Children’s Afternoon on the theme of Love Wednesday 21st February ❤️💒
Games, singing🎶, drama🎭, stories📕, craft, film🎥 cakes🍰 drinks 🧃and goodies to take home were enjoyed by over 40 children and their families who joined us for this lively special event.
Memorial Service 11th February 2024
Memorial Service February 2024 . This special service was an opportunity for people to remember loved ones who have passed away, to pray, light a candle and receive God’s comfort.
Candlemas 2024 🕯
Candlemas Evensong 🎶. We marked the official end of Christmastide on 4th February at 6.00 pm with a beautiful service of choral evensong. The choir were joined by some guest singers and they sang the pieces listed below:
- Preces and Responses by William Smith
- Psalm 24 (The psalm for the Presentation of Christ in the temple) Chant, John Barnby
- Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D by Herbert Brewer
- The choir anthem is Candlelight Carol by John Rutter.
Advent and Christmas 2023
Christmastide at St Mary’s
Cracking Christmas Crib Service
A donkey and a sheep enchanted the the children and families crammed into our Christmas Crib service. The story of the nativity was told in story, song and action. Children had a chance to dress as shepherds or angels. The children took home copies of the Christmas message with some sweet treats too!
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
Rev’d Beth and members of the church choir visited the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Carlett Park for a Community Carol Service.
Children’s Christmas Visits
Heygarth and Millfields Primary schools joined us for special Christmas Events.
Heygarth School held a busy and popular Christingle service. 🍊🕯
Local childminders brought their young charges for a special visit to the Bethlehem stable in the Stanley Chapel which involved a puppet show with music.
Outdoor Nativity Scene
Many members of our congregation and the local community enjoyed seeing the nativity scene in Ferry Road in Eastham.
Carol Services 🎶
We had a lovely Advent Carol service at St Mary’s on 3rd December 2023.
Choral Christmas Carol Services were held at St Mary’s and St Peter’s during Advent.
Friday 8th December Carols by the Church Lychgate 🎵with the 🎺 Salvation Army.
This was a fabulous festive event. The Salvation Army Brass Band played and people sang with great enthusiasm. Children enjoyed adding baubles to the outdoor Christmas Tree. Afterwards, mulled wine and mince pies were served in church 😋🍷🥧
Sunday 3rd December Advent Sunday Angels flew in 😇👼🏻
St Mary’s was decorated with angels everywhere and the Christmas tree 🌲 arrived.
Advent Angel Fish
Casting the Net Wide was a project in the Diocese of Chester which included a community art initiative, led by Birkenhead artist, Wendy Williams. Parishes in the Diocese of Chester created 3D fish from recycled materials. The fish were then used as an art installation at Chester Cathedral. For details see this link .
When the exhibition ended, we had a chance to recycle ♻️the art work in a special way.
At St Mary’s, the Chester art installation fish were recycled to become lovely paper angels as part of our angel festival!👼🏻😇. Children helped to create our special angel art display.
Many of the original fish lived on and were used to fill a huge, seven foot, steel angel which was specially created for St Mary’s by a talented parishioner.
They angels were then reused again! They were given out to those who attended the crib service and to a Scout group to help to share the Christmas story with our community.
Season of Remembrance 2023
Our church and the area outside were beautifully decorated as we remembered those who lost their lives in wars and prayed for peace.
On Remembrance Sunday 2023 there was a parade in the rain and wind, from St Anselm’s to the Church, going around the war memorial. The bells rang out as hundreds of people, including uniformed organisations attended the church service and others joined outdoors for the laying for wreaths and the act of remembrance.