Churches

All Saints’ Parish Church

Maintained by Stephen Clifford

Vicar: The Reverend Peter Chantry, The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9PQ
E-mail: peterchantry@hotmail.com

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
Email: madeleyparish@yahoo.co.uk

Sundays 8.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Parish Eucharist – with ‘Stepping Stones’ & ‘The Towers’ children’s groups
(fourth Sunday of each month non-Eucharistic Family Service)
Mondays 9.30 am (in term-time) Praise and Play
(first Monday of each month 2.00 pm, Service of Holy Communion in the Residents’ Lounge, Lea Court)
Wednesdays 9.15 am Parish Prayers – open to all
Thursdays 10.00 am Holy Communion with coffee or tea
Fridays (3rd of each month) 2-30 pm Madeley Christian Fellowship (at Methodist Chapel, Poolside) – not August.

See also our details on the A Church Near You web site, and our Church web site and Facebook Page

For Monthly Vicar’s Letter, see Posts

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

Weddings – congratulations to you and your fiancé(e) and very best wishes to you both. If you live in Madeley parish and want a church wedding, we would love to meet you. If you are outside the parish but have an existing link or an historical connection to Madeley, again please be in touch. If you don’t yet have a connection but are still interested in getting married at All Saints, it may still be possible – we’ll explain when you ring. Please phone +44(0)1782 750205.  With all best wishes for your future life together.
Funerals at All Saints – We would be honoured to serve your family at this sad time but please could you first contact a local Funeral Director and they will guide you through all the necessary organisation – our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

All Saints’ Parish Church from the North East – North Transept and Tower (Photo. © Andrew T. Finney)  allsts01

Who’s Who at All Saints’

VICAR

The Rev. Peter Chantry The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9PQ Tel: +44 (0)1782 750205
ASSOCIATE MINISTER
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
READER
Professor John Lloyd Whitebeam, College Close, Madeley Tel: +44 (0)1782 750506
DIRECTOR OF CHURCH MUSIC
Judith Bailey Tel: +44 (0)1270 820043
CHURCHWARDENS
Liz Walklett 8 Arbour Close, Madeley Tel: +44 (0)1782 750145
Sue Dimmock 20 Hillwood Road, Madeley Heath  Tel: +44 (0)1782 751881
P.C.C. SECRETARY
Rosemary Lobban 3 The Bridle Path, Madeley Tel: +44 (0)1782 750547
P.C.C. TREASURER
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
CHURCH FLOWERS
Margaret Ellis 50 The Bridle Path, Madeley Tel: +44 (0)1782 750664
VERGER
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)
Gillian Taylor,       (Editorial & Distribution) Email:gilliantaylor123@yahoo.com Tel: +44 (0)1782 751559
Sue Eaton (Advertising) Tel: +44 (0)1782 751503

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.

Name Age Abode
Henry Darlington 21yrs Leycett.
Thomas Darlington 55yrs Leycett.
John Davies 21yrs. Little Madeley.
John Espley. 20yrs. Leycett.
John Evans 26yrs. Leycett.
Henry Grocott 26yrs. Little Madeley.
John Hall 21yrs. Madeley Heath.
Joseph Haywood 27yrs. Leycett.
Patrick Hutchinson 36yrs. Leycett
William Huxley 21yrs Leycett.
John James 18yrs Madeley Heath
Richard Jenkinson 46yrs. Madeley Heath.
Frederick Jervis 22yrs. Scot Hay.
John Kinastyn 16yrs Leycett.
Samuel Lamsdale 17yrs. Leycett.
John Lawton 21yrs. Leycett.
Richard Lear 23yrs. Middle Madeley.
William Lear 25yrs. Middle Madeley.
George Nixon 58yrs. Little Madeley.
William Pickin 24yrs. Little Madeley.
John Salisbury 24yrs. Leycett.
George Salmon 34yrs. Madeley Heath.
Jesse Salmon 36yrs. Madeley Heath.
James Scott 36yrs. Leycett.
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.
Michael Whalen 23yrs. Leycett.

LIVING STREAMS

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

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 Anderson, 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, monthly Christian Fellowship (as All Saints’.)

Church Web site:
http://www.northstaffordshiremethodists.org.uk/churches/church-profiles/madeley-methodist-church.php


Roman Catholic

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


 

Deacon-in-Residence

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.

 

Vicar’s Letter September 2016

Dear Friends,

“We human beings don’t realise how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive and loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes with which to see a world of colours and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, and a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love. As I found with my ear, no one knows how much power they have in their each and every organ until they lose one.” 

The quote comes from the autobiography of Malala – the girl who became famous for being shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school!  Her book is an inspirational and fascinating read – I read on holiday and strongly recommend it.  It shows incredible courage and resilience of character.

She continues: “I thank God for the hard-working doctors, for my recovery and for sending us to this world where we may struggle for our survival. Some people choose good ways and some choose bad ways. One person’s bullet hit me. It’s swelled my brain, stole my hearing and cut the nerve of the left side of my face in the space of a second. And after that one second there were millions of people praying for my life and talented doctors who gave me back my own body. I was a good girl. In my heart I had only the desire to help people. It wasn’t about the awards or the money. I always pray to God: I want to help people and please help me to do that.”

Malala is a Muslim and her belief in a God of love and generosity appear, in this reading, to be the same as my understanding of the God I meet through Jesus in the Bible. In these days when awful violence and terror are perpetrated by people who call themselves Muslims, do remember the Muslims of good faith who are appalled by the way their faith has been claimed by people with very contrasting and violent views, just as we are when people who claim to be Christians speak words of hatred and violence.

We live in an instant era of news and the headlines can be shocking and evoke knee-jerk responses.  As a Christian, I know I mustn’t jump to conclusions but above all else be prayerful and faithful to the God of love that I know, love and serve.  I thank God for Malala’s faith and testimony.

