26th May 2022 - Ascension Day
7.30pm Holy Communion CW
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Dr John Stopford
Readings: Acts 1:1-11
29th May 2022 - Seventh Sunday of Easter
10.30am Benefice Communion at St Peter's
Celebrant: The Revd Dr John Stopford
Preacher: The Revd Canon Paul Dawson
5th June 2022 - Pentecost
9.30am Holy Communion CW
WHITEGATE ST. MARY’S PCC.
Some notes on the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
May means it is time for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year will take place in The Mews on Sunday 15th May 2022 10.45am. Please do try and attend if you possibly can. In general, we receive reports and have to consider four set matters at our annual meetings:
1. The election of churchwardens.
2. The election of PCC members.
3. The electoral roll.
4. Appointment of Officers.
1. The election of churchwardens:
Churchwardens are elected at the meeting of the parishioners which immediately precedes the APCM. Written nominations are made in advance of the meeting. However under the new rules someone who has served six consecutive years as a churchwarden may not be elected again for the same parish until after a two year break.
2. Election of PCC members:
The provisions for the election of PCC members are in the Church Representation Rules. (Please speak to Linda Dutton if you would like to see these). They set out the qualifications required for an individual to be eligible to stand for election to the PCC, the number of members of the PCC and the term of office of PCC members. A lay person must have been entered on the electoral roll for at least six months before (s)he may be elected to the PCC, is an actual communicant member and is sixteen years or upwards. At St Mary’s three members are elected annually for a period of three years.
3. Electoral Roll:
A completely new Electoral roll was compiled in 2019 and so a revision will take place this year (2022). The new list will be displayed in church for no less than fourteen days in the run up to the APCM, in case any mistakes have been made. So please check the roll and let us know if there are any mistakes or omissions.
4. Appointment of Officers:
The PCC secretary and treasurer are appointed at the first PCC meeting following the APCM. The electoral roll officer, independent examiner of the PCC accounts and sidespeople are appointed at the APCM.
This is a very brief outline of what happens – a lot of work goes into producing the various reports, and it is always most encouraging if a good number of folk make the effort to attend. Please come and participate in this Annual Meeting which is a key part of the process of running St Mary’s Church and Parish on behalf of us all.
First Thursday Cafe
Just pop in and say hello and stay for coffee, cake and chat on the First Thursday of the month 10.30am to 12 noon, where a warm welcome awaits everyone.
Vicarage Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who supported the event on Saturday 7th May. There was a marvellous turnout, a fabulous choice of cakes to take with coffee and more still for the cake stall. The Summer Picnic Hamper, the raffle prize, looked splendid and delighted the winner. The sun shone and what’s more, all who attended much enjoyed the opportunity to get together, chat and learn about bees, in a way that hasn’t been possible for a couple of years.
Mothers’ Union members from St Mary’s and St Peter’s are thrilled to announce that the sum of £530.35 was raised for Mothers’ Union charitable projects supporting families and family life.
Movies in The Mews
Wednesday 18th May - film starts at 7.00 pm - doors open 6.30
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali
Christian Aid Week 2022: 15th – 21st May
Envelopes for donations to this year’s campaign are available in Church or from Chris Ball (Tel 01606 593260). Please take one for yourself and one or two more for friends, family or neighbours and bring them back to Church, with your donation inside and sealed, on Sunday 22nd or 29th May.
The focus of the campaign this year is to support communities all over the world who are suffering from hunger caused by drought. . Climate change is making their situation worse than ever. Let’s all do what we can.
The Mews is available for hire for meetings, exercise groups and parties.
For further information and availability , please contact :-
Mid Cheshire Foodbank
To see what items the Foodbank are short of please visit their website
Please leave your gifts in the box at the back of church.
Please help Mid Cheshire Foodbank. They need our support now more than ever.
We welcome new names of those who are ill to be added to our weekly list for prayer. This is intended for a short to medium term prayer list.
After two months names will be
transferred to the Vicar's long term
prayer list. You can of course request that the name goes back on the list for a further period.
Regular updates would be appreciated about the condition of those who are sick.
Please let the Vicar or Linda Dutton know.
St Mary's church takes its duty and obligation to protect all, extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.
"If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/safeguarding"
Our involvement with Whitegate Primary School has enabled us to build relationships with the young people and provide a safe environment within which they can meet and continue the friendships forged at Primary School when they move onto High School.