St Matthews 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

Children's Adventure Farm Trust

This afternoon, Thursday 26th, we welcome a representative from CAFT, the Children's Adventure Farm Trust, to the annual Mothers' Union Social Concern Service at St Matthew's Church. The service starts at 2pm. This will give a great opportunity to hear more about this fabulous charity which we supported at last year's Christmas Tree festival. Please consider coming along. You do not have to be a member of Mothers' Union and absolutely everyone, men, women and children welcome.

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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StrettonWalkingDay
Website: www.strettonwalkingday.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/strettonwalking

See you there !

St Matthews Mothers Union - Weddings

Stretton Mothers' Union has had exciting events to celebrate in the last few months when two of their members were married at St Matthew's. Wendy Duckworth married Ian Buckley in October and Nicola Hall and Simon Pennicott-Hall were married in December. Nicola's Mum, Elaine officiated at both weddings and a wonderful time was had by all.

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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.

Click here to read

The Annual Harvest Supper 2012 and Halle Concert

This will be held on Thursday 18th October in St. Matthew’s Church Hall, Stretton Road at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Please see the Church notices and the October Parish Magazine for further details.

The first of the 300 Club Draws this year will take place, the proceeds of which are equally divided between prizes for the members and the maintenance of the Church Hall.

All proceeds from the Harvest Supper itself are for St. Matthew’s Church.

We hope you will come and enjoy the evening.

Also, the Hallé Concert will be held on Monday 3rd Sept at 5.30 for 6.00 start – contact Revd. Mal Martin on mal.martin@hmps.gsi.gov.uk for more information - usual photo ID needed (you could be turned away without) & no mobile phones or sharp items.