Notices & Events

Early 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 more here.

Advent Bible Study ‘One in Christ’, exploring Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  Three Wednesdays 5,  12 and19 December after the 10.00am Eucharist in Church.

Advent Group  “Your Kingdom Come” – three Friday evenings 7, 14 and 21 December 2018 at the Rectory at 7.30pm, includes a meal.  SORRY NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Junior Advent Group “God, Pizza and the Movies” for Year 7 and above on Wednesday 5, 12 and 19 December after school at the Rectory.  Consent forms and more information from Adele McKie – Telephone 0161 773 9544

Christmas Flowers – Please help make the church look beautiful at Christmas by donating generously to the flower fund.  If you are able to help with the flower arranging please also let us know.  Thank you, Julia Dutton.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – Sunday 23 December 2018 at 6pm

Christmas Eve 24 December 2018 – Crib Service at 4pm and Midnight Eucharist at 11.30pm

Christmas Day 25 December 2018 – Eucharist at 8am and 10.30am

EPIPHANY WEEKEND – 5-6 January 2019

Saturday 5 January – Open House at the Rectory from 3pm-6pm and 7pm-late.  All welcome for drinks and nibbles.

Sunday 6 January 2019 – 10.30am Sung Eucharist – this will be Chris Wedge’s last service as Rector of St Mary’s.   Read more here.

Sunday 13 January 2019 – Prestwich Mission Partnership Anniversary – Canon Steve Williams will preside and preach at a Sung Eucharist for the Baptism of Christ at 10.30am, including renewal of baptism promises.

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

St Mary’s has submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a heritage repair/renewal and interpretation project at the church.  More information is here.

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.