Notices 27th November 2016


Monday                     Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Junior Church Leaders’ Training Meeting at 7.30pm

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm

Tuesday                     Holy Communion at 8.30am

Parochial Church Council Meeting at 7.45pm

Wednesday              Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm

Thursday                   Holy Communion at 12.30pm

Next Sunday           2nd Sunday of Advent

                                    8.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

                                    11.00am First Sunday Parish Eucharist with St Mary’s Band

                                    Followed by Welcome Drinks for Those New to St Mary’s

                                    6.30pm Advent Musical Mediation led by the Vicar




Everyone Campaign 2016: If you have not brought your Pledge Card back yet, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you to all who have.


New Seasonal Service Books and Sheets: Simon is trialling a different approach to service literature for the coming liturgical cycle. As you will see there is a special Seasonal Service Book for the Season of Advent, which will be used each Sunday until Christmas (don’t take the booklets away), accompanied by this sheet containing service details and notices for all services. If, after a few weeks’ trial you have any comments on this matter, please do get in touch with Simon. But please give it a try first! The chief ‘driver’ of this approach is to cut costs and to reduce the amount of time Simon spends preparing and overseeing worship literature each week.


Junior Church Leaders’ Training tomorrow: Our Junior Church Leaders are meeting tomorrow on Monday 28th November for some special training in “Godly Play”, a different method of learning about the Christian Faith based on play. If you would like to come along that evening at 7.30pm, please let Simon or Cal Alphonse know.


Christingle Service: Sunday 11th December at 4.00pm: Come and join in this special Service of Light, receive a Christingle and support the work of the Children’s Society.

Please note: The Christingle Choir will now rehearse during Eucharist at the end of Junior Church starting this week; Contact Ruth: [email protected]


Advent Sunday Evenings: This year, in place of Evening Prayer on Sunday 4th & Sunday 11th September, Simon will lead us in two Advent Musical Meditations, with words for reflection and recorded classical music. 6.30pm each evening.



An Advent Suggestion: A Reverse Advent Calendar: Why not join many others doing something different this Advent. Instead of (or alongside) the typical Advent Calendar, why not put a box aside and place a food store cupboard item (or something equally useful) in it each day. At the end of the Advent Season, then bring your box to church and we will donate everything collected to our local Food Bank.


Carol Singing: We will be Carol Singing at Meadbank on the afternoon of Sunday 17th December, and possibly also at either or both of Joan Bartlet House/Mary Court and the Care Wing of the new Battersea Place. If you would like to join us, please watch out for more details.


Sunday Evening Service Time: The PCC will consider a proposal to change the Sunday evening service time from 6.30pm to 6.00pm from Sunday 8th January 2017. If you have any comments on this matter, please contact a member of the Church Council.

This Week At St Mary’s


A Prayer for This Week

Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Please Pray For…

Those who have asked for our prayers:

Emma Belak, Ingrid Spatt, Penny & Robert Law, Ted Jenkins, Kate Bishop, Gill, Chris Freemantle, Tanen Dawkins, D. Pryde and Patrick Jenkin

Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Dora Parikh, Barbara Turner, Nuala Oates, Andrew Wakefield, Katharine Burridge, Linda Johnson, Reg Turner, FHelfried Arnetzl, Phoebe Hornblower and Paul Page


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         Luke 21: 1 – 4

Tuesday         Luke 21: 5 – 11

Wednesday  Luke 21: 12 – 19

Thursday       Luke 21: 20 – 28

Friday             Luke 21: 29 – 33

Saturday       Luke 21: 34 – 36


Next Sunday’s Readings:

Isaiah 2: 1 – 5; Psalm 122; Romans 13: 11 – 14; Matthew 24: 36 – 44;