Peter Chantry

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Vicar’s Letter July/August 2016

By the time this magazine is published the result of the referendum will be known and there will be tension and uncertainty whatever the outcome. The question that someone asked me recently was: “How does you faith influence the way you vote?”  Some people say religion and politics don’t mix, but faith, I hope, influences every area of my life – otherwise it’s less important than many hobbies – and that would be an insult to God.  The world in which we live is complicated and there is no simple religious answer to these questions – I know of Christians I respect who have thought deeply and decided differently.  The issue which seems to be the most contentious is one of migration.

I like lots of things about Britain and feel very lucky to have been born here.   Democracy, free education up to 18, the NHS and peace and safety for the majority of the residents are amongst the reasons that make the UK a good place to live – even the weather could be a lot worse than it is!

I know that if my family were unlucky enough to be born in Syria then I would want to do my best to protect them and escape to a safer place.   If my family were unlucky enough to be born in a country where there was no democracy, no healthcare or education that I could afford I would want to try to change that – but without democracy how would I do that?  Perhaps I might encourage my adult children to go somewhere with better prospects – much as I would miss them.

The Bible is full of stories of people desperately trying to find a safe place to live and to flourish.  Migration has always been part of the life of the world.  As we thank God for all that we value in this country, is not also incumbent upon us to pray for others who are seeking the same things for themselves and their families?  Is this not also part of the second great commandment?  I know this is complicated but surely where God has blessed us, so we too need to be ready to be blessing to others.

Yours,

Praying for a better world for everyone,

Peter Chantry

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Vicar’s Letter June 2016

On Sunday 12th June at Madeley Church, we will be joining in the celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth.  Whatever your views about the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth has had a remarkable life.  She has been a very committed servant of both the British people and of Jesus Christ in whom she believes and trusts.

At her Coronation, she asked the nation to pray for her – that God would equip her for the task ahead.  Each year she has made her Christmas Day speech in which she has encouraged us to look to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  She is clearly someone for whom faith matters.  She speaks very openly about how her faith has given her courage, strength and wisdom for each and every day.  The Queen said in 2014: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is an inspiration and anchor for my life.  A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretches out his hands in love, acceptance and healing.  Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.”  The Queen has clearly been through some difficult and testing times herself: globally, nationally and within her own family – coping with bereavements, family break-ups and tensions.  Through all of those times, she has remained outwardly dignified, composed and committed to her calling.  Looking forward to the year ahead, in 1976 she said: ”the gift I would most value next year is that reconciliation should be found wherever it is needed.  A reconciliation which would bring peace and security to families and neighbours at present suffering and torn apart.  Remember that good spreads outwards and every little does help.  Mighty things from small beginnings grow as indeed they grew through the ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Our world today is arguably more fraught with tensions, injustice and heartache than ever.  Reconciliation, forgiveness and restoration is as vital today as it was back in 1976 or even 1953.  We may not be the Queen of England.  But each of us can have a life-giving partnership with God through Jesus Christ – which doesn’t make us perfect but does offer to us extra resources, wisdom and strength.   Through prayer and with the help of the Holy Spirit, God can use our impulses, gifts, talents and energies for the greater good, for justice, reconciliation and for peace.  None of this is easy but then nor was it for the Prince of Peace.

Queen Elizabeth has had a privileged life but, through it all, she has used her influence for good and, with God’s help, so can we.  Why not join us for worship on June 12th and help us to celebrate alongside our servant Queen and the King she worships.

Peter Chantry

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2016

You never know what’s round the corner”,

not a quote from the bible just a statement which we know is true.

That was the experience of everyone living through the first Easter – from the Pharisees who hoped their troubles were over as Jesus’ body was buried – to the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb, never expecting they would still be talked about 2,000 years after their own deaths – to the disciples who moved from devastation to confusion then to delight in the space of a few days.

But Jesus’ resurrection was not the end of the disciples’ problems.  Not everything became straight forward and easy for them. Life remained as unpredictable and at times risky, perhaps even more dangerous than it had been before.

What changes at the resurrection for the disciples is their confidence in Jesus – not the miracle working parts – but the sense of realising that they had been in the presence of someone so special.  And therefore that what he had been teaching was not just a good idea but THE way to live – the life of love and forgiveness, for them and for everyone.

And so they followed in Jesus’ footsteps – trusting when things were difficult – getting things wrong (read the Book of Acts to see how) and somehow coping when life was hellish.

I don’t know what lies around the corner for me, or you or for the world? But, I do know I would rather face whatever it is in the company of the risen Christ and follow in his footsteps which is, of course, Jesus’ invitation is to us all.

Yours Peter

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All Saints Madeley Website: History & Events On-line:

www.allsaints-madeley.org.uk

All Saints’ is a friendly and welcoming church in the village of Madeley, six miles from Newcastle under-Lyme. We are a lively community of all ages and backgrounds, and we are passionate about the message of Jesus.
Whether you are just searching or you have been a Christian for years, we want to help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord. If you are a family with children, we have lots of activities for all ages – and we think the sound of young (and very young) children in our church is a sign of life.

We enjoy our worship, love to hear what God says to us in the Bible, and long to share our faith with anyone who will listen. So after your virtual tour, why not come for a ‘real’ experience. We’d like to meet you.

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Madeley & District Community Association Cafe

Every Wednesday.
10am to 1pm
Methodist Chapel, Poolside
also
for help with medical transport
phone Debbie on 751164

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Madeley Parish Magazine

Individual copies are 35p – a year’s subscription is £3.50 – copies are always available at the church – if you would like a copy delivered to your home, please phone Liz Walklett on 01782-750145.

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