Notices 1st January 2017

This Week At St Mary’s


The Parish Office is closed until 4th January 2017


Tuesday                     Holy Communion at 8.30am

Wednesday              Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm

Thursday                   Holy Communion at 12.30pm

Saturday                   Memorial Service for the late Paul Page at 2pm


Next Sunday

The Feast of the Baptism of Christ

8.30am      Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am    Parish Eucharist with Junior Church

                  We are offering a special welcome to families whose children               have          been baptised at St Mary’s in recent years at this service.

6.00pm      Choral Evensong led by St Mary’s Choir


Please Pray For…


Those who have asked for our prayers:

Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Penny & Robert Law, Jodie & James, Daisy Campbell, Alison Honey, Margaret Chlipalska and Kitty Miller.


Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Paul Page, Tim Heald, Kate Bishop, Gillian Beckles, Patricia Benge and Winifred Stone.



Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         John 1: 19 – 28

Tuesday         John 1: 29 – 34

Wednesday  John 1: 35 – 42

Thursday       John 1: 43 – end

Friday             Matthew 2: 1 – 12

Saturday       Matthew 4: 12–17, 23-end




Next Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 42: 1 – 19; Acts 10: 34 – 43; Matthew 3: 13 – end;



The normal service pattern resumes next Sunday 8th January, the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus. We have invited the families of those children we have baptised in the past two years to join us for a special service at 11am. Do come to welcome them.

Please note: from 8th January, the evening service time becomes 6pm, not 6.30pm.


Paul Page RIP: Members of St Mary’s may remember Paul, who worshipped here with his family until about six years ago. Paul has died tragically young. His memorial service will be in church this coming Saturday at 2pm. It is being conducted by Revd. Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente (who himself has recently been appointed as the new Vicar of St Luke’s, Battersea).


Winter Recital Series: This begins next Sunday 8th January and will run until the end of February. Concerts are at 3pm every Sunday afternoon and are free.


Winifred Stone RIP: We are sorry to report the peaceful death of Winifred Stone, at the age of 90. Winifred’s Requiem Eucharist will be at St Mary’s on Monday 16th January at 1.00pm


Kate Bishop RIP: Kate’s Memorial Service will take place on Saturday 21st January 2017 at 2.30pm followed by a traditional English Tea.



A Sewing Club in Church, Tuesday mornings is proposed, to start mid January as a drop in, knit or hand sew get together. Contact Susanna Williams 07811 406 080.


Welcomers: Carol Bailey has now begun to draft a new-look rota for welcomers on Sunday mornings and we realise that we urgently need some new volunteers to take part in welcoming people to church. This is a very important ministry and we are keen to find some people able to offer a friendly greeting and help to first time worhsippers or visitors. Please speak to Simon or Colin to find out more or contact Carol Bailey herself early in the New Year ([email protected]). New & Old Welcomers Please Note: there will be a very important Welcomers’ Evening Meeting on Tuesday 31st January in Church, from 7.30pm to Please come!


Junior Church Leaders’ Training: The rescheduled date for this important training is Monday 6th February at 7.30pm in Church.


Parochial Church Council: The Church Council meets in a couple of weeks for its annual half-day meeting. Three main items are on the agenda: the idea of introducing a regular ministry of healing and wholeness into Church services; the possibility of a Parish Mission with Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in 2018; and the possibility of replacing the pews in church with chairs (the latter being an idea that members of the PCC wanted to consider as part of the Mission Action Plan).



Home & Study Groups

Co-Ordinator: Colin Wimsett ([email protected])


Tuesday at 8.00pm

Thursday at 1.20pm

Sunday at 9.30am


Men’s Group: 4th Wednesday at 8.30pm (Contact Michael Bailey)



Forthcoming Dates & Events


7th January                Memorial Service for the late Paul Page at 2.00pm

15th January             Guest Preacher: Revd. Dr Jeremy Morris,

Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge & Former Curate of St Mary’s

16th January              Funeral Requiem for the late Winifred Stone at 1.00pm

21st January              Parochial Church Council Morning Meeting at Sacred Heart RC

Memorial Service for the late Kate Bishop at 2.30pm (with tea)

31st January              Welcomers’ Meeting & Training Meeting at 7.30pm

4th February             Annual Marriage Preparation Day

6th February             Junior Church Leaders’ Training Meeting at 7.30pm

7th February             PCC Working Groups

12th February           Guest Preacher: Father Paul Benfield,

Vicar of St Nicholas, Fleetwood (Diocese of Blackburn)

13th February           General Synod Week (Simon Unavailable)

1st March                  Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Lent