Notices 19th November 2017

This Week At St Mary’s


Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Office Hour for the Booking of Weddings & Baptisms 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm



Holy Communion at 8.30am



Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm



Holy Communion at 12.30pm


Home Groups (The Parish Office has Contact Details)

Tuesday at 8.00pm (meets every fortnight)

Thursday at 1.30pm in Upper Vestry (Contact: Leslie Spatt)

Sunday at 9.30am


Next Sunday 26th November: Christ the King

8.30am             Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am           Parish Eucharist with Junior Church

6.00pm             Choral Evensong


Please Pray For…

Those who have asked for our prayers:

Rowena, Theodor Prazak, Daisy & Louis Campbell, Gordon Dellarocca, Mary Paton William Gallagher and Ingrid Spatt



Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Henry Oldfield, Arabella, Stanislav, Joy Nelson, Janet Frazer, Alison Louise, Grace Hyde, Beth Buchan, Phyllis Green, John Paton and Robin Sims


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         Revelation 1: 1-4, 2: 1-5

Tuesday         Revelation 3: 1 – 6, 14 – 31

Wednesday Revelation chapter 4

Thursday       Revelation 5: 1 – 10

Friday             Revelation 10: 8 – 11

Saturday       Revelation 11: 4 – 12

Next Sunday’s Readings:    Ezekiel 34: 11 – 16, 20 – 24; Psalm 95: 1 – 7; Ephesians 1: 15 – 23; Matthew 25: 31 – 45;  



Everyone 2018: if you’ve forgotten your Pledge Card today, please bring it back as soon as possible.


Flowers this Sunday have been provided by Adrienne Slaughter and Gillian Lazar in memory of their parents.


Card Reader Trial: If you would like to give by card, you can do so immediately after the service near the lift at the back of church


Sunday Morning Group: are meeting every Sunday at 9.30am in the crypt for our study and lively discussion. New people are always welcome to join us. David Britten [email protected] or Tel.: 07714 618 577


Farewell to Tyrone Whiting: Although we’re not yet clear when Tyrone will be leaving, we are beginning to think about saying goodbye now. If you would like to contribute to Ty’s farewell gift, please send your gift to the Parish Office marked ‘Gift for Tyrone’ as soon as possible.


Advent Fair & Carol Service – The Fair is only a fortnight away on 3rd December, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. If you can help at all, please contact Debbie Apostolides at [email protected] Please note that the Advent Carol Service follows on from the end of the Fair at 6pm and will be led by St Mary’s Choir and our Evensong Ministers.


Looking for a new working challenge with flexible hours? We are looking for an experienced manager to create the new role of PARISH GENERAL MANAGER/ASSISTANT TREASURER. 20 hours per week over 5 days (exact hours flexible) £17,500p.a. You will be a servant leader, experienced in financial & accounting control, able to manage the church facilities (including new moorings coming soon) & with excellent customer service skills. Details & candidate pack: Closing Date: 24th November; Interviews: 11th December. Please pass this on to others who may find it interesting.


Advent At St Mary’s: A Season of Hope and Expectation

On Sunday 10th December there will be a Christingle Service at 4.00pm with children especially in mind, as we bring gifts for the Children’s Society as well as sharing in the traditional Christingle celebration.

On Sunday 10th December our Evening Service will have an Advent feel and Jazz Wilson will be talking about his work with the Leprosy Mission. That will be at 6.00pm.


Charity Carol Service: A fundraising carol service run by local people is being held at St Mary’s on Thursday 7th December at 7pm. Fundraising is for a cancer charity. Those organising it warmly invite members of St Mary’s to join them.


Pews & Chairs Consultation


Many thanks to the many people (64!) who made a contribution to our recent consultation on options for either replacing the pews in the church with chairs or refurbishment of the pews.


The highlights of the consultation were as follows:


  • A very large majority of the congregation agreed with the PCC’s view that we should retain the pews rather than replace with chairs.
  • A similar majority felt that, rather than do any partial introduction of chairs in any part of the church, the existing pews should be repaired, refurbished and adjusted for comfort.
  • A majority (but not an overwhelming one) favoured some form of removal of pews at the back of the church to create more circulation space.
  • An overwhelming majority agreed that some consideration of introducing space for wheelchair users should be undertaken through some adjustment to the existing pews.


To conclude it is apparent that the congregation are on the whole in favour of retaining, refurbish and repairing the majority of the pews and a general aversion to introducing chairs. It is also noted that the congregation would be in favour of considering removing or adjusting some pews in order to create greater accessibility to wheelchair users. The PCC has agreed that wholesale or partial replacement of pews with chairs should not take place but that further work be done on other matter.


The PCC will now commission our Architect to come forward with various options for increasing circulation space at the back of the church and introducing some form of space for wheelchair users in the existing pews. Please note that any such proposals are subject to Faculty jurisdiction, giving a proper consultation period when the application is made, likely in mid-2018.


Canon Simon Butler

On behalf of St Mary’s PCC