorations from willow.  After teaching us the tricks of this old art, the students went into the hall for hot drinks and oatcakes.
  1. Master Henry
    Master Henry
  2. 'If it goes wrong, it's the willow's fault!''
    'If it goes wrong, it's the willow's fault!''
  3. A fine decoration from Pat
    A fine decoration from Pat
  4. Alan checking his stock
    Alan checking his stock
  5. 'Is this how you do it?'
    'Is this how you do it?'

An Emotional and Spiritual  Service of Baptism

  1. Nearly a hundred people came to celebrate the baptisms
    Nearly a hundred people came to celebrate the baptisms
  2. Evelyn Mae smiled through the whole service
    Evelyn Mae smiled through the whole service
  3. A very proud Mum and Dad
    A very proud Mum and Dad
  4. Alex prepares to step into the water
    Alex prepares to step into the water
  5. Lots of friends, family and church members
    Lots of friends, family and church members
  6. 'Bring and Share' meal in the Village Hall
    'Bring and Share' meal in the Village Hall
St Mary's saw a great day yesterday when baby Evelyn Mae was Christened, and she enjoyed every minute of it. 

Alex chose a baptism by full-immersion, and she can be seen above entering the pool. This was a new event for St Mary's, and a special portable baptistry was brought in for the occasion. Nearly a hundred people came to celebrate, and to join in a 'bring and share' meal afterwards.

Churchyard Clearing 

Oak Tree Farm Rural Project

A BIG Thank you!

​Along with the Churchyard Clearing Team they have ensured that the surrounds are attractive and in good shape. So much so that this year they  have won a Silver  award in the Local Churchyards competition!

Well done to James, Tim, Kevin, Anthony, Simon, Steven and Peter and to their supervisor, Nathan.

The Churchyard Clearing Team has hosted a coffee and cakes morning to say a big 'thank you' to the team from
Oak Tree Farm Rural Project.

Members of the Project have been working  hard throughout the summer to keep the grass cut around St. Mary’s Church and Hall.

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For more information about Oak Tree Farm, please click here for their website.