Author Archives: Stephen

About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor & Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team, now complete. Chairman of Sir John Offley's Almshouse Trust, Madeley.

Vicar’s Letter August/September 2019

At 54, my friend Dave has just taken a redundancy package from his work.  He has worked for the same firm since leaving college – over 30 years!  He told me that going into work on his final day was … Continue reading

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Sir John Offley’s Almshouses, Madeley

The Trustees of the Charity have recently purchased additional properties to supplement the historic row of Almshouses on Station Road. These new (but old established) properties are 1 Greyhound Cottage and Pool Cottage, near the Greyhound Court and shops car … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter July 2019

Sometimes people ask me: What’s a parish church? The answer is: One that serves ALL its residents regardless of background, creed or colour. All Saints’ remit is to be available as a place of worship and a community of believers … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter June 2019

On June 22nd at Stoke Minister our Curate John Beswick Pallister will be ordained Priest with many of us in attendance and support – if you haven’t properly met John, please make a point of introducing yourself – He’s a … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter May 2019

Two years ago on Mothering Sunday my Mum died after 12 years of living with Dementia. Those twelve years saw her go from an independent and capable person to someone who literally needed everything doing for her. My dad died … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2019

The heart of the Christian faith is God’s love and forgiveness.  We ALL make mistakes and we all need forgiveness which is precisely why God sent Jesus into the world. It is remarkably arrogant if we think that we have … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter March 2019

Dear Friends, Actions speak louder than words … Or so the saying goes! The brilliant thing about Jesus’ life is that he spoke powerfully AND he consistently acted with compassion and integrity. Just take a look at his life: he … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Church Membership

Under the Church Representation Rules a new Church Electoral Roll is being prepared. All persons who wish to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, are requested to … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter February 2019

Calling all Brides and Grooms! With Valentine’s Day this month, may I encourage YOU to consider getting married at All Saints’ or St Margaret’s. In previous generations most people got married in church but now weddings take place almost anywhere!  … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter Christmas 2018

Dear Friends, In church we very often address God as: “Almighty God” out of reverence and respect.  But is that the only and best way to think of God?  … Almighty?  As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the birth … Continue reading

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