On a crisp and sunlit Remembrance Sunday a large number of Church Minshull people and friends gathered at St Bart’s to remember all those who had fought in recent conflicts and the work the armed forces are still doing today. As the chimes of Big Ben in London rang out at 11 o clock, all stood to observe the two minutes silence that ended with ‘The Last Post’. Wreaths were laid around the village memorials to both World Wars by the church, parish council, Village Vision Group, village hall, The Badger Inn, the children of Messy and Cafe Church and the ladies group. Refreshments followed.
On Saturday 4th November we held a Cafe Church course in St Bart’s from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Due to the success of our Cafe Church, we wanted to share what we do with other churches in the Diocese who maybe struggling with decreasing congregations or looking at “Fresh Expressions of Worship”. Every church in the Diocese was invited and we were pleased to welcome 17 delegates representing 10 churches from as far away as Meols on the Wirral and Macclesfield, plus more closer to home from Crewe and Sandbach. We also had the Diocesan Mission officer in attendance. It was the first use of our new projector which worked brilliantly!
The course program included:
- What is Cafe Church
- What we do in St Bart’s, why and how we started and where we going in the future
- We actual held a full Cafe Church Service base on ‘God Welcomes Allsorts’
- Hint and tips
- Closing prayer
Oh! and lots of our delicious Cake and Coffees plus a Hot Pot lunch followed by Apple crumble and custard. So thanks to the 4 ladies from the congregation who helped with this.
One lady wrote back to us as follows:-
Dear Tim and Team
Thank you for the time yesterday at Café Church.
It was inspirational and good to see it in practice.
It is definitely something we at All Saints’ Crewe will be praying about and considering how to go forward.
Cafe Church November 2017
Today we discussed the colour of prayer and how colours can inspire prayer. There was a really difficult quiz on tghe meaning of each colour as stated in the bible. We finished with prayers for the World today, with all the disquiet and anguish that is currently familiar. The children made good use of all the colours available on their table, to colour crosswords, treasure boxes and pictures, which they took home with them afterwards.
On the ‘Good News’ side we were especially pleased to have Jes and Tom with us, who are getting married at St Bart’s on New Year’s Eve. We prayed for them to successfully prepare for their wedding and to have a blessed marriage to follow.
Our Messy Church service was all about the harvest. John told us of the first Harvest Festival Service in Morwenstow, Cornwall where the vicar, Robert Stephen Hawker, held it in 1834. Thanking God for the harvest had been done for centuries and still happens throughout the world. The children celebrated by each making a tree with tissue paper leaves in all the colours of Autumn. Afterwards we sang and prayed and our refreshments included chocolate biscuits, which always go down well.
Our Harvest Festival Service was well attended and was led by the Rev Anne who spoke of the varied summer we had experienced this year and how technology had played its part in our harvest. Afterwards, there was a hot pot lunch with apple crumble and custard to follow. We had a bumper collection of food for the Nantwich Food Bank and we would like to express our thanks to all who generously contributed.
Cafe Church 8th October 2017
Reynolds/Dillon Wedding September 2017
Today, Simon Reynolds and Celia Dillon said their wedding vows at St Bart’s in front of family, friends and some of the village congregation. They have been regular members of the church for the last year and it has been our privilege to welcome them. Both were rung into church with a full peal of bells and smiled happily throughout the whole service. After photographs in the church grounds the wedding party moved on to Crewe Hall for the reception. We wish Simon and Celia every blessing and happiness for a long and healthy life together.
Food Donations at St. Bart’s
Church open on Wednesday 11th October 2017
Church will be open at 10am ’till 4pm for all your kind food donations.
At the bottom of this page is a list of Food Required and a list of what items are plentiful.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are not suitable as all the food will need to be stored both at the Church and at the food bank.
Thank you for your kind gifts – last year was a great success and we were able to take many boxes of food to the Crewe Food Bank, however we are donating to the Nantwich Food Bank this year.
URGENTLY NEEDED ITEMS:-
♥ CHOPPED TOMATOES
♥ SOUP (TINNED)
♥ RICE PUDDING
♥ SPONGE PUDDING (TINNED)
♥ LONG-LIFE FRUIT JUICE
♥ INSTANT COFFEE
♥ CASSEROLE (TINNED)
♥ WASHING POWDER
♥ VEGETABLES (TINNED)
♥ HAM (TINNED)
REGULAR SHOPPING LIST:-
• MILK (UHT OR POWDERED)
• PASTA SAUCE
• CUSTARD (TINNED)
• TEA BAGS
• INSTANT MASH OR TINNED POTATOES
• MEAT (TINNED)
• FISH (TINNED)
• VEGETABLES (TINNED)
• FRUIT (TINNED)
• PEANUT BUTTER
• BISCUITS OR SNACK BARS
× TOILET PAPER