This Week At St Mary’s
David Britten begins work as Parish Manager & Assistant Treasurer
Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Bell Ringing Practice at 7.45pm
Holy Communion at 8.30am
Simon takes a day off today
Meadbank Coffee Morning 11.00am
Full Choir Practice at 7.30pm
Simon at General Synod until Saturday 10th February
Holy Communion (Reserved Sacrament) at 12.30pm
Sunny Walker-Kier’s Last Day as Parish Administrator
Next Sunday 11th February: The Sunday Next Before Lent
8.30am Holy Communion (Traditional Language)
11.00am Parish Eucharist with Junior Church During this service Isla Cheetham and Leon Cresswell will be baptised
6.00pm Short Evening Prayer
7.00pm Tyrone Whiting’s Farewell Concert – Drinks from 6.40pm
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)
Please Pray For…
Those who have asked for our prayers:
Mary Paton, Lesley Pryde – Coales, the Whitehead Family and Daisy & Louis Campbell, Pear Barnes and Andrew Lee
Those who have died recently, their families and friends:
Jane Clark, Lee Jay, Hugh Seymour – Davies, Tom Whitehead, Padraig O’Flaherty, Shantabel Patel, Hugh Lockhart – Bail, Shirley Faires and Joyce Warling
Bible Reading Suggestions
Monday 1 Kings 8: 1 – 13
Tuesday 1 Kings 8: 22-23, 27-30
Wednesday 1 Kings 10: 1 – 10
Thursday 1 Kings 11: 4 – 13
Friday 1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19
Saturday 1 Kings 12:26-32;13:33-34
Next Sunday’s Readings: 2 Kings 2: 1 – 12; 2 Corinthians 4: 3 – 6; Mark 9: 2 – 9;
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES
Lent 2018: Please take a copy of our Lent Brochure today. It gives details of all that is happening in the coming weeks of Lent.
Winter Recital Series: Alicia Chaffey, piano, presents a solo piano recital at 3.00pm including music by Schumann, Bridge and Gershwin. The concert is free and last 40 minutes. Refreshments follow. Retiring collection.
Ash Wednesday: This is on Wednesday 14th February this year – bring your beloved to church on Valentine’s Day! There are services that day at 7am (said) and 8pm (sung). This is an important day to be in church.
Tyrone Whiting’s Farewell Concert: This is next Sunday 11th February at 7pm and will include choral favorites and other musical items. Some of our organ and choral scholars will return. The concert will be preceded by a short service of Evening Prayer at 6pm. If you can bring a dish of ready to serve nibbles or canapés to Ty’s concert please sign up at the back of church. We are also collecting bottles of sparkling wine for the party afterwards. Please also indicate if you can help with serving or washing up.
Associate Vicar for Community Development and Mission: This post is now being advertised and we shall be interviewing on Tuesday 20th March. Please pray that God will guide the right person to this post.
Parish Manager/Assistant Treasurer David Britten begins work on tomorrow. We shall be advertising for a part-time Parish Secretary (Monday and Friday mornings) shortly. If you know anyone who might be suited to this role, please draw their attention to it.
Farewell to Sunny Walker-Kier: Sunny will be leaving us on Friday, and we shall say goodbye and thank you to her on Sunday 18th March, when there will also be a Parish Lunch. A collection for Sunny will begin as soon as Ty’s has finished. Sunny will continue to do a little work for us while the new Parish Secretary is being appointed.
Interested in forming a worship band for St Mary’s First Sunday Service? – If you play guitar, bass, keyboard, drums or are a vocalist, and would like to try forming a new worship band to help lead worship at our first Sunday services please let Simon ([email protected]) know as soon as possible. We’d like to get something going for March if possible.
Welcomers & Intercessors: We’re looking for a few more people to join both of these rotas. If you can help by joining the team of Welcomers, who assist in preparation for worship and in welcoming people to church, please contact Carol Bailey ([email protected]); if you would like to discuss becoming one of those who leads our prayers from time to time, please speak to Simon.
FaithWorks 18: Forthcoming Events
FaithWorks 18: If you’ve not heard much about FaithWorks 18 yet, please take one of the A3 brochures at the back of church.
Sacred Heart Lecture Series: The next of these lectures will be on Thursday 15th February at 7.30pm and will focus on the history of the Salesian community in Battersea and of Sacred Heart Church itself. All are welcome.
Getting Involved in FaithWorks 18: You’ll see from the brochure that there are a number of big events in the autumn taking place under the FaithWorks banner and we are keen to involve a good number of people in helping to plan and run these events. The Congregational Life Working Group will be conducting a simple survey to find out what you might be willing to help with, which will be both online and in hard copy. Please fill this survey out as soon as possible. Hard copies can be returned to the letter box at the back of church: online surveys will be collated automatically.
Lent Groups: Details of our Lent Groups are on the noticeboard at the back. This year we shall be using an ecumenical study guide called The Joy of the Gospel based on the writings of Pope Francis. Our groups will be shared with Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church as part of our FaithWorks 18 preparation. Please sign up at the back indicating which group you would like to join for this five-week course.
Pilgrimage for Peace and Remembrance to Passchendaele in 2018. If you have not yet signed up please contact David Britten ([email protected]). If you have signed up please pay your deposit as soon as possible
FaithWorks 18: Martyrdom Day Pilgrimage: This event, which was originally scheduled for Saturday 17th March has been rescheduled to May 2018. This will be a moving, ecumenical walk of prayer with our Roman Catholic friends around the sites of Christian martyrdom, Catholic and Protestant, in Central London. It will last from about 10.30am to 4.30pm and will involve significant amounts of walking (public transport options will be provided). More details nearer the time but please note the change of date.