Latest 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.

Spring 2018 Term Card is ready to collect

Easter Services at St Marys

Diary Dates


Monday 19th March                  7.50 pm PCC Meeting in the Crypt

Tuesday 20th March               10.30 am Morning Prayer in Church

                                                 2.00 pm Mother’s Union in the Crypt

                                                 Lent Speaker Brian Reid, All Welcome

Wednesday 21st March           12.00 pm World Café in Church

          2.00 pm 0 – 5 Club in the Magdalene Centre

Thursday 22nd March                1.30 pm Café Matinee in Church

Saturday 24th March                   9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church

                                                   6.00 pm onwards Floating Shelter


                        9.30 am          1st Service – Morning Worship 

                        – Palm Sunday – Mark 11: 1 - 11

                                                 11.00 am           2nd Service Holy Communion 

                       – Palm Sunday – Mark 11: 1 - 11

                                                   6.30 pm          Service of Prayer and Reflection

After our services you are most welcome to ask for prayer from the ministry team for a particular need you have. 

Holy Week:

Palm Sunday is with us next Sunday 24th March


Each day following during Holy week there will be a service or an event starting at 7.00 pm 

Monday An Evening Mediation and prayer 

Tuesday An Evening Mediation and prayer 

Messy Easter – Tuesday 27th March from 5.30 pm – 6.45 pm for Children in Primary School and those starting school in September at The Magdalene Centre. If you are able to help please let Val know. Thank you.

Passover Meal is on Wednesday 28th March at 7.00 pm. Please sign the sheet at the back of Church if you are able to come and mark off what you are able to bring. Please also sign for set up and clear up. Thank you.

Thursday Holy Communion with Foot washing followed by a vigil

Friday All Age Worship at 9.00 am and An Hour at the Cross at 2.00 pm 

Saturday Service at Light at 8.00 pm 

Morning Prayer: will be held Monday - Thursday 7.30 am - 8.00 am in the Sanctuary.

APCM: there will be 6 places on the PCC for 2018-2021. Consider prayerfully whether God is calling you to this valuable role. 

Pre School managements meeting Tuesday 7.30 pm 

Croydon College: Amanda has begun a new ministry as one of the four chaplains at Croydon College. Please pray for her as she takes up this role to be available to students of all ages and to staff. It is for two hours every week. 

CC Floating Shelter at St MMM operates on Saturday evening and Sunday mornings on 17th and 24th March. A BIG Thank you to all taking part in the Floating Shelter. Please pray for everyone on Saturday night next weekend. 

A warm welcome, a smile and something to share and enjoy - We all need friends and companions in life. Too many of us are alone in our community. Have you thought of inviting a neighbour or friend or family member along to enjoy some company and relaxation at St MMM on a Thursday afternoon. Café Matinee and Café Creative are ideal for any who enjoy a good movie, or enjoy learning a new craft or getting on with their own project and provides the opportunity to meet others and enjoy an afternoon together. Check the Church diary for dates and times. March 1st and 15th are Café Creative and Café Matinee is 22nd March.

Would you like to join a Life Group in the evenings from 8.00 pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening or daytime Thursday morning (9.30 am) contact Amanda or the office.

Praying through LentCroydon Churches Forum have produced a booklet for Lent 49 days of prayer - praying for all that is going on in Croydon. Please do take one at the end of the service but more will be available at the Ash Wednesday service. 

Dates for your diary

Fruitfulness on the frontline: 150 Years - Wedding Celebrations Day

Saturday 17th March at 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

This will be a great way of welcoming back many who have seen St MMM as the place where they began married life and to celebrate with many in the congregation who were married here too. We are always pleased to offer hospitality, and so I ask that all who are coming to the service be ready to welcome back and look after all our guests. 

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 22nd March at 2pm will be showing a 2016 British family adventure film, based on Arthur Ransome's children's novel. Tea & cakes are provided as well as comfortable seats.

Weeks of Prayer

There will be two weeks of prayer

In May to mark Thy Kingdom Come. 14th - 20th May

In November to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

November 11th 1918 - 2018.

St Mildred's - Whilst St Mildred’s undergoes building works some of their occasional offices, mostly funerals, will be conducted here at St Marys. We are very glad to be able to help in this way.

Our Holiday Club this year will be Showstoppers and is the week of 23rd July. We are looking for willing helpers for all or part of the week. Please let Val know.

Good Friday re-enactment of the Crucifixion in Central Croydon. We need men to play the parts of Roman Guards and carry the body of ‘Jesus’, a narrator, two people to play the part of Jesus and carry the cross at the front of the South and East processions, carpenters to repair the stage and early rising strong people to load and unload a van with staging, construct/dismantle staging, drive in and out of Croydon starting at 7am in the morning on Good Friday, a security guard on the gate at the Alms Houses, stewards and leaflet droppers. Please contact Toni Suffolk details from the office for rehearsals dates and times.

Choir on Easter Sunday 1st April – If any singers would like to join the choir for Easter Sunday please speak to Christine Heal.

First Aid CertificateWe are in the process of compiling a list of current registered First Aiders. Please let Trudy or Val know if you have an up to date certificate. Thank you

Sound and Vision Team – Would you like to join the team? Full training will be given. Please contact Nigel Rolfe if you feel called to do this ministry.


Croydon Bach Choir are performing Dvorak Mass in D and Gounod St Cecilia Mass on Saturday 24th March at St Mary Magdalene Church, 7.30 pm. Tickets £12, children £5, available via the website

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.