Notices 9th December 2018

The Week Ahead at St Mary’s

Monday                    Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Tuesday                   Holy Communion at 8.30am

Wednesday             Meditation at 7:30am

Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Choir Practice 7.30pm – 8.45pm

Thursday                 Advent Bible Study Group at 1.30pm in the Upper Vestry


Sunday 16thDecember          Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete)

8.30am              Holy Communion (Traditional Language)

11am                   Advent Parish Eucharist with Junior Church Nativity

                                   Preacher: Junior Church Nativity

                                   Anthem: Rejoice in the Lord, alway (Purcell)

                                   Motet: The Advent Prose

6.00pm   Parish Traditional Carol Service

        Come and sing favourite carols led by St Mary’s  Choir, followed  by mulled wine & mince pies


Study and Home Groups at St Mary’s


Sunday Morning Group                       9.30am in the Crypt (led by David & Evalyn)

Tuesday Home Group                           8pm at a parishioners home (led by group members)

Thursday Advent Group                      1.30pm in Church (led by Leslie Spatt)


Please enquire of the clergy or the Parish Office for more details.

These groups welcome new members


Prayer Requests

Individuals in Need: Leslie Cooles, Agnes Rowley, June Edwards, Douglas, Richard Wilkinson, Helen Knowles, Xanthe Barker and her children and Janet Gaffney


The Departed & their Families:Antonio Di Chiera.


This Week’s Notices


Everyone 2018/19: Please return your pledge cards as soon as possible.

You can do so to the Office direct or through the Sunday collection plate

 Christingle Service this afternoon at 3pm: This is the 50thanniversary of the Children’s Society Christingle Service and our special service for children and adults will take place next Sunday 9thDecember at 3.00pm. Everyone is very welcome. The service will be followed by a Junior Church Tea Party: There will be cakes, refreshments and even party games! All are welcome.

The Junior Church Nativity Play will be next Sunday 16th December at the 11am service. There are lots of parts for everyone of all ages, as well as four familiar carols to sing. Rehearsals will be Sunday 2 December (instead of the First Sunday upstairs) and then Saturday 15 December 10-12am. Please let Cal Alphonse know if you are able to be involved [email protected] or tell one of the leaders at Junior Church in the next few weeks.

Next Sunday: Immediately after the 11am service there will be a micro-meeting – 15 minutes long, exploring our engagement with the community. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and join us in the choir stalls/chancel area for a chance to reflect on how you might get involved. A quick, no-strings, gathering. Aaron 

The Parish Carol Service on Sunday 16 December at 6.00 pm will be followed by the traditional mince pies and mulled wine.To make this happen, we need your help, baking mince pies, brewing the mulled wine, serving the goodies or washing up – please sign up at the back of church.  No experience necessary and newcomers to St Mary’s especially welcome!

There will be a Christmas Social for all interested in community organisingon Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm in the crypt. There will be festive food and mulled wine, a chance to get to know each other, and look ahead to the opportunities for community engagement in the new year. Aaron.

Fancy a spot of quiet meditationon your way to work? Aaron is starting an early morning weekday meditation group this week, every Wednesday at 7.30am, aimed at those commuting through the churchyard, and is keen to get a couple of people alongside to help them, ideally working people themselves. Please get in touch if you are interested ([email protected])

Common Praise& New English Hymnals: We have begun using our new hymn book, Common Praise, bought from a bequest from the late Diana Goodwin, who was in charge of Sunday welcomers for many years. If you would like an old copy of the New English Hymnal, for personal devotional use, please help yourself to one from the back. The leftovers will be given to other churches who would like them.