All Saints’ Parish Church
This year’s Christingle Service, 4 pm, Sunday 30th November – THIS SUNDAY! All welcome as ever. Christmas Eve afternoon will be a Crib Service
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)|
|Liz Walklett||(0)1782 750145|
I have a love/hate thing about Christmas. I love being with my family and trying to find gifts that they’ll enjoy. I love the bacon rolls and bread sauce and the getting together. And of course I love all the Christmas services – the privilege of worshipping with people at this time is immense as we focus on God becoming human, that is, Emmanuel, God with us.
However, I hate the pressure that the gift focus of Christmas puts on us: the pressure to spend more – more time, more money and more energy than is good for us; the buying of enough food to feed the 5,000, because the shops will be shut for … 2 days! I hate the pressure on families who find it hard to love one another being forced to spend more time than is good for them together. I hate the emphasis on family to the exclusion of those who live alone or those who just don’t like crowds and enjoy their own company.
And I know I am not alone – but we are sometimes accused of being like Scrooge, if we express our Bah humbug opinions.
Perhaps the other stuff of Christmas happens because the real meaning of Christmas is SO BIG – too big really for us to even begin to understand, so our natural reaction is to cope by focusing on something that is connected and easier to digest – like chocolate!
But what if God did love the world, and each of the individuals in it, enough to be willing to somehow limit himself by becoming human? … Not just to pretend to be human, but actually to know the joy and the pain, both physical and emotional of being human: from hitting his thumb with a hammer as he learned to be a carpenter, to the betrayal by his friends?
Christmas is the shocking story about occupied territories, evil tyrants, refugees and vulnerable families, but it is also and crucially about love and, most importantly, God’s love for us all – a love that God calls us to share.
May the joy of Christmas be yours,
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.