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
Parish Office: Lucy Spedding-Stowe (Thursdays only, till 3.15 pm), Vicarage,+44 (0)1782-750205
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)
Mondays 9.30 am (in term-time) Praise and Play
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|
|Trevor Downs||10 Heather Glade, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750025|
|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|
|Lynn Knight||8 Garners Walk, Madeley||Tel: (0)1782 750621|
|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)|
|Rev Peter Chantry||Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750205|
|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)|
|Liz Walklett (Editorial)||(0)1782 750145|
|Sue Eaton (Advertising)||(0)1782 750503|
I want to say: Three cheers for the unseen people who enrich our lives.
Like the car mechanics who keep our vehicles running smoothly; like the tyre manufacturers who make sure we’ve got enough grip; like the traffic police who attend accidents and help to get things moving.
And three cheers for those who work hard in the food chain: farmers (all over the world) who sow, tend and harvest the crops; transporters who bring those goods to market; shopkeepers (big and small) who package, promote and sell the goods – all doing an amazing job of supplying our needs.
And three cheers for those who serve our homes: bin men and women who collect our waste or our recycling; delivery and Post Office staff who bring stuff to our door; and utility suppliers who make sure we’ve got clean water, safe electricity and access to the internet.
Now I know that all of these get paid for their labours but I believe we do well to recognize their service and to be able to celebrate their enrichment of our lives. It tends to be the case that until we’ve done a job ourselves, we don’t realise what’s involved in … sorting recycling … caring for our elderly or … carrying out biopsy tests. Such people may be “invisible” to most of us but they are people with families and stresses and strains who are worthy of our thanks and our respect.
My point is that we are interconnected with one another, within communities and even as a global community. We are the beneficiaries of the skill and expertise and commitment of others, many of whom take great pride in their work. I know what a difference it makes to me when someone says “Thank you” for something I’ve done and I am sure that it is the same for others who serve us – a busy receptionist, the person at the other end of the phone or the road sweeper who keeps our streets clean. A smile or a “Thank you” goes a long way.
Our modern world encourages us to “mind our own business” but we are not islands of independence; we are connected to one another and those who serve us are worthy of our thanks and praise. The way we treat one another does matter.
St Paul encouraged his Christian friends: “From now on, we regard no-one from a worldly point of view. ” Instead, let us see behind their “utility” to us and view them as made in the image of God and worthy of our appreciation and our respect.
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 Lynn Knight.
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.