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All Saints’ Parish Church    

All Saints’: Celebrating and sharing GOD’s love

Maintained by Stephen Clifford

Vicar: The Reverend Tim Watson, Tel: 01782-750205

E-mail: revtimwatson@hotmail.com

Associate Minister: The Reverend Dot Woods, Tel: 01270 611470           or 07746 672673 (not 9 – 3)

Email: revdotwoods@outlook.com

Children, Youth & Families Minister: Ruth Fish, Tel: 07912  150558

Email: ruthcyfm@gmail.com

Parish Secretary: Anastasiia Bilynska

Tel: 01782-431455  Email: madeleyparish@yahoo.co.uk

We continue streaming our weekly Sunday service online at 11am (www.tiny.cc/BetleyMadeley), and you will be able to access the recording afterwards if you can’t join on the Facebook live stream  (www.tiny.cc/BetleyMadeleyRecording) – no account needed.
 

Please do feel free to continue to wear a face mask in church during services, as the presiding Minister will during distribution of Communion.

For arrangements for online & recorded services you can join our email mailing list at http://www.tiny.cc/weeklymail, or see: Facebook

Please do feel free to ring anyone in our ministry team for a chat.

Online Church Magazine here

Normal Service Pattern

Sundays 8.30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday of the month only at present

11.00 am Family Eucharist – with ‘Kids’ Church’ (live stream)

(First Sunday of each month normally non-Eucharistic First Sunday – Family Worship Service)

6.00 pm for 6.30 pm, First Sunday of the month, Living Streams Praise Service

Mondays 9.00 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 Prayerson Zoom (http://www.tiny.cc/Madeleyprayers)

Thursdays 10.00 am Holy Communion

All Saints’ is a Dementia Friendly Church

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

For Monthly Vicar’s Letter, see Posts.

Accessibility

All Saints’ Church is placed on a prominent mound above road level, but has a good ramp up to the church on the south side where the main entrance is (Vicarage Lane, where there is a Council car park). Inside there are some changes in levels but the main area of the church doesn’t have any steps. Please let us know if you require extra assistance – we have spare wheelchairs available in church in case of need in ascending the ramp.

 

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 a single name. For more information on services under the heading LIVING STREAMS, now at Madeley only, 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.


Safeguarding at All Saints’ Madeley – “A Church Working Together to Ensure Everyone is Safe”

We want everyone connected with the life of All Saints’ to know that this is a safe place for all. This especially applies to children and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Sue Clifford: +44(0)7876 535517 – contact her with any queries or concerns.

See: Safeguarding Policy


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. Tim Watson The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9PQ Email: revtimwatson@hotmail.com
Tel: +44 (0)1782 750205
ASSOCIATE MINISTER
The Rev. Dot Woods 5 Gerard Drive, Nantwich, CW5 5JR Email: revdotwoods@outlook.com Tel: +44 (0)1270  611470 or
+44 (0)7746  672673 (not 9-3)
CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES MINISTER
Ruth Fish Email: ruthcyfm@gmail.com Tel: +44 (0)7912  150558
LICENSED READERS
Jean Ainsworth Resident in Betley Tel: +44 (0)1270 820532
Ann Deavall Resident in Alsager Tel: +44 (0)1270 877821
Nick Deavall Resident in Alsager Tel: +44 (0)1270 877821
PARISH SECRETARY
Anastasiia Bilynska Wednesdays 9 – 1 pm. Email:madeleyparish@yahoo.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1782 431455
CHURCHWARDENS
Melanie Deacon Park House, Newcastle Road, Madeley  Tel: +44 (0)1782 751781
Kathryn Whitefoot 36 Morningside, Madeley  Tel: +44 (0)7787 798065
P.C.C. SECRETARY
Elizabeth Walklett Email: elizabethwalklett@hotmail.com Tel: +44 (0)1782 750145
P.C.C. TREASURER
Stephen Clifford Two Robins, Cherry Tree Lane, Woore Tel: +44 (0)1630 647765
GIFT AID CO-ORDINATOR
Lynn Knight   Tel: + 44 (0)1782 750621
CHURCH FLOWERS
Vacancy Please contact the Vicarage Tel: +44 (0)1782 750205
BELL RINGERS
Josie Martin Email: jomartince@gmail.com Tel: +44 (0)7855 459180
SAFEGUARDING CO-ORDINATOR & VERGER
Sue Clifford Email: suemarsden59@hotmail.com Tel: +44 (0)7876 535517
PARISH NEWS (Copy by 12th of the month please)
Editorial Board Email: madeleychurchmag@hotmail.com Tel: +44 (0)1782 751559
Sue Eaton (Advertising) Email: sueeaton1487@gmail.com 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

