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SHOE BOX TIME AGAIN

'Not Yet' I Hear you say. The summer holiday's have only just finished.
To enable OCC/Samaritans Purse to get boxes back in time we have to start early. For over twenty years this Parish has been amongst the early ones to get their boxes back and on their way to needy chidren all over the world. I am asking for your help again this year. 'Go' boxes will be available from Sunday 24th September or Sunday 1st October together with leaflets and lables in all three churches. All you need is to get started. make a child smile by filling a box, the leaflets will suggest what things are suitable.
thank you in anticipation of your help again, love kath 336 2723

Book Stall in St Mary & St Helen
There is a Christian Bookstall in St Mary & St Helen for the next two weeks.
please take a few moments to peruse the books when your next in church. 

DR Congo update from The Venerable Ian Bishop

The last teaching session with the pastors from Aru has finished and has been well received. In the end 268 ministers came and there was a great atmosphere. The singing was sensational and everyone has been encouraged – especially those of us on the team. Some pastors travelled over 200km to be here but the most significant contribution perhaps came from Rev Martin from South Sudan who is displaced into Aru. He told deeply harrowing stories of his treatment by Sudanese rebels. It quickly became clear that almost everyone present had similar stories of persecution. We have a much deeper understanding of the trauma that Christians here have been through.

There will be a much deeper commitment to prayer for the persecuted when we return home. Today Bishop Keith will confirm 100 candidates and we are told to expect a five hour service. We leave Saturday morning for Uganda and our flight home is on Monday. Please pray for healing for those traumatised by persecution – and perhaps especially for Martin. Pray for the confirmation candidates and also that we don’t encounter any issues crossing the border. Thanks for the ongoingfollowing and prayers. Ian. 4 Aug 2017


St MICHAEL'S KEEP FIT
Our 'Keep Fit' group will re-open in September at a date to be announced. Please keep watching here and P&A for the date and join us.
                                              Lynne Vaughan

Colour Fun Run for charity
I would like to give a big 'THANK YOU' to everyone who sponsored me in a 5k Colour Obsticale Race in aid of Leukaemia Research (anthony Nolan) on the 15th July.
I had heaps of fun competing and, best of all, managed to raise £550.00 for this wonderful cause.
                                                                                                                Meryl Abel

A GOOD DAY OUT
Chester Cathedral had an excellent exhibition of 90 sculptures called the ARK on display untill  15h october.
They included contributions from Damien Hurst and Barbara Hepworth. And it's free! You can purchase a Lego brick for what will be the largest Lego structure (of the Cathedral) built by the public. You may also like to include a visit to the Falconry or take the 'cathedral at Height'. There is a charge for these two. If you have relatives or grandchildren staying with you over the holidays this is a very good day out.
For more information see chestercathedal.com                    Angela

 

Confirmation Candidates Service

Garden Party at 'Sue's'
 

A “Thank You” from Christian Aid
Thank you to the Archdeacon's and to all who gave so generously at the recent Visitation Services. The £5,499.73 collected at the services will make a lasting change for some of the world's poorest communities. In this 60th year of Christian Aid Week you are helping us to be there where need is greatest to work alongside communities to lift themselves out of poverty. For more information on how you can support Christian Aid please contact Becky Hurst at BHurst@christian-aid.org

BISHOP LIBBY RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE
 

CAR PARKING AT St MARY & St HELEN AND NESTON CENTRE
You will have noticed the new notices indicating that these are private car parks. These car parks are for the use of Neston Centre office staff, their clients and parishioners attending services in St Mary & St Helen. we are trying to keep them clear for when them to use at all times.
                                                                             CHURCHWARDENS 

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
Replacement envelopes are now avialble in our churches. These replace the faulty ones which were first supplied.
Would you please collect your new set of envelopes and distroy the old ones
                                                                                                     Lynn Williams 

THANK YOU
Our thanks to everyone for their kind wishes and cards, to the Mother's Union for the beautiful plant, and to all at the Thursday drop-in who helped us celebrate our special day. Also thanks to the knit and Natter Group that helped prolong our celebration

                                                                                  Pete and Pat Coward

Cup Cake Coffee Morning
We held a lovely awareness and fundraising morning for Alzeimer's Society last Thursday 15th June at our West End 'Drop-in'
£362 was raised through a cupcake stall, raffle, coffee and tea.

Parish News up-dates
If you or any parish group have any news, topics, updates for Catalyst and Prayer & Action please forward them to John 353 0507 [johnproud@talk21.com] or place your information into the Parish Church Letter Box or Letter Rack near the West End Bushell Gates.
For the website contact Terry 336 4492 [terryabel@talktalk.net]  
It is so important to let our parishioners know what is going on in church and the parish. 

Parish G.I.F.T. Groups:

A Guide For Daily Prayer and Worship
The Parish is producing a new Daily Prayer Guide for the coming year. Copies are now available in our churches. Please look out for these and take a copy for use during 2017.
 

Outward Giving ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS                

ADMITTANCE TO HOLY COMMUNION
the Vicar is arranging a course for 7yr olds and older so that they can receive Holy Communion. This is in line with Neston's Parish policy that all children of 7 years and above be able to receive Holy Communion.
Children can do this after having undertaken a course to ensure they are aware of the significance of receiving bread and wine at a Eucharist service.
if you, or your child would like to join the course please contact Rev'd Alan on 01513531000
if you know someone who may be interested please pass on the Vicar's contact details. The course will begin in a few weeks time.