News in Brief

St Mary’s News in Brief – what’s coming up in November and beyond including Remembrance Sunday Service

Remembrance Sunday:

wreathsAlways a well-attended service, this year’s Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.45am on Sunday 10th November will be attended by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Angela Graham, who will lead the Remembrance observance of the entire Borough at St Mary’s. The Queen will be represented by the Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough, Colonel Ewen Cameron. As usual, members of the London Regiment will be present and we will hear of their service in the past year. This year’s preacher is the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, Very Reverend Andrew Nunn.

 Annual Memorial Service:

On the same day, Sunday 10th November at 6.30pm, we also hold our Annual Memorial Service, when we commemorate those who have died in the past year, together with our own loved ones. Everyone is welcome to that service, and we make a special effort to invite those who have lost loved ones in the past year. There is a list for the names of departed loved ones in church. Please feel free to add names. The service will be a Choral Eucharist, with music by Bach sung by our Choral Scholars.

 Everyone Campaign:

This month sees our first Everyone Campaign, in which St Mary’s is trying to get everyone who sees the church as their spiritual home to make a regular financial contribution to our work. As a church we receive no income other than that we are given by our members and that which we earn through hiring out our property. Sadly, we run at a significant deficit each year. If everyone can join in by giving generously and regularly, we will go some way to addressing that long-standing problem. Pick up an Everyone Pack from church.

 Vicar’s Extended Study Leave

Our vicar, Simon, will be taking a period of Study Leave 2014, from January 1st to April 12th. This is something full-time clergy are entitled to every seven years or so, and it is a chance for him to explore an aspect of ministry, study or personal development away from the day-to-day pressure of the parish. Simon will be writing next month about his plans but please be aware that, if you want him for something, you’ll need to have done so by Christmas!