Vicars Message

A message from the Vicar updated 20th January

Dear Friends

Ash Wednesday falls on 17 February - just 4 weeks away.  I have been thinking and praying about how a Lent Course might be possible, and what we could use.

I have decided to run a Lent Group via Zoom, using a book called The Gospel in the Willows.  I can order copies at discount at around £6.30 per copy from, but they need to obtain them from the publisher.  This means there is a lead-time of 2 - 3 weeks in obtaining them.  If you would like a copy please can you let me know by Sunday 24 January so an order can be placed on Monday morning.  Details of the book are:

"This beautiful book, which may be used as a daily devotional through Lent or any other period of the year, reopens Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s novel The Wind in the Willows for a new audience. Combining a daily reading from the literary classic with a gospel passage, a short meditation by Leslie Francis and a prayer, The Gospel in the Willows takes us on a journey through the Christian life, exploring themes such as The Call, Shaking the Dust, Finding Acceptance, Divided Loyalties, Real Repentance, Facing Temptation, The Lost Son and Accepting Release. The much-loved characters of Mole, Rat and Toad become the perfect allegory for the grand adventure of faith, from our terrifying first steps into and beyond the riverbank, to the challenges, temptations and triumphs that await us as we journey into the world,with Jesus by our side."

Revd S Anne Lawson

13 January 2021

Dear Christian Friends

St Mary’s church is now closed for public worship.

The PCC have decided that in view of Lockdown 3 circumstances public worship will be suspended until further notice. 

An internet service using Zoom will be available each Sunday at 11am please email 

for more details.

Services will also continue to be available on the Cross Country Parishes WhatsApp Group (please contact Chris Pope on 07771 684000 to be added to the group).

For those who do not feel able to join an internet service


Worship resource materials will continue to be put on the website at and to be e-mailed out.  Radio 4 will continue to broadcast Sunday Worship at 8.10 am as they have done for many years, although other broadcast and live-streamed services may begin to come to an end, although the C of E is encouraging churches to continue this where possible. 

With every blessing,

Yours very sincerely,  

Revd S Anne Lawson

Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes

of Acton Church Minshull, Worleston and Wettenhall and
Chaplain to the Cheshire Agricultural Society