Living Streams is a new and developing ministry, originally 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.”

On the first Sunday of the month, there is a united Service of Praise, intended to be an opportunity to share in informal worship and to grow through focused teaching, which provide an atmosphere of peace, support and encouragement, in a caring and non-threatening environment.

These 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 (above).


Methodist Church, Poolside

Minister, The Reverend Christine Legge 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


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.

 
   

 
   

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2024

In March I spent quite a bit of time thinking about ‘vocation’. My wife Clare had her forthcoming curacy confirmed, once ordained in the summer she will be curate at St. Giles’, Newcastle and St. Thomas’, Butterton.

Also in March I saw the news in the Church Times that the Venerable Dr Barry Wilson (former vicar of Betley and Madeley) is to retire as the Archdeacon of Montgomery.

Meanwhile early in March I had the privilege of helping with some teaching at a curates’ formational residential, one of the curates, Rev Jim Cartlidge, now curate in Stone, was an ordinand from Betley.

In March, All Saints’ Madeley welcomed the bishop of Stafford, Bishop Matthew, to lead a confirmation service.

So the idea of ‘vocation’ has been on my mind. And when we are talking about vocation we are really talking about God’s calling.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but so far this vicar’s letter has been jam-packed with odd churchy words…

Vocation. Curacy. Ordained. Curate. Venerable. Vicar. Archdeacon. Formational. Ordinand. Bishop. Confirmation.

Too often when we think about the idea of God calling people, we think of people with white plastic clergy (another churchy word) dog-collars. But a key Christian doctrine (another churchy word!) is that God longs for all people to identify what they are called to do with the precious life they’ve been given.

Whether we are particularly ‘churchy’ or not, I sincerely believe that God wants the best for us and wants to see us living life in all its fullness. I wonder what that might look like for you?

Blessings

Tim

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Sparks of Joy

What brings you joy? Where do you find inspiration and delight? As a child I was a member of the YOC – Young Ornithologists Club, I was fascinated by birds. Near to where I grew up in Yorkshire was a waterfall where for a time, a kingfisher could regularly found flying over the river. The colours and speed of the bird made a real impression on me.

During the lockdowns of a few years ago I really rediscovered my delight in birds. I downloaded an app that identified birds by their calls. I was finally able to work out which bird was singing in our garden in Gosport, despite never actually seeing the bird.

When I would go for my allowed exercise I took to noticing the birds more than I had in the busy rush of purposefully travelling from A to B before the lockdown. And in the haze of lockdown exercise I discovered a new favourite. The pied wagtail. These elegant black and white, sparrow-sized birds that swoop up to rooftops so gracefully and yet scurry along the floor with hurried footsteps.

Recently my car was in the garage in Newcastle. It had been in a fight with a pot hole and the pothole had very definitely won. While I waited for my car to be repaired I went for a coffee, did some work and then went for a “mooch”, a wander around the town, when to my delight a pied wagtail landed a few metres away. I stopped walking and took great delight in watching the bird run around the street until it in one moment flew up to a rooftop, peering down at me for a second before disappearing completely.

A joyous interruption to a bit of a dull day. The rest of the people in the town centre carried on with their jobs, their walks, tasks and talks, and for a moment, a very memorable moment I was stopped by joy! How easily I notice things that spark joy in me when my head isn’t down, rushing from A to B. I wonder, how might we cultivate mindful contemplative practices to enable us to slow down and find delight in what the world places before us?

