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St Mary's Parish Church

Church of England

Nantwich Town Centre, CW5 5RG

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

Sunday services

8am: Holy Communion (Common Worship, traditional form, except the first and third Sundays of the month when the Book of Common Prayer is used)

9.30am: All Age Communion (first Sunday of the month)

10.45am: Parish Eucharist

6pm: A variety of services including Choral Evensong, Evening Prayer, Compline and Holy Communion using Common Worship in traditional language

7.15 pm in the Parish Hall: Encounter Cafe Church (on the first and third Sundays of the month). A café-style service with a themed programme. Coffee available from 6.45pm.

 

Rector: The Rev Dr Mark Hart. He was previously Rector of Plemstall and Guilden Sutton churches, and a former Rural Dean of Chester.

   The former Rector, the Rev Canon Dr Barry Wilson, became Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral and has since moved to St Asaph Cathedral in Denbighshire, to become the Archdeacon of Montgomery.

Associate Minister: The Rev Professor Bernard Moss.

Curate: The Rev Paul Wheeler.

   The previous Curate, the Rev Kaushal David, moved to Bedfordshire to become Priest-in-charge of three parishes in the St Alban's diocese. 

 

The church is situated in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Stewards are on duty to welcome visitors and guided tours are available. Sundays, open during services only - 8am to 12.30pm and 5.30pm to 7pm. Parties can arrange a coach visit to the church. 

 

The Parish Office can be found in Church Walk which leads to St Mary's from The Square. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 2pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 1pm. Telephone: 01270 625268. Closed on Bank Holidays.

E-mail: office@stmarysnantwich.org.uk.

 

Rector's Surgery in the Parish Office on Saturdays at 9.30am, 10am or 10.30am. Book a time  through the Parish Office (appointment only). This is a chance to talk to The Rector or another member of the parish staff or to book a date for a wedding, etc.

 

The Visitors' Centre or Church Shop in the south porch is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday. The south porch is one of two main entrances to the church. The West door is the other.

 

Further information appears in the "This Week" leaflet or "This Month", the church magazine.   Website: www.stmarysnantwich.org.uk.

 

Re-ordering (changes in the church)

The church "re-ordering" in 2016 included new inner glass doors at the west end of the church, the removal of some of the pews to make more open spaces (including a place for a grand piano in the south aisle), a platform lift to replace the wheelchair lift, stone ramps for wheelchairs (replacing the temporary wooden ones), toilets and a new door for the choir vestry. The Jubilee Curtain, marking the 25th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, and the pew kneelers were removed during the re-ordering so that dust from the work wouldn't affect them. Pew seat cushions were added.

Earlier work at St Mary's | The Re-ordering over the weeks | Website

 

On this website: Listed in Places to See | View of church restored | £1m appeal

A location on the Two Saints' Way (walking route).

 

The Centenary of the Dedication of the Reredos, Sunday, November 17. The Rev. Ian Stubbs has researched the history and written an article for the November edition of "This Month" magazine, available in the church. He has also obtained the 1919 leaflet prepared for the dedication, copies of which are available in the carousel in the south porch.

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TREE OF LIGHT RECALLS MEMORIES

THE Tree of Light in the church grounds next to the Parish Hall, and which is decorated with baubles in memory of loved ones and special causes, is lit day and night until the Twelfth Night of Christmas

   A special service, led by the Rector of Nantwich, the Rev Dr Mark Hart, included an address by the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Arthur Moran, and the choir of St Mary's  also took part.

   Names of the people or special causes commemorated in the baubles can also be added to Nantwich Town Council's website.

   The town council dedicated the first bauble to local businessman, Mr Harry Clewlow who died earlier this year. He was Chairman of the Beam Heath Trust and a former Town Councillor and Crewe and Nantwich Borough Councillor.

   The full cost of the tree will be borne by the town council, with the money realised from the baubles going to the Mayor's Charities - St Luke's Hospice, Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group, the Royal British Legion and St Mary's Church.


