Notices 10th December 2017

This Week At St Mary’s



Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm



Holy Communion at 8.30am

Memorial Service for the late Holly Price at 2.00pm



Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm



Holy Communion at 12.30pm


Carol Service at Meadbank at 2.30pm


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 17th December: Second Sunday of Advent

8.30am             Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am           Parish Eucharist with Nativity Play       

6.00pm             Parish Carol Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

                           Followed by mulled wine and mince pies


Please Pray For…


Those who have asked for our prayers:

Ginny Mackenzie, Chloe and Lucien, Sareeta, Ron Nicholls, Ingrid Spatt and William Gallagher



Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Eleanor Macnamare, Diana Newman, Elizabeth Preston, Jeremy Hutchinson, David Wickham, Phyllis Lowe, Hugh Seymour – Davies, Eddy Beddington, Dan Jackson, Roland Whitby, John Hanly and Paula Suvarne


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         Isaiah 35

Tuesday         Isaiah 40: 1 – 11

Wednesday   Isaiah 40: 25 – end

Thursday       Isaiah 41: 13 – 20

Friday             Isaiah 48: 17 – 19

Saturday       2 Kings 2: 9 – 12

Next Sunday’s Readings:    Isaiah 61: 1 – 4, 8 – 11; Luke 1: 57 – 66;



4.00pm: Christingle Service: A service with children especially in mind, as we bring gifts for the Children’s Society as well as sharing in the traditional Christingle celebration. Collecting Candles at back of church today.

6.00pm Evening Service will have an Advent feel and Jazz Wilson will be talking about his work with the Leprosy Mission.


FaithWorks 18: If you have heard something about FaithWorks 18 that excites you and you would like to get involved helping to plan one of the events, please contact Simon in the coming days. A volunteer audit will take place soon, but early volunteers are most welcome, especially for the big events that will require some planning.


Everyone 2018: please return your Pledge Card as soon as possible.


Next Sunday: 11am: The service includes a special Children’s Nativity Presentation.

6pm: Parish Carol Service of Nine Lessons & Carols: Please bring your friends and family to our traditional Carol Service. Please sign up at the back to help with refreshments, especially in providing mince pies.


Card Reader Trial: If you would like to give by card, you can do so immediately after the service near the lift at the back of church


Farewell to Tyrone Whiting: If you would like to contribute to Ty’s farewell gift, please send your gift to the Parish Office marked ‘Gift for Tyrone’ as soon as possible.


Katherine Low Settlement are looking for some help with their Contact Club Christmas Lunch for elders on Tuesday 19th December at Dimson Lodge. Various tasks need doing throughout the day, plus a few on Monday 18th December. To offer, please contact Lucie ([email protected]) or Sarah ([email protected]) asap. Thank you!


Glass-Door Night Shelters: Please bring any spare warm clothes, bags and toiletries to church or contact Libby Bradshaw 07956 655 037 or [email protected]


Victor Prazak Memorial: On Friday 22nd December at 10.30am, Felicity Prazak is holding a special memorial service here for Victor and all those killed 25 years ago when Libyan Airlines Flight 1103 was shot down in Libya. The preacher is Bishop Bill Musk, former Bishop of North Africa. You are warmly invited to attend.


Blue Christmas: Christmas isn’t always a happy time for people. On Christmas Eve, at our 11am Service, we are holding a special ‘Blue Christmas’ Eucharist, where we take time to think of those who find Christmas difficult and think about light in darkness and God’s hope in time of trouble. If you know someone who might benefit from coming along to this gentle service, please invite them.

Christmas Services at St Mary’s


Sunday 17th December


11am             Parish Eucharist with Junior Church Nativity Offering.

Come and join us as our children lead our worship.

6.00pm         A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

                        Our traditional carol service led by St Mary’s Choir


Wednesday 20th December


9pm                Charity Carol Singing around local pubs and restaurants

Meet at church after choir practice at 8.45pm


Thursday 21st December


Evening         Carol Singing at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, West Hill

A long-standing event that has been running for 70 years.

                        Details: Bob & Carole Cooles ([email protected])


Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)


11.00am       Blue Christmas Parish Eucharist

Our usual Sunday Morning Service will focus on those who find this time  of year difficult, or who have particular reasons why this Christmas is  particularly hard. Please invite those you think might find this helpful.


Christmas Services (Sunday 24th & Monday 25th December)


4.00pm          Crib Service for Children


11.00pm       The Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass  The traditional Christmas night service with carols


8.30am          Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) A quiet celebration in the early morning.


11.00am       Christmas Morning Festival Eucharist  Families of all sorts gather for Christmas morning worship, with carols, time at the crib for children – and a short sermon(!), getting you home  in time for the turkey.