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Friendship Group

The January meeting got the year off to a good start as Fr Shaun led some reminiscences about chocolate bars and sweets we have known and loved (and often eaten too many of, certainly in his case, as he admitted!) A blind ‘taste test’ saw most people correctly identifying a ‘real’ milky way over imitations made by Tesco and Sainsbury’s, and there were lots of interesting and amusing facts and information about some well-known bars and brands. At the meeting it was decided that in February there wouldn’t be an afternoon meeting as the date falls on Ash Wednesday, and many people would be at the Shrove Supper the night before. So the next Friendship Group session will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th March.


Quiz Night

Fr Shaun will once again be donning his quizmaster’s hat on Saturday 17th March for a St Patrick’s Day quiz. And don’t worry: not all the questions will be about St Patrick! This will take place in St Martin’s Community Hall and tickets are now available, costing £3.00 per person. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles. The evening will kick off promptly at 7.30pm and teams of up to eight people can be entered; otherwise teams will be made up from individuals on the night. There will also be a raffle in aid of church funds. Why not enter a team of friends or family, or maybe colleagues from work?


Services for Holy Week and Easter


Sunday 25th March     9.00am Holy Eucharist

Palm Sunday             10.15am Sung Parish Eucharist

                                    6.00pm Joint Evensong at St Paul’s Church, Sale


Monday 26th March    10.00am Service of Healing

Tuesday 27th March               7:30pm Compline & Address

Wed 28th March          10:00am Holy Eucharist & Address

Thursday 29th March              11:00am Chrism Eucharist in Chester Cathedral
Maundy Thursday     7.30pm Sung Parish Eucharist and Vigil

Friday 30th March       11.00am  Stations of the Cross

Good Friday              12:00 noon The Liturgy of the Day

                                    7.30pm Ecumenical Taize Service around the Cross

                                    in All Saints’ Church

Saturday 31st March   8:30pm Solemn Paschal Vigil

Holy Saturday           & First Communion of Easter

 Sunday 1st April          9.00am Holy Eucharist

Easter Day                 10.15am Sung Parish Eucharist


Holy Saturday (31st March)

One of the hidden gems of Christian worship is the Vigil Service held on the Saturday evening before Easter Day. Beginning with the lighting of the Easter fire, the new Paschal Candle (ours stand three feet tall!) is carried into a darkened church and the first part of the service is conducted in candlelight as a number of readings from the Old Testament – interspersed with silence – give us pause to reflect upon God’s love revealed throughout history and our need of his decisive act in sending his Son to redeem us. Then, with a flourish of noise and light, we proclaim that Christ is risen, and celebrate the breaking forth of new light into the world. It is a powerful and moving service – why not try and attend this act of worship this year? We start outside the Church doors at 8.30pm.

Lent Course 2018

This year’s Lent Course sessions in February and March will be focusing on the Creeds of the Church, their history, content and meaning. There will only be morning sessions this year, as the evening sessions of the past two years have struggled to attract anyone. The three sessions will run at from 11.00am – 12.00 noon on Wednesdays 28th February and 7th & 14th March (and so avoiding the weeks we have parish lunch). It might be helpful – but isn’t essential – to have a look at both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed before the sessions begin and think whether there are any questions you have about any of the statements of faith that are found therein. (If you can find it, you could also have a look at the Athanasian Creed: in the Book of Common Prayer, it is printed immediately after the service of Morning Prayer and is headed Quicunque vult)





Parish Bits & Pieces

 Village Flower Planter
St Martin's has adopted a planter in the village - it is the one against the Village Stores. So that it is properly maintained and watered throughout the year, Pat Lucas has offered to co-ordinate its upkeep and we hope to have two or three people each month of the year to assist with any jobs that need doing (dead-heading, replanting, watering etc.) If you would like to help, please sign up against a month (or two!) on the list at the back of church. There will be no financial cost for any individual who signs up! 
Gift Aid
Last year we claimed back over £9,000 in gift aid monies - thank you to everyone who was able to help us achieve such a great amount! To make a gift aid payment you must have paid enough tax to cover the 25% claim on any donation. If you are unsure whether your personal financial circumstances make this possible,  our gift aid co-ordinator Barbara Smith is happy to speak to you confidentially if you so wish, or if you have any other questions speak with our Treasurer, Ivan Holt, or with Fr Shaun or the Churchwardens.


St Martin’s Friendship Group Outing


On Wednesday 9th August a convoy of seven cars left St Martin’s Church bound for the Anderton Boat lift near Northwich. This amazing piece of Victorian engineering was first opened in 1875, providing a 50-foot vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. After falling into disrepair, it was closed in the 1980s and was on the verge of being a forgotten hunk of rusting metal until it was brought back into use, after restoration, in 2002. There is a wonderful visitors’ centre and cafe, which many of those who went made use of before and after the boat trip! The weather remained dry all day, and everyone had a wonderful time.

We are now able to raise funds when you buy online through a web site called Easyfundraising . This web site links to websites and automatically give a  donation to the church at no cost to you ! In less than a month  we have raised OVER £450 at no cost to anyone !

Click the link below to go to the website and register to get us free funds

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St Martin's Church, Church Lane,  Ashton-upon-Mersey,  Sale,  Cheshire ,    M33 5QQ  

0161 976 4086 
0161 973 4204