Once again we held our annual Staycation Week during August when we had a week of fun and fellowship with a varied programme of talks, activities and outings. This year we had a “Magic carpet trip” to India, a visit to New Brighton Heritage Centre, a guided tour of Christchurch, Port Sunlight, a day out to Cedar Farm and Rufford Old Hall, and outings to Parkgate, Burton and Carr Farm. Look out for news of next year’s programme in the early summer edition of the Walrus.
The autumn months will be busy as always at St Andrew’s. Our Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday 17th September. The theme this year is “Water” and we shall be engaging with the project “Twinning our Toilets”.
On Saturday 23rd September there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning starting at 10 am and we hope many people will be able to support this important cause. Light lunches will be served on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning on 4th October. Everyone is very welcome to come along, relax and enjoy a meal with friends old and new.
During October half term (23rd – 27th October) there will be a “Cops and Robbers” Holiday Club each morning from 9.45 – 12.15. There will be lots of games, activities, crafts and fun! All children of Primary School age are very welcome.
At our Community Centre on the corner of Rake Lane and Princess Road our Toddler Group has started a new term, meeting each Thursday 9.45 – 11.30 am. Also at our Community Centre St Andrew’s Coffee and Book Shop will shortly be opening each Tuesday 2.00 – 4.30 pm.
Looking further ahead, we shall be having a Christmas Tree Festival again this year. The church will be open (free admission) on Saturday 9th December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and on Sunday 10th December 12.00 – 4.00 pm.
Also during December children from local primary schools will be coming to St Andrew’s for “Experience Christmas” when they will hear the story of the Nativity.
Events to look out for in the next few months:
Sunday 17th September 10.45 am
Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service and Parade Service
October 23rd – 27th
Holiday Club for primary school aged children
Sunday 12th November 10.45 am
Remembrance Day Service and Parade Service.
Saturday 25th November 11.00 pm
Thursday 7th December 7.30 pm
Oldershaw Singers Christmas Concert
Saturday 9th December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Christmas Tree Festival
Sunday 10th December 12 noon – 4.00 pm
Christmas Tree Festival
Sunday 17th December 4.00 pm
Carols Round the Tree
All our regular activities have now started again after the summer break:
Wednesday Midweek Service, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Seniors 1st Wednesday of the month except January and August – monthly lunch club
Thursday Craft Group, Art Group, Youth Club, Indoor Bowls Club
Friday Knitting Group, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
Second Saturday each month 10.30 – 12 noon Coffee Morning in the church
For more details, times and contacts information see the notice boards in Rowson Street and Egerton Street, or look on our website www.standrewsunitedchurch.co.uk
Everyone is welcome at all these services, events and activities.