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St Mary's Notices - 25th February 2024
Please join us this Sunday for Morning Worship at 10am and Evening Communion at 6pm [both with Advocate]. This week the readings are Genesis 17:1-7,15-16 and Mark 8:31-38 and we’ll be thinking about Jesus’ challenging call to his followers to ‘take up your cross’. There will be a children’s group during the 10am service and an advocate slot on behalf of Hope Against Cancer at both services (see below for prayer pointers). Everyone welcome!
Lent Course Session 2 – Wednesdays 28th Feb at 7:30pm
The Lent course started this Wednesday, the 21st of Feb but it’s not too late to join – please come
along any Wednesday evening you are able to. This year we are studying the Gospel of Mark:
“Living the Way of Jesus in the World" If you would like to join in, please email Adele firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table Talk – Wednesday 28th February at 12pm
This group warmly invites anyone who would welcome some company whether they live alone or not. It is a lovely opportunity to meet together to share lunch and chat. The meetings take place on the last Wednesday of each month at the Toby Carvery, Forest Road at 12 noon. Please contact email@example.com if you would like any more details. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Tower Group Meeting – Friday 23rd February at 8pm
The next meeting will be at the Forest Gate (i.e. the Toby Carvery on Forest Road) on Friday 23rd February. We start between 8pm and 8:15pm. All men are welcome to join us over a drink and friendly discussions about work, St. Mary’s, local issues, and people’s interests.
Eco Fair – Saturday 18th May, 10am-4pm at St Mary’s
This will be an ‘Open Church’ event offering information and activities related to care for our world. The church will be decorated with a rainbow theme, and we hope to have refreshments, crafts, a woodland trail, and community run stalls. The theme will also be celebrated in our Sunday (Pentecost) services ending with Worship with a Classical Flavour. Please put the date in your diaries and think who you might invite to come along. We’re going to need lots of volunteers to help decorate as well as to help out on the day – more information and requests for help will follow! If you’d like to know more or get involved in the planning, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Mary's Notices - 30th January
Join us on Sunday if you are able but we do encourage you do a lateral flow test first and wear your face mask. Thank you.
Thy Kingdom come
Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 21st - May 31st 2020.
Please keep praying for Matt and Mary and the new people engaging through the St Mary’s Forest Church page on Facebook and maybe take a look yourself.
Pentecost Service - Sunday 31st May
Join our online service of communion for Pentecost. Click "More Details" to go to the YouTube playlist.
Pentecost Message - Pope Francis
As part of our thinking about 'a better world' and the need for change, I thought I'd share with you a couple of Pentecost messages I found thought-provoking. This first one comes from an event for Thy Kingdom Come - the Archbishop of Canterbury led a service with contributions from church leaders of many denominations including the Pope, who gave a homily addressing the need for change which you can see by clicking more details.
Adele's Letter Sunday 31 May 2020
Adele looks forward to Pentecost this Sunday, and further ahead to our next sermon series based on the Tearfund resource ‘The World Rebooted’.
Christian Aid Week - Thanks, and still time to donate
Thank you to all those who have already contributed to Christian Aid Week. Great News - so far locally we have raised just over £7,000. Certainly well worth a celebration. There is still time to donate via the local Just Giving Page on the Christian Aid Website.
All your donations are greatly appreciated and will support much needed work in poor communities. In addition to the various challenges these people have, they, like us, continue to face coronavirus but without the resources that we have around us. Many thanks, Jane North
Pentecost Message - Bishop Martyn
As part of our thinking about 'a better world' and the need for change, I thought I'd share with you a couple of Pentecost messages I found thought-provoking: This one is from Bishop Martyn. In his weekly message he challenged us to think about how we translate our whole life as church into the new context we find ourselves in. Click more details to play the video.
St Mary's YouTube Channel
All our online services are on the St Mary's YouTube channel. You can view these on computer, phone, tablet and TVs with compatible apps. The link to the latest service is always on the website. If you watch on a TV app make sure you do find first the Playlists section of our Channel to see the videos and songs in order!
Trinity Sunday - YouTube Service
Please click "more details" to open the YouTube Playlist for our Trinity Sunday service. Available from Sunday morning!
Sharing the Peace - again!
Wasn't the peace video great? Matt sends his apologies that a few people got left off by mistake. He has very kindly added them in now, which gives us the perfect excuse for showing it again this Sunday! We've put it on our YouTube channel as a separate video which you can see anytime with this link
Adele's Letter for Trinity Sunday
Adele introduces our new sermon series considering how we might build on recent experiences to create a better world for the future. There are also links to related Pentecost messages from Pope Francis and Bishop Martyn.
Wednesdays at 12
This is the final week of our series 'Exploring Prayer' with the Archbishop of Canterbury. This week we will be discussing videos 4 and 5 in a short and informal discussion at the Wednesdays at 12 zoom meeting (password stmarys). You can find videos by clicking more details
Patchwork Banner - A Reminder
A reminder ... everyone is invited to decorate a green fabric square (4, 6 or 8 inches + border) using whatever technique you choose. When sewn together, we hope this will form a banner that speaks of our continued faith and hope through this time of separation. Please contact Katherine Hetzel for more details.
Adele's Letter - Sunday 14 June - Greater Togetherness
Adele writes to introduce the theme of "Greater Togetherness" for this Sunday's Service, welcoming Lusa Nsenga Ngoy who will be preaching, and encouraging us to reflect again on our vision priorities and what it might mean to be truly ‘Open’ and ‘Connected’. Click more details to read the letter.
Planning for Opening Church for Private Prayer
I expect you will have heard the government announcement that churches can now open for private prayer
when they can do so safely. Please pray for us as we plan for how we can do this in a way that is welcoming but also sustainable and safe for both visitors and volunteers.