Notices 25/08/2019

This Week at St Mary’s

The Parish Office is Open on Weekday Mornings from 9.30am until 12.30pm

Monday           Parish Office is Closed Today for the Bank Holiday (No Morning Prayer)

Tuesday           Holy Communion Service at 8.30am (at Sacred Heart, Trott Street)

Funeral Service for the late Betty Dobinson at 11.30am

Wednesday     Morning Prayer at 8.30am (at the Vicarage, 32 Vicarage Crescent)

Thursday         Holy Communion at 12.30pm (at Sacred Heart, Trott Street)


Sunday 1stSeptember   11thSunday after Trinity

 8.30am    Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am   Parish Eucharist for the Summer Weeks

                      Preacher: Reverend Aaron Kennedy, Associate Vicar

3.00pm     Free Summer Music Recital: Cara Laskaris, Violin

6.00pm     Evening Prayer with Hymns


 Coming in September & October…

 Sunday 8thSeptember: St Mary’s Day & Launch of St Mary’s Rule of Life

 Sunday 29thSeptember: Harvest Festival

 Sunday 6thOctober: Invitation Service – The Blessing of Pets

The first in our new approach to First Sunday services

 Sunday 20thOctober: The Admission of Children to Holy Communion

Preacher: Rt. Revd. Tim Thornton, Bishop at Lambeth

 Saturday 26thOctober: Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Walshingham

Sign up soon to secure your place (£25)

 Sunday 3rdNovember: Invitation Service: Hymns & Pimm’s

The return of a popular charity service when you choose the hymns

 Plus: A further Parish Lunch


 This Week’s Notices

 James Potter: Very sadly, and with much reluctance, James our Director of Music has told us he will be leaving his post after Christmas. James has found the complexities of a portfolio career difficult to maintain alongside the professional standards he expects of himself and needs to create some space for his career to flourish. We are naturally very sad to hear this and will be wishing James every good wish as he leaves us. We are very grateful that he has given us time to prepare for this by recruiting his successor. Plans for this are well advanced.

Mary & Sven Tester’s 50thWedding Anniversary: Mary and Sven will be marking their Golden Wedding in the 11am Service on Sunday 8thSeptember. There will be bubbly and cake after the service to which all at St Mary’s are warmly invited.

Home/Study Groups: These resume in the coming weeks, with groups meeting on Sunday morning 9.30am, Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon. We warmly encourage folk to join these groups. Please let the Office know if you are interested.

Doris Carrhas written to us to say that, sadly, the time has come for her to worship nearer her home in Wallington. We hope Doris will be with us on 22ndSeptember so we can say a proper goodbye and thankyou to her and her grandchildren.

Summer in the Square 2020: If you might be interested in helping in a group to plan this community event, which we held very successfully last year, please email Simon as soon as possible ([email protected])

Invitation Services: This Autumn we are trying something new with our First Sunday Services, by making them special Invitation Services. These will be special one-off services to which we hope you will feel able to invite family and friends. Invitation flyers will be available for you take to send to people soon. Sunday October 6thwill be our popular Blessing of Pets Service; Sunday November 3rdwill be our second Hymns & Pimm’s Service; Advent Sunday 1stDecember will be our Christingle Service. If you have any ideas for future Invitation Services, please let one of the clergy know.

 Assisi Update: Owing to the uncertainty around the costs of a trip to Assisi (with Brexit scheduled to take place between now and the date of the trip) we have decided to postpone this trip for the time being. Once things become clearer, we hope to replan. On the positive side, David and I are exploring the possibility of a pilgrimage to the north-east next year, based in Durham, including visits to Lindisfarne, Jarrow and York. More details soon. Simon

St Mary’s Fair

21stSeptember 2019, Noon to 4pm

 Getting Involved

Donation of Items: Despite the limitations of space at the moment, we will most definitely be looking for donations of items for stalls, prizes, refreshments, sale etc. We shall be collecting these from Sunday 25thAugust. Please bring them to church and place them in the Gallery. We especially need: Bric-a-brac, Books, Gifts, Bottles and Children’s Toys & Games. If you have any Jewellery, please hand these items directly to Sue Lucas, Anne Hull, Ian Hankins or Cynthia Newman. Thank you.

Flyers: We will be looking for volunteers to distribute flyers around the neighbourhood in the fortnight before the Fair. Details soon.

Volunteers on the Day: Help is going to be needed in many ways, including:

  • Setting up and dismantling the Fair
  • Blowing Up Balloons
  • Picking Up Rubbish
  • Helping with the Dog Show
  • Plenty of other ways

Sign up from today at the back of the church

 Dog Show: We will be having a dog show this year, so get your friends to come along with their canine friends. Prizes for best small dog, best large dog, best in show.