V E DAY – 75th ANNIVERSARY
We are being encouraged to take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3 pm on Fri 8th May, from the safety of your own home. By standing up and raising a glass of refreshment, of your choice, in a ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you”. Use this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
|Thanks to Lucy Brooks for the VE display now seen in front of the church
Commemorating Victory in Europe
|The Easter Cross was designed
and created by Lucy Brooks.
It was erected on Easter Sunday
ANNUAL MEETING & ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING 26TH APRIL 2020
These meetings are planned for 26th April which provides an opportunity to find out what the PCC did on our behalf in 2019.
ELECTORAL ROLL UPDATE
The first thing to do is to ensure the Electoral Roll is up to date. Updated copies will soon be available in each of our churches. New rules mean that only names are listed. If your name is missing, please contact one of the churchwardens for an application form. If your name is incorrect, please let Jim Wilcock know (or one of the churchwardens). Lilac colored application forms will also be available at the back of the church. The closing date for additions or corrections is 29th March 2020, and the new Electoral Roll will be available on 11th April 2020.
Please note, this is not the complete revision we do every six years – we did that last year.
COME TO THE BALL on Sat 21st March
For a flavour of the joy and community that the OAKS Charity engenders, come to our amazing fundraising Spring Ball at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa. It will feature the 48-piece City Jazz Orchestra, DJ Dave Bladen, three course meal, auction and bottle raffle. 100% of the money raised will go towards the building of a junior secondary school at our site in Bo, Sierra Leone. Tickets available now, £45 per person, from Nic Phipps on 07876 356574. Speak to Angela if you would like more information. OAKS (Overseas Aid for Kids of Sierra Leone) - is driven by residents of Neston and Thornton Hough and has, after many years of saving, built another school in Bo, Sierra Leone.
WIRRAL MEN’S BREAKFAST – SAT 4th APRIL
Come to Thornton Hough Hall, enjoy a good breakfast and fellowship and hear our special speaker Archbishop John Sentamu. It should be a memorable occasion. Places need to be booked well in advance for this one. Use the information on the cards in church or call Alex Calvert (632 4729) to find out more.
Christ Church Willaston in Wirral
Is hosting an event called 'Life matters - Abortion' on Friday 13 March at 7:30 pm which will involve a talk on abortion framed by the parable of the good Samaritan, with refreshments and an opportunity for questions afterward. We are trying to advertise this across the diocese as well as locally. Please use the attached flier if it will help to advertise the event.
More information 'Link'
If anyone wants to know more before they come this video gives the approach taken, having watched it I would be happy recommending the speaker Dave Brennan from Brephos.
ACOLYTES FOR THE 10-45AM EUCHARIST IN THE PARISH CHURCH
We are looking to expand and strengthen our current team of acolytes for the above service as they form an integral role in the service. Full training will be given as to the exact role they will take. If you are 14+ and would like more details or know somebody who would be interested in joining the team, please contact Don Poole, Church Warden on 336 2787.
CHESTER DIOCESAN STATEMENT OF NEEDS
This document has been prepared as part of the process for appointing the next Bishop of Chester and a copy has been sent to every parish in the diocese for our information. I have placed a copy on the table at the back of the Parish Church. An online version is available at chester.anglican.org/yourbishlist
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES 2020
First, my thanks to all who give regularly to the work of the Church here in Neston. I am preparing the weekly envelopes for those who wish to give money to the Church this way next year. The envelopes for 2020 will be available in the three churches for Sunday 22nd December 2019 at the latest. Please let me know if you wish to be added to (or removed from) the envelope scheme before then. Thank you. Richard Lewis (interim planned giving officer) 336 5346, 336 6057 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JOURNEY INTO LIGHT
In October 2018, Chester Diocese launched its art exhibition Journey into Light which features over 40 individual pieces of artwork produced by prisoners at HMP Styal and HMP Thorn Cross. The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate to visitors that behind every prisoner’s conviction and sentence is a personal story of love, hope, and loss. We are invited to the final exhibition and thanksgiving service to be held on 17th December at St George's Church, Stockport at 6 pm. If you wish to attend, please contact Richard Lewis in the parish office 336-534
Gifts/donations of electrical items.
Without appearing ungrateful for donations or gifts of electrical items i.e. toasters, microwaves, hoovers, etc to our churches. Now because of Health and Safety, we can not accept such items without a PAT certificate. please visit:-
https://www.pat.org.uk/is-pat-testing-a-legal-requirement/ Terry - Church Warden