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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.

Contact Magazines – available pick up your copy.

Spring 2017 Term Card

Diary Dates       

Wednesday 26th April                 12.00 pm World Café in Church

                                                  2.00 pm 0 – 5 Club in the Magdalene Centre

Thursday 27th April                     2.00 pm Café Matinee in Church

Saturday 29th April                     9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church

                                                 2.30 pm Jerusalem Joy in Church

SUNDAY 30TH APRIL 2017 – 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

10.30 am           Combined Service of Holy Communion

                        - Luke 24: 13 - 35

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 27th April at 2pm will be showing a 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.  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

THANK YOU very much to everyone who had helped with services and events, with welcoming and setting up, with flowers and music over Holy Week and Easter. You have made a big difference to our family life and worship.

The Adventure Cruise - St Mary Magdalene Holiday Club 2017 will be the week of 31st July. Are you able to come and help for all or part of the week? We need lots of helpers please speak to Val. We are collecting empty 6 pack cardboard egg boxes. Please hand these to Val. Thank you

Following our APCM on 9th April we are very pleased to welcome back Patrick Wells and Trudy Nieto as Churchwardens. To the PCC we are delighted to welcome Shona Okeke, Louisa Bravery, Paul Teague and Vedha Prakash. To Deanery we are equally delighted to welcome Anand Ebenezer, Ashley Mills, Elaine Hayward and Tony Fisher.

We are very sorry to say 'goodbye' to Chris Gee as our Treasurer for eight years, and offer him a heartiest thanks for his wonderful service to the church family. Chris has exercised his role with Godly wisdom and faithful integrity. THANK you.

Michael Eldridge: Michael has been a Reader at St Mary's for many years and has taken the sad decision this year to announce his retirement at the APCM. His formal date for retirement is yet to be established with the diocesan Warden for Readers. Once a date is set there will be a morning service in which we give thanks for is ministry amongst us and pray for him. in this new phase of life. We thank him, for his careful and spirit filled grasp of scripture and for his careful exposition of it. Please pray for Michael and where any may be able please offer him lifts by car.

Exciting term ahead:

Confirmation! we have 9 candidates! Bishop David Atkinson will come to confirm them on Sunday 21st May at 6.30 pm. Please come to support and to pray and to enjoy worship together. Coffee, tea and cakes to follow.

Fruitfulness on the Frontline - We have much to offer as a church family. To help nourish our lives and walk with God we will be running a short 8 week course for everyone in the church from Mid May to end of July called Fruitfulness on the Frontline. There will be three central meetings for this and five in small Groups in homes please sign up at the back of church if you are not already in a life group and would like to attend the course. I strongly encourage all of us to take part

Diocesan Discipleship training day: Please sign up to join in the training day on Saturday 10th June. This is a great opportunity to gain much more in the ministries you are interested in. £15 a head including lunch, £10 for groups over 5 booking early.  Don’t miss out!

Addiscombe Carnival: Sunday 28th May -  All Churches in Addiscombe are coming together for this. We are running a Cafe, Messy Church and a Prayer tent again this year.

Help is needed: making cakes; serving in cafe, helping with craft activities for the children. SIGN up sheets available early May.

Dates for Diary: June 18th Father’s Day special: the BIG Lunch here at St MMM. You bring lunch, join with our community to get to know each other and natter. Quiz, Music, Sports day events! bring friends and neighbours.

July 15th SUMMER FAIR

Similar to the Billy Graham stadium tours of old, JustOne is an initiative headed up by J.John to share the Gospel on Saturday 8th July at the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, J.John is inviting 20,000 christians to come and worship and hear stories from some special guests and to bring a friend, neighbour or relation with them that doesn’t consider themselves a christian.

JustOne will include worship from Matt Redman, Hillsong London, Noel Robinson and a 1000-voice children’s choir and a message from J.John. Cannon Andrew White, Julia Immonen, Lord Michael Hastings and Linvoy Primus will share some of their stories of faith.

Tickets have not been released for general sale and cannot be purchased directly from the JustOne website. To register your details visit www.justone.co.uk and follow the instructions. Tickets range from £5 – £25

Advance Diary Notice

There will be a Harvest Barn Dance on Friday 6th October at 7.30 pm in Church.

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.