Entries by Tom Hughes


Lent Streams – 2018 Set aside an evening or 2 to come and try something new – whether its having a sing with the fantastic vocal coach from the Royal Northern, or allowing yourself a couple of hours of space during lent to think more about prayer and ways of reading the bible in sessions […]

‘If you go down to St Luke’s today….’

…you’re sure of a big surprise. For every bear that ever there was will gather there Thursday 31 August from 3 – 5 pm for their annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Preschool children and their siblings are warmly invited to join them for a lovely afternoon involving games and crafts. Contact: Kay Holt Admin@BowdonChurch.org or 0161 […]


Some of the Christian Aid Collectors (Photo: I-Lee Millward) This year the Christian Aid week house-to-house collection in Bowdon raised a wonderful total of £6379. Gift Aid can be added to 59% of the donations and the reclaimed tax will bring our total to £7300. This is outstanding generosity, an increase of 4% from 2016, […]

24/7 Prayer for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’

24/7 Prayers of thanksgiving and praise (Photo: Miriam Williamson) Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to our 24/7 prayer room in any way. Over 80 people prayed for an hour or more (some very much more!) during the week of continuous prayer and it was a privilege to witness the space evolve as […]

Goodbye and thank you Joanna Edworthy!

 Joanna Edworthy and Nobandile Mutseyekwa from YFC   Last September Joanna relocated to Bowdon to spend 16 hours a week helping with our youth work, whilst also working with Trafford Youth for Christ (YFC) in local schools. When Joanna came to our Parish she was thrown in at the deep end, as within weeks she […]

Sacred Space

Taizé candles in St Mary’s (Photo: Catherine Cleghorn)   On the last Sunday of each month at 6.30pm we hold a Sacred Space service. This service uses liturgy from the Iona Community and songs and hymns chosen and accompanied by our talented Sasha Johnson Manning. We are shortly going to alter the liturgy for this […]

Anyone for tennis?

Jordan Amir-Hekmat with John Suchet at Buckingham Palace in May, having achieved his Gold Award with Bowdon DofE   You’ll probably be receiving your Bowdon Church News just before the start of this year’s Wimbledon tournament. More than 13 million of us tuned in last year to watch Andy Murray storm to victory against Milos […]

Choir concert

The choir of St Mary’s will be holding a concert on 17 June at 7.30 pm in the church. We will be singing Mozart’s Requiem and a variety of choral pieces. Mozart was a well-known composer from the 18th century, in the classical period. Mozart’s Requiem is an exciting piece of music set to the […]

Christine Barrat 1936 -2017

 “Christine Barrat (Photo: Sasha Johnson Manning)” My mother Christine loved St. Mary’s.  She loved the whole Bowdon church community and always hoped that all would be well with everyone, and that all who came would feel welcome. After a long and happy career as a music teacher at Withington Girls’ School, during which time she […]

Kingdom Club goes Frozen

“Kingdom Club Volunteers   (Photo by I-Lee Millward)” During Holy Week this year I had the privilege of being involved in the annual Bowdon Parish Easter Club. Over 100 children joined us each day to learn more about God, the Bible, Jesus, and how having a faith can help us to live our daily lives, happily […]