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Harvest festivals for school and church October 2015

On Monday the children brought many gifts of food which where placed around Church. They took part in their own school harvest festival with lovely speaking, singing and joined in Canon Chris's sermon about food around the world.

This was followed on Sunday by Harvest festival at 10.30 attended by all ages who brought fruit from around the world and many tins and packages. The brownies gave a very interesting presentation about the importance of eating fruit. They also showed their own illustrations and told us the story of Johnny Apple Seed. The Shepherd family led the intercessions. The flower team and the display team in the porch produced very special displays to add to our praise and thanks giving.




Back to School Sunday 20th September 2015

and donations to the

Shearly Cripps Orphanage in Zimbabwe

There was a wonderful congregation of all ages at todays service. The children worked hard to tell us all about education around the world and read the Intercessions for us all. There were many gifts brought for the Orphange which promptly made their way down to the Diocese of Rochester where Heather Sinclair will be finding people to take all the stationary out to the Orphange school in Zimbabwe. Thank you everyone.

Sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay In August

Elizabeth and Charlie together with 7 from St Mary's church,their friends and sponsors raised over £600 for the Leprosy Mission and St Mary the Virgin Church funds.

Well done and Thank you to you all







Holy Week and Easter 2015

29th March - Palm Sunday
9.00 am Eucharist
10.15 am Procession and Eucharist

2nd April - Maundy Thursday
7.00 pm Liturgy of Maunday Thursday
In the church hall followed by vigil in Church until 10.00 pm

3rd April - Good Friday
1.00 - 3.00 pm Childrens Activities in Church Hall
(Including fish finger lunch)
2.00 pm Liturgy of Good Friday in Church

4th April - Easter Eve
8.30 pm Easter Liturgy; Service of Light
Starts outside with the lighting of the Paschal Candle
Renewal of baptismal vows and Eucharist in Church

5th April - Easter Day
9.00 am Eucharist
10.30 am Family Eucharist

Every blessing for Easter to you and your families



Monday 15th December 2014
Raffle Prize Winners and Sponsors


                   Ticket No.
1st Prize      02266                  £100 Cash (donated by PCC)                            
2nd Prize     00262                  Large Hamper (donated by various church members)       
3rd Prize     00471                  Small Hamper (donated by various church members)
4th Prize     00671                 Meal for two at the Blue Raj Indian restaurant
5th Prize       02201               Two Guest Tickets for the Odeon at the Intu Trafford Centre                                                  (donated by the Odeon Cinemas)
6th Prize      01507                 £15 Trafford Centre Gift Token (donated by the Intu Trafford                                                   Centre)                                     
7th Prize     02640                  Cream Tea for two at Lyme Park, (NT) Stockport
8th Prize      01528                 Bottle of Tia Maria
9th Prize     00246                  Fish, Chips and Peas for two from the ‘Good Catch’
                                               Brook Road
10th Prize    00187                 £10 Gift Voucher (donated by Brookedge                                                                                    Nursery)                                                         
11th Prize   00588                  Fish, Chips and Peas for two from the ‘Good Catch                                                                   Brook Road                                  
12th Prize   02932                  Two tickets for A Christmas Cracker  Concert                                                                           28th November 2014                            
13th Prize   00219                  Bottle of Wine
14th Prize   00424                  Chocolates


The following organisations are thanked for their support for our Christmas Fair.

Any Time Fitness;

Bailey’s Carpet Centre, Urmston;

Brookedge Nurseries, Davyhulme;

Bon Fabrics, Davyhulme;

Costco, Trafford Park;

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Cheshire;

David Herd Motors, Flixton;

The IntuTrafford Centre;

Elaine’s Creative Cakes, Davyhulme;

The Good Catch, Brook Road;

Granada Studios, Coronation Street;

Lancashire County Cricket Club;

Lyme Park Hall, Derbyshire;

Neil Barrett Photography;

Sainsbury’s, Urmston;

Salford Red Devils;

Serenity Facial Massage;

 Siobhan Florists, Davyhulme;

Stockley Farm, Cheshire;

Trafford Events Ltd;

The Odeon Cinema, The Intu Trafford Centre;

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate;

not forgetting
Wayne Devlin

Tuesday 30th July 2013
New Format for Parish Website

You may have noticed that the St Mary's website now looks different!!
After a break of 10 months, David Mackereth has re-assumed the position of Webmaster.

