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St Matthew’s, Stretton (with Appleton)
             St Cross, Appleton Thorn

     St Matthew’s Church, Stretton

       2012                                 St Cross, Appleton Thorn

Vicar: Revd Canon Elaine Chegwin Hall               Assistant Curate:
The Vicarage, Stretton, Warrington WA4 4NT          Revd Chris Moore
Telephone: (01925) 730276                           07885 762969
For all articles and enquiries:

From the Vicar
          Fragile – Handle with Care!
          How many times have we received a parcel with that written in
          large letters and have noticed an ominous rattling when we receive
          it from the delivery person?
            Sometimes, it matters little how well we pack something, how
obvious we make the caution sign, how precise we give the instructions to the
sending organisation; we have to let our precious cargo go forth in the vain
hope it will be in the same condition when it arrives at its destination.
Life can be a bit like that. We can’t always protect ourselves from what it
brings whether it be illness, trauma or challenge. Being a Christian doesn’t
exempt us from any of it although we know that we don’t walk the road alone.
The things is; we don’t always know each other’s stories and experiences
and a smiley face or fixed grin gives no real indication what lies below the
People walk through the doors of our churches whether newcomers or
regular attendees. We have no idea what they are living through unless they
have previously told us and we have no idea how they are coping.
Our well meant hale and hearty greeting may not necessarily be received
with the delight that we’d imagine. Our jokey responses may be the last thing
they need. Our assumptions for why they were late or had been missing for a
few weeks may be wide of the mark.
The thing is, many of us, on occasions, would have appreciated a sign, stuck
on our clothes like a badge which said clearly “Fragile. Handle with care”.
Being able to read people is part of knowing them and recognising that a
quiet word, a gentle smile or compassionate look is occasionally more
appreciated than a rousing jolly encounter.
Welcoming people is something we have been looking at as part of our
Growth Action Plan (GAP) for the last few years. We pray for continuing
wisdom and discernment as to how to develop this so that everyone feels
they have a place here whatever their story.

With every blessing

                         MARTHA'S GROUP
God's love in action. Need a little help such as picking up a prescription, a
few items of shopping, or a lift to Church? We would be pleased to help you
in any way we can. Please do give us a ring.
Carol 730986    Wendy 266555 Sheila 07766039510
                  CHILDREN’S SOCIETY NEWS
House boxes - if you have not had your box emptied recently, please
could you get in touch with me and I will arrange to collect from you,
ideally before September, as I have to make an annual return to the
Children's    Society     office    and    that is  due    very    soon.
Children's Society National Coffee Morning is this year turning into a
week long event called Bake and Brew. It will take place nationally
between 3-9 September. We will be celebrating with cake and drinks
after the 10.30am service on Sunday 9th September - please let me know if
you are able to provide a cake for the event.
Christmas cards - although the profit margin is not as great as in
previous years, I have been informed that by raising a total of nearly
£107 clear profit from card sales at Christmas 2011, St Matthew's has
again been one of the most significant fundraisers. Thanks to everyone
who contributed. I plan to have the cards, advent calendars and gift
catalogue available in church from October onwards.
Supermarket bag pack - I have recently written to Morrisons at Stockton
Heath, requesting permission for a group of volunteers to spend a
morning or afternoon one Saturday in the autumn packing shoppers' bags.
If you feel this is your strength, and you have an hour to spare, please
contact me and I will let you have more details.
Gill Bruce Tel 267743

                          MOTHERS’ UNION
On June 28th ten members and fifteen visitors took part in the first
“Strawberry Tea”. It was a lovely afternoon. With tickets, raffle and Bring and
Buy stall, we raised £125. Many thanks to those who helped and all who
came along. The “Deanery Tea” was at Barnton on 18th July. There is no
meeting in August.

On Saturday 23rd June 2012 the Annual Canal Outing was once again an
unqualified success. Connection members and their guests, with
representation from both the parishes of St Cross and St Matthews were
blessed with reasonable weather during this full day trip; the Trent
and Mersey canal wending its way through the Cheshire countryside,
with Great Budworth Parish Church on the horizon and past the Lion
Salt Works towards Northwich. We had an excellent Pub lunch and later
moored up for an ice cream at the Anderton lift. Our thanks to Chris for
organizing this popular trip.
Kindly note that there will be no meeting in August. Ian Buckley 261088

