St Mary's Church
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After the very cold, wet and windy days of Lent we look forward to celebrating our Lord’s resurrection at Easter on Sunday 21 April. As last year, the Easter service will be held at St Mary Magdalene, Hadnall, as shown on the 'Church Services' page. However, you are warmly invited to contemplate the Passion at St Mary’s, Astley, by joining in singing the hymns included in our four+-parish choir’s performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at 7 pm on Good Friday. Click here to listen for a performance from Peterborough Cathedral.
Our Annual Parochial Meeting will take place in St Mary’s at 7 pm on Tuesday 2 April at which PCC appointments for the next 12 months are agreed, the accounts are presented and the new Electoral Roll endorsed. Please come and have your say! At this time of year we offer our grateful thanks to all who regularly donate to our church, by whatever means, towards either general running costs or specific projects; St Mary’s would not survive without your generous support, which is very much appreciated. We are most grateful to Peter Phillips who continues to act as independent examiner of our accounts.
The 2019 fund-raising programme is in outline form at this stage and includes an indoor bowls evening in the summer, a folk evening in the Village Hall and, of course, the annual Ride and Stride on Saturday 14 September. An auction of promises is also on the cards.
We now feature in the Shropshire Churches Tourism Group’s (SCTG) latest colourful brochure together with our other three benefice churches and 95 others in the county. Intended primarily to encourage visitors the new pamphlet was launched at the SCTG’s AGM last month at which Bishop Michael Ipgrave, a keen visitor to rural churches when on family holidays, emphasised the importance of finding churches open and well presented. We certainly tick both those boxes, so a special thank you to the ladies who devote much time and loving care to ensure that St Mary’s, Astley, is fit for worship and gives a good impression to our visitors throughout the year, although we need a few more to join the team! There are copies of this excellent, free brochure at the back of the church.
Finally, on behalf of the Astley PCC, a very warm welcome to anyone who has recently moved into the village and to any visitors, whether holidaying locally or staying with family or friends at this special time of year.