St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 29 August 2021 – Trinity 13

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Weekly Sheet

The Weekly Sheet has News and Information for our church. 
It also has the Readings, Collect and Post Communion Prayer for this Sunday.

The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings whilst inside public buildings and I feel this is sensible in church too. Therefore, I would ask that you continue to wear a face covering whilst entering and leaving the church, also preferably whilst seated and singing and sanitise on entry and exit. This is out of consideration and care for other people more than ourselves. All the clergy will continue to sanitise and wear face coverings. We are continuing with communion in one kind for the time being. Revd Mike.

The Ladies Afternoon Group met on Thursday 26 August in the Church Hall and a good time was had meeting up again.

Morning Prayer is taking a break in August, however, you can join in Daily Prayers on the Church of England Website, in audio and text versions, here:

There is also Daily Hope: a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers on O800 804 8044

After church refreshments will restart next Sunday 5 September. We need people who can make drinks and those who can set up the hall from October onwards, please sign up on the rota or call the office.

Church Flowers at St Mary’s: 

Di Carter would like to thank everyone for donations received and to those who have joined the rota. Donations and offers of help are still gratefully received. Please contact the Office.

The Mothers’ Union had its first meeting in the Church Hall since February 2020 on Wednesday 21 July, it was great to be together again. We prayed for our members who can’t be with us and for those we’ve lost since the pandemic struck. The next meeting is scheduled for September.

At Easter time, Sarah Rhodes put together packs of seeds for the Junior Church children. The Hornes have sent us a photo of their sunflowers grown from the seeds. They look amazing!

Send Revd Mike any photos you may have of your seeds.

The hope is for people in Church of England churches across the country to use the Living in Love & Faith resources to study and pray together. The resources are designed to encourage and enable engagement and learning in a variety of settings. This church-wide learning together, listening to one another, and listening to God is part of discerning a way forward for the Church of England in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The purpose of the resources is to enable the Church of England churches across the country to participate in a process of learning and praying together as part of discerning a way forward in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

Revd Mike, along with the PCC, will be exploring ways to facilitate these discussions in our church community.

You can read more on the Diocesan website and download the free eBook here:

The next Bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport

Our new Bishops, Julie & Sam, were consecrated at York Minster on Monday 19th July at 11am, you can view the service at They will be installed and welcomed at the beginning of September. Please pray for them as they prepare to move and start ministry among us.

More details about our two new bishops can be found on the Diocesan Website.

Funerals this past week

Funerals still to take place

St Paul’s Foodbank Update

During the month of June… we received 1719kg of donated food. We have fed 181 people in our local community which equates to approximately 2196kg of food.

Over the last 6 months… St Paul’s Pantry has been able to provide crisis food to 1,199 people. We have received 11.6 tons of donated food and distributed 14.3 tons.

Thank you for your donations over the last 6 months and for your continued support, we simply couldn’t operate without the generous donations of individuals in our local community. Every tin, packet and carton really does count!

We are continuously short of the following items: UHT milk; tinned fruit; tinned vegetables; tinned potatoes; tea and coffee; meat pies; rice and jam. Food donations can be brought to our back gate any weekday between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Every blessing,
Alexia Stockton

St. Paul’s Centre, Hightown, Crewe, CW1 3BY. Tel: 01270 586186

Church at Home Resources for all ages

Together @ Home Resources

Faith at Home from the Church of England

This is a great resource for families to keep their children’s faith alive at this time. 
Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Click Here to go to the Faith at Home website.

A bitesize Bible experience from the Ollerton Family

Through 15 minute sessions explore famous characters and events that form The Greatest Story Ever and discover how we can be part of it today. Simple to run. Fun. Free. No prior knowledge required. This family devotional course mixes online content (videos, readings, discussion) and printed cards to form a colourful learning experience in your own home.

The Bible Society Bible Book Club

This is a fantastic free resource that we’ve used for some of the Midweek Get Togethers and is great for personal use to discover more about the books of the bible. Please take a look at the video and click here to find out more.

Giving to St Mary’s & St Luke

The church’s finances are under extreme pressure at the moment. I would ask you to review your personal giving to the church. If you already give regularly then perhaps consider increasing your giving, if you don’t give regularly then perhaps consider doing this. I really do appreciate the giving that happens already and the extra giving that has taken place during the pandemic. However, due to the lack of income from not being in church and from not being able to let the church hall, plus our outgoings being fairly fixed, we have lost around £30,000 in the past 12 months. This obviously places us in a difficult and vulnerable financial position. To find out more about giving to church, the ways you can do it, and how you can do it in a tax-efficient way, please take a look below. Please keep our finances in your prayers.

One Off Giving

You can give via our very simple online giving partnership with Give a Little and Sum Up. Simply click the button below. Sum Up take a small transaction fee from what you give.

Click here to give online

Giving via you Bank – online or phone

You can give via your bank via online banking or telephone banking. If you do it this way we receive 100% of the money you give, there is no transaction fee. Here are the details you need to make a payment directly into the church bank account. For phone banking you may need to take a look at a statement from your bank and it normally has the details of how to do this on the back. You can give once or set up a monthly payment. Please remember to never give passwords over the phone and only call the official number on your statement.

Account Name: St Mary’s Wistaston PCC
Sort Code: 08 92 99
Account No: 65067004
Ref: your initial & surname


A very simple way to give, if you shop online or do click and collect, is through Easyfundraising – it doesn’t cost you a penny as by using Easyfundraising a percentage of what you but gets given to the church.
We’ve raised over £1600 through Easyfundraising. For more information on this please click here.

Giving Leaflet with

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