All Saints’ Parish Church
Maintained by Stephen Clifford
Associate Minister: The Reverend Margaret Gell, 19 Pear Tree Drive, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9EN
Ordained Local Minister: The Reverend Alan Bailey
Reader: Professor John Lloyd, Whitebeam, College Close, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9HQ
Sundays 8.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Parish Eucharist – with ‘Stepping Stones’ and ‘The Towers’
(fourth Sunday of each month non-Eucharistic Family Service) - new start time for experimental period till June 2014.
Mondays 9.30 am (in termtime) Tots’ Church Praise and Play (new day and time)
Wednesdays 9.15 am Parish Prayers – open to all
Thursdays 9.15 am Holy Communion
Fridays (1st & 3rd of each month) 2-30 pm Madeley Christian Fellowship (at Methodist Chapel, Poolside)
For Monthly Vicar’s Letter, see below
The united parishes of All Saints’, Madeley and St. Margaret’s, Betley work together with a single Vicar. Joint services and other initiatives, rather than naming both churches and both villages, are identified by the use of the name LIVING STREAMS. For more information on services under this heading see below.
|All Saints’ Church and the Old School House Viewed from Moss Lane. The clock in the tower strikes 7 on the evening of July 26th 2000, disturbing a crow from its lofty roost.
(Photo. © Andrew T. Finney)
Enquiries about Weddings, Christenings/Baptisms and Funerals
Baptism/Christening - Congratulations on your new arrival – we hope all is going well for you as a family. We would be delighted to welcome you and your family for a service of baptism. If All Saints is your parish church, then please get in touch on +44 (0)1782 750205. If you are “out of parish” then you are still very welcome but you do need first to approach your parish church. Which ever way, our very best wishes to you and your family
|All Saints’ Parish Church from the North East – North Transept and Tower (Photo. © Andrew T. Finney)|
Who’s Who at All Saints’
|The Rev. Peter Chantry||The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9PQ||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750205|
|The Rev. Margaret Gell||19 Pear Tree Drive, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750669|
|ORDAINED LOCAL MINISTER|
|The Rev. Alan Bailey||Tel: +44 (0)1270 820043|
|Professor John Lloyd||Whitebeam, College Close, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750506|
|DIRECTOR OF CHURCH MUSIC|
|Judith Bailey||Tel: +44 (0)1270 820043|
|Bernard Finnemore||Willow Tree Cottage, Station Road, Onneley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 751505|
|Rosemary Lobban||3 The Bridle Path, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750547|
|Liz Walklett||8 Arbour Close, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750145|
|Stephen Clifford||Two Robins, Cherry Tree Lane, Woore||Tel: +44 (0)1630 647765|
|GIFT AID CO-ORDINATOR|
|Margaret Ellis||50 The Bridle Path, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750664|
|Doreen Dracup||Tel: +44 (0)1782 680713|
|STEPPING STONES/TOWERS (SUNDAYS – 11.00 Service)|
|Lucy Stowe||15 Birches Farm Mews, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)7771 681681|
|BELLRINGERS (Practice every Friday 7.30pm)|
|Sue Twigg||Ponderosa, Leycett Lane, Newcastle, ST5 6AD||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750213|
|PARISH NEWS (Copy by 12th of the month please)|
or Liz Walklett
or (0)1782 750145
September 14 – Vicar’s Letter: Happy New Year!
September for me means: Happy New Year! Of course, our schools and colleges go back but also community life kicks back into gear.
Learning and growing isn’t just the pursuit of the young but important and exciting for us all. The world is changing fast and we all need opportunities to think and express our thoughts and ideas within a safe environment.
For many years, churches like ours have encouraged people to meet together in home groups – for friendship, to talk about life and to explore God’s love for the world. You may have been to such a group, but if you haven’t, let me invite you:
On Wed 17th September at 7.30pm at All Saints, we are having a taster evening for anyone who’d like to come and find out about our home groups. The evening is open to all, including those of you who are exploring faith in God and what that means. “Experts” are the only people who are NOT invited! The point of our evening is to come and see if this might be for you over the coming year – I know you’ll find a warm welcome.