If you want to advertise a forthcoming event or report on an event that has already occured, please send your copy and any suitably sized photos (ie not many pixels) of the event to the Webmaster davidmackereth01@gmail.com and I will try and accomodate them on the Website wherever possible.

If you don't send me any copy or pictures then nothing will appear on the website.


How St Mary's Celebrated Easter 2013

Good Friday 

Startin at 1.00 pm, the children had Fish Fingers, Chips and Beans for Good Friday lunch , played games and created our  Easter Garden.














Easter 2013

Palm Sunday

The congregation gathered in the church hall where palm crosses were blessed and a Gospel read.



We then processed out and around the church entering to place palms branches by the pews at the beginning of the service.














Maundy Thursday

The side alter in the North Transept was dressed to represent the Garden of Gethsemane















Good Friday


The children began with Verity's Fish Finger, Baked Beans & Rolls 'special' for  lunch (plus crisps & fruit juices). Niki & Andrea helped the children design their cakes & biscuits
Ian & Shirley, Karen & Julia oversaw the construction of our slightly different Easter Garden, which is presently on display in the North Transcept.
Later we joined the congregation as we laid our 'sad' & 'hurtful' things at the foot of the cross, mindful of the sacrifice that our Lord Jesus made for us that very first 'Good Friday'. Thankfully, we have just celebrated His resurrection this morning, to wipe away all our sadness, grief & fear. Praise the Lord!







Easter Eve

The Church was decorated with flowers and a special poster






Following the marking and lighting of the Paschal Candle the congregation moved into the Church




Easter Sunday

The principle Christian Festival of the year was celebrated by the large congregation.


The Queens Diamond Jubilee - Sunday 29th April 2012

Image of the official logo for the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Manchester and the Lord Bishop of Manchester have extended a warm welcome to members of St Mary's Church to attend a service of celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, to be held at St Matthew's Church, Stretford on Sunday 29th April at 3.30 pm.

Standards and Banners will be carried during the opening procession.  Parking will be available at Stretford Mall which will remain open to the public throughout the Greater Manchester Marathon.

There is more information on the Diocesan Website and the Church of England Website


The Diamond Jubilee Prayer

God of time and eternity, 
whose Son reigns as servant, not master; 
we give you thanks and praise 
that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories 
our beloved and glorious Queen. 
In this year of Jubilee, 
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace 
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God 
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples, 
and those of the Commonwealth, 
now and all the days of her life; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Sunday 13th November 2011

We did remember them.

Picture of Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November 2011 showing service veterans, ex and active service personnel with church congregation outside church The congregation of St Mary the Virgin Davyhulme were privileged to have veterans of the Second World War, other ex-service men and women who had seen active service across the world and a serving RAF officer in the congregation on Remembrance Sunday. 

As a church family our act of worship included the planting of crosses bearing the names of service men and women from the parish who had given their lives whilst fighting for their country in the two world wars.  These poppy crosses were laid by both children and adults.


Picture showing member of congregation and young son placing a small cross of remembrance at the church monumentThe poppy wreaths in remembrance of those who had died in each world war, were laid by two members of our congregation, both veterans of the Second World War, one of whom had been a prisoner of war in Germany after being shot down in his Short Stirling bomber.  

In addition a wreath in memory of those service people who had died in more recent conflicts was laid by a serving officer in the RAF, who was a former choirboy and crucifer at St Mary's. 

Here are some more pictures


 Sunday 2nd October 2011
St Mary's to get a Curate

We are delighted to announce that on 1st July 2012 Karsten Wedgewood will be ordained deacon at Manchester Cathedral to serve as stipendiary Assistant Curate at St Mary the Virgin - Davyhulme.

On the same day Dr Simon Wright will be ordained deacon to serve as Curate in this parish, please remember them both in your prayers 

Sunday 25th September 2011
Licensing of Canon Chris Ford ad Borough Dean for Trafford

A special service today at Manchester Cathedral conducted by the Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCullough saw the licensing of Canon Chris Ford as Borough Dean for Trafford.

This is a great honour for both Canon Chris and the Parish of St Mary the Virgin - Davyhulme, we wish him well in his new office.

Saturday 6th August 2011
"Dig for Victory" at St Mary's

You may have noticed that we now have a small vegetable garden next to the garage, we have a flourishing crop of Potatoes, Radishes, Beetroot and other vegetables thanks to the care and attention of our volunteer gardner - David Todd.

It is hoped that some of our homegrown vegetables will feature in this years Harvest Festival.

