Christmas present of £100,000 for St Mary’s – Thanks to National Lottery players, St Mary’s Prestwich is celebrating funding of £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a heritage renewal and interpretation project at the church. Read a press release here. Read more about the project here.
Sunday 3 February 2019 – Bishop Mark Ashcroft, Bishop of Bolton will be preaching and presiding at the 10:30 service at St Mary’s.
Community Defibrillator Appeal – St Mary’s School has submitted a bid to the Co-op Community Fund to purchase a defibrillator. If you have a Co-op membership please follow this link to support our cause and if you make purchases (including at Co-op funeral care), then our project will receive a donation. Please share this information with your friends.
On Sunday 21 October 2018 at our Prestwich Hospital Memorial Service we remembered by name the thousands of former patients of Prestwich Hospital buried in our churchyard. Pictured below “City of Souls”, an art installation created by current patients and staff of the hospital, in memory of the dead.
To celebrate St Mary’s Patronal Festival, for two weeks at the start of September 2018 we tweeted each day with a short reflection on how we can be inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary in our life of faith. Review the series on Twitter by searching for #inspiredbymary
Holy Hour of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament from 11.00am followed by Eucharist of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 12 Noon on the last Saturday of every month. PLEASE NOTE – NOT IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER 2018.
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 – If you require church attendance verification for a school admission please make sure you register after every service. St Mary’s School Admissions Policy can be found on the school website (click on ‘policies‘).
Flowers – If you would like to sponsor altar flowers at a cost of £20 please sign the list at the back of the church, or speak to Julia Dutton.
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.