Messy Christingle January 2018
Today, St Bart’s welcomed Tom Connor and Jes Hinett for their New Year’s Eve wedding. Family and friends applauded as the couple took their vows under an arch of white flowers and then signed the registers. The couple smiled throughout the service taken by the Reverend Anne. The wedding party moved on to The Badger and then on to the village hall for the evening celebrations. We wish then a long, happy and healthy marriage together.
Pizza Movie Night 28th Dec 2017
Tonight we watched ‘Sing’ while eating pizza, snacks and chocolate bars, all washed down with orange juice. There were lots of sleeping bags, cushions and pillows brought to snuggle down with. We all thought it was a good film and afterwards there were £63 of donations made towards the Children’s Society.
Sound & Light Christmas Eve Carol Service 2017
A packed church congregation came once more to join in with the Christmas Eve Service. The Readings and Carols were interspersed with sound tracks and illuminated with special lighting effects. John, who had designed the effects, kept PJ and Bob at the controls, busy throughout but the Hallelujah Chorus was spectacular. Films clips from the ‘Life of Christ’ and ‘Birth of Jesus’ illustrated the Christmas Story and the finale of ‘Light of the World’ with pictures of Christ were particularly highlights. Our vicar led the prayers and the last two advent candles were lit by Sam and Ellie. It was lovely to see so many villagers in attendance and so many visitors joining them.
One of our parishioners wrote:
I’m writing to thank you and your team for a wonderful Carol concert. It was really magical and started Christmas beautifully. I loved the film clips relating to the readings. The man who took the part of Christ had a wonderful kind face. I loved that. Kindness is always beautiful.
Carols Round the Tree December 2017
It was a record crowd again for St Bart’s Carols Round the Tree on Thursday 14th December. The singing was incredible and the mulled wine and mince pies went down in great volume. The Co-op Funeralcare Brass Band Northwest played three sessions of carols and Christmas songs and John told a true story of hope at Christmas overcoming adversity. At the end the children requested “Away in a Manger” and some were brave enough to stand at the front and sing to us. A fabulous night so clearly enjoyed by everyone with happy faces everywhere. Thank you for coming and Merry Christmas.
St. Bart’s Church was joined by Wistaston Flower Club to present the Twelve Days of Christmas in flower arrangements. The event ran from 1st to 3rd December 2017 with an evening viewing on the 1st which included wine, canapes and live music. Both organisations succeeded in raising over £1000 each. Particular thanks go to organiser Jean Jones, Worleston Music School, The Badger Inn, Singer Lucy Lockwood, St. Oswald’s Primary School and all our sponsors and many helpers.
Christmas Flower Event 2017 Video with Lucky Lockwood singing
St Bart’s had the best Christmas Fair ever with a good crowd braving the cold and showery weather.
Jo Smith, parish councilor opened the fair and it was great to see so many enjoying a good social event.
The Bric-a-Brac, Tombola, Knitted Goods and refreshments all performed well and when all was added up the fair made a staggering £525,
so thank you all to those who contributed and helped.
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.