Notices 3rd December 2017

This Week At St Mary’s



Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Falconbrook Primary School visit to church at 10am

Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm



Canon Simon Butler at Archbishops’ Council until Wednesday evening

Holy Communion (Reserved Sacrament) at 8.30am



Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm



Holy Communion at 12.30pm

Cancer Charity Fundraising Carol Service at 7pm. All welcome.



Carol Service at Meadbank at 2.30pm


Home Groups (The Parish Office has Contact Details)

Tuesday at 8.00pm (meets every fortnight)

Thursday at 1.30pm in Upper Vestry (Contact: Leslie Spatt)

Sunday at 9.30am (Contact: Evalyn Lee and David Britten)


Next Sunday 10th December: Second Sunday of Advent

8.30am             Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11.00am           Parish Eucharist with Junior Church

4.00pm             Christingle Service

6.00pm             Advent Service with Focus on the Leprosy Mission


Please Pray For…


Those who have asked for our prayers:

Ingrid Spatt, Gyles, Chloe, Grenfell Tower Fire Residents, Eddy, Ginny Mackenzie and Chloe Lucien, Sareeta, Dan Jackson and Ron Nicholls



Those who have died recently, their families and friends:

Eleanor Macnamare, Diana Newman, Elizabeth Preston, Jeremy Hutchinson, David Wickham and Phyllis Lowe


Bible Reading Suggestions


Monday         Isaiah 2: 1- 5

Tuesday         Isaiah 11: 1 – 10

Wednesday        Isaiah 25: 6 – 10a

Thursday       Isaiah 26: 1 – 6

Friday             Isaiah 29: 17 – end

Saturday       Isaiah 30: 19 – 26

Next Sunday’s Readings:   

Isaiah 40: 1 – 11; Psalm 85: 1 – 2, 8 – end; 2 Peter 3: 8 – 15a; Mark 1: 1- 8;



FaithWorks 18: If you have heard something about FaithWorks 18 that excites you and you would like to get involved helping to plan one of the events, please contact Simon in the coming days. A volunteer audit will take place soon, but early volunteers are most welcome, especially for the big events that will require some planning.


Everyone 2018: please return your Pledge Card as soon as possible.


This Afternoon’s Advent Fair – 2:00 – 5:30 pm

Come along! We will have great stalls, delicious cakes and exciting refreshments. Plus a travelling zoo!


6pm Advent Carol Service: this special service follows on from the end of the Fair at 6pm and will be led by St Mary’s Choir and our Evensong Ministers.


Next Sunday at 4.00pm: Christingle Service: A service with children especially in mind, as we bring gifts for the Children’s Society as well as sharing in the traditional Christingle celebration. Collecting Candles at back of church today.

On Sunday 10th December at 6pm our Evening Service will have an Advent feel and Jazz Wilson will be talking about his work with the Leprosy Mission.


Parish Carol Service: No sooner has Advent begun than we are thinking about the Carol Service which is only a fortnight away. Please bring your friends and family to our traditional Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 6pm. Please sign up at the back to help with refreshments, especially in providing mince pies.


Card Reader Trial: If you would like to give by card, you can do so immediately after the service near the lift at the back of church


Farewell to Tyrone Whiting: If you would like to contribute to Ty’s farewell gift, please send your gift to the Parish Office marked ‘Gift for Tyrone’ as soon as possible.


Katherine Low Settlement are looking for some help with their Contact Club Christmas Lunch for elders on Tuesday 19th December at Dimson Lodge. Various tasks need doing throughout the day, plus a few on Monday 18th December. To offer, please contact Lucie ([email protected]) or Sarah ([email protected]) asap. Thank you!


Glass-Door Night Shelters: Please bring any spare warm clothes, bags and toiletries to church or contact Libby Bradshaw 07956 655 037 or [email protected]


Victor Prazak Memorial: On Friday 22nd December at 10.30am, Felicity Prazak is holding a special memorial service here for Victor and all those killed 25 years ago when Libyan Airlines Flight 1103 was shot down in Libya. The preacher is Bishop Bill Musk, former Bishop of North Africa. You are warmly invited to attend.


Christmas Services at St Mary’s


Sunday 17th December

11am             Parish Eucharist with Junior Church Nativity Offering. Come and join us as our children lead our worship.

6.00pm         A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols  Our traditional carol service led by St Mary’s Choir


Wednesday 20th December

9pm                Charity Carol Singing around local pubs and restaurants Meet at church after choir practice at 8.45pm


Thursday 21st December


Evening         Carol Singing at the Royal Neurological Hospital, West Hill A long-standing event that has been running for 70 years. Details: Bob & Carole Cooles ([email protected])


Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

11.00am       Blue Christmas Parish Eucharist Our usual Sunday Morning Service will focus on those who find this time of year difficult, or who have particular reasons why this Christmas is particularly hard. Please invite those you think might find this helpful.


Christmas Services (Sunday 24th & Monday 25th December)

4.00pm          Crib Service for Children

11.00pm       The Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass The traditional Christmas night service with carols

8.30am          Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) A quiet celebration in the early morning.

11.00am       Christmas Morning Festival Eucharist Families of all sorts gather for Christmas morning worship, with carols, time at the crib for children – and a short sermon(!), getting you home in time for the turkey.