Welcome to our website for the Church of England parishes of Malpas, Threapwood, and Bickerton
The two Church of England parishes that form the United Benefice of Malpas, Threapwood, and Bickerton came together in 2011.
We seek to serve the people of this rural community and bring the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ to all who live within the area.
Our churches are all active musically and socially – please have a look at our “Forthcoming Events” for details of concerts, recitals, fundraisers and social events.
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO HOLY COMMUNION ON TUESDAY 30TH JUNE AT 7.00 PM
THE SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE LATE TOM CHALLINOR IS IN ST OSWALD’S AT 2.30 PM ON 1ST JULY
Look out for Ozzie Scarecrow who will go out on display at St Oswald’s this week, as part of the Malpas Scarecrow Trail. Made by Margaret Bennion and Ann Welby, Ozzie is a great addition for Ozzies Sunday Club and will no doubt be joining the children and teddy bears at their picnic on Sunday 12th July.
ST OSWALD’S CHURCH CHOIR – EVENSONG AT GREAT SUTTON
On Sunday 31st May, our church choir were invited by our former Curate, Father Antony, to perform Choral Evensong at his church, St John the Evangelist, in Great Sutton. It was a lovely coming together of the two parishes, with many people travelling from Malpas to Great Sutton to support the choir and see Father Antony in his new surroundings. Those that attended were treated to some superb music, which included Stanford in C and Tchaikovsky’s Hymn to the Trinity, together with a thoughtful sermon, preached by our own Rector. He recalled a special place in his childhood, which he can bring to mind wherever he is, if he wants to retreat into prayer or worship. We should all try to create a door in our mind’s eye through which we have a space which will provide us with spiritual sustenance, somewhere that we can always go, no matter where we may physically be, because after all, worship is what we are all called to do, like the worship of heaven and the door referred to in the day’s New Testament lesson. Following the service, the congregation enjoyed refreshments in the Church Hall and chatting with Father Antony, Vicky and Lizzy, hearing about their new lives in Great Sutton. It was a truly joyous occasion, one which will no doubt be repeated in the future.
WHEN THE RECTOR MET THE QUEEN…
Canon Davenport received a standing ovation in church this morning (24th May) after regaling the congregation with the story of his visit to meet the Queen on Wednesday 20th May. “It was a day I shall never forget” he began and continued to describe his journey from the Chapel Royal to finally meeting Her Majesty and taking tea in the Royal Tea Tent. The Rector also met HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and was thrilled to be presented to Princess Alexandra, as well as having the opportunity for a conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury. He described the day as “a wonderful experience” and “a huge honour to be presented to the Queen as one of her 36 Chaplains”. A well deserved honour, and many congratulations to him once again.
CARVERY AND SKITTLES EVENING AT THE BICKERTON POACHER
There was lots of fun and laughter ringing out in Bickerton on Friday evening (8th May) during a challenging game of skittles! Following a lovely meal from the Carvery, teams of all ages took part in a skittles contest, when various techniques were witnessed – the bouncing bowl, the flying bowl, the slide-down-the-side-and-hit-nothing bowl and the competitive knock-‘em-down-in-one bowl. The “Note Bashers” led by Stewart Smith and ably assisted by The Rector were the final victors – a great night was had by all!
THE BEECHES PRE SCHOOL VISIT TO ST OSWALD’S
Children and staff from The Beeches Pre School were welcomed into St Oswald’s by Canon Davenport on Tuesday 5th May. The children chatted to The Rector before exploring all parts of the church, gazing in wonder at the angels above them, looking at the colours of the windows, listening to the sounds of the organ and counting the chimes of the bell. It was lovely to see the children taking an interest in the different parts of the church; many thanks to Canon Davenport for giving up his time.
Many congratulations to our Rector, The Reverend Canon Ian Davenport, on his appointment as a Chaplain to the Queen (March 2015)
The Bishop of Birkenhead confirmed 16 candidates from Bickerton, Bickley and Malpas on Sunday 22nd March 2015.