An opportunity to discuss with others from your own church and learn from
other churches in the deanery.
A St Matthew’s Church Hall. Sign the list at the back of church if
The context of mission today and putting vision into practice
Making everyone welcome
Reverent, joyful and accessible worship
Growing disciples
Creating a loving and healing church community
Finding the resources for mission; giving and people
A free handbook will be given to everyone on the course and every church
will receive a DVD of the course handbook and teaching material.
Course Leaders
Bishop Keith, Archdeacon Mike, Richard Burton and Ian Rumsey (Parish
Development Officers), Colin Randall (Worship Advisor) and Anne Lawson
(part of Rural Support Group and vicar of Crewe Green and Haslington).
Saturday 15th September       9.30am to 1pm
Monday 17th September         7.30pm to 9.30pm
Monday 24th September         7.30pm to 9.30pm
Monday 1st October            no meeting
Monday 8th October            7.30pm to 9.30pm
Monday 15th October           7.30pm to 9.30pm
                          PRAISE AND PLAY
          St Cross St Matthew’s
September       4th     7th               All things new
               18th    21st               Growing Bigger
Praise and Play meets at 2.00pm in Church and is a service especially for
young children from birth to school age and their carers. We have a time of
praise followed by a short talk and a craft activity and refreshments. There
will be no meetings in August.

                                GO KIDZ
Go Kidz has continued to thrive during the summer term and it is great to see
new children join us. We love our singing and dancing and have enjoyed
learning about Moses. The Bible Olympics was fun – especially the water
filled Balloons! After the summer break, on September 9th, we will start
looking at the 10 Commandments.

                   LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
We had the most amazing time at Alton Towers with other of our friends from
Church. The sun shone, no one was sick and we got to know each other
much better. Thanks to Nicola, Linda, Rebecca and Simon for taking us and
for the Church for helping to support us. Lights Camera Action starts back on
Thursday 13th September at 5pm.

We have had a really positive summer term, with quite a high attendance, we
have progressed through our readings of the Bible passages, and the
children have relished being tested on what they are learning. We have also
managed a couple of sketches this term which have been part of services,
and the recent walking day service led by Emily was outstanding. Many
adults gave approached us and said how they enjoyed the service and how it
was a really fitting event that involved both children fro the church and the
school. The end of term party and Bible Olympics went well.
Stephen and Jane Taylor

                       CHRISTIAN AID
                    WOMEN IN THE GOSPELS
This takes place on Friday 7th September 2012 at 10.30am followed by lunch
(provided) at Bold Street Methodist Church.
Trevor is the author of several books including ‘Sarah laughed – women in
the old testament’, ‘Speaking of God – a collection of stories’ plus many
more. Trevor is launching his latest book, “God in our Midst”, in November.
He joined the staff of Chester Cathedral in 1994, where he was Vice Dean
and Canon Chancellor until his retirement in 2010. For nearly 12 years before
that he was tutor in Old Testament Studies at Salisbury and Wells
Theological College. He is well known to readers of the Bible Reading
Fellowship’s Guidelines series of Bible notes for his contributions on Old
Testament books. Before going to Salisbury he was a chaplain at Eton
College, and there he began preaching occasionally through storytelling, a
practice he has continued ever since. Spaces are limited, so booking is
essential. To reserve your place please contact or
by phone on 01925 573769

               SEPTEMBER, 2012.
Ride and Stride is a sponsorship event travelling between churches with the
funds raised shared equally between The Historic Cheshire Churches
Preservation Trust and your own church. Last year my daughter Isabelle and
I managed five churches between St. Matthew’s and Grappenhall – the
majority of which was down hill!
We will be doing it again this year, and it would be great to have others
involved – we could form a peloton (?). There are already two other
volunteers. If you are interested in taking part, please let me know.
Stephen Edwards

Faithcourse (Bible Study) will take a short break during August and will begin
again on 3rd September. We meet at 7.30pm on alternate Monday evenings
at the Vicarage and all are welcome.

Sarah Milner, who many of you will know from her time at St Matthews
School and Church, will be taking part in the 14 mile “Race the Train” event in
West Wales on August 18th to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care
Charity. The race takes place annually following the route of the Talyllyn
Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back and racing a train to try to
get back before it completes its 14 mile round trip. Talyllyn is in Snowdonia
on the West Wales coast. The race is very arduous and involves lots of hills
and very wet and muddy ground. If you want to have more details and a
video of the race try the internet on
If you have any spare change to support Sarah and this excellent charity
please fill in a sponsorship form below or see Rob at Church.
We will keep you up to date with Sarah’s progress, give her a thought on
August 18th and hope the weather is not too 2012 - ish.