Saturday 18th June 2011
Ordination of Andrea Jones as a priest

Ordination – a reason to celebrate! 

Picture following the ordination of the Rev Andrea Jones, Assistant Curate at St Mary the Virgin, along with 10 other curates from Manchester Diocese, with the Bishop of Middleton, taken on Saturday 18 June 2011 outside Manchester Cathedral.

Saturday 18 June was another milestone in the ministerial life of the Rev Andrea Jones, Assistant Curate at St Mary the Virgin, as she, along with 10 other of her colleagues from the Manchester Diocese, was ordained as a priest by the bishop of Middleton in Manchester Cathedral. 
Ordination is undertaken after much consideration, preparation and prayer and we are grateful for the opportunity to have been able to support Rev. Andrea over the last few years. 
The picture taken outside the Cathedral after the service shows a very happy Rev Andrea by the Bishop.

The church was full the following day, Sunday 19 June, as we welcomed back an old friend of our church, Bishop Steven, who preached at the 10.30am service where Rev. Andrea officiated at her first Eucharist. 
A barbecue in the church grounds (in the sunshine!) after the morning service helped us round off a very joyful occasion.  Just check out the pictures here
Picture of Rev Andrea Jones inside the chutch hall cutting a cake of celebration alongside Church Warden Yvonne Mackereth


Picture of Rev Andrea Jones ouside the rear of the church accompanied by members of her family during the party of celebration

Friday 29th April 2011
A fantastic Royal Wedding Celebration

What a day !  
Look at the pictures

Picture inside the church hall showing members of the congregation seated watching the Royal Wedding broadcast on a large screen

 Around 50 people gathered in the Church Hall from 09.30 hrs onwards to watch the Royal Wedding on a big screen, the atmosphere was fantastic, many of us were dressed up for the occasion with fancy hats, "Posh Frocks" and tantalisers.

Sound and Vision man David battled with short interruptions to the picture, which we now know were mainly due to the BBC Website being overloaded.  We cheered and sang hymns, it was almost like being in Westminster Abbey !

Picture inside the church hall showing members of the congregation seated eating a wedding lunch as part of the Royal Wedding celebrations














 After the Royal Couple had arrived at Buckingham Palace we toasted the Bride & Groom with a glass of bubbly, followed by a delicious cold lunch prepared by Yvonne.

After watching the kiss on the balcony and fly-past at 13.30 hrs (David had a good view !), we re-grouped for the afternoon celebrations which started at 14.30 hrs.

Picture of the Royal Bride & Groom Couple kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The picture is comically amended to show David Mackereth a church warden at St Mary's super imposed as if he is also sat on the balcony.
















The Church Car Park was filled with tables loaded with food and drink and members of the Church and local residents joined in fun and games for children & adults. 

Pucture taken in the Church Car Park showing members of congregation and local residents sat at tables enjoying afternoon sun whilst eating















The afternoon continued in lovely sunshine until everything was packed up by 18.30 hrs, and the organisers returned home for some Rest and Recuperation.

Picture showing junior and youth members of congregation playing organised games


















The event raised £250 towards the Work & Fellowship Weekend and the day was voted a great success by all who attended.

We took some photographs of the occasion

Easter Sunday 24th April 2011
St Mary's Celebrates Easter

Picture of wall poster and art inside church created for Easter Sunday 2011 worship. It contains words, from John 1 verses 25 to 26, I am the resurrection and the life...He who believes in Me will live...and never die.














Our services for Holy Week and Easter captured the spirit of Christ's Death and Resurrection in Liturgy and symbolic Prayer Stations.

Here are lots of photographs

Wednesday 13th April 2011
Quiz Night Raises £220

The Quiz Night held on Friday 8th April raised £220 towards repairs and maintenance on the Church Hall and Grounds.

Wednesday 2nd February 2011
Missing Furniture - Can you help ?

We recently carried out a full inventory of the contents of the Church Hall, and one small folding table appears to be missing. If anyone has any idea where it could be, please contact David Mackereth and he will arrange for it's collection.

Saturday 22nd January 2011
Ice Cream Sundays

At long last St Mary's now has a Deep Freeze, which is located in the store room in the Church Hall.
We can now serve Ice Cream and Iced Lollies at parties and also store food long-term.

In order to save electricity the freezer is normally switched OFF.  If you want to use the freezer,
please switch it ON at least four (4) hours before putting the food in, to allow it to reach the correct
operating temperature.

Before switching the freezer OFF, please check to ensure that there is no food remaining in the freezer.

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