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Vicar’s Letter March 2024

This month we are journeying through Lent towards Easter, that great Christian festival of pain and grief and ultimately delight and wonder and new life.

You won’t be surprised to read that there are lots of different services and activities to aide you in your Lenten reflections as you journey towards Easter Sunday.

I particularly want to draw your attention two initiatives.

Chatty Church in Betley Reading Room – on Wednesday afternoons we’ll be drinking tea and eating cake and talking about some of the Biblical narratives that lead up to the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This is a perfect opportunity to come along and be part of a conversation about the Bible. Suitable for churchgoers and those who are not churchgoers the idea is to work our way through the text and see what we might find out!

Be Still in the Madeley Centre – for the last few years at Lent I’ve run Be Still sessions that have introduced different aspects of Christian contemplation. This year we will be meeting on Thursday afternoons to spend time in contemplation together. Rather than exploring different aspects of Christian contemplative practices each week we will be stepping into more of a rhythm of prayer and contemplation. Once again, this is an event for churchgoers and non-churchgoers, for spiritual seekers and those with an interest in meditation. Come along and have a go!

Chatty Church meets on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm at the Betley Reading room from 21st February until 27th of March.

Be Still meets from 2-3pm at the Madeley Centre on the 22nd February, 29th February, 7th of March and 14th of March.

Blessings

Tim

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Vicar’s Letter February 2024

On Sunday the 10th of March Bishop Matthew, the Bishop of Stafford will be visiting All Saints’ Madeley to lead a service of confirmation. The service will be a special one, with time to celebrate some of what God is doing in the lives of people in our communities. And the idea of a ‘confirmation’ is basically a public saying of “yes, I confirm that I believe this faith stuff”. During the service there is a moment in the liturgy when the Bishop will ask those to be confirmed,

“Are you ready with your own mouth and from your own heartto affirm your faith in Jesus Christ?”

The response is a simple, “I am.”

The people to be confirmed reply, “I am”, and the liturgy above suggests that they say this, from their own mouth and from their own heart. I love that – from your own mouth and from your own heart.

It’s not enough to say the words unless those words rise up from the heart. And likewise, confirmation is about verbalising what is on your heart. You might have a deep and profound faith but keep quiet about it. Confirmation asks us to verbalise the faith within us.

The service has lots and lots and lots of other words, many of them profound, but I think this is one of my favourite parts of the service.

If you’ve been thinking about confirmation, perhaps this is the time. Why not have a chat with Rev Tim, Rev Dot or Rev Pamela to get the conversation going.

Peace.

Tim

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Vicar’s Letter September 2023 and guest writers since: Christmas Letter 2023 from Rev Dot

December 2023

“The Light Shines in the Darkness
and the darkness has never put it out”
 (1 John verse 5)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a decent candle as a Christmas Gift –the long-slow burning type made with good wax and aromatherapy oils are my favourite, Anyone who knows me even better, than that…knows that I really struggle with the initial on-set of Winter when the hour goes back, and we are plunged into solstice-shifting darkness for the foreseeable, which as I write this letter, has just descended.

But as much as we might complain about the darkness, we have to be aware that there are many more in this world, as we head into the Christmas Season whose life experiences over the last year most definitely eclipseour own minor ‘first world problems’ and if all we need to do is light some more candles to chase away the ‘winter blues’, we’re not doing so bad.  For others it may be not that simple.

In our now ‘post-covid’ times, our churches have continued to gather to pray for those who ‘walk in darkness’ and difficulties, and we have been fortunate to find so many ways for our own congregations to make God’s word a ‘lamp to our feet and a light to our path’ (Psalm 119: 105) we have sung songs of hope to strengthen our spirits for the journey over the last 15 months since I joined you to serve as Associate Priest. It’s wonderful to see how our church family has grown and generously given of their time and talents to reach out to many others in our villages, and beyond. The Light should never be kept to ourselves, of course : Christ is a gift for all, and the greatest gift of all.
He is The Way for when we lose our sense of direction.
The Truth for when we doubt, or question our beliefs and need reassurance.
The Resurrection and the Life for when we complete of our earthly journey.
 (John 14: 6)

What better present could we ask for this Christmas? What better gift could we give? Remember, it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness; and we have a light that never goes out, Jesus the Light of the world.

