Notices 23rd October 2016

This Week at St Mary’s


The Office is open Monday till Friday 9am to 12.30pm



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 Michael Bailey)

Thursday at 1.20pm in Upper Vestry (Contact: Leslie Spatt)

Sunday at 9.30am (Contact: Colin Wimsett)


This Week at St Mary’s

Monday                     The Funeral Service for the late Michael Grainger at 11.30am

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm

Tuesday                     Confirmation Group meets at the Vicarage at 7.30pm

Wednesday              Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm




NEXT SUNDAY:    30th October

(All Saints Sunday)

8.30am         Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am       Festival Eucharist for All Saints’

with Junior Church

4.00pm         Junior Church Hallowmass Party in the Crypt

6.30pm         Evening Prayer with hymns


This Week’s Notices


Everyone Campaign 2016: Please take your Everyone Pledge Pack today. If you cannot find one with your name on please take one of the envelopes marked ‘Friend of St Mary’s. Pledge Sunday is 20th November.


First Sunday of November: We’re currently building on the level of participation of children and families on First Sundays. If you or your family would like to be involved on Sunday 6th November, in a variety of ways, please let Simon know this week.


Next Sunday’s Hallowmass Party for Children: There will be a special All Saints’ Tide/Hallowe’en party for children on Sunday 30th October between 4pm and 6pm in church. Please come dressed as super heroes and be ready to have some fun! Details: Cal Alphonse ([email protected]). Please sign up at the back.


Sunday Morning Bible Study Group: During October and November the Sunday morning group are reflecting on some chosen Psalms. You are welcome to join the group for these reflections and discussions. The group meets in the church Crypt at 9.30am on Sundays (except 23/10 & 30/10). Anyone is welcome for the whole series or just one week to give it a try! Contact Colin: [email protected]


Remembrance Sunday/Annual Memorial Service: Both of these services are on Sunday 13th November. As usual the Remembrance Sunday service begins at 10.45am, 15 minutes earlier than usual. If you would like us to remember anyone who has died in the past year or so in our annual memorial service, please add their name to the list on the back noticeboard. The Annual Memorial Service will be at 3.00pm and will be Choral Evensong.


St Mary’s Advent Fair: Preparations are now underway for our first Advent Fair on Sunday 27th November between 2 and 5 pm. If you would like to get involved please speak to Carol Bailey ([email protected]) or Matthew and Kate Guest ([email protected]).

Cake Stall: Calling all bakers and jam makers.  We are looking for home-made produce for the cake stall at the Advent Fair.  If you are able to contribute cakes, mince pies, jams, chutneys etc, please email [email protected] or call 07939 068 971. We would also love some volunteers to help on the stall (2pm – 5pm).


Winter is Coming: Don’t forget the clocks go back an hour next Sunday!


Health & Safety: St Mary’s has a new approach to ensuring our building and activities are safe and is now looking for a member of the congregation to take this matter forward. Please speak to Simon or Sue Whitley [email protected] to find out more.



For Your Prayers


Prayer for the Week:

Spirit of the Living God

At the beginning you moved over the face of the waters.

You brought life into being, the teeming life

that finds its way through earth and sea and air,

that makes its home around us, everywhere.

You know how living things flourish and grow

How they co-exist; how they feed and breed and change

Help us to understand those delicate relationships,

value them, and keep them from destruction. Amen


Daily Bible Reading



Monday         Luke 13: 10 – 17

Tuesday         Luke 13: 18 – 21

Wednesday  Luke 13: 22 – 30

Thursday       Luke 13: 31 – end

Friday             John 15: 17 – end

Saturday       Luke 14: 1, 7 – 11


Next Sunday’s Readings:

Daniel 7: 1 – 3, 15 – 18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1: 11 – 23; Luke 6: 20 – 31


For the Church and the World

  • For the people of Mosul and for those providing support to refugees from the battle unfolding there;
  • For the work of the UN and its new General Secretary Antonio Guterres;
  • For our Hallowmass Party next Sunday;
  • For former members of St Mary’s who have moved away in the past year;


For those who have asked for our prayers:

Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Penny & Robert Law, Christopher Fremantle, Paul Page, Desmond Tutu, Sareeta, Louise Diggle, Emily, Beryl, Daisy Campbell, John Stone, Geoff Cox, Michael Bennett and his family, Valerie Coughlin, Patrick S.-R. and Liz McMurghty

Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Michael Philip, Theresa Geldart , Michael Grainger, Jenny Gray, Victor Roberts, Effie Bennett and Raymond Blunden




Dates & Events for This Term


30th October                        All Saints’ Sunday

All Saints’/Hallowe’en Party for Children pm

13th November                    Remembrance Sunday Service

Concert Trip to Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts

19th November                    Home Communion & Lunch for the Housebound

Confirmation Service at Southwark Cathedral

20th November                    Everyone Pledge Campaign Pledge Sunday

27th November                    Advent Sunday: Advent Fair at St Mary’s, 2pm

Advent Carol Service at Conclusion of Advent Fair

28th November                    Junior Church Leaders’ Training at 7.30pm.

29th November                    Church Council Meets

4th December                      Special Advent Evening Service

6th December                      Carols in the Square at 6.00pm

11th December                    Christingle Service at 4.00pm

Special Advent Evening Service

18th December                    Parish Carol Service at 6.30pm