Welcome to St.Mary’s Church, Alderley.

Public worship at St.Mary’s Church resumed at the start of July.

There will now be one service at St.Mary’s Church each week at 9.45am on Sunday, in the usual service pattern which is:

· First Sunday in the month: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

· Second Sunday in the month: Family Service (Common Worship)

· Third Sunday in the month: Holy Communion (Common Worship)

· Fourth Sunday in the month: Family Service (Common Worship)

· Fifth Sunday in the month: Holy Communion (Common Worship)

A lot of work has been done by many people to bring the church building back into use.

Please observe 2 metre distancing at all times and use hand sanitiser. Parts of the church are out of use so that the area that might need to be cleaned after the service is kept to a manageable size. Some pews are out of use to maintain social distancing.

At Holy Communion the Rector will bring you the sacrament in one kind only ie. the host to you in your pew. The Rector will sanitise his hands before he leaves the sanctuary and he will be wearing a face mask. When he puts the host into your hand he will not touch your hand.

The doors of the church building will be kept open during the service to promote ventilation. The lavatories at the Parish Hall are not available because the Parish Hall has not yet been brought back into use.

Under current restrictions we are not able to sing.

During lockdown, the Rector’s daily video on Facebook has evolved from a short talk, to short Morning Prayer. If you are among the many regular daily followers of Morning Prayer, please let the Rector know. When lockdown eases some more, we can meet once a week in church for Morning Prayer.

Grounds maintenance has taken place during lockdown:

· The Churchyard and Parish Council Burial Ground: Ivan Wright and Norman Moore.

· The Church Paddock: Norman Moore.

· The Joint Management Committee of the Parish Hall has ensured that the verges of Church Lane have been kept tidy.

During lockdown Ladies Lane / The Coach Road has had its potholes repaired. Please drive at 5 mph so that the potholes do not come back.

Starting on Thursday this week, the time of Morning Prayer may vary as it will be pre-recorded and not live, but it will appear on Facebook by about 10am.

The Revd Jon Hale can be contacted by telephoning 01625 585440 or by email alderleyandbirtles@gmail.com

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

For more information, including information about funerals during the current public health emergency please go to the Church of England’s COVID 19 webpage: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

St.Mary’s Church is the Church of England parish church for the parish of Alderley which comprises Nether Alderley and Great Warford.  And many people from further afield worship regularly at St.Mary’s Church and belong here.

Our worship is a mix of traditional and contemporary. 

St.Mary’s Church is a partner with St.Catherine’s Church, Birtles: the two churches comprise a ‘Joint Benefice’.  

The church building dates from the early 14th Century.  In the churchyard, at the gate, stands the former Nether Alderley Boys’ School, dating from the 17th Century.  Go to http://www.stmarysalderley.com/ to learn about St.Mary’s Church heritage.

St.Mary’s Church works with Nether Alderley Parish Council to manage and improve Nether Alderley Parish Hall, which is the former Boys’ School at the churchyard entrance.  Go to https://www.netheralderleyparish.com/ to learn more about Nether Alderley Parish Council.

St.Mary’s Church lies close to Nether Alderley Mill which is run by the National Trust, and which is open at weekend for visitors.  Go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nether-alderley-mill to learn about Nether Alderley Mill. 

It has been suggested that St.Mary’s Church is only a ‘heritage site’ which is only open occasionally for visits, but St.Mary’s Church is a lively parish church which confesses Christ crucified and present among us as we meet for worship.  So come along for worship at either 9.45am or 6.30pm every Sunday to find out more.

Baptism (Christening) is entry into Christian life.  In Baptism we are bound to Christ in his death and Resurrection.  Contact the Rector to find out more or go to https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings

Marriage is a commitment for life: it is soul-business and best done in church.  Contact the Rector to find out more or go to https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/weddings

Death is the last taboo, but death is a natural part of life.  To find out more about funerals contact the Rector to find out more or go to https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals

St.Mary’s Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously.  We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.

If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/safeguarding

The Rector of St.Mary’s Church is the Reverend Jon Hale.