A Merry Christmas and a Bright New Year to all,

Rev Dot

Vicar’s Letter September 2023

By the time you read this I will be starting my Extended Study Leave. Between September and November this year I will not be following my normal working pattern. Instead I will be spending three months on a few different things.

In mid-September I will be spending ten days on a silent retreat which may sound like heaven, hell, or something in between to you depending on your personality type and stage of life. Personally, I’m looking forward to pausing and waiting on God. My experience of silent retreats, whether 24 hours, or 6 days or more, is that God always shows up in some way.

I’ll also be having some conversations with individuals doing some interesting mission activities around the UK. These will be uploaded as part of an already existing podcast – the Mudlarks podcast – which can be found online at: https://anchor.fm/mudlark – the podcast started in the midst of the Covid pandemic and I’m looking forward to adding some more episodes.

I’ll also be doing some writing, I have a few writing projects on the go that don’t easily fit with the usual “6-day-a-week-vicaring-with-three-kids” schedule. I’m also planning to do some painting, a bit of gardening, Couch to 5K and if I’m lucky, a bit of sleeping too.

See you all in December, in the meantime, there will be a series of guest writers for the “vicar’s letter” page over the next three months.

Blessings,

Tim.

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Vicar’s Letter July 2023

The summer approaches and for many it will be the time to fly off to exotic parts of the world. A time to lay down the busyness of work and to soak up the sun for a week or two.

For others, the idea of summer brings with it the dread of having to think of how to fill up the children’s time and also bellies with food. For those with young family’s summer can be a time of real struggle. How to entertain the children, how to arrange child care around work and how to arrange food when the support of free school meals isn’t in place.

In the life of the church, summer is a slightly odd season, peppered with weddings and the occasional out door event the life of the church bubbles along nicely with out the seasonal busyness brought about by Easter or Christmas. The long stretch of what the lectionary calls ‘ordinary time’ looms large over the months as we head through the summer and on into autumn.

Perhaps this year we might look to approach summer differently. To take the opportunities to slow down when they come along. To take the opportunities to find creative, cheap and low-key ways to entertain the children, to not feel the pressure to always be on the go. Perhaps a key thing to do, is take it easy on ourselves, to not always be comparing our summers to the neighbour down the road, but instead to find joy in the small things. And to know that if we really are struggling, then there are agencies out there who’d love to be able to support us through.

Blessings

Rev Tim.

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Vicar’s Letter June 2023

May 2023 won’t be a month that is easily forgotten. Especially locally.

We joined with the rest of the country in celebrating the Coronation, yet locally we also grieved with the family of Suzanne Henry after her tragic and sudden death. Our whole community was shocked by news of Suzanne’s death and our prayers remain with Suzanne’s family at this very difficult time.

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As we go about our daily lives never know what the people around us are going through. The man in the café staring at his cup of tea while it goes cold. The couple embracing in tears by the pool. The child sniffling at the back of the class. The family laughing at the pub. Even just the person we pass in the street.

We can be sure that however our days are going the people around us will be experiencing a range of different emotions: joy, delight, worry, fear, grief, anger. The whole gamut of human experience plays itself out on our streets and in our community every day of the year.

In the midst of the rich tapestry of life and experience it wouldn’t do us harm to be kind. Nothing more radical than that. To be prepared to ask, “are you okay?” To be a sign to others that they are not alone.

As we journey through June – be blessed, and as you are blessed, seek to be a blessing to others too.

Blessings

Rev Tim

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Vicar’s Letter May 2023

This year as we leave April behind and move into May we move from one ‘kingly’ celebration to another. April and the Easter season remind us that in terms of Christian theology – Jesus the king of heaven is the king we follow. In May we’ll be celebrating the coronation of King Charles III as the king of our nation, but we will also be celebrating his role as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Around the country there will be lots of celebrations as the king is crowned. No doubt many of us will be watching the processions and service on the telly. It will, I’m sure, be a regal and wonderful time.

