Archdeacon's Visitation Service
Churchwardens for the coming year, Audrey Black and Margaret Holt, will be ‘sworn in' at the annual Visitation Service
this month. It takes place at 7.30pm ‘next door' in St Mary Magdalene, Ashton-upon-Mersey, on Thursday 24th
May. If you'd like to come along and support Margaret and Audrey, along with all the Churchwardens from other local parishes,
you'd be very welcome. Certainly, do keep our Churchwardens in your prayers, as they both work hard to support St Martin's,
Fr Shaun and each other. (Or you might want to come and have a nosey at the new re-ordering of the inside of the church which
was just finished at St Mary's before Easter!)
Bible Study Home Groups
We are planning a number of small
‘home groups’ around the parish, which will meet together to do some Bible study and prayer. Each group will comprise
around half a dozen members and each will decide exactly how often, and when, to meet. Anyone is very welcome to be part of
one of these groups, and there is no requirement of any particular level of biblical knowledge! If you’d like to find
out more, speak with Fr Shaun.
Parish Bits & Pieces
St Martin's Recipe Book
We are planning a new book of recipes
and helpful hints and tips for the kitchen. If you would like to submit a recipe or any tips, please give them to our Reader,
Brian Raby, who has offered to help with the collation of the books contents. If you would like your recipe/tip to be credited
with your name, this will attract a cost of £1 for one submission or £2 for two or more. We hope this will cover
the cost of production so that copies produce 100% profit for fundraising.
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!
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.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND MEETINGS