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

Diary Dates


Wednesday 17th January     2.00 pm World Café in Church

     2.00 pm 0 – 5 Club in the Magdalene Centre

Thursday 18th January         1.30 pm Café Creative in Church

Saturday 20th January          9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church


  9.30 am    1st Service Holy Communion 

                  – Revelation of Jesus – To John – Matthew 3: 1 - 17

                             11.00am    2nd Service Informal Worship 

                     – Revelation of Jesus – To John – Matthew 3: 1 - 17

                              4.00 pm     Messy Church – Money Matters

We are so very sorry to have to announce that our dear brother and friend Michael Eldridge died on Friday December 29th. Although sudden he died peacefully. Our prayers are for Sharon and all his family. Michael’s funeral is at 10.30 am at Beckenham Crematorium on Saturday 13th January with a reception at St Mary’s from 11.45 am. Michael’s family, Matthew, Mary and Jonathan will be providing food and I have offered a contribution from us of cakes. Could you sign a list at the back of Church if you are able to make a cake or a batch of cup cakes. His family warmly invite those who knew Michael to share a memory of him at the reception. Could you let Amanda, Val or Sharon know if you would like to do that. There will be a book of condolence available at the reception to sign. If you are able to offer to help serve tea, coffee and to wash up please add your name to the list at the back of church.

At this sad time, together with his family and friends, we look forward to marking and giving thanks for our brother and friend Michael’s life, for his ministry and service amongst us.

The Good Read Group is meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 18th January at Clare’s house to discuss ‘Exposure’ by Helen Dunmore. The book for 15th February is ‘Sweet Caress’ by William Boyd. All women are welcome. Contact Jennie Rutter for further details.

New Year Party for Brownies, Rapids Junior Church and Holiday Club members. This year we are trying something different and having a combined groups party with entertainment. This will be on Friday 19th January 2018 from 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm. Light Refreshments and drinks provided.

Messy Church – Our next meeting is on Sunday 21st January from 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm. If you would like to be on the team or come and see what it is all about please speak to Val.

Over the New Year there is plenty to come to:

World Café Wednesdays from 12 noon starting January 10th.

Café Creative Thursdays 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, next meeting January 18th with drinks and refreshments.

Cafe Matinee Thursday January 25th, 2.00 pm with tea and cakes.

0 - 5's for parents, carers and children every Wednesday in term time from 2.00 pm January 10th.

Life Groups 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.

Why not try something new in the New Year.  Ask Amanda or Patrick or Trudy or Regina or Brian.

PCC will now meet on TUESDAY January 23rd. Please pray for our PCC members. 

Continuing the theme of Fruitfulness on the Frontline, CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 25th January at 2pm will be showing a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick.  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 (

Mother’s Union - Saturday 27th January at 11.00 am the members of the Mothers Union invite everyone to join them at a Communion Service of Celebration for 100 years of our branch here at St. Mary Magdalene with St. Martin, followed by a ploughman's lunch.

Women's Breakfast: Our next breakfast will be at the end of February. Saturday February 24th 9.30 am – 11.00 am. 

Advance Note for your Diaries – Our Holiday Club next year will be the week beginning 23rd July 2018. Please let Val know if you would like to and are able to help.


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.