As the coronation follows so closely after Easter I can’t help but think of the two kings and the ceremonies and rituals related to them both: the king of heaven and the king of the United Kingdom.

King Charles III will presumably be welcomed with a great procession displaying all kinds of earthly power. On his arrival into Jerusalem King Jesus was welcomed with palm leaves and cloaks, surrounded by the poor and with no military might.

King Charles III will be wearing the finest robes and a golden crown will be placed upon his head. King Jesus was stripped, his ragged, blood-stained clothes gambled over and a crown of thorns forced onto his head.

King Charles III’s coronation will take place in the grand and wonderful Westminster Abbey beside a throne. King Jesus’ ‘coronation’ took place above the city dump on a hill called ‘Skull’.  His throne was a cross.

To celebrate King Charles III coronation there will be a special concert at Windsor castle. After King Jesus’ ‘coronation’ his body was taken away in the dead of night and placed in a borrowed tomb.

Two  very  different  coronations  for two very different reasons. We give thanks to God for King Jesus who died that we might have life. And we give thanks to God for King Charles III and pray that through his life and service he might in some way bear witness to God’s loving mercy.

Blessings,

Rev Tim

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Vicar’s Easter Letter, April 2023

As April begins we step almost immediately into Holy Week and begin the journey through Jesus’ last week until we reach the AGONY of the cross, the SILENCE of the tomb and DELIGHT of the resurrection.

To aide us through Holy Week and beyond, we have a number of services and events across the benefices of Betley and Madeley:

On Monday morning there’s an Easter Wild Church at the new graveyard in Betley.

On Monday evening there’s a Lent Book Group at All Saints’ Madeley.

On Tuesday evening there’s a special Tenebrae service at St. Margaret’s Betley.

On Thursday evening there’s a Maundy Thursday Communion at All Saints’ Madeley.

On Friday morning there’s a Good Friday Messy Church at All Saints’ Madeley

On Friday afternoon there’s a Good Friday act of witness on the green in Betley.

On Saturday evening there is an online Alternative Reflection.

On Easter Sunday morning both benefices will have services in the church buildings.

On Easter Sunday afternoon there’s a Resurrection Day Wander at Silverdale Country Park.

Holy Week is an important time in the life of the church, it’s a great opportunity to invite a friend to a service or event. It’s also a great opportunity to think about faith again if it’s something you’d like to connect with for the first time, or perhaps to reconnect with.

Have a fantastic Easter, the season when God messes with expectations. The AGONY of the cross marks a victory. The SILENCE of the tomb reminds us that even in the tough times God is at work. And the DELIGHT of the resurrection is a sign of hope in a hurting world.

Blessings

Rev Tim

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All Saints’ Church – Vacancy for Parish Secretary

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Vicar’s Letter March 2023

By the end of the month it will officially be spring and the nature around us is starting to reflect that change. Trees budding, the first flowers making their collective presence known, recolouring the palette of our gardens. Lighter evenings, the days feeling longer. A fresh sense of possibility in the air, the minus 8’s of winter a fading memory, the gas bill perhaps feeling a little more manageable this month.

And yet, we know the gas bills are still far higher than they were a year ago. We may also have heard stories from gardeners we know, of the change in patterns of when the flowers bloom this year, or when or if the birds migrate at the moment. The weather (the very warm November and very cold January) might have felt to nature like two back-to-back winter seasons putting nature out of kilter. 

But here in March we journey onwards through the midst of what feels like a very early Lent, and onwards towards Easter in April. Easter – that great season of the Church year, whose observance has barely changed in centuries and yet is the season which itself marks a distinct change in the everyday. God’s son Jesus dies on a cross so that we might know forgiveness and life in all its fullness. 

And here and now in the midst of Lent we are challenged to prepare ourselves, to be reminded in these great unchanging church seasons, that radical change is possible in and through faith because of Jesus’ great sacrifice for us.  AMEN.

Blessings

Rev Tim

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