This Week at St Mary’s
The Office is open from Monday till Friday 9am to 12.30pm
The Vicar is now unavailable until Wednesday 1st June
8.30am Morning Prayer on Monday and 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
Monday Toddler Group at Dimson Lodge at 9.30am
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Wednesday Staff Team Meeting at 9.15am
Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm
Sunday 29th May: (First Sunday after Trinity)
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Parish Eucharist with Junior Church
6.30pm Evening Prayer with Hymns
This Week’s Notices
Christian Aid Sunday – Cake Sale: Delicious cakes for sale after the 11am service.
St Mary’s Family & Children’s Minister: The PCC decided at its recent meeting that, having invested for three years in a full-time Family and Children’s Minister, it would be ending this post when Asi Munisi’s contract comes to an end in mid-September. Regrettably, the cost of such a post (£90,000 over the three years) makes it difficult to sustain at the moment. Simon has written to all the Junior Church parents expressing our gratitude to Asi for her work over the past three years and expressing the PCC’s commitment to ensuring that we continue to serve our children and families as well as we possibly can.
Revd. Peter & Alison Wintgens: If you would like to contribute to Peter and Alison’s leaving gift, please send your donation directly to the Parish Office (marked “Peter & Alison’s Leaving Gift”). Alternatively you can do the same via the Sunday collection.
Farewell Party: On Sunday 24th July there will be a leaving and picnic party after the 11am service in the Church and Churchyard. Details soon. Save the date!
Sunday Morning Study Group: The Sunday Morning Group will be following a six-week course on the Lord’s Prayer starting on Sunday 5th June. The course is part of the Church of England’s Pilgrim Course designed to deepen and strengthen our relationship with God. This course is also very suitable as a stand-alone exploration of how Jesus taught us to pray. Everyone is welcome to join this course on Sunday mornings between 9.30 and 10.45am in the Crypt. There is a sign up form at the back of the church or contact Colin Wimsett for further information.
Sound System & WiFi: Our new sound system will be installed in early June. Free wifi will also be available in St Mary’s very soon.
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. The Preacher will be Sven Tester, who was present in Westminster Abbey on Coronation Day 1953.
Sunday Sermons in Ordinary Time: Over the next few months, our sermons will focus on the Epistle readings, which means by the end of the summer we will have read through much of Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews 11-13, Philemon and 1 Timothy.
“A Night at the Opera”: St Mary’s Choral Scholars and their friends in the choir will be performing a concert of operatic music in church on the evening of Friday 24th June. This will be in aid of fundraising for next year’s Choral Scholarships. Details soon.
For Your Prayers
Prayer for the Week:
I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.
Daily Bible Reading
Monday Mark 10: 17 – 27
Tuesday Mark 10: 28 – 31
Wednesday Mark 10: 32 – 45
Thursday John 6: 51 – 58
Friday Mark 11: 11 – 26
Saturday Mark 11: 27 – end
Next Sunday’s Readings:
1 Kings 8: 22 – 23, 41 – 43; Galatians 1: 1 – 12; Luke 7: 1 – 10
For the Church and the World
- For our ongoing ministry to Children and Families;
- For our prisons and all prisoners;
- For the victims of domestic abuse and for the work of women’s refuges;
- For the continuing EU Referendum Campaigns;
- For the work of Christian missionaries around the world.
For those who have asked for our prayers:
Billy Garrett, Sue Feasey, Junior Payton, Clive Moir, Emma Belak, John Paton, Ingrid Spatt, Flo Toms, Rosemarie Davidson, Nathanael Sonoda & his wife, Hagar’s Mum & Hagar, Mary Enright, David Beales, Sylvia Fraser, Maddie Osborn, Alexandra & Jessamy & Daisey Riley, Nico Springman, Valerie Coughlyn, Liz McMurthy, Glen Paul Mendes, Lloyda Maxwell, Maureen Segolo, Paul Page and Nicola Roberts & Family
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Sheila Crawford, Simon Riley, Wendy Lanyon, Rosa, Les Duck, Noel Chambers, Howard Thompson and William Raynor,
Canon Simon Butler
32 Vicarage Crescent
London SW11 3LD
020 7228 8141
To: All Members and Friends of St Mary’s
20 May 2016
Dear St Mary’s Members and Friends
Looking to the Future: Special Church Meeting 14th June, 7.30pm
I am writing to you on behalf the Church Wardens, the Church Council of St Mary’s and myself to invite you to attend an unusual and very important meeting.
As most of you will know by now, we shall be saying farewell to Revd. Peter and Alison Wintgens in July. We shall also be saying goodbye to Asi Munisi in September, as her contract comes to an end. What this means, in simple terms, is that the Staff Team will be reduced from 2 priests, 2 lay pastoral ministers and a full-time Family & Children’s Minister, to 1 priest and 1 lay pastoral minister. Needless to say, this will – in the short term – affect the capacity we have to engage in pastoral ministry and child-focused ministry both within the congregation and in the wider parish.
We want to remain committed to these vital aspects of our life together. But in order to do that, we believe that it is right that the church as a whole comes together to take counsel, to share ideas and to pray for God’s guidance. To that end, we want to invite the whole church to gather at a special one-off Church Meeting on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30pm in St Mary’s. We hope you will be able to make this meeting a priority. It will end by 9.15pm.
A Church Meeting is an unusual thing – it’s the first time we’ve had one since I came to St Mary’s. The purpose of the meeting is primarily to take counsel together, to share ideas and to generate a sense of hopeful energy for the future. It’s not – in the first place – a meeting at which arms are twisted to get more involved. It will be the energy that we generate that will persuade us to work together.
I do hope you will be able to join us for this important meeting. If you have any questions or ideas for the meeting please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me (I return from holiday on 1st June) or the Church Wardens.
I look forward to seeing to at the meeting.
Your brother and priest,
Canon Simon Butler
On behalf of the Church Wardens and PCC