St. Mary's Church

St Mary's People

Sue Williams – Parish Secretary

I have been Parish Secretary here for just short of 20 years – a job that I thoroughly enjoy and one which is not like going out to work! Previously I worked as a secretary at a Citroen Garage for 12 years, and the difference and atmosphere could not be more poles apart. My office duties include everything from preparing the weekly newsletter, readings and service booklets, writing up registers and marriage certificates to keeping the accounts up to date along with various other office and ad hoc duties along the way.

I class myself as being part of the congregation of St. Mary’s, although I don’t attend on Sunday’s as I go to my own Church of St. Francis in Radford where I am Churchwarden. I also Serve, do Sunday Club and arrange the flowers at St. Francis so church is very much part of my life and something that helps me in my job as I have experience of how ‘the church’ is governed and how the church year runs. I am also on Diocesan Synod and am a Parish External Partner (formerly, Cathedral Liaison Officer). Both churches are different churchmanship but have many similarities.

Something that also takes up a very large amount of my time is Girlguiding. I run a very active Brownie unit at St. Francis and have done so for 30 years, regularly taking the girls away on Pack Holidays, Sleep-overs and various other trips – we have just come back from sleeping on HMS Belfast in London with 22 girls! I also run a Rainbow unit at St. Luke’s, Holbrooks. For the last 6 years I have been District Commissioner for Keresley District (helping and supporting 15 units and their leaders). My term of office has just ended but as from 1st January I take over as Division Commissioner for Coventry North – a prospect that is both exciting and terrifying in equal parts and one which sees me supporting 3 districts (Longford, Wyken and Keresley) with 35 units and their leaders.

My other hobbies when time allows is playing the clarinet (which I occasionally do in church), crafts and cooking. I am also married to Mick, so try as best I can to juggle these things around being at home with him and his work shifts!

Regular Events

Sunday Services

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Communion, Splash, Xstream & Grid

6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Monday

9am Morning Prayer

7 pm Parish Office (Wedding and

Baptism enquiries)

6.30pm Cubs (Walsgrave School)

Tuesday

9am Morning prayer

1.30 pm Butterflies (Carer & Toddler Group) (Church Centre)

Wednesday

10 am Holy Communion

Thursday

9am Morning Prayer

5.45 pm Brownies (Church)

10-12 noon Age UK Friendship Club

(2nd & 4th Thursday of each month)

12.30 pm Luncheon Club (2nd & 4th Thursdays)

6.30 pm Beavers (Walsgrave school)

7.15 pm Guides (Church)

Friday

7.45 pm Scouts (Walsgrave School)

Saturday

9.00am Morning Prayer

For your Diary

Coffee Club - meetings in Nov, Dec, Jan,

are as follows:

10th & 24th January

10.45 am. Price £1. Tea, Coffee, biscuits.

All welcome.

Walsgrave Friendship Group (Age UK) -

meetings in Jan/Feb, are as follows:

11th January

25th January

8th February

22nd February

10 – 12 noon on 2nd and 4th Thurs of each month.

St Mary’s Luncheon Club

Follows the Walsgrave Friendship Group on the dates above. 12.15 pm. £4. Speak to Claire for more details.

Wednesday morning Bible Study

17th & 21st Jan

10.45 am. All welcome

CREW (Creative, Ready, Equipped & Willing)

- a children’s activity and worship group.

Join us to get creative @ C.R.E.W.

Dates for next term are: 3rd February, 10th March

10.45 -12 noon. Craft, worship and food.

Junior Church:

Every Sunday during 10am service apart from when Creative Communion takes place.

Creche (under 4’s), Splash (4-8’s), Combined Extreme/Grid (8+’s)

Creative Communion:
Mothers Day 11th March

PCC Meetings:

Tues 14th Nov

Future meeting dates to be advised

Members of PCC are as follows:

Barbara Hancox - Churchwarden

John Aspden - Churchwarden

Lorraine Baker - Deanery Synod

Nickie Harwood - Deanery Synod

Gary Croshaw - Deanery Synod

Tony Thistlewood - Reader

Coral Carson Mervyn Hancox

Linda Hodgkiss Norris Poon

Kevin Foxon

Baptisms

5th Nov - George Russell

3rd Dec - Ewan Coope

Weddings

9th Dec - Sinead James & Stephen Bottomley

22nd Dec – Hannah Parker & Peter Wood

25th Dec – Susan Ross & Damian McHale

31st Dec - Michelle Cawley & Dean Warner