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You Are Welcome

Jul 6, 2018   //   by mhorne   //   From the Vicar  //  No Comments

You’re welcome!
What do you think of when you think of church?
Maybe an old stone building. Or singing boring hymns with 25 verses. Or a bunch of morally superior, smartly dressed people who seem to have it all together (but probably behave as badly as everyone else in secret).
Perhaps it’s time to think again. There is more to church than buildings, music and hypocrites!
Our church is a family of individuals adopted by a loving God. Like all families, our members have known loss, failure, brokenness, and hurt. So please don’t be surprised if you find we’re not perfect. Like the saints in our stained glass windows, we’re a bit ‘cracked’. But, despite our imperfections, we laugh and have a lot of fun together. And we support each other through the highs and lows of life.
All Saints is made up of people from all walks of life. In fact, our variety is our strength. We are (very) ‘down to earth’. We don’t want to be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good! We are united by a desire to put our faith into action.
Most importantly, our church is for everyone and you are welcome! We love it when new people join us at All Saints and we will do our best to make you feel at home.
This summer, why not let us repaint your picture of church?

Unsafe Monuments

Jul 4, 2018   //   by mhorne   //   From the Vicar, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

We are trying to find contact details for the following deceased who are buried in All Saints churchyard. The monuments on these graves are unsafe and require attention. We have taken temporary measures to make these safe but if we are unable to contact relatives we will ask the Diocese of Chester for permission to lay these monuments flat.

Can you help us locate and contact relatives? If so please contact us.


Josephine Aimson d.1999

Olive Allington d.2000

Frederick Littler d.1982 and Ada Littler d.2002

Mary Capps d.1994 and Peter Edward Capps d.2001

Vera Goodall d.1993

Dorothy Constance Whitlow d.1991 and Herbert Whitlow d.1996

Gertrude Elaine Lucas d.1987

Mary Josephine Moon d.1985 and Joseph Edward Moon d.1985

Violet Harbourne d.1984 and Frank Harbourne d.1991

John Finch d.1970 and his wife Matilda d.1989

Jamest Hewitt d.1974 also Dora Hewitt d.1983 and son Geoffry Lawrence Hewitt d.1963

Dennis William Dunbabin d.1983 and wife Nancy Iris (Billie) d.1981

Cecil Arthur Bolton d.1981 and Bessie Bolton d.1986

Raymond Johnson d.1981

Fred Wood d.1982 and wife Mary Wood d.1991

Harry Walter d. 1935 and son Harry d.1943 and Jane d.1973

Frank William Reynolds d.1899 Lewis William Reynold d. 1907 and Edith Reynolds d.1907

Peter Rylands d.1887 and wife Caroline Wright Rylands d. 1920 and Louisa Caroline Yate (daughter) d.1920

William Houghton d.1885 and Elizabeth Houghton d.1897 and son died 1889

Louisa Houghton d.1889

Alice Maud Greenway died 1942, George Warburton d.1948, Gladys Greenway d.1986 and Philip Leslie Greenway died 1990

New Year, New Technology, New Opportunity!

Jan 5, 2015   //   by mhorne   //   From the Vicar  //  No Comments

Televisions, computers and mobile devices have had a profound effect on the way we learn and acquire information. When I was a child, if I wanted to know something, Arthur Mee’s Encyclopaedia was a standard source of knowledge. Today, I consult Google!

This is also true of the church. Not so long ago, a worshipper would be given 2-3 books when entering the building. Now-a-days, hymns are projected on a screen along with videos about the charities we support.

Even the way we learn about Bible stories is changing. At one time, the Nativity play was a rare sortie into visual learning. Now, the visual possibilities are plentiful and varied. At All Saints, we’ve had theatre groups, magicians, clowns, and ventriloquists. Indeed, we tend to start the New Year with an entertaining visit from the Coverdale puppets.

However, even though the technology is modern, the idea of communicating Bible stories via visual means has a long history. When Jesus talks about camels or sheep or vines, he may have been standing next to them. Also, many theologians believe that the Gospel of John was written to be performed. And, of course, our church buildings (including All Saints!) have Bible stories all over them!

Never-the-less, even though technology changes, the message remains the same: God loves you! And you are always welcome to come and celebrate that message with us in 2015 at All Saints church.

May I wish you every blessing for the New Year!

The Puppets Return!

Jan 1, 2015   //   by Admin   //   From the Vicar  //  No Comments

A Happy & Blessed New Year to one and all!

Every January, at church, we treat ourselves to a visit from the Coverdale Puppets. The Coverdale puppet theatre is run by Ian & Elaine Coules from Kids-Inc Ministries in Liverpool. Their vision is to present Bible stories and Christian teaching in an exciting, fun and relevant way to both children and adults, using muppet style puppets. Ian says: “We then aim to stimulate these people to read the stories for themselves.”

Ian and Elaine’s vision is being fulfilled in several different sectors: in schools, in churches and through community projects. Every December, they put on hundreds of performances for school children across the North West, including an annual visit to Thelwall Junior School. In fact, I had the privilege of watching the Coverdale Puppets with the rest of the children when they visited school last month. The show was inspiring and hilarious at the same time!

I’m really pleased to announce that the Coverdales will be performing the same show at our Family Service on Sunday, 4th January at 10am. It’s really worth seeing, and you’ll receive a very warm welcome (from humans & puppets!). I’ll also have the pleasure of being able to wish you a Happy New Year in person.