A baptism, recommittment and confirmation - what a delight :)

We were very pleased to welcome Bishop Michael Ipgrave of Lichfield to St Mary's on 18th November to undertake a trifecta of celebrations. Joe was baptised before going onto be confirmed with Saul, Jackie, Joseph and Mavis as well as Sheila recommitting to the Anglican church. See some photos here.


Come and join us!

Yes it's time ... harvest 🍂🍞 has been and gone, hymns and songs have all gone up quite a few keys to prepare us for ....🎄CHRISTMAS! ☃️

Our traditional pop up / scratch 🎵 Christmas choir 🎶 is looking for joyful voices and enthusiastic carollers to join the angelic throng. Musicians welcome too - email us if you're interested.

Practice for men and altos starts on Thursday 8th Nov at 8 pm at St Mary's. Sopranos join us please on Thursday 6th December again at 8 pm. Practices generally last till 9 / 9.30.

We will be supporting worship at the service on Sunday 23rd December at 1900.


St Mary's Café worship gets a mention

The newly formed Café Worship congregation gets a mention in the Diocesian newsletter Spotlight - it's a great read throughout but we're on page 5 with a lovely pic of Children's Society box co-ordinator and flap jack maker extraordinaire Elaine.

ShoeShare Success

Congregation member Hilary was really pleased to see the response from both the church and school. Clarkes were happy too at the outstanding collection of shoes, shown in the image. 

I am writing to you having been made aware of your recent shoeSHARE donation and on behalf of Clarks I would like to thank you all for your amazing contribution.

Buntingsdale primary students, head hilary alcock at Clarkes Shoe shop in Stoke Mothercare handing over boxes and boxes of shoes Clarks have been working in partnership with UNICEF since 2008 to help to fund educational projects by raising money through shoe donations.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and child rights. Working in more than 190 countries with families, local communities, business partners and governments, UNICEF works to help every child reach their full potential. UNICEF UK is a registered charity and is funded by voluntary contributions.

Your shoes will help to change children’s lives by buying educational equipment and by ensuring the quality and standard of education being received is high, so children across the world are leaving school able to read and write.

Please also find attached the photos taken in our Stoke Mothercare World store.

We are always very grateful for any donation made and we thank you once again for your kind interest in our partnership.


Supporting Buntingsdale Primary school and UNICEF

We are very pleased to be supporting the work of Buntingsdale Primary with their ShoeShare Appeal, particularly so as outgoing Headteacher Hilary Alcock is a long standing member of the congregation and music worship team member, plus it's a great idea! 

According to the Shropshire Star article here, Clarks has been working in partnership with UNICEF since 2008 supporting the education of vulnerable children by raising money through shoe donations. For every tonne of shoes, a donation is made to Unicef which goes towards education programmes around the world.

The school is inviting people to donate any unwanted child or adult shoes during week commencing 4th December at collection points in school or at Market Drayton's St Mary's Church.


Welcome to Rev Catherine McBride with Church of England pomp and ceremony

In the presence of The Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave Bishop of Lichfield, The Venerable Paul Thomas Archdeacon of Salop, Mayor of Market Drayton Councillor Erwin, Patron of St Mary’s Christopher Corbet, representatives from many of the surrounding churches and people of Market Drayton, The Reverend Catherine Sarah McBride was welcomed as Vicar of St Mary’s on Wednesday 22nd November. Also present were people from Holy Trinity Meole Brace, Shrewsbury where Catherine had served her curacy, and Hamble in Surrey where she had been serving prior to her return to Shropshire.

In a service that beautifully highlights all the ceremony, spirituality and pomp associated with many ancient traditions found throughout British history, Rev Catherine swore allegiance to ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors’, was ‘inducted’ with ‘the real, actual and corporeal possession of this Church and Benefice’ and was then led to the west of the church by the Archdeacon to ring one of the Belfry bells, then conducting communion with Bishop Michael. Want to read more about the service and the wonderful traditions and language, click here.

Now firmly in place, Rev Catherine has conducted several services already and will be very busy over the Christmas period with the many seasonal services; Messy Church Nativity on Sunday 3rd Dec at 4pm in the Parish Rooms, a Carol Service on Saturday 23rd December and Christingle on Christmas Eve. Join her and others at Carols in The Hippodrome on Friday 15th December and Buttercross to Bethlehem on Sunday 17th Dec when the whole town can take part in the Christmas Story. We look forward to seeing you.

Shropshire return for minister

As we approach one of the more busy times of the year for the church, St Mary’s Market Drayton is very pleased to welcome Rev Catherine McBride back to Shropshire from the South East as she is licensed as their new minister.

Originally from Wales, Catherine was called to serve the church whilst working for a pharmaceutical company and, following theological training in Cambridge, completed her curacy (a vicar apprenticeship) at Holy Trinity Meole Brace in Shrewsbury. A self-confessed rugby, pub quiz and real ale fan, Catherine also has an interest in exploring how science and faith interact with each other.

I am excited to be joining the team at St Mary’s and the wider Christian family in Market Drayton and surrounds which I can see is vibrant and committed to serving the community in many ways’ says Catherine ‘Becoming one of a long line of vicars of St Mary’s, going back over 800 years, is a huge privilege and I look forward to living in and serving this lovely, historic market town.’

St Marys will be hosting the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Michael Ipgrave OBE at the official ‘welcoming’ of Catherine on Wednesday 22nd November at 7pm, please do join us – details are available on our website of this and other services and events.