St. Mary's Church

Third Sunday of Epiphany

Third Sunday of Epiphany

19 Jan 2023 • General news

Isaiah 9. 1-4

1But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness –
on them light has shined.
3You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
4For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.

1 Corinthians 1. 10-18

10I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas,’ or ‘I belong to Christ.’ 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 4. 12-23

12When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles –
16the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.’
17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake – for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Please pray for

Those Who Live in these Roads

Rowcroft Road      Cressage Road      Oslo Gardens      Ely Close      Walsgrave Gardens

School Hse Lane      Nordic Drift      Arne Road      Fielding Close      Bracknell Walk

Athol Road      Olaf Place      Darwin Close      Hexby Close       Dawley Walk

Those who are sick or in need of our prayers

Iain Rees      Ken Fisher      Eden Brown      David Wall

Eileen Bees      Edna Robinson       Ken Sharman       Margaret Davoll

Roger Carradine      Kathryn Raven      Nicola Harwood      Sue Parkins      Peter Hughes      Coral Carson


The PCC grows

We had an amazing PCC meeting on Tuesday night! Our leadership team are energized and excited about the future of our church. We discussed safeguarding, health & safety, podcasts, ministry with young people, and more. As a PCC we are thrilled to announce that Shaju Matthews is now part of our leadership team! If you want to explore if you could support the life and work of the church then please speak to Revd Tom. The minimum age to serve on the PCC is 16 so even if you are in 6th form or college then you can make your voice heard.

We are so grateful for all of your prayers and support. Let's keep on praying for the future of our church!

Youth Gathering

Calling all young people! Come join us for a night of fun and pizza on Wednesday 25th for our Youth Gathering. It's going to be a great time and we can't wait to hang out with you all. Parents, please make sure to sign your young people in so we have your contact details. See you soon!

Youth Gathering January

Our next youth gathering will be WEDNESDAY 25th January from 6pm - 8pm. This event is for all our young people in secondary school. Hang out in church with lots of food and time for chatting about life & faith. Let Revd Tom know if you can make it and feel free to invite friends. RSVP: 07539 551 398 or

Coffee mornings

We invite you to join us every Wednesday at 10:45 at St. Mary's for our weekly coffee morning. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee and light refreshments while you socialize with other members of the community. We look forward to seeing you there!


No more blister packs

We regret to inform you that we are no longer collecting medicine blister packs at church. We thank you for your support for this in the past and encourage you to find alternative ways of recycling your medicine blister packs.

Food, Food, Food

We invite you to join us for a 'bring and share' lunch at our church on Sunday 29th January! Bring your favourite dish to share and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. Sign-up sheets are around at church to let us know what food you will be bringing. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bring & Share Lunch

Greetings Church Family! We are excited about our bring and share lunch on January 29th and we would love for you to join us! Please sign up to let us know what you will be bringing. This will help us to ensure that we have enough food for everyone. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying a meal together. Blessings, Revd Tom

Not too late for stories

We are pleased to announce that we are still accepting stories of faith and stories about St. Mary's. If you or someone you know has a story that you would like to share, please get in contact with Revd Tom or email your story to We kindly request that all stories are sent as soon as possible. We look forward to reading your stories and thank you in advance for your participation!

  • Stories We are looking for you to share your stories of St. Mary's and your stories of faith. Please tell us how you came to St. Marys, what you love about it here, a significant event, or even tell us about how you came to faith!