Everyone is encouraged to be part of a small group that we call a 'Life Group'. Life Groups are all about being part of a small community and forming deepening relationships with others. They are one of the best ways to find support and encouragement in our spiritual journey. A Life Group meeting is usually held weekly in a member of the group's home.
A Men's Group meets from time to time for social events. Often a meal out is planned or other events such as ten-pin bowling, go-karting or a walk in London are also very popular. The aim is to develop friendships amongst men in the church and to invite other men in the local community to meet Christian men in a more relaxed atmosphere.
There is an active Mothers' Union branch that meets at St. Mary's. The Mothers' Union is a Christian organisation with more than 3.6 million members in 78 countries worldwide. Its vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships. There is a monthly meeting held in the Magdalene Centre and a speaker is usually invited. Social activities are held from time to time.
There is a Good Read Group that is open to all ladies and which meets monthly on a Thursday evening to discuss an interesting book.
Toddler Group St. Mary's runs a thriving Parent and 0-5 Club on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 pm to 4.00pm. It meets in the Magdalene Centre and is a good place to meet other parents/carers and give your child the opportunity to play with other children and enjoy the church garden.
Uniformed Organisations The church has a Rainbows group attached (for girls ages 5-7 years) which meets in the Magdalene Centre on Wednesday at 5pm and two Brownie packs (for girls ages 7-10 years) which meet on Wednesdays at 6pm at Woodside Primary School and Fridays at 6.15pm in the Magdalene Centre.
Children progress to Christchurch Methodist Church for Scouts and Guides.
Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more or to join any of these groups.