Welcome to the website for St James' and St Paul's Parish Church in Marton, Cheshire.
We are part of the Church of England in the Diocese of Chester, serving the small (but perfectly formed) village of Marton, a few mile north of Congleton. Our Church building is (we think) the oldest of its kind still in use in Europe, and we are rather fond of it.
It was founded in 1343, and much of what was built then is still here. We hope that both the building and the worshipping community will be here for another few centuries at least (but do see our Appeal pages). If the information you are looking for isn't here, do please get in touch.
Service Times (click here)
Church Building Update
So far we've raised £35k which is great.
And the heating is all fixed so winter will be warmer. But, we need around £500k in total to fix the building. We're applying for some significant grants which should cover the majority of the costs, but we've still a fair bit of fundraising to do. As well as fixing the building, we'll be improving access, adding a toilet and catering facilities, replacing the electrics and lighting, and generally doing a better job of telling the buildings history. Plans are advancing well for all this. We've got a team working on all this, but there is space for you if you'd like to get involved. In particular we need people with financial and admin skills to help coordinate the bids for funding.
As part of our fundraising to fix it we're selling picture calendars with views of Marton all taken by residents. Some views from it are attached. They are available for £7.50, plus postage (or buy at the Vicarage or Chapeau cafe, next door to church).
Village Dance at Sandhole Oak Barn
Saturday January 30th.
Great Ceilidh band booked. Drinks on arrival, Hotpot supper, Bar, raffle and charity auction. Tickets are £15, £7.50 for 12 and under, free for under 5s. Available from the vicarage by email. It will be a fantastic evening, and with Sandhole giving us the venue free we should raise a decent amount for our appeal. And if any of you can provide a good auction prize I'm all ears!
Christmas Service and Event Times
The Outdoor Nativity: Saturday 19th December, 4pm.
Around Church and nearby barns. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
The Carol Service: Sunday 20th December, 6.30pm.
The Vicar: The Revd Ian Arch
Telephone: 01260 224 447