Welcome to St. Bertoline's, Barthomley, Cheshire
Why we're here today -
That the community may know that St Bertoline's is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it
in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say
"We would see Jesus".
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St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.
That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say, “We would see Jesus”.
January 19th 2017 The Rectory Barthomley
My dear Friends,
It’s already well into 2017, but in case there hasn’t been an opportunity before, a very happy New Year to you all from both Angela and me. It’s also rather well on to thank everybody for making Christmas such a joyful celebration of our Lord’s birth. We do so nevertheless.
Since our last ‘Parish News’ went to press in mid-November much has happened. On November 26th we had a splendid and very successful Christmas Fair, with a goodly crowd from near and far joining us to kick off the Christmas round. Proceeds amounted to £1,250 – Thank you very much.
Last year’s (2015) Carol Singing had very few singers taking part. This year the picture was very different, with twenty singers touring the parish on each night, despite heavy rain on the Thursday. The singing raised £1,050 to be split between Church funds and our charitable giving. Thanks specially to our hosts who provided splendid suppers for our hungry singers.
The Church has looked magnificent throughout, both through the work of Jackie Marshall and the floral team, and with the perfect Christmas Tree so kindly given to St Bertoline’s by Eileen Hawkridge.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 18th gave us all our opportunity to express our praise and thanks for the boundless love of God.
Thanks to the Choir and Organist, the Lesson Readers and the providers of mince
pies and mulled wine for the large congregation.
Christmas Eve has become the great occasion for young and old, in great numbers, to join in the celebrations at the Christingle and Nativity service.
It is purposely a very informal occasion, some might say shambolic, but it gives even the youngest the opportunity to take their part. Thank you to all who made the occasion possible – the christingle makers, the dressers and adult characters in the Nativity. We especially thank Val Allan, who for many years has been in charge of much of the Nativity, particularly the role of costume and props provider and stage manager. She has now handed over this responsibility and we are on the look out for those to take over from her for the future.
The Midnight Eucharist and Christmas morning Communion services are much quieter occasions, much appreciated by those who came.
Thank you again to everybody who made this possible.
Angela and I send our best wishes to all for 2017
Christmas Fair details 6th Noivember 2016
Remembrance Sunday (picstures in Whats New section)
Parish News/ Darrel /Calendar 7th February2017
2015 Accounts & Music Ditector's report 4 May 2016