8 March 2020 News

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance

Guidance has been given by the CBCEW (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales) of which a copy can be found in the Church Porch and using the following link: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/ (correct as of 06/03/20). Please take note of the posters in the Church Porch referring to universal good hygiene. Thank you.


Morning prayer

Morning prayer will recommence during Lent at 9.30am on Wednesday mornings. Why not come and participate in the prayer of the Church.


Special Occasion for the Parish

On Friday 3rd April at 7pm, Bishop Mark will be coming to the Parish to confer the ministry of lector on Wilf McSherry and John McKay, who are both candidates for the permanent diaconate. Refreshments afterwards at St Mary’s Parish Rooms. If anybody is able to help with food and preparations, please contact Helen McSherry – 07527 628192.


CAFOD Family Fast Day

Envelopes are still available for your donations. Please place envelopes in the offertory bags or leave in the basket in the Church porch – thank you.


School Uniform Hub

Churches Together in Market Drayton have booked two more Uniform distribution days on 7th and 9th April 10am – 2pm. Help will also be needed to set up from 8.30am. If you are able to help, please speak to Gail Ackerley on 07794 643194.


Prayer for Persecuted Christians

The next Churches Together prayer session for persecuted Christians will be held on 18th March between 2 and 3:30pm. We meet in the Lounge at Market Drayton Methodist Church. For more information, including recent reports from a number of ministries, please see the P4PC page of the Market Drayton Churches Together website. Alternatively, please contact Randall Hardy 01952-540970 / randall@amen.org.uk


Offertory Envelopes

Next year’s offertory envelopes will be available to collect in the Church Porch from next week. If there are any Parishioners who would like to start using envelopes or transfer to a Standing Order payment, please speak to Helen McSherry 01630 638177.


Attention all Gift Aid Donors  The tax year 2019/20 will be coming to an end on 5th April and the Parish will undertake the process of claiming back the Gift Aid refunds on donations made in the tax year.  If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay income tax (or if for any other reason you do not wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please contact Helen McSherry 01630 638177/ ssthomasandstephen@gmail.com by 5th April, otherwise it will be assumed you have paid sufficient income tax for the Parish to reclaim Gift Aid on donations made in 2019/20. Please also let us know if you have changed your address.


Lawn Mowing – volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help mow the lawns in the Church garden, please contact David Milburn if you can help.


Market Drayton Foodbank Lent Appeal

The Foodbank has launched its annual Lent Appeal. Please would you consider donating during Lent, towards our 40p for 40 days appeal or donating food to help local people in crisis? We are particularly asking for donations of food towards children’s meals over Easter to help feed children who may otherwise go hungry during the school holidays. Shopping lists are provided. All donations will be welcomed, and we ask that if you are a taxpayer, please consider gift aiding your donation using the form provided. Thank you very much for your support!

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