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'Living to Worship and Glorify God,
to Encourage and Support His Church,
and to Reach Out to His World'
News from the Vicarage - May 2017
1st May: May Day - unbridled merriment
May is the month when the ancient pagans used to get up to 'all sorts'! The Romans held their festival to honour the mother-goddess Maia, goddess of nature and growth. (May is named after her.) The early Celts celebrated-the feast of Beltane, in honour of the sun god, Beli. For centuries in Olde England' the people went mad in May.
Tower Captain's Report to the 2017 Annual Church Meeting
During the last year we have rung for all of the 110.15 a.m. services, also special services, the occasional wedding and the occasional funeral.
Most Sundays we manage to use the full ring of 8 bells — sounds much better than a ring of 6. Eight bells somehow seem complete, which I suppose it is being a complete octave — on our case, being in the key of "E" Flat.
The bells have also been rung by a number of visiting bellringers, who have made favourable comments on the sound of the bells, which were tuned at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London. It should be remembered that the bell founders in the 18th and 19th Century, when our bells were cast, did not have the facility of modern tuning equipment, and the tuning of bells was much less of an exact science than it is today.
The sound of the church bells on a Sunday morning helps to remind the community of Ellesmere that this church continues to exist, and is also a reminder that a service is soon to start.
Based on comments made to me on a regular basis by a number of the people in Ellesmere, the sound of the church bells is enjoyed and the fact that the bells are rung on a regular basis by a team of volunteers is appreciated.
I would like to mention that in 2016, I completed 60 years as a bellringer at Ellesmere and 4O years as Tower Captain. I owe a debt of gratitude to the previous Tower Captain, Mr Arnold Whitehead for his excellent example of dedication and commitment to the post.
Terry Davies, Tower Captain
S. Mary's Church News April 2017
HOT POT SUPPER
The Fundraising Team organised another excellent evening at the Town Hall on Friday 3rd March with our annual Hot Pot Supper and Quiz. Read more...
Please support Bishop Michael's 2017 Lent Appeal by coming to our seven Friday Soup Lunches (3rd March to 14th April: 12.30 - 1.30) throughout Lent. Enjoy a variety of high-quality soups in S. John's Room expertly prepared by our skilled soup-makers, and contribute to the Appeal. Please attend as many lunches as possible so that we can again send our customary £1000.
Bishop Michael writes: "It is a great honour to select and promote my first Bishop's Lent Appeal in Lichfield Diocese. As I've learned about past Lent Appeals, I have become so aware that they are the result of thousands of people in parishes across the Diocese working together to contribute positively to the good of Christian and non-Christian, near and far away. And so I appeal to you again this year to open your hearts and wallets in generosity as we focus on the needs of refugees and asylum seekers; strangers, aliens and even angels maybe; certainly all people made in the image of God."
Next years subscriptions are now due. Thank you to everyone who subscribes to our 200 Club which is an important part of our fundraising activities annually. It has become somewhat challenging for our subscription collection team to get around everyone and the PCC has agreed that from March 2017 next years subscriptions can be made by Standing Order. We will be letting everyone who was a member of the Club last year have a Standing Order form which we would be grateful for them to complete and give to their bank by the end of March 2017. There will be some members who still want to pay in cash and we will do our best to get round to collect those payments in the next few weeks. Please let Jeremy, Anne Edwards or anyone who is a regular church attendee know if you can help with any cash subscription collections.
We still have a few spare tickets available if you would like any more or know someone who would like to join. Any queries please contact Jeremy Stretton on phone number 01691 624772. Thanks for your support.
Fundraising and Social Events 2017
St. Mary's Church, Ellesmere
Fundraising and Social Events 2017
|Sunday 25th June||Parish Lunch
By kind invitation of Mark Spurdes
|12.30pm for 1pm||£10|
|Friday 6th October||Harvest Supper
|Saturday 14th October||Last Night of The Proms Concert
(a joint event with Age UK North Shropshire featuring the Shrewsbury Light Orchestra and Ellesmere College Choral Society directed by Tony Coupe)
|Friday 3rd November||Shoppers Lunch
(a joint event with North Shropshire Age UK)
|Saturday 2nd December||Christmas Coffee Morning and Grand Draw
Please join us for Coffee, Mince Pies and Sherry.
Gift stall, card stall, etc