Dear Parents and Carers
The next family service at St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone will be a Christingle – on Sunday 13th December at 11:15am.
As usual, the children in Children’s Church Club will be helping to lead the service – ALL children are very welcome to take part, whether or not they normally attend Church Club and we will be rehearsing during the school day.
The children will make their own Christingles during RE next week and bring them home – please remember to bring them back to church with you on Sunday!
You are probably aware that there are certain restrictions placed on churches due to Covid-19, so our service will look a little different from normal, but we very much hope you will still enjoy worshiping with us.
All are welcome to our services; however, we ask you to come prepared with face masks or face coverings AS THESE ARE COMPULSORY IN PLACES OF WORSHIP unless you are exempt from wearing them.
Unfortunately, not all areas within the church will be accessible, and we are not able to open our kitchen facilities to offer our usual hospitality after services.
We ask visitors to adhere to any restrictions as directed and to take care to maintain social distancing in Church at all times.
Please do not visit if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus.
We will record your attendance on our Church Club register, should details be required for Track and Trace.
Please let me know by Monday 7th December whether or not you are planning to attend and how many people you expect to bring with you.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
With best wishes
The Great British Spring Clean 2019
As part of the national campaign, children from Class 3 enjoyed a litter pick in Loggerheads which was organised by the Parish Council. They were all up for the challenge and “picked” high and low to collect bags of rubbish.
Cheswardine Hall Retirement Home
Members of the Children’s Church Club had the opportunity to visit Cheswardine Hall Retirement Home this week to make Easter Bonnets.
Everybody had a wonderful time and it was a fabulous opportunity for the children to talk with the residents – who enjoyed sharing stories about their past and big birthday plans for a gentleman who is about to turn 100 years old!
A Happy Retirement
Mal has been our local Post Woman for the past 14 years. She has supported the school in many fund raising events and has watched us grow from a roll of only 20 children to our current 64. She always has a smile and has been willing to help the school by regularly going above and beyond the call of duty – including even taking a school assembly once! Some of the children showed their gratitude today by giving Mal a card and a bouquet to wish her well during her retirement.
We wish you a long and happy retirement.
This term we have been thinking about Harvest Festivals and how some Christians respond to God’s goodness to them by serving and caring for other people. A number of visitors to school for collective worship have told us about the organisations they are involved in. These were:
Do you know there are currently an estimated 59.5 million people displaced around the world.
Sanctus St Mark’s is a support group for refugees and people who are seeking asylum in the UK.
They welcome women, men and children, of all faiths and none without prejudice.
We collected a large amount of produce which has been displayed in the church before being taken by a representative.
Barbara and Brian told us about Jiggers. They are little bugs that bite adult’s and children’s feet in Kenya. Greenfields Africa buys medicine that kills the bugs and they buy shoes for the children so the bugs don’t bite them again. We sold Christmas items with chocolate in them for £1 each – and raised more than £90.00. That will have healed and helped 18 people.
Market Drayton Foodbank
The foodbank gives people without any money to buy food, free food:
Dry foods such as pasta, beans and noodles
Drinks from concentrated juice
They also need cleaning materials and toiletries
Our collection was gratefully received by the Food Bank representative: Mrs Jane Newton.
In addition to these charities, children also collected Christingle candle money boxes for Save the Children, which will be officially handed over during this week’s Sunday service.
Litter Picking in Loggerheads
Year 5 and 6 enjoyed litter picking in Loggerheads with the parish council. We had quite a few compliments from members of the public on our hard work and polite children. Several bags of rubbish were collected and the children enjoyed helping their local community. A job well done!