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.

Contact Magazines – available pick up your copy.

Aumtumn Term Card

Diary Dates                   


4.00 pm            Messy Church - Harvest (Feeding 5000)

Saturday 23rd September              9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church


9.30 am            1st Service Morning Worship – Matthew 20: 1 - 16

             – Disciples: God’s Grace

11.00 am           2nd Service Holy Communion - Matthew 20: 1 - 16

              – Disciples: God’s Grace

  6.30 pm            Service of Prayer and Reflection


Mother’s Union Outing to Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex. Leaving Church at 10.00 am on Tuesday 19th September.

The Good Read Group is meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 21st September at Pat’s house to discuss ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ by Elizabeth Strout. The book for October is ‘In a Land of Paper Gods’ by Rebecca Mackenzie. All women are welcome. Contact Jennie Rutter for further details.

Delivering of leaflets - With a new season ahead it is very important we let as many in our Parish know of what is happening here. Please would you take timeout during the week beginning Sept 24th to deliver 2 leaflets in part of our parish. We will be sending our invitations to Alpha and also a leaflet about our events and festivals here over the next two months. 

Apple Day at Addiscombe Railway Park, which is at the end of East India Way across Lower Addiscombe Road from the bottom end of Canning Road, are having an Apple day in the park orchard on 24th September from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm. All are welcome. There will be Apple related food and drink as well as games for children. The event is free and open to all.

Harvest Festival is on Sunday 1st October at 10.30 am. – Please bring gifts of non-perishable foods (tins, packets etc) that will be distributed to Nightwatch, YMCA, Christian Family Concern, Meals for the Needy, Homestart Croydon and the Refugee Centre. Thank you.

Alpha is starting here on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.00 pm. Please take an invitation to give to any friends and neighbours that you think would like to come.

Harvest time to be together! Friday 6th October at 7.00 pm

Please invite your friends and family to come and celebrate this beautiful season of harvest. We will have a fine meal and will join in barn dancing as we feel able. The band Kingsfolk will entertain and lead us in dancing. To help towards costs of the band and heating the church we are charging £10 for adults and £4 for one child but £28 per family with more than 2 children.

Please use signup sheets at the back of church for food and help in setting up and clearing up 

You will receive your tickets from the wardens on Sundays or contact Val in the church office during the week. 

For your prayers

Amanda will be telling us more about a trip she is undertaking as the vicar in connection with one of our mission partners. This will be later in the Autumn to the middle east. Please be praying for the organisation of this trip and look out to hear more about this trip in upcoming services. 

Cupboards and small hall repaint: A big thank you to Brian who has worked tirelessly to construct new storage cupboards for our users and for the church in both halls. 

We are looking to re paint the small hall. any volunteers who might be able to lend a hand please let Val know via the office. we will pick a suitable weekend once volunteers have presented themselves. 

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 28th September at 2.00 pm will be showing a 2016 British biographical drama film about the challenges of living a life on the streets.   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.


First Fruits Collection – the total raised this year is £4895.25

We are looking for some more singers to join our church choir. This is just for Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas. (After that you MAY want to stay on!!) 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

Facing Depression Together Awareness Day: an opportunity to learn about depression and how to support those living with depression.  The day will include a clinical, a personal and a pastoral perspective of depression, a dramatic perspective to challenge stigma and an introduction to the work of PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church.  This free event takes place on Saturday 14th October, 10.00 am – 3.30 pm, at The Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford.  Lunch is provided.  Booking essential.  More details at or contact

BIBLE SOCIETY - Croydon Action Group invite you to participate in their September Saunter on Saturday 16th September - a 10mile sponsored walk in aid of "Lives changed through Bible literacy classes in Pakistan".    The walk is in the Westerham area.    For more details and  sponsor forms please contact Sue Entwistle


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.