                            WALKING DAY
We were part of the Walking Day retinue on Saturday 21st July 2012 and this
amazing day was a once in a lifetime experience. Before the service the
retiring and new retinues had their photographs taken outside the Church.
We all felt famous when we found out it would be in the Warrington Guardian.
Gabby made a speech during the crowing and felt a little nervous but did an
amazing job. On Saturday morning we ensured that we were ready and had
our hair and outfits organised. Our job was to walk behind the band during
the Walk of Witness and led the rest of the congregation. This felt really
exciting because in the past we had never walked at the front. We are all so
grateful that we have been given this amazing opportunity and look forward to
fulfilling our duties during the coming year. Many thanks to all the people who
have supported us.
Gabby, Amelie and Emma

On Saturday I was very excited as I walked into Church. The reason was
that I would be leader of the service. Quickly I came into the building and put
all of my papers down on my chair, and as everybody came in I was very
nervous. Luckily, once the service had started I felt a lot better. My picture
was taken for the Warrington Guardian and during the walk, a lot of people
came to congratulate me. I would like to thank Elaine, my family and
everybody watching for supporting me and giving me the courage to do this,
as I might never be given this opportunity again.
By Emily Struthers, Year 5.
The final term has flown by and it has been a particularly busy one for
children in Year 6. They are currently gearing up for their leaver’s assembly,
but this term they have helped to organise and run the school’s afternoon
Cream Tea, been away on a residential trip to Glaramara with Year 5 children
and they’ve rehearsed and performed their play, ‘What a Knight.’ This year’s
Year 6 play was successfully received by an enthusiastic audience and will
go down in Appleton Thorn Primary School’s history as one of our funniest!
Unfortunately, the weather has disrupted many of our end of term school
sport plans. Our Sports Day and Area Sports competition were both
cancelled. However, the sun did make an appearance for the Year 2 and 3
Cross country competition and Year 5 and 6 Football tournament. In both of
these events, all children displayed excellent teamwork and made our school
very proud.
Year 4 children recently had the opportunity to play alongside the Halle
orchestra in a musical concert. The children have been learning to play the
clarinet, over the year and had been practising hard in preparation for the
concert. We also held the school’s very first Musical Festival where children
from every class had the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and
display their musical talents!
This is the final newsletter of the school year as we will soon be breaking up
for the summer holidays. On behalf of Appleton Thorn Primary School, I
would like to wish Year 6 good luck in their new schools and wish you all a
lovely summer!
By Gayle Hughes

It is a great blessing and encouragement to know that people are becoming
increasingly more confident to ask for prayer via our prayer chain,
intercessions in church, our prayer pot from the children in school and the
service of laying on of hands. Many of us have been privileged over the years
to share in people’s journeys and we desire that our prayers for them are
current and relevant for their situations and we would like to ask you to help.
From September we will be starting every month with a fresh page in our
intercessions book and prayer chain. If someone needs to be kept on for
another month can we simply ask you to be in touch either with Elaine or Alan
Hibbert in the first instance or any of the worship leaders or prayer chain
members. This means that we will be able to keep up to date with
developments and be able to respond to their specific needs. Thanks for
your understanding. Elaine
Alan Hibbert         602703     Hazel Coen                           213587
Chris Harris         261345     Aileen Hewitt                        268094
Wendy Duckworth      266555     Jill Rowlands                        604897
Mark Watson          Email      Elaine Chegwin Hall                  730276
Jenny Myall          264278

                  COFFEE TIME AT ST CROSS
      St. Cross Church is open every Tuesday from 10.00 am to 12 noon for a
      cup of coffee, a friendly chat or for your own quiet time. Everyone is sure
      of a warm welcome. We would be very glad to see you.

