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
10.45 am Parish Eucharist – with ‘Stepping Stones’ and ‘The Towers’
(fourth Sunday of each month non-Eucharistic Family Service)
Wednesdays 9.15 am Parish Prayers – open to all
Thursdays 9.15 am Holy Communion - 2.00 pm (1st & 3rd of each month) Tots’ Church
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|
Tel: +44 (0)1270 820043
|Trevor Downs||10 Heather Glade, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750025|
|Jill Leech||21 Kendal Way, Chorlton||Tel: +44 (0)1270821251|
|Liz Walklett||8 Arbour Close, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750145|
Two Robins, Cherry Tree Lane, Woore
Tel: +44 (0)1630 647765
|GIFT AID CO-ORDINATOR|
|50 The Bridle Path, Madeley||
Tel: +44 (0)1782 750664
|Doreen Dracup||Tel: +44 (0)1782 680713|
|STEPPING STONES (SUNDAYS – 10.45 Service)|
|Lucy Stowe||15 Birches Farm Mews, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)7771 681681|
|TOTS’ CHURCH (THURSDAYS)|
|Rosemary Lobban||3 The Bridle Path, Madeley||Tel: +44 (0)1782 750547|
|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
The perfect Christmas?
Bridgemere is offering everything for the perfect Christmas!
What would that include for you?
A perfect turkey? The family gathered or perhaps the family not gathered? A blow up Santa outside your house? A beautiful tree? Colour-coordinated decorations?
Some people might think of the latest prize possession: a games console, a state of the art smart phone, a wide-screen TV or even a new car!
Others might think of peace and harmony at home with family members getting along and everyone home for Christmas.
On a broader scale, you might think of peace on earth – no more fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, peace in Bethlehem, no Christmas redundancies or family heartache.
For others it might be justice this Christmas for those who are forgotten – those wrongly imprisoned, fair wages for those who live on the poverty line and no abusive relationships.
Our TV adverts give us one sort of picture of the perfect Christmas but the news bulletins and our own lives and experience give us another. It’s seductive to be taken in by all the advertising but the reality is often very different.
We live in a world where the perfect doesn’t happen. So we have to learn not to demand or expect perfection so that we can enjoy the simple things without the stress of perfectionism.
God’s perfect Christmas is one where we acknowledge that He is with us and our families, even and especially, when times are tough. God’s perfect Christmas is when we spend time enjoying one another’s company (despite our differences); God’s perfect Christmas is when we make a special effort to include others in our celebrations; God’s perfect Christmas is when we take time to worship Him and thank Him for all that we do have.
A perfect Christmas this side of heaven isn’t going to happen but there are some things to aim for in our prayers, in our organising and in our own preparations. With the help of God, we may not have the perfect Christmas but we can still celebrate.
A peaceful and happy Christmas to you all.
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 Brook, Tel:+44 (0)1782 279125
Sundays 10.30am Morning service and Junior church
3rd Sunday of every month Family service with crèche
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.