Sunday 7thApril The Sixth Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday)
8.30am Holy Communion for Lent 4 (Traditional Language)
11.00am The Blessing of the Palms, Procession &
Liturgy of Palm Sunday
Lent Sermon Series – Exploring a Rule of Life: Give (Grace Kennedy)
6.00pm Membra Jesu Nostri: Palm Sunday Concert
The Choir, Scholars and Musicians of St Mary’s perform this beautiful work of 1690 by the composer Dieterich Buxtehude. Free with Retiring Collection.
Individuals in need
Jenifer Wade, Ian Bryden, Elaine Shackleton, the Joseph family, Richard Sutton, Doreen Pryde, Harry Scott, Ken and Brenda Green, Grace Rodgers, Tobi Black and Casidy Cline.
The departed and their families
Clarance Blackman, Jose Cornelis, Henry Castle, Johanna Buttenschon, Robert Cleveland-Stevens, Colin Payne, Sebastiano Tusa, Glyn Hunte, Jill Needham ,John Thompson, Ian Pinnell, Chris Ramsey, Pauline Adams and Georgios Stauri
Holy Week at St Mary’s
PLEASE NOTE: ON THE MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK THERE WILL SIMPLE SERVICES OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT 8.00PM EACH EVENING FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN CORPORATE WORSHIP EACH DAY.
This Week’s Notices
Maundy Thursday Footwashing: This moving ceremony is at the heart of the Maundy Thursday service and we are always in need of volunteers to have their feet washed by the clergy. Please volunteer by signing up on the sheet at the back and, if you’ve never been to the Maundy Thursday Service, come along and see. Please also volunteer if you can take a slot for the Watch of Prayer after the same service.
Good Friday Children’s Activity Morning: Everything is organised. We just need a couple of extra volunteers as spare pairs of hands. Contact: [email protected]
Battersea Community Organising Group, which is a little under a year old, will have its first AGM on the 9th April at St Mary’s, from 7.30pm to 9pm meeting in the crypt. It is a great opportunity to help shape the direction of the group, and all with an interest in community activities are warmly welcome. There will be wine and nibbles, and a chance to connect with other members.
Electoral Roll Renewal: Please return your renewal confirmation if you’ve received one by email. But if you’ve joined the church recently, or aren’t or the Roll, or if you just count St Mary’s as your spiritual home, please fill out an Electoral Roll form at the back of the church and put it in the letter box by the exit stairs. David Britten.
St Mary’s E-Newsletter:Without a newsletter editor, it won’t be possible to continue to publish this important communication. If you would like to find out more about this role, please speak to Simon as soon as possible. This is becoming urgent.
Concert in Memory of Peter Blumer: Peter was a member of St Mary’s Choir and his other choir – the Esterhazy Singers – are giving a concert in his memory at Holy Trinity Sloane Street on Wednesday 10thApril at 7.45pm. Tickets: £15.
Palm Sunday Concert: Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri. 14thApril 6.00pm. Invite your friends for this moving and meditative piece of rarely-performed piece of 1680.
The Annual Church Meetingwill take place during and immediately after the 11am Service on Sunday 28thApril.
PCC & Leadership Roles: We are now looking for nominations for the vacancies on the Church Council and Deanery Synod. There are four places to fill on the PCC and two casual vacancies on the Deanery Synod. Colour nominations forms are available on the back noticeboard and should be returned to Adrienne Slaughter, PCC Secretary, via the Parish Office. You can put them in the Electoral Roll letter box.
Reverend Aaron Kennedy: Aaron will be taking a period of Shared Parental Leave in May and June this year, to spend two months caring for Gabriel as Grace returns to work for CAFOD. This has been agreed between Simon, the Church Wardens and the Diocese in accordance with government guidelines. Aaron will begin his leave on Monday 29th April and will return to ministry on Sunday 29th June 2019.
Praying this Week in the Context of Brexit
St Mary’s and the Congregational Development Programme
As part of St Mary’s commitment to pursuing the common good in Battersea, the Church Council agreed this week to sponsor two of its members to join the Congregational Development Programme of the Centre for Theology and Community. This programme is a practical course designed to help congregations develop their life through using the skills and practices of Community Organising. The course, involving 7 workshops over nine months (September 2019 to June 2020), will help equip St Mary’s to engage in its community mission and outreach and the learning will be brought back into the life of the church.
The PCC has agreed to invest in this training programme for two of its members, one of whom should be a key church leader (in this case it will be Revd. Aaron Kennedy). But we are keen to nominate a second church member, who is interested in our community mission and outreach and willing to commit to the whole programme and to being part of St Mary’s in the coming years, to participate. If you would like to find out more, or to express an interest in being nominated, please speak to Revd. Aaron Kennedy ([email protected]) as soon as possible for more details.