BELL ringing is an activity that can be learned and enjoyed by people of all ages from around 11 until well into their 80s. To find out more about the benefits of ringing, particularly for youngsters, get in touch with me at St. Mary’s.

- Stefan Zientek, Tower Captain, St Mary's


Seniors’ Lounge. Second Sunday of the month, 3pm to 4pm, in the Parish Hall. A chance to enjoy friendly company and a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and cake with a varied programme of activities and a short talk.

 

Messy Church. 3.30pm to 5pm in the Parish Hall, Suitable for families with children aged 11 years and under. Games, craft, Bible stories, worship, messy play and refreshments. For more information, including dates of the events, contact the Parish Office.

 

Who Let the Dads Out? Second Saturday of the month, 9.30am to 11am, in the Parish Hall. For dads, grandads and other male carers, with their pre-school children. £1.50 per family, which includes drink, biscuits and a bacon butty.

 

Open House. Held in the Parish Hall (opposite the Church) on one Wednesday a month between 2pm and 4pm, with an invitation for people to drop in for tea and a chat.

 

 

 

A kneeler in the North Transept marks the visit of the Rt Rev Libby Lane, then newly-appointed Bishop of Stockport, to conduct a Confirmation service in 2016. She was the first female bishop to be consecrated by the Church of England. She later became Bishop of Derby.

Picture: Andrew Lamberton

 

 

 


Nantwich Methodist Church Centre

Hospital Street, CW5 5RP           The Church with the Train

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

 

Services

Sunday: 10.30am, Worship. 10.30am, Sunday Club for young people aged four to 13.

First Sunday of the month: 6pm, Cafe Church - a different style of worship, led by invited preachers. Friendly discussions, chat, videos, singing, and spirit-led worship over refreshments. Contact Jackie Holland (624914).

Fourth Thursday of the month: 11.30am, Communion. 

Communion (11.30am) and Lunch (12.15pm), on the fourth Sunday of the month.

Thursday (9.30am): Prayer Meeting. Contact Brenda Bowers (01270) 623794.

 

For other services and activities, see the website or call in to the Church Centre for various information leaflets. Also the quarterly magazine, "On Track" (see below).

 

Minister

The Rev Charlotte Lorimer (telephone: 01270 618872). E-mail: clorimer826@btinternet.com.

  The Minister conducted her last service at the church on July 21. She will be retiring later in the year.

  The Rev Malcolm G. Lorimer retired from active ministry after 40 years' service. Telephone: 01270 625278.  E-mail: maxcricket@btinternet.com.

 

Deacon Jill Taylor.

 

The Church office is open most Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12noon. Tel: 01270 626340. E-mail: nantwich.mc@btconnect.com.

Website: www.nantwichmethodist.wix.com/nmcc

 

Nantwich Mission Area: Nantwich, Barbridge, Broad Lane and Poole.

  

Cheshire South Methodist Circuit, a grouping of 37 churches.  www.cheshiresouth.org.uk

 

On Track is the name of the quarterly magazine published by the Nantwich Methodist Mission Area. It is based on the Hospital Street church's slogan, "The Church with the Train." (See Poole Methodist Chapel entry below for details of a community garden and labyrinth).

 

Whistleblower Cutting

Model steam train rides at the side of the church, every Saturday from 10am to 12 noon (52 Saturdays a year). The rides are free for all ages but a donation for children's charities is welcome. To June 2019, the donations have raised £10,050 for Creative Hands, Under the Mango Tree, Railway Children, Hope House and Action for Children.

l READ more about The Church with the Train here.

 

Drop 'n' Shop, between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday mornings. A club for children aged 4 to 11. For a maximum of one and a half hours parents can leave their children at the Methodist Schoolrooms to be entertained by church members while they shop. Climbing wall, Wii, air hockey, snooker, craft table and more. All volunteers are CRB checked. £1 per morning including light refreshments. Contact: Heather Durant on 626168.

