The Week Ahead at St Mary’s
Canon Simon Butler is at the General Synod of the Church of England this week.
Monday Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.30pm
Tuesday Holy Communion at 8.30am
Wednesday Early Morning Meditation at 7.30am in Church
Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Choir Practice 7.30pm – 8.45pm
Thursday Holy Communion at 12.30pm
Sunday 24thFebruary The Second Sunday before Lent
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Parish Eucharist with Junior Church
During this service Ralph Short will be baptised
Preacher: Reverend Aaron Kennedy
6.00pm Choral Evensong
Preacher: Canon Simon Butler
Setting: George Dyson in F
Anthem: They that go down to the sea in ships (Herbert Sumsion)
Individuals in need:
Dennis Brindle, Alex Nunes, Anne Harcombe, Andrew Lee, Margaret Sutherland, Helene Redding, Simon Munton, Andy Munton, David Mathews, David Razar, Shauna Kearney, Nikki Yates , Frances ,Ruth Merriman, Jennifer Ware, Casidy Cline ,the Joseph family, Tenera Dawkins and William Frost.
The Departed & their Families:
Jim McKinney, Sylvie Baker, Cardiff Spencer, Hettie Murdoch, Agnes Rowley, , Simon Pilkington, Sally Munton, Karnel Monkarzel, Betsy, Luke taylor, Eileen Newton David Carr, Peter Mison, ,Lejean Richards, Jose Cornelis, Sarah Cornelis and Magdalena Heard
This Week’s Notices
As we explore the idea of a Rule of Life at St Mary’s – an idea that is capturing people’s imaginations – there will be one last pre-Lent opportunity to find out about this, on Monday 4thMarchat 7.30pm. If you want some idea of what a Rule of Life is, please see ruleoflife.org.uk. More details in the forthcoming Lent Brochure.
Junior Church (and friends!) Pancake Party: This will be held on Shrove Tuesday, 5thMarch. All children and their families are invited to attend between 4.30pm and 5.45pm. Please let Cal Alphonse know if you can come. [email protected]
Lent begins on Wednesday 6thMarch with Services at 7.30am at 8.00pm. Further details of Lent at St Mary’s will be available soon.
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. Please sign up at the back of the church as soon as possible.Please note: The Sunday group will begin before Lent on Sunday 3rdMarch, 6pm to 8pm, in place of Evening Prayer.
Possible Trip to Assisi in October: A number of people have expressed an interest in a pilgrimage to Assisi and it may be possible to organise a few days there in the middle of October – but probably not in half-term week owing to flight costs. If you would like to express a “no firm commitment yet” interest, but have not yet done so, please let David know in the Office, or contact Hatta Hodson ([email protected]) who is taking names.
Electoral Roll Renewal: Once every seven years we have to throw away our Electoral Roll (membership list) and create a new one from scratch. 2019 is that year! We are going to attempt to complete most of the renewal process by email – with a focus on those already on the roll – so watch out for an email from our new Secretary Sue Bourke in the coming weeks. If you’ve joined the church recently or would like to go on our Electoral Roll because St Mary’s is your spiritual home, please contact the Parish Office or fill out an Electoral Roll form at the back of the church. David Britten.
We hope to start using the upper vestry as a ‘front office’ from March onwards, which will enable us to keep the church open each weekday morning for a couple of hours. We think we will need a few volunteers on a rota basis to help on a Monday or Friday morning, so that the office tasks can be done during that time. Please contact David Britten with offers of help.