                       ST. CROSS BIG CLEAN
I would like to say a massive thank you to all the willing helpers who arrived
on Wednesday afternoon and evening to clean the Church after the
completion of alterations in the chancel area and prior to the laying of a new
carpet. The interior of the Church looks superb with brasses gleaming and
windows twinkling which, along with the immaculate grounds, have elicited
lots of favourable comments from locals and visitors alike. Also a big thank
you to Thorn Cross YOI for the loan of the back pack vacuum and extended
hose which made it extremely easy to reach those high parts which no other
vacuum could reach. Once again, thank you for all your support.
Judith Brown. Churchwarden

                  ST CROSS AUGUST CALENDAR
   5th Ninth Sunday after Trinity              10.30 Family Service. Sunday
                                                     Club after the Service
   8th     Wednesday                           10.30 Mid-Week Communion
  12th     Tenth Sunday after Trinity          10.30 Morning Prayer
  19th     Eleventh after Trinity              10.30 Holy Communion
  26th     Twelfth Sunday after Trinity        10.30 Morning Prayer
                              PARISH REGISTERS
 Baptisms:           We welcome into the Lord’s family …
   14th July         Caleb Samuel Sutton
   22th July         Holly Dutton
   29th July         Samuel Michael Ainscow
 Weddings:              We offer our congratulations to….
 14th  July          Michaela Carolynn Lewis and Glenn Jeffrey Sutton

                        ST CROSS DIRECTORY
Lay Readers         Alan Hibbert           602703
                    Geoff Thorpe           600287
                    Peter Hall             730276
                    Linda Buckley          730791
Pastoral            Pat Terry              01606 891442
Workers             Val Fryer              264015
                    Sheila                 07766039510
Church              Judith Brown           265307
Wardens             David Shaw             211813
Verger              David Rose             263302
PCC Secretary       Michael Coen           213587
Treasurer           Tracy-Anne Clancy      210836
Parish Giving       David Rose             263302
Electoral Roll      Sandra Bates           265294
Organist            Jean Bruce             264252
Sunday Club         Jan Ratcliffe          210438
Coffee Time         Joan Shaw              211813
Knit Together       Joan Shaw              211813
Praise and Play     Eirlys Jessop          265814

From the Registers …
 Baptisms:            We welcome into the Lord’s family …
 15th   July          William Thomas Rowlands
                      Gavin Thomas Walker
 Weddings:                We offer our congratulations to….
 6th   July           Anita Sally Briggs and Andrew Richard Leathem
 28th     July        Stacey Jane Barlow and Martin Charles Snagg
 28th     July        Saara Sisko Somerharju and Andrew Somerharju Neale
 Funerals:            We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of…
 26th   June          William Kenneth Phillips, service and burial at St
 10th     July        Jean Pratt, service at St. Matthew’s followed by cremation
                      at Walton Lea.
                    ST MATTHEW’S DIRECTORY
Lay Readers                  As above
Church Wardens               Stephen Edwards                  211982
                             Barbara Hamilton                 265558
Acting Verger                Peter Hall                       730276
Pastoral Workers             As above directory
Parish Evangelist            Mrs Debbie Harrison              860058
PCC Secretary                Laura Booth                      264881
Treasurer                    John Perris                      601850
Parish Giving                Stephen Edwards                  211982
Flowers                      Anne Burgess                     262231
Praise and Play              Contact the Vicar                730276
GoKidz                       Catherine Edwards                211982
JOY                          Jane and Stephen Taylor          602761
Lights, Camera Action        Nicola Hall                      730276
Mothers’ Union               Joan Shaw                        211813
ACF President                Wendy Homer                      261075
MARTHAS                      Sheila                           07766039510
Magazine Editor              The Secretary                    730276
Magazine Distribution        Judith Brown                     265307
                             Roger Dédee                      860374
Church Hall                  Peter Hall                       730276
Prayer Chain                 Alan Hibbert                     602703
Tapestry (Women’s Bible      Lynn McGreal                     07511636886
Study Group)
                    August Calendar
 5th Ninth Sunday after Trinity
                                   8.00   Holy Communion
                                 10.30    Parish Communion
                                   6.30   Evensong
 9th   Thursday                  10.30    Holy Communion Service
                                   2.00   Kneeler Group
12th   Tenth Sunday after Trinity
                                   8.00   Holy Communion
                                 10.30    Matins
                                   6.30   Evensong
16th   Thursday                  10.30    Holy Communion
19th   Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
                                   8.00   Holy Communion
                                 10.30    Family Service
                                   6.30   Evensong
23rd   Thursday                  10.30    Holy Communion
                                   2.00   Kneeler Group
26th   Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
                                   8.00   Holy Communion
                                 10.30    Morning Prayer
                                   6.30   Evensong
30th   Thursday                  10.30    Holy Communion

                   FLOWERS DONATED BY
 5th   August      Mrs D. Brown, Hartswood Close
12th   August      Mr Wilkinson, Acton Avenue, Appleton
19th   August      Mrs Thorpe, Appleton Thorn
26th   August      Mrs Sherburn, Oakways, Appleton, in memory of


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