  

Pizza Club, on the first and third Saturdays, 6pm to 8.30pm. DVD and games evenings for youngsters aged 11 and over. All volunteers are CRB checked. Contact: David on 627170.

 

Sunday Club, every Sunday at 10.30am. Contact: David on 627170.

 

Friendship Group, first Monday of the month, 2pm to 4pm

 

Brownies. Mondays in school term time, 6.15pm to 7.30pm. Age 7 to 10 years. Information: www.girlguiding.org.uk

 

Wesley Guild, 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Contact Pat Maidment (01270) 627170.

 

Men's Club, 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Vine pub in Hospital Street for a drink and a chat. All welcome. Contact the Rev Malcolm Lorimer on (01270) 625278.

 

Totstop. Wednesdays in school term time, 1.30pm to 3pm. For children up to the age of four. Contact: Liz on 663972.

 

Other activities include:

 

Soup+More on the first Saturday of every month, 12 noon to 2pm.

 

Coffee mornings are held on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon.

 

A lunch is held once a month on Saturday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm

 

Women's Fellowship, 2.30pm to 3.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. Contact  Barbara Barker (01270) 624363.

 

Entertainment closed. Nantwich Family Films @ 4 was a community cinema project by Nantwich Methodist Church. Falling audience numbers caused it to close down in March 2018

   Funded by Nantwich Town Council, Nantwich Rotary Club, The Rank Foundation, The Co-operative Community Fund, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist District

Families Fund and Cheshire South Methodist Circuit.

   See https://www.facebook.com/nantwichfamilyfilmsat4.

 

 

 


Market Street Church

Baptist and United Reformed Church     CW5 5DG

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

 

Sunday services

10.30am: Morning service with Junior Church and creche.

6pm: Evening service (Communion service 1st Sunday).

 

Minister: the Rev Garry Wareham (01270 627261).

 

Contact: 01270 611634       www.marketstreetchurch.co.uk

 

l The Nantwich Foodbank is based at this church.

 

Nantwich Young People's Fellowship

A Christian youth group for teenagers in Nantwich, meeting at Market Street Church.

www.nantwichypf.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


St Anne's Catholic Church

Pillory Street (opposite Railway Station)

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

 

Services

9am: Mass (Monday to Friday)

10am: Mass (Sunday)

6.30pm: Vigil Mass (Saturday)

 

Parish Priest: the Rev John Daly

Telephone: 01270 625494.

Deacon: the Rev Peter Mascarenhas.

 

www.stannesnantwich.org.uk

 

 

Broad Lane Methodist Church

Audlem Road, CW5 7QH

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

 

Sunday services

2.15pm: Weekly worship (November to February).

First Sunday of the month, 2.15pm: Sankey Gospel Service.

6.30pm: Evening service (March to October).

 

Minister: the Rev Charlotte Lorimer.

 

The church is in the Nantwich Mission Area and the Cheshire South Methodist District. 

 

Coffee Club, every Monday at 10am. Contact Mike Docker (619855).

House Group, Tuesday, fortnightly, at 3.15pm. Contact Patti Wilson (569293).

Sisters in Stitches, Wednesdays at 10am. Contact Daphne Mounteney (811242).

Prayer for Healing and Wholeness, First Thursday of month, 2pm. Contact: Louise

    Mumford.

 


Nantwich Elim Church

Pentecostal

The Chapel, Regents Park, 129 London Road, CW5 6LW. Telephone: 626749.

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

 

Sunday services

10.30am: Love Sundays service in the Chapel. 10.30am: Youth Church.

The two events combine at 11.30am.

Deeper at 6pm in the Chapel 

Senior Pastor: Michelle Nunn     Associate Pastor: Paul Hampton

Pastor Linda Potter     Pastor Chang Myung-Chul

 

Chapel telephone: 07738 179835

 

Church office: telephone 01270 615401

 

Disable access available

 

Website: www.nantwichelimgchurch.org

 

See website for other activities and information, and Facebook.

See this page for events at Regent's Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regents Theological College has moved to Malvern.

