Notices 29th January 2017

This Week At St Mary’s



Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm


Holy Communion at 8.30am

Memorial Service for the late Linda Cullinan at 2.15pm

Welcomers’ Training Evening at 7.30pm in Church


Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm


Holy Communion at 12.30pm


Annual Wedding Preparation Day 10.30am in the Crypt



Next Sunday : 4th Sunday before Lent

8.30am      Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am    Parish Eucharist with St. Mary’s Band & Junior Church

                  Simon is preaching at St Michael’s Battersea, where he is Patron, prior to the arrival of the new Vicar later this month. The President and Preacher at our Service will be Revd. Annie

                  Kurk, Chaplain of St Cecilia’s School, Wandsworth

3.00pm      Winter Recital: Chi-Hoi Cheung (Piano)

6.00pm      Evening Prayer & Bible Study


Please Pray For…


Those who have asked for our prayers:

Ingrid Spatt, Penny Law, Rowena Libson, Pearl Yarde, Alan Broadhead, Valerie Coughlin, Sareeta, Liz McMurthy, Vic Leach, Helene Bernard, Ted Jenkins, Chris Fremantle, Annie Gent, John Clark, Jim & Sue Stewart, Alistair Stewart, John Marsh, Katie & Jess Cullinan and Cynthia Newman


Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Emma Belak, Donna Thomas, Nicholas Berry, Tania Foley, Linda Cullinan and Nicholas Scott Lazareff


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         Hebrews 11: 32 – end

Tuesday         Hebrews 12: 1 – 4

Wednesday  Hebrews 12: 4 – 7,11 – 15

Thursday       Hebrews 2: 14 – end

Friday             Hebrews 13: 1 – 8

Saturday       Hebrews 13: 15–17, 20-21




Next Sunday’s Readings: 1 Corinthians 2: 1 – 12; Matthew 5: 13 – 20;


Parish Lunch: Please stay for a shared lunch today, prepared and served by the Sunday Morning Study Group.


Church Open to Visitors: During the winter recital series we intend to keep the church open for visitors and will be making tea and coffee after each recital. If you can help please sign up on the rota at the back of the church. Thank you Libby Bradshaw 07956 655 037.


Opportunities to Serve at St Mary’s


Welcomers: there will be a very important Welcomers’ Evening Meeting on Tuesday evening in Church, from 7.30pm to We are very keen to recruit some new Welcomers as our team has been slightly depleted: please come to the meeting to find out more or contact Carol Bailey ([email protected]).


Setting Up for Church: We have recently got a small group going who prepare and clear up the vessels before and after the 11am Parish Eucharist. We could do with one or two more on the rota: contact Sarah Macnab ([email protected]).


Lent Book 2017: St Mary’s Lent Book this year will be Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. It is both a study book and a work book on the relationship between our faith and money. If you would like us to order a copy for you, please sign up at the back of church.


Battersea Deanery Synod Open Meeting on Refugees: The next Synod is an Open Meeting where the speaker will be Samantha Palmer, a lawyer working with Safe Passage UK, who has been helping try to reunite children from the Jungle Camp in Calais with their families. Thursday 23rd February, 7.30pm – 9pm. Venue St. Luke’s Church.


Forthcoming Dates & Events


31st January             Welcomers’ Meeting & Training Meeting at 7.30pm

4th February            Annual Marriage Preparation Day

6th February            Junior Church Leaders’ Training Meeting at 7.30pm

7th February            PCC Working Groups

12th February          Guest Preacher: Father Paul Benfield, Vicar of St Nicholas, Fleetwood (Diocese of Blackburn)

13th February          General Synod Week (Simon Unavailable)

1st March                 Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Lent





Lent at St Mary’s


The season of Lent is one of growth and spiritual development, a season of self-denial and realistic assessment of our human frailty. Among the things on offer this year are the following:


Lent Worship:

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent on 1st March. This year, on Sunday mornings this year, there will be a series of Lent Sermons exploring the Ministry of Healing & Wholeness, giving the church a chance to explore and understand more of what might be involved in such a ministry at St Mary’s. There will also be a special Ecumenical Taizé Service at St Mary’s on Thursday 6th April.


Lent Sunday Evenings: In this year of the Reformation, Simon will be leading us in Bible Studies on the great Reformation text: St Paul’s Letter to the Romans. In both lecture, discussion and study, we can explore the radical message of St Paul’s longest, and most theological, letter.  7pm on Sunday evenings, following Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.


Lent Study:

There will be three different options: a Lent Course entitled Staying Close: A Lent Course Exploring Intimacy with God, which will run on Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; the York Course Receiving Christ, which will run on Thursday lunchtimes; and an ecumenical film and discussion group, based on the film The Way, which will run on four Thursday evenings at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. You can start signing up today.


Lent Reading:

We shall be reading Archbishop Justin Welby’s new book Dethroning Mammon, which explores our relationship with money from a Christian perspective. It can be ordered through St Mary’s by signing up at the back of church by Sunday 5th February.


Lent Music: There will be a special concert for Palm Sunday on 9th April at 6.30pm. On Sunday mornings the Choir will be singing one of Sir Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of our Time on each Sunday of Lent.


1-2-1 Conversations: As is his custom, Simon will be offering time to talk on an individual basis, for personal spiritual development and growth.


And after Easter…Theology on Tap: Monthly beer (or wine), theological discussion and fellowship in a local hostelry, jointly hosted by Simon and Fr. Gerry O’Shaughnessy. Details forthcoming.