Matthew Burgess 21 today (19th October 2014)
A very thoughtful, emotional and moving service today to celebrate Matthew's 21st birthday, which resulted in a few tears being shed (yes, me too). What a wonderful extended family we all have.
There were a few quite memorable moments during the service, a moving tribute by Sara, a joyful recollection by John, and a lovely poem by Alyssa which can be viewed HERE.
Afterwards there was a special party held in the Parish Hall.
During the year that we are commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War we have been given a lovely, thought provoking, poem written by Alyssa Faith Riley age 9 and we have pleasure in sharing this poem you all.
The amount raised from Lynn Keeley's 21st (70 really!) birthday bash was a fantastic amount of £510 plus Gift Aid. Thank you to all who helped, and the money will be going to the Chancel Roof Fund.
St Mary’s is here to serve God in worship and prayer, and to serve all of the people of Newton & Flowery Field. We live to learn more of God and to speak His name through our actions and example. We believe the church should reach out into the community and beyond, therefore we work closely with other agencies in Newton & Hyde, so if we cannot meet a need we can direct you to the right place. We have links with New Charter Housing and social support. We are able to refer to foodbanks, we can also direct you to the right place to get debt support, benefit advice and health/employment issues.
We offer friendship and companionship through our regular groups and we are a 'child friendly' church with lots of facilities for children and young people.
The best way to find out more is either to contact Rev'd Annie Woodcock, our vicar, or just to turn up on a Sunday morning at 10am . You will be most welcome, and you’ll probably meet someone you’ve not seen for ages. It’ll be great to see you soon!
As most of our congregation know by now, we have a new assistant curate - Rev Chris Viney - Chris is an Ashton lad who now lives in Dukinfield with his wife Kath.
A self-confessed 'petrol head', Chris has a large and loud Harley Davidson and a scarily fast Ducati (but he only rides this scarily fast on race tracks such as Oulton Park).
Please Click Here to read more about Chris and to view some of the photos from his ordination.
Whit Walks 2014 Photos - NEW PHOTOS ADDED
WW1 Centenary Celebrations - NEW PHOTOS ADDED
Our New Garden - NEW PHOTOS ADDED
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COMMUNION BEFORE CONFIRMATION
A Saturday morning was set aside for all the children of St Mary's church to take part in a session for them to learn about the church service.
We opened with a prayer and the Rev Annie gave an introduction to explain how 'Communion before Confirmation' is going to work.
A very interesting talk about symbols that are used by God in his word and also symbols used in church. The children enjoyed the hands on experience of seeing and touching things and also looking for God under the Altar. They also enjoyed the incense, in which Ian gave an excellent display. After this, the children got a chance to sit back and listen to a play about Jesus and Peter at the 'Last Supper' acted out by John and Ian.
Head dresses were worn by almost everyone while they ate the bread and drank the 'wine' (blackcurrant).
Just before the end, the children had a little activity to do to remind them of the morning, and to remember Jesus. They were each given a child-friendly service book and Rev Annie 'walked' through the story of the Last Supper once again.
We are glad to note that the morning was a great success, and we look forward to seeing the children take their first communion.
Well done children and God Bless you - See more photos HERE