 

 

The former Willaston School where Nantwich Elim Church now worship in the chapel

 

History group acquires lantern slides of the school

  

 


Churches Together in Nantwich

A group of seven churches in the Nantwich area - the six above and St Mary's Parish Church, Acton, below.

 

Chairman: Rod Greenow, 07967 741359

Secretary: Simon Bowen, 01270 628086

 

Nantwich Street Pastors have volunteers from the six churches in town. They are on patrol from 11pm until 3.30am on some Tuesday (student night at the clubs), Friday and Saturday nights. They are supported by at least two Prayer Pastors at their base.

    They are trained volunteers "who care about their community" and are on hand to help young people in the town centre.

 

E-mail: nantwich@streetpastors.org.uk

Website: www.streetpastors.org/locations/nantwich

 

  Out-of-town churches     

The Benefice of St Mary, Acton; St Bartholomew, Church Minshull; St David, Wettenhall; and St Oswald, Worleston     (The Cross Country Group of Parishes)

Church of England 

 

The Vicar: The Rev Anne Lawson.

 

St Mary's, Monks Lane, Acton, CW5 8LE. 01270 628864.

One of the seven Churches Together in Nantwich.

St Bartholomew's, Cross Lane, Church Minshull, CW5 6DY.

St David's, Long Lane, Wettenhall, CW7 4DN.

   Officiating Priest, the Rev Keith Hine, 01829 732491.

St Oswald's, Church Road, Worleston, CW5 6DR.

   Associate Minister, the Rev John E. Varty, 01270 877360.

 

Websites

Acton: www.stmarysacton.com

Church Minshull: www.stbartschurchminshull.org.uk

Wettenhall: www.wettenhallchurch.org.uk

Worleston: www.worlestonchurch.org.uk 

 

Acton:

Tea in the Tower is held every Sunday afternoon (2.30pm to 4.30pm) in a community cafe at St Mary's Church, Acton. A chance to have a chat and enjoy tea and cakes. There is no set charge, but voluntary donations are welcome.

   Well-behaved dogs are also catered for (a bowl of water is available!). And there are guided trips up the church tower - as far as the bell ringing chamber - for the energetic.  Contacts: Stephan Davies (07731 800663) or Deana Emerton (01270 624889).

www.stmarysacton.com/tea-at-the-tower

 

Guided Circular Walks 

TWO-HOUR (approximately) walks start from St Mary's, Acton, on Sundays at 1pm. Leaflets are available. Back in time for tea. Telephone Stephan Davies (01270 624135) to reserve a place on a walk. Or e-mail stephan.davies1@talktalk,net. All welcome. There is no charge but donations are gratefully received. 

   The next dates are: December 8, January 12, February 9, and March 8.


United Benefice of Audlem, Wybunbury and Doddington

 

Vicar: the Rev Canon Helen Chantry (Rural Dean). 01270 811543.

 

Sunday services: 8.15am, Holy Communion; 11am, Holy Communion/Morning Prayer/All age. Wednesday: 11am, Holy Communion. Each Thursday in term time: 9.30 am, Praise and Play 

Curate:  Post vacant.

(The Rev Rachael Griffiths, who was the Curate, is now the Vicar of All Saints' Church, Weston and St Mark's Church, Shavington).

 

St James' Church, Audlem: www.audlemstjameschurch.org.uk

The church is running a Church Fabric Fund appeal for substantial repairs to the church, particularly the tower. See the website for details of this work.

 

St Chad's Church, Wybunbury:

www.achurchnearyou.com/wybunbury-st-chad/

Main Road, Wybunbury, Nantwich, CW5 7LS.

 

St John the Evangelist, Doddington:

www.achurchnearyou.com/doddington-st-john-the-evangelist/

CW5 7PS

 

 

 


United Benefice of Baddiley with Wrenbury and Burleydam

 

Three congregations of Anglican Churches in South Cheshire - St Margaret's, Wrenbury; St Michael's, Baddiley; and St Mary and St Michael's, Burleydam.

