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”.

The Rectory November 19th 2017 Barthomley

My dear Friends,

For the Church, December and Advent mean the new year is with us, so a thought or two about what lies ahead of us during this next twelve months.

At its meeting last week, the PCC spent a considerable time discussing a particular “what if” situation. Our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to restore the Moses and Aaron paintings has been sent in. We should know the result by the beginning of 2018. The “what if” is how to respond in the event of our application failing. No answer was arrived at, nor was that the purpose of our discussion, but to be forewarned is to be forearmed. At least we would not be taken by surprise. We still have in our 2018 fixtures the Heritage/Moses and Aaron Weekend – September 8th and 9th, which is also St Bertoline’s Tide.

At its September meeting the PCC agreed to take up the sponsorship of a couple working with the Church Mission Society in Tanzania. Festo and Grace Kanungha are deeply involved in education at St John’s Seminary in the Diocese of the Rift Valley. The Seminary is a Nursery, Primary School, Secondary School and Bible College. Our sponsorship is initially for three years, to start in February next year.

Grace and Festo are expecting to be in England in the Spring of next year. We are in the early stages of planning a visit to Barthomley for them, hopefully with their two sons, Zephaniah and William, aged 4 and 2.

I am sure that 2018 will have much more in store for us – this is just a taster of things to come. Meanwhile, to get us going, we have all the preparations for Christmas to look forward to, as well as the celebration of the festival of our Lord’s coming among us: as St John puts it ‘pitched his tent with us’.

A very happy Christmas to all of you.

Darrel and Angela

Latest updates

Parish News/ Darrel /Calendar : 28th November 2017
2016 Accounts & Music Director's report 27 March 2017
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