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Jimmy Pratt (Parkgate)
Sadly we have to announce the death of Jimmy Pratt who with his wife Jill played such a large part in bringing back to life St Thomas' Church Parkgate after its closure in 1995 due to structural problems. Born in 1921 , Jimmy attended Calday Grange School, served in the Army in WW2, and settled in Sawyer's Cottage Parkgate in 1962 where the family remained for 55 years.
In 1996 he set up Parkgate Preservation Society to protect remaining old buildings in the village, also the Bishop's Trust for St Thomas' Church, which he saw as a functioning Community asset for Parkgate.
Unfailingly courteous and kind, he and Jill cajoled and encouraged until enough funds were raised to restore the church, which was rededicated in 2010. It is largely owing to Jimmy's perseverance that we have our Parkgate Church, and we all remember him with respect, and great affection.
Wirral South Deanery Pilgrimage
Saturday 29th September 9.30am to 430pm
Exploring the story of our faith over the border in Wales. Morning prayer on the coach, then visiting Holywell,
Baers Cross, the Hermits Chapel at Rhos and then Celtic Night Prayer at St Asaph’s Cathedral
The Deanery is paying for the coach so just bring a packed lunch to eat at Rhos on Sea or you can buy lunch there.
Please contact Richard Lewis - email@example.com or 336 6057
Mother's Union are collecting NEW socks for men, women and children. They will be given to Syrian refugees and other displaced people. There is a box at the back of St Mary & St Helen and any contributions would be gratefully received.
PRIESTING OF REV’D JOSH ASKWITH
A 53 seater coach has been organised to go to the Cathedral for Josh’s Priesting at 5pm on Sat 2nd June. Cost £5 each. Please sign the sheets at the back of our churches. Josh will be celebrating his first Eucharist at a COMBINED SERVICE at 10.45am on Sun 3rd June in St Mary & St Helen.
Come and support and pray for our young Curate as he begins his priestly ministry amongst us.
NEW RED ALTAR FRONTAL
The PCC has agreed to purchase a new red altar frontal. I have offered to make it and would like to invite other sewers to join me if they wish. It will be goldwork - don't worry if you've never done that before because I can show you. I'm holding a meeting tomorrow Monday 14th May at 3.30pm in the Parish Church. Please come if you are interested or give me a ring.
Elizabeth 336 1144
‘OPEN DOORS’ SERVICES
Open Doors services at St. Mary & St. Helen is held on the third Sunday of the month. We welcome all to this family all-age worship commencing at 4pm followed by a more reflective cafe-style service at 5.30pm. Between the two there is time to chat and eat, as we share a simple meal together. Both these informal services are held in the social area at the back of church.
As you continue to hold these new services in prayer, take the opportunity to come along - bring friends.
Help with various small practical jobs including refreshments is always needed. Josh, Judith & team
ELECTORAL ROLL: is now closed and will be updated during the next week. The new roll will be on display in our churches next Sunday for two weeks and will reopen for newcomers after the Annual Parocial Church Meeting on Sunday 22nd April at 12.30pm in St Mary & St Helen
Christian Aid Walk: Thank you to all who helped with bucket collections at Aldi.
A date for your Diary is Christian Aid Week 13th - 19th May 2018
Mothers Union: A big thank you to all who made soup, served and washed up after our Lent Luncges. Grateful thanks to the people who came and supported us. With your help we have raised £353.
Thank you all veru much. Pat Clark
To Frances and Richard Skinner as they start their training for ordination. We assure them of our continuing support and prayers as you follow their calling to do more of God’s work.
COLLECTION PLATE CARDS
Cards have recently been produced for parishioners who pay by standing order. Please collect yours from the basket next to the hymn books. Once put on the cash collection plate they will be part of the Offertory and be presented at the Altar. This is to acknowledge and offer a blessing within the Offertory Prayer for the financial resources we return to God, being mindful that all we receive comes from God. At the end of the service the cards will be returned to a basket by the Hymn Books ready for the next time. The cards are due to be in the churches this week ready for this development of our Planned Giving scheme to begin. Thanks to all involved in this initiative.
Many thanks to everyone for your generous support of Wirral Whiskers who have raised £743 this year, to date, to help stop men from dying too young. The down side is that we've had more members of our congregations diagnosed with prostate cancer. Gentlemen: don't die of shyness: see your doctor. Chris Storer
Parish News up-dates
If you or any parish group have any news, topics, updates for Prayer & Action please forward them to Angela Klabou on 336 6312 or firstname.lastname@example.org or place your information into the Parish Church Letter Box or Letter Rack near the West End Bushell Gates.
For the Parish News and website contact Terry 336 4492 or email@example.com
It is so important to let our parishioners know what is going on in church and the parish.