This Week At St Mary’s
Canon Simon will be away on retreat from Monday 15th – Friday 19th January.
Meadbank Service at 2.30pm
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Holy Communion at 8.30am (Reserved Sacrament)
Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm
Home Groups (The Parish Office has Contact Details)
Tuesday at 8.00pm (meets every fortnight)
Thursday at 1.30pm in Upper Vestry (Contact: Leslie Spatt)
Sunday at 9.30am (Contact: Evalyn Lee and David Britten)
Next Sunday 21st January: The Third Sunday of Epiphany
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Parish Eucharist with Junior Church and baptism of Florence Aiken and Charlie Keen and Guest Preacher Rev. Peter Wintgens and Parish Lunch
3.00pm Recital with Guy James, Countertenor
6.00pm No Service at St. Mary’s, but 6pm Service for Christian Unity at Sacred Heart Church, Trott Street
Prayer and Worship
A Prayer for This Week
Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please Pray For…
Those who have asked for our prayers:
Tony and Alice, Susan Gasson, Ian Irvin, Leslie Rogers, Annabel V, Henrietta, Katie Johnston, Mark Mansell, Alexandra M., The Rubens and Watts Families, Blaz & Maria Enersic, Gunther Born, Mary Paton and Lesley Pryde – Coales
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Pat Hutchins, Ian Leeson’s Mum, Hugh Rubens, Zvonka Enersic and Jane Clark
Bible Reading Suggestions
Monday 1 Samuel 15: 16 – 23
Tuesday 1 Samuel 16: 1 – 13
Wednesday 1 Samuel 17: 32 – 51
Thursday 1 Samuel 18: 6-9, 19: 1-7
Friday 1 Samuel 24: 3 – 22a
Saturday 2 Samuel 15: 1 – 19
Next Sunday’s Readings: Genesis 14: 17 – 20; Revelation 19: 6 – 10; John 2: 1 – 11;
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES
Winter Recital Series: Our short winter recital series begins this Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm. Each concert is free and last 40 minutes and is followed by a cup of tea and biscuits. Retiring collection.
Next Sunday: Our preacher on this baptismal Sunday will be Revd. Peter Wintgens who is returning with Alison for the first time since they left us in 2016. We shall also be joined by Colin Wimsett and his partner Wentao, for Colin’s much-delayed farewell after his period of ill-health, from which his is now recovered.
There will be a Parish Lunch after the 11am service. Please sign up at the back to take part. Everyone is welcome.
Farewell to Tyrone Whiting: We shall be saying goodbye to Ty on Sunday 11th February, with a special concert at 7pm that evening, at which a number of our organ and choral scholars will return, and at which St Mary’s Choir will sing. The concert will be preceded by a short service of Evening Prayer at 6pm. If you can help with serving refreshments please let Ty know.
If you would like to contribute to Ty’s farewell gift, please send your gift to the Parish Office marked ‘Gift for by the end of January.
Jazz Wilson & Lizzie Gray are looking for somewhere to Live from February onwards. If you can be of any assistance or know someone who can help, please contact Jazz at [email protected]
Associate Vicar for Community Development and Mission: We hope to be advertising for this post in the next few weeks and interviewing before Easter. Please pray that God will guide the right person to this post.
Parish Secretary: David Britten will be joining us as Parish Manager & Assistant Treasurer at the beginning of February. We shall be advertising for a part-time Parish Secretary (Monday and Friday mornings) shortly. If you know anyone who might be suited to this role, please draw their attention to it.
Farewell to Sunny Walker-Kier: Sunny will be leaving us on Friday 9th February, although we won’t be giving her a proper farewell until after that, as she has other Sunday commitments. Details of Sunny’s farewell will be made available soon.
House Communion: Our termly house communion and lunch for the housebound will be on Saturday 3rd February 2018. I you would like to attend, please let Sarah Bryant know.
Interested in forming a worship band for St Mary’s First Sunday Service? – If you play guitar, bass, keyboard, drums or are a vocalist, and would like to try forming a new worship band to help lead worship at our first Sunday services please let Simon ([email protected]) know as soon as possible. We’d like to get something going for March if possible.
FaithWorks 18: Forthcoming Events
FaithWorks 18: If you’ve not heard much about FaithWorks 18 yet, please take one of the A3 brochures at the back of church.
Getting Involved in FaithWorks 18: You’ll see from the brochure that there are a number of big events in the autumn taking place under the FaithWorks banner and we are keen to involve a good number of people in helping to plan and run these events. The Congregational Life Working Group will be conducting a simple survey to find out what you might be willing to help with, which will be both online and in hard copy. Please fill this survey out as soon as possible. Hard copies can be returned to the letter box at the back of church: online surveys will be collated automatically.
Pilgrimage for Peace and Remembrance to Passchendaele in 2018. Please do take a look at the details of what will be an exciting and moving long weekend, 1st-4th June 2018. Full information on the board at the side of church. We encourage you to think about bringing friends with you: they will be most welcome. It would be extremely useful to have some indication of interest in going very soon. Please sign up to indicate interest at the information board.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: There will be a joint service for the Week of Prayer on Sunday 21st January at 6pm at Sacred Heart Church, Trott Street. The service will focus on our shared mission to our community. Fr. Gerry will lead the service and Simon will preach. Do come along.
Sacred Heart Lecture Series: As part of their preparation for their renewal in mission, Sacred Heart are hosting a series of weekday lectures. The first of these will focus on the history of the churches and will be on Monday 22nd January (7pm for 7.30pm) at Sacred Heart Church. We are warmly invited. Fr Gerry & Simon will speak
Community Showcase: The team organising this big event on 15th September is having its first planning meeting on Thursday 25th January at 8pm in the crypt. We warmly invite people who might be interested in helping with this to join us then!
Lent Groups: Details of our Lent Groups are on the noticeboard at the back. This year we shall be using an ecumenical study guide called The Joy of the Gospel based on the writings of Pope Francis. Our groups will be shared with Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church as part of our FaithWorks 18 preparation. Please sign up at the back indicating which group you would like to join for this five-week course.