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A Quiz for Christian Aid Week

May 2, 2020

Christian Aid Week this year will be like no other on record with no church; house to house; Tesco or street collections, so all in all, there will be a dramatic drop in the amount we send to Christian Aid by our Benefice during May. At the same time the need for resources to help fight this virus in the poorest countries of the world is right now. With our inability to raise money by our usual methods this Christian Aid Week, Alison Hesketh our Christian Aid co-ordinator, has produced this quiz as a very small way to help. There…

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Sunday Worship, 26th April

May 2, 2020

Worship last Sunday was led by Revd. Poppy Hughes. You can download the readings for the service here. The link below is a recording of the service. With love and blessings, Poppy.

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April 2020 – The only impossible journey is the one you never begin

April 2, 2020

Now that’s a great quote from the life coach Tony Robbins. Or how about this: “It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” One of the things I love about the Christian faith is that it is all about journeying, and pilgrimage. And this month – at the heart of our worship – is the journey through Holy Week to Easter. This begins on Palm Sunday (the 5th of April) at 10.00 am, when we meet in the Market Place to re-enact the procession as Jesus entered Jerusalem.…

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Updated guidance on good hygiene practices

March 13, 2020

Everybody is asked to share the Peace in ways which do not involve contact (that is, not shaking hands etc) Following updated advice, Holy Communion will now be distributed in one kind only (that is, the consecrated bread/wafer/host), with the priest alone taking the wine. We are asking everyone to receive the bread/wafer/host on the hand ONLY (not on the tongue). If possible, when attending the Eucharist in particular please sanitise your hands as you come into church, if sanitized gel. Ministers are required to sanitise their hands before and after distributing communion. Everyone will be invited to receive communion standing, rather than kneeling at the communion rail, again to…

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Information about Funerals and Monuments at St Marys

March 13, 2020

We are receiving an increasing number of requests regarding funerals at St Marys, burials at St Saviours, and erecting monuments to loved ones. We have added information answering many common questions to the Funerals page of the web site.

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February 2020

February 14, 2020

Love is in the air! There’s something new for Valentine’s at St Marys’ Church this year, with a special celebration of Love and Commitment at our 10am service on Sunday 16th February. Our theme is love in all its wonderful shapes and sizes – from marriage, friendships and parenting, to our commitment to caring for others and for the world. There will be favourite hymns, readings and prayers on the theme, and the chance to make a personal commitment to cherish our loved ones. Everyone is welcome, with special activities for children in our Little Fishes Sunday School. And perhaps…

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December 2019

December 14, 2019

Mary and Joseph. A donkey, the angels, shepherds and the three kings. Bethlehem. A stable, a baby in the manger. King Herod. We all know the Christmas story, from school nativity plays and the television, and from the pictures on Christmas cards. We tell the story again each year, and we become so familiar with it that it can feel like it loses its impact. As we reach December, we begin Advent. It is a special time of preparation, when we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to pause and reflect, and to open…

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October 2019

October 14, 2019

As we celebrate harvest this month, let’s cultivate thankful hearts! What do you think of this story? One Christmas a mother decided not to remind her children to write thank-you notes for the gifts they received. As a result, they never sent their grandmother acknowledgements of the generous cheques she had given. The next year, things were different, however. “The children came over in person to thank me,” the grandmother told a friend. “How wonderful!” the friend exclaimed. “What do you think caused the change in behaviour?” “Oh, that’s easy,” the grandmother replied. “This year I didn’t sign the cheques.”…

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July 2019

July 14, 2019

I hope the summer brings promises of fun and relaxing with friends and family. For starters, make a date to come and join in the fun of St Marys’ Church Summer Fete on Saturday 6th July, 2.00-4.30pm. It’s the best of an English summer … held on the Vicarage lawn with games, stalls, dog show and delicious cream teas. I can never decide my best bit: choosing the “Vicar’s Favourite” in the dog show or a lovely plate of scones, jam and cream. Let’s hope and pray that the sun shines – but if it’s rainy, join us in the…

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June 2019

June 14, 2019

I wonder, what’s your favourite hymn? It’s wedding season now, so that’s a vital question for all the lovely couples to be married in St Marys’ this summer. I love discussing chatting through the choices with our couples as they prepare for their big day. It’s always a good idea to choose hymns which everyone knows, so we get some good hearty singing. And in a marriage service, I always suggest something cheerful to begin with, then something a bit gentler in the middle, before they make their marriage vows, and a good singalong to finish. So, we get lots…

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