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 Thank you so much to all our supporters for helping us to raise £650.65 via #easyfundraising. Your support really does make a massive difference to St Martin's Church, Ashton-upon-Mersey. You can continue to make a world of difference to our cause and raise donations with everything you buy online. Start shopping https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmartinschurchaum/

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Spring Afternoon Tea

There will be a Spring Afternoon Tea in St Martin's Community Hall on Saturday 27th April from 2pm to 4 pm . Tickets cost £8 each and are avialble from the church . There will be two raffles - entry into one will entitle entrants to a free glass of Prosecco.

 

Services for Holy Week and Easter

 

Sunday 14th April        9.00am Holy Eucharist

Palm Sunday             10.15am Sung Parish Eucharist

 

Monday 15th April       9:30am Holy Eucharist & Address


Tuesday 16th April       7:00pm Service of healing

Wednesday 17
th April 10:00am Holy Eucharist & Address

Thursday 18
th April     11:00am Chrism Eucharist in Chester Cathedral
Maundy Thursday     7.30pm Sung Parish Eucharist and Vigil

Friday 19
th April          11.00am  Stations of the Cross

Good Friday              12:00 noon The Liturgy of the Day

                                    7.30pm Ecumenical Taize Service around the Cross

                                    in All Saints’ Church

Saturday 20
th April      8:30pm Solemn Paschal Vigil

Holy Saturday           & First Communion of Easter

 

Sunday 21st April        9.00am Holy Eucharist

Easter Day                 10.15am Sung Parish Eucharist

 

 

Holy Saturday (20th April)

One of the hidden gems of Christian worship is the Vigil Service held on the Saturday evening before Easter Day. Beginning with the lighting of the Easter fire, the new Paschal Candle (ours stand three feet tall!) is carried into a darkened church and the first part of the service is conducted in candlelight as a number of readings from the Old Testament – interspersed with silence – give us pause to reflect upon God’s love revealed throughout history and our need of his decisive act in sending his Son to redeem us. Then, with a flourish of noise and light, we proclaim that Christ is risen, and celebrate the breaking forth of new light into the world. It is a powerful and moving service – why not try and attend this act of worship this year? We start outside the Church doors at 8.30pm.

 

Pre-Easter Confessions

If anyone would like to make a sacramental confession before Easter, please speak with Fr Shaun to arrange a time. If you’ve never made a confession before and would like to talk about what it would entail, please ask!


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Parish Bits & Pieces

 
 Village Flower Planter
St Martin's has adopted a planter in the village - it is the one against the Village Stores. So that it is properly maintained and watered throughout the year, Pat Lucas has offered to co-ordinate its upkeep and we hope to have two or three people each month of the year to assist with any jobs that need doing (dead-heading, replanting, watering etc.) If you would like to help, please sign up against a month (or two!) on the list at the back of church. There will be no financial cost for any individual who signs up! 
 
Gift Aid
Last year we claimed back over £9,000 in gift aid monies - thank you to everyone who was able to help us achieve such a great amount! To make a gift aid payment you must have paid enough tax to cover the 25% claim on any donation. If you are unsure whether your personal financial circumstances make this possible,  our gift aid co-ordinator Barbara Smith is happy to speak to you confidentially if you so wish, or if you have any other questions speak with our Treasurer, Ivan Holt, or with Fr Shaun or the Churchwardens.
  


Church news
 
We are currently raising money to install new efficient heating so we will be warm next winter if you would like to help please contact Father Shaun  





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St Martin's Church, Church Lane,  Ashton-upon-Mersey,  Sale,  Cheshire ,    M33 5QQ  

0161 976 4086 
0161 973 4204