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 at St Mary’s
Monday The Parish Office is Closed Today
Tuesday Holy Communion at 8.30am
Wednesday Morning Prayer on at 8.30am
Thursday Holy Communion at 12.30pm
Next Sunday 28thApril Second Sunday of Easter
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Festival Eucharist & Annual Church Meeting
During the service the Vicar will reflect on the life of St Mary’s in the sermon slot. After the service there will be wine and soft drinks followed by a brief Annual Meeting
6.00pm Evening Prayer with Hymns
Individuals in needKen and Brenda Green, Grace Rodgers, Tobi Black, Casidy Cline, Anne Rowell, Andrew Lee, Georgina Huntting, Jodie Huntting, Carmen Cann, Natalie Wong, Jennifer Ware, Sue Reeve and Charles Crosthwaite.
The departed and their familiesChris Ramsey, Pauline Adams, Georgios Stauri, Samantha Heath, Paul Vine, Maisie Whitenay Alfrd Whitenay, Hary Imbert, Helen Auckland .
St Mary’s and the Congregational Development Programme
As part of St Mary’s commitment to pursuing the common good in Battersea, the Church Council is sponsororing two members of the church to join the Congregational Development Programme of the Centre for Theology and Community. This is a practical course to help congregations develop their life through using the skills and practices of Community Organising. The course, involving 7 Monday afternoon workshops over nine months (September 2019 to June 2020), will help equip St Mary’s to engage in its community mission and outreach.
The PCC has agreed to invest in this training programme, one of whom should be a key church leader (in this case it will be Revd. Aaron Kennedy). But we want to nominate a second church member, who is willing to commit to the whole programmeand to being part of St Mary’s in the coming years. To express an interest, please speak to Revd. Aaron Kennedy ([email protected]) by the end of April.
This Week’s Notices
St Mary’s Annual Report 2018is available today: those on the Electoral Roll will have received an electronic copy. Those who wish to take a hard copy are welcome to take one from the back of church this morning.
The Annual Church Meetingwill take place during and immediately after the 11am Service next Sunday 28thApril.
PCC & Leadership Roles: We are now looking for nominations for the vacancies on the Church Council and Deanery Synod. There are fourplaces to fill on the PCC and two casual vacancies on the Deanery Synod. Colour nominations forms are available on the back noticeboard and should be returned to Adrienne Slaughter, PCC Secretary, via the Parish Office. You can put them in the Electoral Roll letter box.
Calling all those who Read the Bible or Administer Holy Communion: Our Roman Catholic friends at Sacred Heart Church are arranging a morning’s spiritual input and training for their readers and communion administrators to take part in and have warmly invited anyone at St Mary’s who plays these roles to join them. Saturday 4thMay from 11am to 2pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St Joseph Church, next to Battersea Park Station.
Important Notice About Safeguarding: Anyone who has a role which involves potential contact with children and/or vulnerable adults – leaders of study groups, Junior Church Leaders and Welcomers especially, are now asked by St Mary’s Church Council to undergo some basic safeguarding training. We have arranged a morning of such training on Saturday 22ndJuneat St Mary’s from 10am to 1pm, which we encourage and expect all those in these roles to attend. Please sign up at the back to confirm your attendance. There are 40 places available.
St Mary’s E-Newsletter:Without a newsletter editor, it won’t be possible to continue to publish this important communication. If you would like to find out more about this role, please speak to Simon as soon as possible. This is becoming urgent.
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 29th April and will return to ministry on Sunday 29th June 2019.
Ascension Day 30thMay: There will be an evening Eucharist and party on Ascension Day which will be an opportunity to thank our Choir and Bellringers for all their work for us. The service will be at 7.30pm.
Confirmation Preparation: If you are an adult and might be interested in being baptised and/or confirmed, please contact Simon as soon as possible.