St Anne’s, Fulshaw
St Anne's is made up of a diverse and all-
We come to church for a whole variety of reasons – to experience some quiet space in an often busy life, to think and reflect on theological and spiritual issues, to think about how we can contribute to the church and world and how we can play our part in changing situations of injustice and suffering, to teach ourselves and our children the Bible stories and what it means to be a Christian. Sometimes we come because we feel we have reached a point in our lives when we want to reconnect with God and the spiritual side of us in some way.
We bring ourselves as we are – in joy, in weakness, with our struggles and our worries. We come to feel loved, to be stimulated and challenged, to focus on a power greater than ourselves and to experience, with our heads and our hearts, the energy and life of God's spirit in our life and in that of the world.
Each Sunday we meet together to worship God through song, prayer and sacrament. Every 3 rd Sunday we hold a shorter All-
Sometimes we look at particular subjects – In January 2010 we did a 5-
Many of our members visit each other regularly because we believe that we must be visible and tangible signs of God's love in our world. We love meeting together and are always seeking to find ways of including new members. Regular coffee mornings and social events are planned for our younger families and a successful meal out at a tapas restaurant has just happened. In July we celebrate St Anne's Day together with some kind of social. In November 2009 we held a joint social event with St Bartholomew's – a Wine-
We have a lively and growing Sunday school (Please see our Children's page for more information on the Wilmslow parish website). Leadership and help are shared between the parents. All parents and helpers are CRB checked. The children learnt about prayer too when we looked at this in church and we are currently embarking on some of the Old Testament stories. We try to make Sunday School creative and imaginative for the children, often using Godley Play, giving them an opportunity to ask questions about God and belief. New children and families are always welcome and children are welcome from babies although if very young, parents are asked to remain with them.
We also have strong links with St Anne's School just opposite. The children come regularly each Thursday in term time for an assembly to connect the Christian and biblical stories with the subjects and themes they are learning about. Several parents at St Anne's are regular members of our church.
St Anne's is the daughter church of St Bartholomew's and so is part of the wider parish of Wilmslow. We are taking steps to enjoy more ventures together. One of these is the new Home Groups which are being set up at this present time. Home Groups are a smaller and more intimate way of exploring faith issues and enjoying time with other people of faith in a small group which meets in someone's home. If you are interested in being part of one please speak to Paul. Discipleship is becoming increasingly important as many people no longer know the stories of the Bible or Christian teaching. We want church to be an affirming and open environment in which to explore and learn about some of these things, to ask those big questions we all have about the world and how God works and so we regularly run explore groups such as “God for Grown ups” which will happen again this autumn.
St Anne’s history
The church came into being as Fulshaw Memorial Church and School in 1876. At the solicitation of the then Rector of Wilmslow, the Revd Emery Bates MA, it was built by Mr George Fox of Harefield, as a combined church and school in memory of his late wife Annie. Records show that George Fox bore the full expense of the building -
The building was licensed on November 21st 1876, by the Lord Bishop of Chester, the Revd William Jacobson. The building scheme soon extended across Nursery Lane, where a school was built, allowing the Memorial building, after 14 years, to be exclusively a church. Monday December 8th 1890 was described at the time as a "Red-
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St Anne’s Hall