Notices 11th December 2016

This Week At St Mary’s


Monday                     Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Office Hour for Booking Baptisms and Weddings 6.30pm-8pm

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm

Tuesday                     Canon Simon Butler unavailable today

Holy Communion at 8.30am

Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm (NOTE THIS IS ON TUESDAY)

Wednesday              Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Thursday                   Holy Communion at 12.30pm

Memorial Service for the late Gillian Beckles at 3.00pm

Carol Singing at the Royal Hospital, West Hill, from 7pm

Friday                         Church being Decorated for Christmas

Next Sunday           4th Sunday of Advent

                                    8.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

                                    11.00am Advent Parish Eucharist with Nativity Play

                                    6.30pm Parish Carol Service




Christmas Eve         Crib Service at 4.00pm

                                    Midnight Mass at 11.00pm (Carols in Church from 10.45pm)

Christmas Day        Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 8.30am

                                    Parish Family Eucharist at 11.00am


Please Pray For…


Those who have asked for our prayers:

Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Penny & Robert Law, Gill, Chris Fremantle, Tanen Dawkins, D. Pryde, Patrick Jenkin, Jodie & James, Daisy Campbell, Alison Honey and Winifred Stone


Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Helfried Arnetzl, Phoebe Hornblower Paul Page, Tim Heald, Kate Bishop and Gillian Beckles


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         Matthew 21: 23 – 27

Tuesday         Matthew 21: 28 – 32

Wednesday  Luke 7: 18b – 23

Thursday       Luke 7: 24 – 30

Friday             John 5: 33 – 36

Saturday       Matthew 1: 1 – 17


Next Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 7: 10 – 16; Romans 1: 1 – 7




Everyone Campaign 2016: If you have not brought your Pledge Card back yet, please do by next Sunday. Thank you to all who have.


Christingle Service: Today at 4.00pm: Come and join in this special Service of Light, receive a Christingle and support the work of the Children’s Society.

Please note: The Christingle Choir will now rehearse during the Eucharist.


The Parish Carol Service is next Sunday at 6.30 pm will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. We need your help: baking mince pies, brewing the mulled wine, serving or washing up – please sign up at the back of church. No experience necessary and newcomers to St Mary’s especially welcome!   If you would like to contribute to the cost of the wine, contact Sarah Macnab 07788 723 717.


Kate Bishop RIP: We are sorry to report the peaceful death of Kate Bishop, at the age of 95. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday 21st January 2017 at 2.30pm followed by a traditional English Tea. Kate left her body for medical research.


New Seasonal Service Books and Sheets: Simon is trialling a different approach to service literature for the coming liturgical cycle. As you will see there is a special Seasonal Service Book for the Season of Advent, which will be used each Sunday until Christmas (don’t take the booklets away), accompanied by this sheet containing service details and notices for all services. If, after a few weeks’ trial you have any comments on this matter, please do get in touch with Simon. But please give it a try first! The chief ‘driver’ of this approach is to cut costs and save clergy time.


Advent Sunday Evenings: This year, in place of Evening Prayer at 6.30pm tonight, Simon will lead us in another Advent Musical Meditations, with words for reflection and recorded classical music.


Carol Singing: We will be Carol Singing at Meadbank on the afternoon of Saturday 17th December, and possibly also at either or both of Joan Bartlett House/Mary Court and the Care Wing of the new Battersea Place. If you would like to join us, please watch out for more details. Royal Hospital on West Hill Wandsworth – Some choir members are carol singing round the wards from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday 15th December -as we have done for the last 70 odd years. If anyone would like to join us; all are welcome – details from Bob Cooles 020 8870 3091.



Sunday 1st January: There will only be one service on Sunday 1st January at 11.00am. The normal pattern resumes on Sunday 8th January, when we shall be welcoming families whose children baptised here in the last two years or so to our 11am service. Please note: from 8th January, the evening service time becomes 6pm, not 6.30pm.


Parish Giving

Envelope/Standing Order Coordinators: Chris & Erica Sage([email protected])


Our budget in 2016 requires us to collect £2,000 a week from direct giving, envelopes and weekly cash collections. Please think if you can increase what you already give or become a regular giver. The Church of England teaches that all that we have belongs to God and, and as a sign of that we are invited to give back to God the first part of what we have coming in, a generous offering. As a guideline and as a target to work towards, we are encouraged to give 5% of our income to our Parish Church and 5% to other good causes (the biblical tithe). As a guide this is what 5% of income looks like. If your earnings after tax are:


£5,000 a year or £96 per week              5% = £5 a week

£10,000 a year or £192 per week         5% = £10 a week

£20,000 a year or £385 per week         5% = £20 a week

£30,000 a year or £577 per week         5% = £30 a week

£40,000 a year or £769 per week         5% = £40 a week

£50,000 a year or £960 per week         5% = £50 a week

£75,000 a year or £1440 per week       5% = £75 a week

£100,000 a year or £1920 per week    5% = £100 a week


St Mary’s Staff Contacts & Information


The Ministers of St Mary’s: Every Member of the Church



Canon Simon Butler

[email protected]

07941 552 407 (M); 020 7228 8141 (H)

Day off: Thursday Evening/Friday


Parish Office & Administrator

Sunny Walker-Kier [email protected]

020 7228 9648

Monday – Friday 9am-12.30pm

Pastoral Minister

Colin Wimsett

[email protected]


Director of Music

Tyrone Whiting

[email protected]


Parish E-Newsletter

Emrys Lloyd-Roberts

[email protected]