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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June 16th 2016 Barthomley
My dear Friends,
As I write, we still have a week in which to make up our minds about the Referendum, but by the time you read this it will all be decided, one way or the other.
Meanwhile, we have had a splendid service to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday, followed by a very enjoyable gathering in the Village Hall.
Our thanks to all who made the event so memorable.
Now we move on to the summer months ahead.
The first notable occasion will be the visit of our own Suffragan Bishop, the Rt Rev Libby Lane, who will be the celebrant at our Sung Eucharist on July 17th. Following the service there will be an informal reception in the Village Hall, which will give all an opportunity to welcome her among us for the first time.
Later in the month on July 31st there will be our Annual Strawberry Tea in the Rectory Garden (in the Village Hall if the weather is against us). As usual, the proceeds will be donated to St Luke’s Hospice, for whose great work, a number of us have cause to be grateful. Imbibers please bring your own drinks, and a number of folding chairs would be very helpful.
You will see that we are witnessing a strong outbreak of Holy Matrimony in the coming two months; as many as in the whole of 2015. It is a great privilege that we are able to play such a vital part at a crucial point in the lives of so many young people. It is a focal point of our ministry at St Bertoline’s, not only on the day itself, but also in the months beforehand as we welcome wholeheartedly the couples joining us in our Sunday worship. Many of them are strangers to the Church’s regular worship, and Angela and I are very grateful to you all for making them so welcome, putting them at ease. Many of them express their appreciation of your kindness and have their eyes opened as to what the Church’s worship is all about. Not a few, over the years, continue to attend regularly, and we are delighted to see them whenever they are able to come. Many return, some time and again, for the baptism of their children.
We are in the early stages of planning for next year a Marriage Celebration service, when we can invite so many couples back for a
refreshing of marriage commitment to each other, and a thanksgiving for the blessings of family life.
For now, a good holiday for you all.
Parish Records MJE 6/12/15
Parish News February 1/2/16, March 5/3/16, April 6/4/16, 5 May/16, 28 June/16
2015 Accounts & Music Ditector's report 4 May 2016