Confirmation at St.Mary’s Thursday 24 November 2022 at 7-00pm
Confirmation Service at St Mary’s
The Bishop of Bolton, The Rt Rev’d Mark Ashcroft, will be coming to St Mary’s for a Confirmation Service on Thursday 24 November at 7.00pm. This is an opportunity to declare, publicly and personally, that Christian faith, and our relationship with
God, is of importance to us, as we continue to explore that faith and journey on as part
of God’s Church. In the service, people redeclare the promises made in baptism by godparents, if you were baptised when you were younger, or to be both baptised and confirmed together, if you have never been baptised. There will be a number of preparation sessions beginning later this month and continuing for a few weeks beyond the service to explore Christian faith – these can be attended whether you feel ready to be confirmed, or simply want to find out more about faith and what it means in your life. The sessions can also be attended as a ‘refresher’ course for anyone who is already confirmed. There will also be preparation sessions in school for young
people who attend St Mary’s Parish School. If you are interested, or simply want to ask about any of this, then please speak with any of the clergy
Christmas Fayre 2022 – 10 December at St.Mary’s School, Rectory Lane, 10-30am till 2-00pm
DONATIONS FOR PORCH BOXES
Please continue to leave non-perishable food and toiletries for Porch Boxes in the containers provided in the Wilton Chapel.
Follow St Mary’s on Twitter – St Mary’s Twitter feed @stmaryprestwich is packed full of information & pictures about activities at St Mary’s and messages about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Giving to St Mary’s – Have you ever considered giving to St Mary’s by Standing Order? This helps to plan our finances more accurately 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. 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.
Home Visits – If you would like to request a home visit or Holy Communion at home, please contact Stewart Barnet, Authorised Lay Minister, Telephone 07950 354445.
School Admissions for 2021/22- If you require church attendance verification for a school admission please make sure you register at each service attended.
School Admissions Signing-in process
Please remember that it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensue their child’s record is correctly marked if they are anticipating applying for a place at St Mary’s School under the criteria for members of St Mary’s Church, or a place at Bury Church School. When attending an act of worship in church, please ensure that your signing in slip is accurately completed and left in the box at the back of church – only sign-in slips returned on the relevant day will be able to be included; any returned to church at a later time will be discounted (details of the St Mary’s School admissions criteria is on the School website).
St Mary’s School Admissions Policy can be found on the school website and here.
Flowers – If you would like to sponsor altar flowers or an arrangement for a special occasion please speak to a member of the ministry team or Church Warden.
Prayer Tree – Please feel encouraged to use the prayer tree in the Wilton Chapel near the war memorial. Each month the prayers are removed to be prayed over silently at the altar at one of our services.