Notices

Placement

Adele is on placement at St Andrew’s Hillock and St George’s Unsworth until Easter. Please pray for Adele and the parish she is serving.

Thank You

Thank you to Gary and the choir for the wonderful Christmas music; to the fabulous flower arranging team and many thanks to those who have donated to the porch boxes appeal. Catriona and Maria delivered your donations to the sorting and distribution facility at Bradley Fold and they were very grateful for all your gifts especially the Advent Shoe Boxes. £400 was raised at the carol service for the emergency Christian Aid appeal for those in Syria and the Middle East. THANK YOU!

Choristers

We are hoping to attract some new members to the choir and so for the month of January, every Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning 5th January we will be hiding a series of open rehearsals. If you feel you could commit to joining us (or if you just want to be nosey!) and you are over 16 years old simply come along to the vestry.

Churchyard Action Group

If you have spare perennial plants in your garden then please could you leave them in damp newspaper or pots inside the church gate near the interpretation panel for planting in the church flower beds. Thank you.

Twitter

St Mary’s Twitter feed @stmaryprestwich  is packed full of information, pictures and news and is worth a look. You don’t need a Twitter account to access it but can just visit www.twitter.com/stmaryprestwich

Porch Boxes

Thank you to everyone who has been donating to the Porch Boxes. Please continue to leave non-perishable food and toiletries in the boxes under the pew near the War Memorial Chapel. Thank you, Nigel.

Wanted

If you have any spare bottle gift bags please give them to Liz Derbyshire for future church fairs, thank you.

Pre School Praise

This starts Thursday 25th February from 10:00am – 11:00am. For Children and their parents / carers. Bible stories, craft, prayers, home made cakes and drinks. £1 per family.

Rev Chris

Chris has been invited by the Bishop to become Borough Dean of Bury. This means Chris will be acting as link person between the Diocese and the local authority as well as forging good community relationships on behalf of the Bishop. This role will be fulfilled alongside Chris’s present duties. Please pray for him as he undertakes this additional ministry.

Home Visits

If anyone knows of others who are ill and would like a home visit or communion then please let Stewart Barnet know. Thank you.

Cleaning / Refreshment Rota

Please add your name to the lists at the back of church if you are able to help with cleaning church on a Friday and providing refreshments on a Sunday morning. Thank you.

School Admissions

If you require church attendance verification for a school admission please make sure you sign the red book which is available after every service.

Prayer Tree

Please feel free to use the prayer tree. Each Wednesday the prayers are silently blessed at the Eucharist and then removed. Once removed the prayers are carefully and respectfully disposed of.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer St Mary’s Church can claim back 25p for every £1.00 you donate to church. Please consider signing up to our envelope scheme if you are a tax payer and fill in a Gift Aid form at the back of church. Thank you.

Standing Order Giving

Have you ever considered giving to St Mary’s by Standing Order? This helps to plan our finances more carefully as we know what income to expect each month. It also means you can still give even if you are away from church for any reason. There are standing order forms at the back of church. Thank you for your support.