Of course Jesus called very ordinary men and women to follow him and to walk the way of faith. He wanted us all to know that God and His kingdom are very close – even when life is tough. The purpose of our home groups is to walk together, to pray for each other and to explore our faith and what it means for our world. Groups generally meet fortnightly. No-one is forced to speak but everyone is invited to play a part – GSOH (good sense of humour) essential!
I remember joining such a group in my early 20s – our group leaders quickly became good friends and I shall never forget the never ending supply of flapjack to greet us all each time we met. We were a mixed age group but enjoyed great discussions, socials and rolling up our sleeves in helping out with events and activities in our local community.
Home groups have been a huge part of my life – a place to belong, friends to share with and a great sense of God in our life together. Do come and join us on Wed 17th.
Women bishops – a reflection
It is now some time since the General Synod’s vote back in July. I for one am relieved and excited that the decision to admit women to the episcopacy has been made. For me, it is about time and I only wish that it had been sooner!
I say this not because I am married to a woman priest but more because I have witnessed the great boom women priests have brought to the Church of England. Their leadership has been such a blessing to many parishes and ministry roles. In my view there are some outstanding women priests around who will make excellent bishops and I for one will be happy to serve whoever God calls.
I am also relieved that now the Church of England can get on with its core work of mission and ministry. For too long, we have been distracted by this issue. As lay and ordained Christians we have much to do in sharing the love of God. I hope we can all get on with that primary task without undermining Christ’s desire to reach out to all.
So, I’m glad that General Synod has finally passed the necessary resolutions and I look forward to being part of a church which makes good use of the fullness of its God-given leadership.
Leycett Mining Deaths Memorial
In April 2011 we unveiled, near the South Door, a memorial to the 31 Madeley men and boys killed in an explosion on the morning shift at the fair Lady Pit, Leycett, on 21st January 1880 – see elsewhere on this web site – who were buried in the churchyard on the morning of 25th January 1880. (Another 31 were buried in other parishes.) None of those buried at All Saints’ has an individual marked grave; (one was commemorated on his parents’ gravestone, 15 years later.) No doubt temporary wooden crosses, all most could afford then, have long since rotted away. The Church Council felt it wrong that none of these men and boys should be named on their own memorial, and the new stone near the South door lists all, with an engraving of the pit head wheel. The stone also commemorates all the other dead of the mining industry in Madeley. A list of those buried at All Saints’ follows, with ages and places of residence. The appeal received financial support from the Parish Council and North Staffs Miners Welfare, as well as many individual donations.
|John Davies||21yrs.||Little Madeley.|
|Henry Grocott||26yrs.||Little Madeley.|
|John Hall||21yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
|John James||18yrs||Madeley Heath|
|Richard Jenkinson||46yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
|Frederick Jervis||22yrs.||Scot Hay.|
|Richard Lear||23yrs.||Middle Madeley.|
|William Lear||25yrs.||Middle Madeley.|
|George Nixon||58yrs.||Little Madeley.|
|William Pickin||24yrs.||Little Madeley.|
|George Salmon||34yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
|Jesse Salmon||36yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
|Thomas Turner||17yrs.||Little Madeley.|
|Edwin Viggars||33yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
|Frederic Viggars||31yrs||Madeley Heath.|
|Joseph Viggars||35yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
|Herbert Walker||20yrs.||Little Madeley.|
|James Webb||35yrs.||Madeley Heath.|
United Parishes of Betley and Madeley
Living Streams is a new and developing ministry, rooted in the life of the Anglican parishes of All Saints’, Madeley and St Margaret’s, Betley. Its aim is to encourage and nurture Christian Discipleship through a variety of services, workshops and teaching events, and to promote and facilitate Christian healing. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Living Streams derives its name from Ezekiel 47:1-12, where the prophet describes an ever-widening stream which flows out of the temple, and from John 7:38, where Jesus promises that “out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”
In alternate months, at Betley or at Madeley, on the first Sunday of the month, there are united Services of Praise, intended to be opportunities to share in informal worship and to grow through focussed teaching, and Services of Healing and Wholeness, which provide an atmosphere of peace, support and encouragement, in a caring and non-threatening environment.
