Four members of our church will be confirmed by the Bishop of Kingston at 11am on Sunday 18th October at St Mary’s. John Hughes, James Kakanyera, Sasha Leslie and Stuart McAlpine have all been preparing for this important step in their Christian journey. In the service they will make the same vows made by their godparents at their baptisms and thus make their adult profession of faith. The Bishop will pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to encourage and guide them in their ongoing walk with God and they will each receive Holy Communion for the first time. Members of St Barnabas, Clapham Common will also join us as well.
Please pray for these four as they make this important step and do join us on the day to celebrate togethere.
The church calendar gives us the annual opportunity to mark the significant role played by our church building in our ministry and mission. Called the Dedication Festival, some churches mark on the anniversary of the church’s dedication (if known), while others mark it on the last Sunday of October. We shall do so on Sunday October 25th at 11am. Do invite friends along to join us, especially if you know that they love St Mary’s Church building. It’s a good opportunity to connect the purpose of the building and its significance for faith with its architecture, history and past.
Annual Memorial Service
All Saints’ and All Souls’ tide is the season in the Church Year when we focus on those who have gone before us – the countless saints of old who kept the faith, handed it on and taught us what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We mark that on All Saints’ Day, 1st November, at 11am. But in the afternoon of the same day, 1st November at 3pm, we keep All Souls’ Day as well, in our annual Memorial Service for those who have died in the past year. We invite all those to join us who have lost loved ones in the past year, including those whose funerals our own clergy have taken, and we share together in a moving, simple service of song, prayer and scripture. We read aloud the names of all who have died, commending them to the love of God in Jesus Christ. It’s always a moving service, sad but hopeful, and shared in solidarity with others who are going through the experience of loss and bereavement. In mid-October, a list will appear in church, so that you can ask for loved ones to be remembered in that service too, even if they were not connected with St Mary’s.
More details from Revd. Peter Wintgens.