St. Mary's Church

Newsletter 1.3.20

Newsletter 1.3.20

27 Feb 2020 • General news

Collect: Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Reading:     Genesis 2. 15-17; 3.1-7     Kevin Foxon

Second Reading:     Romans 5. 12-19     Barbara Gardner

Gospel:     Matthew 4. 1-11     Isaac Selvamoni

Intercessor:     Stephen Baker

Hymns:   202     79     174     369    65

Post Communion Prayer:  Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven; by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love: teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This week beginning 1st March 2020

This Sunday     8 am   Holy Communion

10 am     Parish Communion

6.30 pm     Evening Prayer

Monday   9 am   Morning Prayer

7 pm   Parish Office

Tuesday   7 pm   Lent Group in Octagon

Wednesday   10am   Holy Communion

10.45 am     Lent Group

10.45 am   Coffee Club

Thursday   9 am   Morning Prayer

Saturday   9.30 am   Morning Prayer

8th March   8am   Holy Communion

10 am   Parish Communion

6.30 pm   Evening Prayer

Lent Groups

Our two Lent Groups have both started; one on a Tuesday and one on a Wednesday.  Both will meet in the Octagon and the subject is the Lord’s Prayer.  Tuesday the session starts at 7pm and Wednesday after the 10am service.  Just come along if you are able.

Thought for Lent

In Lent, many Christians commit to giving up certain items such as chocolate, cakes and biscuits in order to replicate the account of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days. This year, why not do something positive for God's world such as reducing meat consumption by having a vegetarian day each week and being aware of how far our food has travelled. Examples would be dwarf beans from Kenya and apples from New Zealand. A reduction in the amount of plastic packaged items we buy would also help cut the amount of plastic waste we generate

Friendship Club

Meet in the church centre twice monthly. (on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month) from 10-12 noon and all are welcome.They next meet on Thursday 12th March 2020.

St Mary’s Luncheon Club

Do come along to St Mary’s Luncheon Club at 12 noon. For £4 you will receive an excellent meal. The next meal will be on Thurs 12th March. All welcome. Please let Malcolm know.

Coffee Club

Coffee Club meets again on Wednesday 4th March 2020.Price£1.Tea or Coffee. All welcome.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

It’s that time of year again! This year our Annual Parochial Church Meetings (AGM) are to be held on Sunday 29th March after our 10am service. Various things need to happen before then though. The Electoral Roll revision is now on until 1st March.Forms are available; please return to Barbara Hancox or Malcolm. Also please consider standing for PCC.PCC meets 5 or 6 times a year and is responsible for the day to day running of St. Mary’s.

One to One Bible Study (or two’s and three’s)

Dmitry is happy to help folk study the Gospel of John on a one to one basis (or as a family or in two’s and three’s).If this is something you would be interested in or indeed know a bit more about it, please have a word with him.

Recycle the Story

Do you have novels which are now unloved and are in need of a new home? Would you like to read different novels If your answers are yes, we can create St Mary’s ‘Lending Library’. Please bring in your books to church and once the books are sorted the library will be open. More information to follow. Your donations will be appreciated. Thank You. Jean Hudson

Call to prayer and repentance

Please see below excerpt from a letter received this week from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“I am writing to encourage you to bring to the attention of all your clergy the fact that at the recent Primates meeting the suggestion from the Primates Task Group was unanimously agreed that the Anglican Communion is called to a week of prayer and repentance during the fifth week of Lent in 2020: from Sunday 29 March to Sunday 5 April.

I am pleased to say there are resources available which can be accessed from the Anglican Communion website (

Clearly Lent is a busy time and there are many demands on us from different groups. However I do hope you will feel able to let all the parishes know about this and that in this year of the Lambeth Conference we can take some time to pray and reflect on our relationships with others both in our own church and country and from around the world.”