The Healing Services are at St. Margaret’s Church, Betley, and allow prayer and quiet as well as music and singing. The Praise Services are at All Saints’ Church, Madeley.
Gift Aid and Standing Order forms are available from the back of All Saints’ Church. If you presently use the envelope scheme, or if you have a one-off donation to make and you pay tax (income tax or tax on savings) can we urge you to fill one in. The form allows the church to reclaim the tax on these gifts, so that we receive an extra £2.50 for each £10 donated. This scheme replaced the old covenant system and is much more flexible and easy to use.
If you have any questions about the operation of this scheme, please contact Imogen Taylor.
Methodist Church, Poolside
Minister, The Reverend Alison Brookes, Tel:+44 (0)1782 629804
Sundays 10.30am Morning service and Junior church. Monthly Communion Service
Thursdays 7.30pm Puppet Ministry, adults and teenagers.
Fridays, fortnightly Christian Fellowship (as All Saints’.)
No service in Madeley but Sunday Mass 10.30 a.m. at Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Mill Street, Silverdale, served from Holy Trinity, Newcastle.
Deacon-in-Residence: The Rev. Mr. Neil Adlington, Tel:+44 (0)1782 624325
The Reverend Mr. Neil Adlington
Neil was ordained Deacon by the Archbishop of Birmingham in June 1992, to serve in the parish of St John the Baptist, Alton. He later became a full-time parish deacon in the parish team for Cheadle, Alton and Cotton, before moving to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Silverdale late in 2000, where he has responsibility for the Roman Catholic parish of Silverdale and Madeley.
As a parish deacon, Neil can prepare people for the sacraments of the Church, perform baptisms, marriages and funeral services, and minister to the sick and housebound. He and his wife Jackie are based in the Presbytery of the Sacred Heart in Silverdale, where he works alongside the team at Holy Trinity, Newcastle – Mgr Ryall, Fr Jan and Fr Eric, and the Sisters of Mercy.
Apart from his duties as deacon, Neil is an enthusiast for sport, especially football, and lists “listening to music” as a major interest.
Giving Up Preaching for Lent!
I’ve made a conscious decision – I’m going to give up preaching for Lent!
But Vicar, (I hear you say) it’s your job!
True, it is my privilege to encourage you all in your faith and to help you to see God in your daily lives which is precisely why I’m giving up
preaching for Lent.
During Lent, all those of us with a Bishop’s licence are going to invest
our preaching time in helping others find their voices and share
something of their Christian lives as lived out Monday to Saturday.
Clergy and Readers are not the only ones trying to honour God and live out the faith – we all are!
This Time Tomorrow (TTT) is one of our Lent Projects this year. Each Sunday a different lay person from the congregation will be invited to share something of their experience of God in their work place – whether that’s in school, college, office, community or home – to share some of the joys and the challenges of living out the Christian life beyond the church walls.
We plan to interview younger and older, those in paid employment and those who juggle family responsibilities with working commitments. We hope to find out how God encourages people like you and me to be bold in our faith and to see God in the ordinary and the everyday.
We hope that TTT will encourage us all that God cares truly, madly, deeply about the whole of his world which includes your backyard and your frontline each and everyday.
As Christians, we believe that God’s kingdom is near to each one of us – so I pray that this project will help us all make connections and realise that God is alongside us throughout all the things we are involved in. And more than that, that God wants to help us to be agents of his generosity and grace in how we nurture our families, contribute to our workplaces and influence our community.
Have an inspiring Lent.