Notices 16th December 2018

The Week Ahead at St Mary’s


Monday                     Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Staff Meeting at 9.15am

Tuesday                     Holy Communion at 8.30am

Community Organising Christmas Social at 7.30pm (Crypt)

Wednesday               Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Choir Practice 7.30pm – 8.45pm

Followed by Carol Singing around the Parish

Thursday                   Holy Communion at 12.30pm

Advent Bible Study Group at 1.30pm in the Upper Vestry

Saturday                   The Wedding of David Holland & Emma McCall at 2pm


Sunday 23rdDecember           Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.30am      Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11am           Advent Parish Eucharist with Junior Church

                      During this service Gabriel Kennedy will be baptised

6.00pm      Blue Christmas Service

                     A Service of solidarity with all who find Christmas difficult


Study and Home Groups at St Mary’s


Sunday Morning Group             9.30am in the Crypt (led by David & Evalyn)

Tuesday Home Group                 8pm at a parishioners home (led by group members)

Thursday Advent Group             1.30pm in Church (led by Leslie Spatt)


Please enquire of the clergy or the Parish Office for more details.

These groups welcome new members


Prayer Requests

Individuals in Need: Leslie Cooles, Agnes Rowley, June Edwards, Douglas, Richard Wilkinson, Helen Knowles, Xanthe Barker and her children, Janet Gaffney, Alex Nunes and Sue Reeve.

The Departed & their Families:Antonio Di Chiera and Joan Childs.


This Week’s Notices


Micro-Meeting after Church: Immediately after the 11am service there will be a micro-meeting – 15 minutes long, exploring our engagement with the community. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and join us in the choir stalls/chancel area for a chance to reflect on how you might get involved. A quick, no-strings, gathering. Aaron 


The Parish Carol is Tonight at 6.00pm, it will be followed by the traditional mince pies and mulled wine.Please bring some mince pies this evening if you can. There’s still time to volunteer to help serve and wash up – please sign up at the back of church.  No experience necessary and newcomers to St Mary’s especially welcome!


There will be a Christmas Social for all interested in community organisingon Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm in the crypt. There will be festive food and mulled wine, a chance to get to know each other, and look ahead to the opportunities for community engagement in the new year. Aaron.


St Mary’s Choir warmly invite folk to join them Carol Singing after Choir Practice this Wednesday. Just turn up at 8.45pm for a tour of the local pubs and restaurants.


Fancy a spot of quiet meditationon your way to work? Aaron has started an early morning weekday meditation group this week, every Wednesday at 7.30am, aimed at those commuting through the churchyard, and is keen to get a couple of people alongside to help them, ideally working people themselves. Please get in touch if you are interested ([email protected])


Next Sunday: Come along and support Aaron & Grace Kennedy and their families as they bring Gabriel to baptism at 11am.


Blue Christmas at 6pm: A special, quiet service for all who find Christmas difficult and for those who want to pray for them. Come along and invite anyone you think might find it a helpful, healing experience.


Parish Office Closure: The Parish Office closes promptly at lunchtime on Friday 21stDecember and then will open again at 9am on Monday 7thJanuary 2019. Please have any notices for the 23rd& 30thDecember at 6thJanuary in by 19thDecember.


Having a personal Rule of Lifeis a way of living out the Christian faith with others in a balanced and structured way. The Diocese of Liverpool have pioneered, a way doing this together both in the real world and in the online world. Simon is interested in joining with others in making a personal rule of life, based on this model and warmly invites others to come for a light supper to find out more with him on Thursday 3rdJanuary at 7.30pm in Church. What better way to start the New Year than with something better and corporate than a New Year’s Resolution! To confirm attendance for catering: [email protected]



Christmas Services: 24th/25thDecember

4.00pm         Crib Service for Children of all ages

11.00pm       The Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass

                                    Carols Sung from 10.45pm

8.30am         Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am       Christmas Day Choral Eucharist


Sunday 30thDecember: First Sunday of Christmas

8.30am         Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am       Parish Eucharist for Christmastide


Sunday 6thJanuary 2018: Feast of the Epiphany

8.30am         Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am       Parish Eucharist for Epiphanytide

6.00pm         Evening Prayer