Notices 17th March

This Week at St Mary’s

The Office is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm

The Church is now Open from 10am to 12noon each weekday,

with the Parish Office located in the Upper Vestry

 This Week

Tonight                       ‘Broken’ Lent Group in Church at 6pm

Monday                        Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm

Office Hour for Booking of Weddings and Baptisms, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Tuesday                       Holy Communion at 8.30am

‘Broken’ Lent Group at 7.30pm (Contact: Asi Munisi for venue)

Wednesday  Morning Prayer on at 8.30am

‘Broken’ Lent Group at Sacred Heart Church at 7.30pm

Choir Practice at 7.30pm

Thursday                      Holy Communion at 12.30pm

‘Broken’ Lent Group at the Vicarage at 1.15pm prompt

Sunday 24thMarch     The Third Sunday of Lent

 8.30am                          Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

9.30am                           ‘Broken’ Lent Group in the Crypt

11.00am                          Parish Eucharist with Junior Church & Godly Play

                                              Preacher: Ms Leslie Spatt (Rule of Life: Learn)

1.00pm                            Bring-and-Share Parish Lunch for Everyone

                                            Organised this time by Junior Church

6.00pm                            Broken: Episode 4

                                            Part Four of Our Lent Study Course based on the BBC TV Drama

                                           Please note: this gathering will conclude at or just before 8pm


Prayer Requests

Individuals in need

Annie Hendrie, Sue Reeve, Lourda Derry, Jenifer Wade, Ian Bryden, Elaine Shackleton,Chris Ramsey, the Joseph family, Richard Sutton ,Doreen Pryde and Harry Scott

The departed and their families

Pauline Howel, Anthony Day, Davor Birch, Clarance Blackman, Henry Castle, Johanna Buttenschon, Robert Cleveland-Stevens, Colin Payne, Sebastiano Tusa, Glyn Hunte, Lejean Richards, Jill Needham and John Thompson.


This Week’s Notices

 Lent Course: ‘Broken’: There’s still time to join in the Lent Course.

Rule of Life: If the sermons of Lent or the themes they address speak to you, or you want to talk more about what a Rule of Life involves, come and see one of us during Lent. Aaron & Simon.

Church Open: The Church is now open weekdays from 10am to noon. We hope this will enable more people to use the church during the week.

Electoral Roll Renewal: Every seven years we have to throw away our Electoral Roll (membership list) and create a new one. 2019 is that year! For those already enrolled, we are trying to do this by email so watch out for an email in the coming weeks. But if if you’ve joined the church recently, or aren’t or the Roll, or if you just count St Mary’s as your spiritual home, please fill out an Electoral Roll form at the back of the church and put it in the letter box by the exit stairs. David Britten.

Next Sunday Junior Church is Organising our next Bring and Share Parish Lunch! Everyone is welcome but it would be particularly lovely to welcome our Junior Church children and their families. Please sign up at the back of the church or email Cal ([email protected]) to let us know you are coming.


St Mary’s E-Newsletter: Emrys Lloyd-Roberts has now resigned as Editor of the Newsletter, owing to his relocation to North Wales as his primary home. There is a need to fill the gap he leaves with another volunteer. There are no meetings to attend. If you would like to find out more about this role, contact Emrys: [email protected]


Palm Sunday Concert: Buxtehude’sMembra Jesu nostri. 14thApril 6.00pm. Invite your friends for this moving and meditative piece of rarely-performed piece of 1680.


PCC & Leadership Roles: It won’t be long now until we start thinking about electing new people to the Parochial Church Council, which is the leadership body of St Mary’s, working alongside the Vicar. If you’d like to find out more about what’s involved or would like to attend a meeting to see if it interests you, please contact Simon or one of the Church Wardens. We are particularly keen to recruit men and black and minority ethnic people to the Council this time, as these are the places where we lack diversity. Up to three places are available plus two ‘casual vacancies on Battersea Deanery Synod.

Let’s Talk: If we are a church committed to the Common Good, then it would be good to see some church folk attending the regular Let’s Talksession with local ward councillors. The next one is on Wednesday 20thMarch at St John Bosco College, Parkham Street at 7.30pm. Aaron has the details.



Charitable Giving & Service News

 Funeral of Lejean Richards

If you would like to be part of crowdfunding for Lejean Richard’s Funeral – the young man who was stabbed in Westbridge Road recently – please make your donation here:

Dimson Lodge Elders Group

The Elders Group are looking for one or two volunteers to assist with small group trips. If you can assist, please contact [email protected]

 Christian Aid Week 2019

Christian Aid week is 7th– 14thMay this year. If you would like to help with the Christian Aid fundraising on the morning of Sunday 12thMay, please contact Cal Alphonse ([email protected])

Wandsworth Welcomes Refugee Children

Wandsworth Council is pledging to offer a home to refugee children in support of Lord Dubs’ Our Turn Campaign.  The Council has committed to taking up to 3 vulnerable unaccompanied refugee children a year for the next 10 years dependent on ongoing support from the government. This is in addition to 43 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children Wandsworth has already committed to taking in. To achieve this, Wandsworth requires foster parents.  Contact them to find out more.

Please take a moment leave a positive comment on the Wandsworth website to demonstrate that local residents welcome this step.

Reverend Aaron Kennedy

Aaron will be taking a period of Shared Parental Leave in May and June this year, to spend two months caring for Gabriel as Grace returns to work for CAFOD. This has been agreed between Simon, the Church Wardens and the Diocese in accordance with government guidelines. Aaron will begin his leave on Monday 29thApril and will return to ministry on Sunday 29thJune 2019.