Notices 18th March 2018

This Week At St Mary’s



Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm



Holy Communion at 8.30am

Interviews for Associate Vicar Post all day (at Salesian House)



Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Full Choir Practice at 7.45pm



Holy Communion at 12.30pm



Spring Cleaning between 9.00am and 12.00pm


Next Sunday 25th March: Palm Sunday

8.30am                      Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am                   Palm Sunday Parish Eucharist with Procession of Palms and Dramatic Reading of the Passion

6.00pm                     Palm Sunday Concert: The Crucifixion by John Stainer  sung by St Mary’s Choir & Guests


Lent Groups

Tuesday at 8.00pm (please contact the Office for Location)

Wednesday at 7.30pm at Sacred Heart Church, Trott Street

Thursday at 1.30pm in Upper Vestry

Sunday at 9.30am in the Crypt


Please Pray For…


Those who have asked for our prayers:

Samantha, James, Rutka Griffiths Andrew Lee, Nora Weber, Samantha, Andre Fruchaud Machail and Sue Reeve


Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

May Thomas, Billy Graham, Emma Chambers, David Longdon, Adele Francis, Alex Bennett, Marg Behrman, Selma Watson, Tony Retallack, Dino Bergamin, Henry Hope Frost, Fiona Machail, Eversley Gannon and John Cork


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday:                  2 Samuel 7: 4 – 16

Tuesday:                   Numbers 21: 4 – 9

Wednesday:            Daniel 3: 14-20, 24-25, 28

Thursday:               Genesis 17: 3 – 9

Friday:                    Jeremiah 20: 10 – 13

Saturday:               Ezekiel

Next Sunday’s Readings: Ephesians 2: 11 – 22; Luke 4: 16 – 21;


This Week’s Notices

 Holy Week Brochure: Holy Week begins next Sunday. Please take away our Holy Week Brochure giving details of all the services taking place.

Tonight at 6pm: The Way of the Cross – Music and meditation for Lent. An hour of words and recorded music on the passion of Jesus. Tonight: The Cross & The World.

 Associate Vicar Interviews: Please pray for the appointment panel and the three candidates being interviewed on Tuesday as we make this important and exciting appointment.

 Annual Spring Clean: Annual Spring Clean at St.Mary’s on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 9am to 12noon. Do make a note of the date – everyone is welcome.

 Pilgrimage to Passchendaele: please pay your deposit as soon as possible.

Good Friday Children’s Workshop & Worship: This year our Workshop will be at the usual time of 10am to 12.00pm on Good Friday 30th March. After the success of last year’s joint event with Sacred Heart Church, the venue will be Sacred Heart Church. More details on the forthcoming flyer and poster or from Emma ([email protected])

Advance Notice: St Mary’s Annual Church Meeting: This will be held on Sunday 29th April, immediately after the Parish Eucharist. Alongside the usual formalities the service will include a presentation on work with refugees in Wandsworth, to which the PCC has committed support in the coming years. There will be a bring and share Parish Lunch afterwards as well. Everyone is most welcome.

Elections at the Annual Meeting: we have a couple of places for members to serve on the Deanery Synod. For more details, please contact Leslie ([email protected]). There will also be at least one place to elect to the Church Council and nominations would be particularly welcome from our black and minority ethnic members. Please contact Simon to find out what’s involved.

Electoral Roll Revision: It’s the time of year when we renew our membership list. If you have joined St Mary’s in the past year or so and consider it your spiritual home, please complete an Electoral Roll form at the back of church and place in in the letterbox at the back before you leave. If you’re already on the list but your details have changed (e.g. address), please also complete the form.

Callum Anderson: We congratulate Callum on his successful appointment as Organ Scholar at St Marylebone Parish Church for the coming Academic Year. Callum remains with us until the end of the summer. 

Students at St John Bosco College in Surrey Lane are putting on an hour of Music & Readings for Lent this Thursday from 7.30pm to 8pm. Fr Andrew Ebrahim, the School Chaplain, warmly invites members of St Mary’s to join that event. Please contact Simon if you would like to come along.


St Mary’s Moorings & Barge Landrail C


The trial at the Central London County Court concerning St Mary’s Moorings & Barge Landrail C drew to a conclusion on Thursday 2 March. The Court granted St Mary’s Church the Permanent Injunction it sought against the owner of the vessel Landrail C, Mr Mark Dew, who lives in Herefordshire. The Church brought the action in order to identify the true owner of the vessel, which it believed was being kept unclear to us, and to reclaim damages relating to non-payment of Licence fees for the mooring since 2011. Mr Dew accepted at Court that he has no rights of access across the PCC’s land or its walls and has no right to attach his vessel or receive services across the church land without permission. We are pleased that Mr Dew agreed to pay damages owed and that the Court awarded costs against him for the significant expenditure required to pursue this case.


The Churchwardens, the PCC and I are satisfied and relieved at the resolution of the case and grateful to the Court. We wish to make it clear that in pursuing this case, the PCC has not made any person homeless. Those living on Landrail C have all moved aboard since Proceedings began and will have been aware of the potential risk of living aboard a vessel whose owner was in dispute with the adjacent landowner. Our lawyers have kept them informed throughout. We wish to pay tribute to members of St Mary’s Church who have gone out of their way to offer Christian love and support to residents of Landrail C during this difficult time, including the generous offer of alternative accommodation.


We remain as concerned as any other local resident at the safety of the arrangements that have been put in place to gain access to and from his vessel. This is a matter for Mr Dew and for the Port of London Authority (PLA), who regulate activity on the tidal Thames. We now intend to work closely with the PLA to resolve the matter of Landrail C’s presence on the riverbed so that we can pursue our long-held ambition to improve the quality of the moorings at St Mary’s Churchyard, for the good of Licensed barge owners, residents and the local community of Battersea who love this place as a home, a refuge, a historic building and place of worship.

The Revd Canon Simon Butler, Mrs Debbie Apostolides, Mr Chris Moxey

Vicar & Wardens of St Mary’s Church Battersea