Notices 13th January 2019

The Week Ahead at St Mary’s


Monday                                 Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Staff Meeting at 9.15am

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.30pm

Tuesday                                 Holy Communion at 8.30am

Home Group Leaders meet at the Vicarage at 7pm

Wednesday                         Early Morning Meditation at 7.30am in Church

Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Choir Practice 7.30pm – 8.45pm

Thursday                               Introduction to Rule of Life at Vicarage at 10.30am (Coffee)

Epiphany Bible Study Group meets at 1.30pm


Sunday 20thJanuary  The Third Sunday of Epiphany

8.30am             Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am           Parish Eucharist with Junior Church

                                    During this service Octavian Butler will be baptised

                                    Preacher: Reverend Aaron Kennedy

                                    Anthem: O taste and see (Vaughan Williams)

3.00pm             Free Winter Recital

                           Carolina Blaskovic, Violin (Faure, Ysaÿe & Stravinsky)

6.00pm               Unity Week Service at Sacred Heart, Trott Street

                           (No Service at St Mary’s Tonight)


Prayer Requests

Individuals in Need: Alex Nunes, Lamar Beaumond, Gaynor Roberts, Doreen Pryde. Anne Harcombe, Michael Paines, Madga Heard, Alex Taylor, Meredith Chesterman, Alexandra Gordodova and Lesley Cooles.


The Departed & their Families:Paul Helm, Patricia Loesche, Peter Mison, Peter Heard, Conception Todd and Patricia Faker.


A Few Diary Dates for the Coming Weeks


Sunday 10thFebruary         Parish Lunch with Introduction to Rule of Life

Sunday 17thFebruary         Breakfast after 8.30am Service & Introduction to Rule of Life

Thursday 21stFebruary     General Synod Debates Battersea Motion on Refugee


Saturday 2ndMarch           PCC Half-Day Meeting

Sunday 3rdMarch               1stSunday Evening Lent Group on BBC TV Series ‘ Broken’

Tuesday 5thMarch             Junior Church Pancake Party & Ashing at 4.30pm

Wednesday 6thMarch       Ash Wednesday Services at 7.30am and 8pm (Lent Begins)


This Week’s Notices


Fancy a spot of quiet meditationon your way to work? Just turn up to our early morning meditation on a Wednesday morning at 7.30am. To find out more: contact Aaron ([email protected])


As we begin to explore the idea of a Rule of Lifeat St Mary’s, we are offering a number of opportunities to find our more of what is involved in the coming weeks before Lent. The next opportunity will be over a cup of coffee at the Vicarage on Thursday 17thJanuary at 10.30am. If you could let Simon know you are coming it would be helpful for catering ([email protected]). If you want some idea of what a Rule of Life is, please see There will be further opportunities to find out more over a bring-and-share lunch on Sunday 10thFebruary after the 11am service, over a light breakfast after the 8.30am service on Sunday 17thFebruary and just before Lent on the evening of Monday 4thMarchat 7.30pm.


Our Winter Recital Series begins today at 3pm with a short concert of music for French horn and piano given my Fabian van der Geest. The Recitals are free and last about 45 minutes followed by a cup of tea. If you can help with catering on any Sunday between 13thJanuary and 17thFebruary please contact James Potter ([email protected]).


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: There will be a joint service of prayer for Christian Unity next Sunday evening of Sunday 20thJanuary at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church at 6.00pm. Let’s show our commitment to shared service and witness in Battersea by praying together.


Help us be a Hospitable Worshipping Community: New Year is a good opportunity to offer a bit of time to your church, especially on a Sunday. So, if you can help in any of the following ways, please get in touch with the relevant person: Sunday Welcoming Team (Carol, [email protected]), Sunday Tea & Coffee (David, [email protected]), Reading (Sue, [email protected]), Junior Church (Cal, [email protected]).


Simon on holiday: Please be aware that Simon will be on holiday from 23rdJanuary to 8thFebruary.


Lent Groups 2019: This year’s Lent Groups will be again shared jointly with Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and will be based around the powerful BBC TV Drama ‘Broken’, which aired last year, with Sean Bean as an inner-city priest facing personal and moral crises in himself and his flock. Because the programme airs for an hour over six parts, the Lent Groups will be six weeks long this year, and will last 2 hours, allowing for a good time for chat and discussion. Details soon – we hope each of the current Home Groups will study this course – but there will also be groups on Sunday evening and one other weekday evening. The Sunday group will begin before Lent on Sunday 3rdMarch, 6pm to 8pm, in place of Evening Prayer.