Notices 1st May 2016

This Week at St Mary’s


The Office is open from Tuesday till Friday 9am to 12.30pm.

Revd. Peter Wintgens is unavailable all week.



8.30am          Morning Prayer on 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

Tuesday                     Vicar & Wardens’ Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday              Canon Simon Butler unavailable today

Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm


Special Services, Events & Meetings

Saturday                   Wedding of Hilton Holloway and Lucinda Bubear at 11am






Sunday 8th May: Ascension Sunday (Ascension Day transferred)

8.30am          Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am       Parish Eucharist for Ascension with Junior Church

                        During this service Alastair Chisholm will be baptized

                         Introit: The Lord ascendeth up on high (Praetorius)

                        Anthem: O clap your hands (Rutter)

6.30pm         Festival Choral Evensong led by St Mary’s Choir

                        Setting: Collegium Regale (Howells)

                        Anthem: My eyes for beauty pine (Howells)




Revd. Peter & Alison Wintgens: After a quarter of a century of service and membership at St Mary’s, Peter and Alison will be moving to Woodbridge in Suffolk in the summer, for the next stage of their retirement. This is a great sadness to us all at St Mary’s, but we are naturally delighted for them that this long-standing wish is about to be realised. Their final Sunday will be 24th July at which Peter will preach and preside at both morning services. We are anticipating some sort of church family picnic or other event in the Church Yard after the service. Please put this day in your diary. More details soon. Simon


Congregational List: This is our address book and contact directory. If you would like to be able to keep in touch with one another – and would like others to be able to contact you, please fill out a form at the back.


Christian Aid Week – Cake Sale Sunday 22nd May 2016: This year the Away Giving Group has decided to try something new and to concentrate our giving on supporting more fully Christian Aid Week, 15th – 21st May. Please bring cakes / biscuits/ savouries wrapped and priced for sale in aid of Christian Aid Week on Sunday 22nd May 2016. Please sign up on sheet at back of church or contact Carol Brindle after 3rd May.


St Mary’s Fair: This year’s fair will take place on Saturday 17th September. Please can you start thinking about which stall you can help with? Speak to Debbie Apostolides if you would like to help with the overall organisation too. All offers of help very gratefully received! [email protected]


Flowers this Sunday The flowers this week have been donated by Abigail Quaye in celebration of her birthday.


Sound System: Following a recent bequest, we are working to replace the sound system in the coming months. We hope to complete this work by the end of the summer. Meanwhile, please bear with us if the sound system plays up!


PCC Working Groups: The PCC has a number of Working Groups – Finance, Fabric (Building & Churchyard), Families & Children, Congregational Life, Away Giving, Common Good. PCC members make up a majority of the members, but if you might be interested in serving on one of these groups please have a word with Simon (or email him) to find out more details. Groups meet about three times a year and take on tasks in the intervening time.


The Queen’s 90th Birthday: There will be a special Choral Evensong service giving thanks for Her Majesty’s long life on Sunday 12th June at 6.30pm.

For Your Prayers


Prayer for the Week – Pray for people to come to faith:

Lord Jesus, when your followers walked the Emmaus road,

wondering what was true and what was not,

you came alongside them and revealed yourself

through opened word and broken bread.

Come alongside those we know and love

who wonder and seek at this time.

(Especially we pray for…..)

Reveal yourself in your love,

and make us ready to walk alongside them too,

until they see your face and know your presence. Amen.


From Thy Kingdom Come


Daily Bible Reading


Monday         John 14: 1 – 14

Tuesday         John 16: 5 – 11

Wednesday  John 16: 12 – 15

Thursday       Luke 24: 44 – end

Friday             John 16: 20 – 23

Saturday       John 16: 23 – 28



Next Sunday’s Readings:          

Acts 1: 1 – 11; Ephesians 1: 15 – 23; Luke 24: 44 – 53



For those who have asked for our prayers

Billy Garrett, Sue Feasey, Junior Payton, William Raynor, Clive Moir, Emma Belak, Micaki Dixon, John Paton, Hilda Cooles, Tiny Hester, Ingrid Spatt, Flo Toms, Simon Riley, Rosemarie Davidson, Nathanael Sonoda & his wife and Hagar’s Mum & Hagar


Those Who Have Died Recently, Their Families and Friends:

Linnett Dixon, Cannute Jackson, Alfonso Wilson, Jean Hester, Olive Bingham. Chris Willmott, Lillian Dickenson and Petura Francis