This Week’s Notices
Next Sunday: We say goodbye to Peter and Alison Wintgens next Sunday. Peter will preside and preach at both morning services. They have chosen together the music and hymns for the service. At the end of the 11am service there will be brief speeches, presentations and a simple rite of blessing for them as they leave. Do come and join us for this moment of leave taking.
Revd. Peter & Alison Wintgens: If you would like to contribute to Peter and Alison’s leaving gift, please send your donation directly to the Parish Office (marked “Peter & Alison’s Leaving Gift”). Alternatively you can do the same via the Sunday collection.
Peter & Alison’s Farewell Party: Everyone is welcome to attend our picnic following the 11 am service on the 24th July. Please bring picnic food to share plus rugs and blankets. Sign up at the sheet at the back of church to help with clearing up. There will be some games for children.
St Mary’s Fair: This year’s Fair will take place on Saturday 17th September and offers of help are now being sought. Please contact Debbie Apostolides ([email protected]) to find out what you can do in this fun-filled fundraising afternoon. Sign up at the back.
Please start bringing in donations for the church fair and leave them upstairs in the pews. No electrical items please!
Summer Worship: From Sunday 31st July until the last Sunday of August, St Mary’s goes into ‘summer mode’: the 8.30am service remains the same, the choir take a few weeks’ off and the liturgy at the 11am service simplifies. The 6.30pm worship pattern changes to each Sunday being Evening Prayer.
Summer Junior Church: Junior Church during these weeks is run by a small team of volunteers. Please speak to Asi Munisi to get involved.
Summer Hymns: If you’d like us to sing a favourite hymn during these weeks – especially if you don’t think it’s been sung for a while – please let the Vicar know.
Toddler Group at Dimson Lodge: After many years of operating the Monday Toddler Group at Dimson Lodge is to close this Monday with a Breakfast Party. Everybody is welcome. Plans for our ministry to parents and toddlers will be discussed in the coming weeks. An enormous thank you to all who have been involved over the years.
Thursday Bible Study Group: No meetings now until Thursday 28th July.
Sunday Afternoon Open Church: Please sign up at the back to help keep the church open and welcome to visitors on summer Sunday afternoons.
Newsletter: Our editor is always looking for interesting articles for the newsletter, which will be published in a fortnight’s time. Please email Emrys ([email protected]) with any contributions.
This Week at St Mary’s
The Office is open from Monday till Friday 9am to 12.30pm
8.30am Morning Prayer on Monday and Wednesday
8.30am Holy Communion on Tuesday
12.30pm Holy Communion on Thursday
Home Groups (The Parish Office has Contact Details)
Tuesday at 8.00pm (Contact: Ellie Cooke)
4th Wednesday/month Men’s Group at 8.30pm (Contact Peter Wintgens)
Thursday at 1.20pm in Upper Vestry (Contact: Leslie Spatt)
Sunday at 9.30am (Contact: Colin Wimsett)
This Week at St Mary’s
Monday Last Ever Toddler Group at Dimson Lodge will be celebrated with a Breakfast Party at 9.30am
Office Hour for the Booking of Baptisms and Weddings at 6.30pm
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Tuesday Memorial Service for the late Miles Rotheram at 2.30pm
PCC Meeting in the Crypt at 7.30pm
Wednesday Informal Staff Team Meeting at 9.15am
Choir Party at 7.30pm
Friday Funeral Service of the late Luca Jha in Church
Next Sunday 24th July: (Eighth Sunday after Trinity)
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Parish Eucharist with Junior Church
6.30 pm Evening Prayer & Meditation
Ministry to Families & Children
If you were unable to be at our meeting about the future of our ministries to families and children on the 4th July, there will be another shorter meeting today immediately after the 11am service. We particularly encourage parents of church children to come but all are welcome. The meeting will last 45 minutes and there will be activities for children while it takes place.
For Your Prayers
Prayer for the Week:
Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen.
A Prayer used each day in Parliament
Daily Bible Reading
Monday Matthew 12: 38 – 42
Tuesday Matthew 12: 46 – end
Wednesday Matthew 13: 1 – 9
Thursday Matthew 13: 10 – 17
Friday John 20: 1 – 2, 11 – 18
Saturday Matthew 13: 24 – 30
Next Sunday’s Readings:
Genesis 18: 20 – 32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2: 6 – 15; Luke 11: 1 – 13;
For the Church and the World
- For Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, in all the challenges ahead.
- For Peter and Alison Wintgens, as we prepare to say goodbye next week.
- For Angeline and Sid Jha and their family, after the sudden death of Luca, aged 3.
- For the people of South Sudan at the return of civil war and violence.
For those who have asked for our prayers:
Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Valerie Coughlin, Liz McMurthy, Victor Roberts & Family, Maria Munisi, Peter Steckman, Grace Hyde, Maddie Osborn, Chris Apostolides & Family, Hagar Mensah & Family, Michael Lathan, Penny Law, Angelina Jha & family and Philliper Eken
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Dianne MacRae, Qutub Shaikh, Ken Roberts, Beryl Norman, Sue Feasey, Melanie Williamson, Walter Joseph, Janet Keiller, Richard Westmacott, Iona Cairns, Theodoros Droushiotis, Bob Green, Janet Edwards, Elizabeth Mensah, Luca Jha and Georgina Seymour – Dorris