St Cross Church

Children's Society

Dear All

In a few weeks it will be the annual House to House Envelope collection
on behalf of the Children's Society. As this falls so close to the
Christian Aid week envelope collection, I am planning instead of an
street collection, to hold a quiz on 4th April, and to recruit a group
of volunteers to collect money in the Coop Store on Dudlow's Green on
Saturday 19th April.

If you can spread the word and if you are able to attend the quiz and/or
help with the collection at the Coop, it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks for your help.

Gill Bruce

Marriages, baptism and other general queries

As many of you will be aware, with Elaine moving onto pastures anew, during the vacancy the church wardens and the verger will hold surgeries for people wishing to get married,have their children baptised or have other queries you may wish to discuss. These will then be passed on to the ministry team.

These will be at St Cross following the Sunday service 11.45-12.30

Warden 01925 211813

Warden 01925 265307

Verger 01925 263302

Parish News August 2013

Click here to readthe August edition of the Parish Newsletter.

Stretton Walking Day

Stretton Walking Day – Saturday 20th July from 11am

St Matthew’s Church will be full to brimming for the 11am Church Service during which the new Rose Queen, Olivia Rudd and her Retinue: Olivia Foreman and Grace Wakefield (Attendants), Lucy Staples (Crown Bearer) and Matthew Craddock and Lewis Hookins (Page Boys) proudly step into their allotted roles. After the service, at 12pm the congregation will be joined by the Warrington Phoenix Drum and Trumpet Corps for the ‘Walk of Witness’ around the local area.

Angie Stewart, Chair of St Matthews School PTA comments:
“Walking Day is a significant event in the St Matthews Primary School calendar. It’s heartening to see this fabulous event pull together so many people, young and old from our local community including children from Sunday School, Brownies, Beavers, Scouts and Guides. This year, we are pleased to welcome members of Park Women’s Institute to the afternoon fayre. As well as selling garden plants, they will be happy to share information with you about the meetings and events they hold each month.“

Other stalls include the traditional tombola’s, books and toys, sweet and sticky, jewellery, jams and chutneys, vintage cake stands and nutrition /fruit kebabs.

From 1pm, refreshments will be available from 3 areas:
• Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be served in the Church Hall (take-outs will be available this year)
• Hot Food will be available in the School Hall from 1pm – 2.30pm
• A Licensed Bar, BBQ, Candy Floss and Ice Cream will be available on the school playground

As well as the traditional mini fairground rides, hook a duck, balloon race, football, face painting and lucky dip activities, 2013 sees the introduction of an Assault Style Bouncy Castle, a Tin Can Alley Shoot Out and Bracelet Making.

We have 2 local dance schools and our own Gymnastics Club joining us to provide displays and get your dancing shoes on for our very own group Zumba session – yes, we are hoping for plenty of audience participation!

We would like to thank all of the local businesses who have stepped up to support the event in 2013. Without their generous contribution we would not be able to put on such an attractive family event with wonderful Raffle Prizes worth over £1,000 in the Grand Prize Draw. Tickets can be purchased from PTA members, parents, the School Office and St Matthew’s Church for £1 each from the 12th June.

Please put the 20th July firmly in your diaries and keep up to date with developments via

See you there !

Parish News June 2013

Click here to read the June edition of the Parish Magazine.

Parish News May 2013

Click here to read this May’s edition of the Parish newsletter, where we talk about Christian Aid Week 2013 and Elaine talks about what the future holds for both herself and the parish.

Spring Fayre

We would really like as many of you as possible to come to St Cross' Spring Fayre this Saturday (20th) and pass the invitation onto neighbours, friends and family. It starts at 2pm at Appleton Thorn Village Hall and there are lots of lovely stalls including tombola, raffle and refreshments and stalls for books, craft and toys.

You will be ensured of a warm welcome. Pop in, even if you've only got a short time to spare. We'd love to see you.


Holy Week 2013

To see what St. Cross is doing for Holy Week please have a look at our Holy Week page.

Don Houghton Funeral

Dear All,
Some of you may have already heard that Don Houghton died earlier this week. His funeral is to take place on Monday 25th February at 3pm at St Matthew's Church followed by committal at Walton Lea. Please be mindful of parking arrangements (School finishes at 3pm) but you are welcome to leave your car at the Park Royal Hotel where refreshments will be held later. You may wish to arrive between 2.25 at 3.50 so we can ensure that everyone is seated prior to the service starting. I would be grateful if you have any particular memories of Don which I could endeavour to include in my address. Please send them to me by this Sunday (17th) if you can.

Parish News February 2013

Welcome back to the Parish News with our first newsletter of 2013!

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Important Information

In most years the Electoral Roll for each parish must be revised and a report on the changes submitted to the APCM. However, once every six years it is necessary to prepare a completely new Electoral Roll. This was last done in 2007, so a new Electoral Roll must be prepared this year.

Forms are available at the back of the Church to complete, in order to be included on the Electoral Roll. It would be useful to have a phone number and email address if possible. During February Sew and Sew will have gifts of hearts and flowers for sale at the back of St Cross church. Please feel free to browse . All donations go to St Cross .

Parish News November 2012

We all feel like we’re running out of time, so this month Chris Moore talks about our reasons for taking time out of our lives to come back to church, and Sarah talks about racing through Welsh hills against a train for Marie Curie.

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Parish News October 2012

The October Parish News magazine is out! Eirlys talks about her calling to be a reader, and thanks all that have supported her.

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Combined United Family Communion - St. Cross Sunday

A quick note to everyone this week, as St Matthew's will not be open for Sunday morning Service at 10.30am due to the combined United Family Communion at St Cross.


Welcome to the new St. Cross website, where we hope to keep you up to date with the latest news from your local church.

Please take a look around the site, much more will be added in the coming weeks.

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