 

Baddiley: http://www.baddileychurch.org.uk or

              www.wrenburychurch.org.uk/st-michaels-baddiley

Wrenbury: www.wrenburychurch.org.uk

Burleydam: www.wrenburychurch.org.uk/st-mary-and-michaels-burleydam

 

Ministry team:

o Vicar: the Rev Alison Fulford. The Vicarage, Wrenbury, Nantwich, CW5 8EY. Telephone: 01270 780742.

 

oThe Rev Ruth Harrison, 01270 812010

 

 

Cheshire South Methodist Circuit

A grouping of 37 churches, Cheshire South Methodist Circuit is part of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist District.

   See the website for details of services at the various churches, together with information about the churches.

For services in other areas of the Circuit visit the website:

www.cheshiresouth.org.uk

 

 

Mission areas

 

Audlem Audlem,  Hankelow.

 

Nantwich:  Nantwich,  Barbridge,  Poole,  Broad Lane.

 

Wrenbury:  Baddiley and Ravensmoor.  Broomhall and Sound.  Lightwood Green.

St Andrew's, Aston 


Audlem Baptist Church

 

 

Services: Sundays 10.30am. 1st Sunday of the month, Holy Communion.

 

www.audlembaptistchurch.org.uk

 

 


Audlem Methodist Church

Shropshire Street, Audlem, CW3 0PE

 

Minister (part time): Rev Gary Windon

07929 708976

 

www.audlemmethodistchurch.org.uk

minister@audlemmethodistchurch.org.uk

 

 


Aston Methodist Church, Aston (St Andrew's)

Wrenbury Road, Aston, CW5 8DQ.

 

Sunday service: Each week at 11am.

 

Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936
rob@albatross.me.uk

 

Contact: Mrs Jackie Wright
01270 560003
jackie_wright445@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.


Baddiley and Ravensmoor Methodist Chapel

Swanley Lane, Ravensmoor, Nantwich, CW5 8PX.

 

Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936
rob@albatross.me.uk

 

Contact: Mrs Jackie Wright
01270 560003
jackie_wright445@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.


Barbridge Methodist Chapel

Old Chester Road, CW5 6AZ

 

Sunday services: 10.30am, first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.

 

The church is in the Nantwich Mission Area and the Cheshire South Methodist District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.


Broomhall and Sound Methodist Church

Newtown Road, Sound, CW5 8SG.

 

Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936
rob@albatross.me.uk

 

Contact: Mrs Jackie Wright
01270 560003
jackie_wright445@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.


Hankelow Methodist Church

11 Old School Lane, Hankelow, CW3 0JN

 

Minister: The Rev Jennifer Matthews,

01270 811711

 

 

 

 

See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.


Lightwood Green Methodist Church

Whitchurch Road, Audlem, CW3 0EP

 

Sunday service: Each week at 6.30pm

 

Minister: The Rev Rob Weir
01948 663936
rob@albatross.me.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Cheshire South Methodist District website for details of services, together with information about the church.


Poole Methodist Chapel

Wettenhall Lane, Poole  CW5 6AL

 

Sunday services: 10.30am, second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Quiet Garden Services, 4pm.

 

The church is in the Nantwich Mission Area and the Cheshire South Methodist District. It is the oldest church in the Circuit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A COMMUNITY quiet open garden and labyrinth at the rear of the chapel is open seven days a week all the year round.

   It was the idea of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, who used to meet at Poole but now meet at Coppenhall Methodist Centre, Bradfield Road, Crewe.

   More than £10,000 was raised to complete the garden, from the Cheshire South Methodist Circuit, Cheshire East Council, fund-raising events and individuals.

   A leaflet on the garden is available at Poole and Nantwich Methodist church. The opening of the garden, in September 2016, was reported in the Autumn 2016 edition of the circuit's magazine, "On Track" (based on the Nantwich church's slogan "The Church with the Train").

  The picture of the garden is taken from that edition of the quarterly magazine. 

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