Latest Notices

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Prayer the power house of action – You are warmly invited to come and pray on Saturday mornings 9. 00 am – 10.00 am. This is a vital time of prayer for the work and ministry of the church.

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available for collection.

Aumtumn Term Card

Diary Dates

SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017 – 2ND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

Thursday 23rd November               2.00 pm - Café Matinee in Church

Saturday 25th November 9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church

SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2017 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE ADVENT

                                9.30 am            1st Service Morning Worship

                                – Christ is King - Matthew 25: 31 - end

                                                          11.00 am           2nd Service Holy Communion

                                              – Christ is King - Matthew 25: 31 - end

                                 6.30 pm          Service of Prayer and Reflection

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Christingle Collecting Candles are available today. Please take one home and fill it with your small change during the next few weeks. They can be brought on Sunday 10th December to the Christingle Service or the morning service if you prefer. Thank you.

Operation Christmas Child Thank you so much for all the gift filled shoeboxes, extra items & donations towards transport costs for this project. Sunday 19th November is the last day so if you still have something to contribute please contact Muriel Price.

Mother’s Union meeting on Tuesday 21st November to be an outing to Polhill with lunch at the Toby at Badgers Mount leaving church a 11.15 am.

Café Creative: – Due to a 5 week Thursday month, the next sessions will be Thursday’s 30th November and 14th December. 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm. Do join us in our new craft venture for an opportunity to meet people, learn new crafting skills or share your expertise in knitting, crochet, quilting, patchwork, etc. Next meeting will be from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm on Thursday 30th November in the church café. Bring samples of your work and ideas to share over tea (and possibly cake!) Contact: Pat Reed.

Faith on the move – faith in the future? An evening exploring the situation of child refugees in Croydon and the UK, the faith and hope they maintain and how we can respond with Bishop Jonathan Clark of Croydon and Helen on Wednesday 22nd November at St Mary Magdalene Church. Doors open from 7.00 pm – event from 7.30 pm -9.00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Free event – all welcome! We are still needing more volunteers to prepare and serve the refreshments at this event. If you are able to help please let Val, Patrick or Trudy know. Thank you.

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 23rd November at 2.00 pm will be showing a 2006 British-American biographical drama about the campaign led by William Wilberforce against the slave trade in the British Empire. Tea & cakes are provided as well as comfortable seats.  If anyone has a DVD of a wholesome family film suitable for church viewing, please submit your suggestion(s) to Chris Rutter.

Toy Sunday is on Sunday 3rd December – At both services we are asked to bring a brand new toy or a very good condition second hand one. These will be sent to Christian Family Concern. Thank you.

The Christmas Journey: December 5th, 6th, 7th

This is an amazing ministry we have set up by the grace of God, bringing the truth of Christmas alive for children. They visit Santa so why not Visit baby Jesus?! We act out the story in a very simple way and the talk with the children and answer their questions. 

If you have not already responded could you consider being part of the Christmas Journey this year and let Val, Amanda and Barbara Yankah know this week. 

Women's Breakfast with a Speaker: please sign up if you would like to come to breakfast on December 9th 9.30 am – 11.00 am and sign for Cooked or Continental breakfast. We need some men to volunteer to set up the hall and supply the food. There is a signup sheet for you.

Croydon Churches Floating Shelter Carol Singing will be on Saturday 9th December from 10.00 am – 5. 00 pm in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon. Our slot is from 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm but if it’s more convenient to sing earlier that is fine.

Christmas Banquet – This will be on Friday 15th December at 7.00 pm. Please sign the sheets at the back of Church to say if you are coming and what you will bring. And if you can help set up or clear up afterwards. Thank you.

Volunteers are needed to serve refreshments, mulled wine, tea, coffee, and mince pies after the Carol Service on Sunday 17th December. Please email or speak to Patrick, Trudy or Val

We are looking for some more singers to join our church choir. This is just for Christmas, and longer if you would like to. Please give this some thought and see one of us if you are interested or want to know more. We meet for rehearsals on Fridays at 8:00 pm in the Crypt. Thank you. Christine Heal.

THANK YOU to all who took part in hosting the Week of Prayer, setting up wonderful prayer stations and children's activities, cafe and music; led prayer times, unlocked & locked up. The stations will stay up until the end of November. 

Mission’s Gift Day – The total collected so far is £5618.90 and we will collect a further £1127 in Gift Aid. Thank you to all. If you would still like to give there are envelopes at the back of Church.

Advance Note for your DiariesOur Holiday Club next year will be the week beginning 23rd July 2018.

GENERAL NOTICES

How can I support this Church financially? An offering is taken during the service. If St. Mary’s is your spiritual home, please consider giving regularly by Standing Order or through the Free Will Offering Envelope Scheme.  If you would like us to claim back Gift Aid tax on a cash gift, please place it in a Gift Aid envelope available at the back of church and complete your name, address and sign and date the declaration on the envelope.

Give by Text – You can now give to St Mary’s by text message from your mobile phone. You can give £1, £2, £4, £5 or £10. Text to 70070 with Message STMM16 £X where X can be 1, 2, 4, 5 or 10. So to give £5, you would text STMM16 £5 Your donation will be charged to your next mobile phone bill or be taken from your Pay as You Go credit. You will be sent a reply of thanks. You may also be asked whether you want to add Gift Aid. If you pay UK Income Tax, please do this – it costs you nothing & the Church gets another 25%. Thank you.


Are you in a Life Group? This is an excellent way of making new friends, growing in the Christian faith and getting involved in the life of St. Mary’s and its mission in the local community. All of us are encouraged to be part of a Life Group. To find out more details contact Amanda.