Latest Notices

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Our normal service pattern has been suspended during the Corona virus outbreak following Church of Englnd guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus page for details. 

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available to read or download from here

Sunday 24th May 10.00am - All Age Morning Worship - watch on You Tube

 Daily refelctions and our latest digital services can be found on St. Mary's You Tube Channel.

Audio recordings of all our recent sermons can be found here

Videos from our You Tube Channel can also be found on our Video page

Children and Young People : We have a created a page of resources for children and young people.

Daily readings for week 25th -31st May can be found on our Daily Reflections page and also linked from the calendar. This week there will not be recorded audio reflections. We are encouraging you to use the excellent series of daily personal bible readings and reflections from Thy Kingdon Come. So for these days we encourage you to use them as your Thought for the Day. Our recorded audio reflections will resume on 1st June on You Tube.

Thought for the Day led by Peter Brian and Amanda happens for 2 -3 minutes each day Monday – Saturday. The readings are taken from the Lectionary. You can find the link via our website. DO stop for a few minutes each day to read and listen and pray,.

There is a new provision for people who do not have the internet to hear daily readings, prayers and worship by telephone called Daily Hope. It is completely free and is on daily. Dial 0800 804 8044 Please let friends know if they are without the internet that this is available daily free of charge.

Parish Administrator's Vacancy

As you know Val is retiring this summer, which is very sad for us as we have much appreciated her work and ministry.  The job advert for you to pass onto any who think they may be interested. The Job description and Person spec is on our website.

Church buildings:

The bishops have now advised that clergy only may now use the church buildings, but they are not open yet to anyone else. I will use the church to record part of our service this Sunday .

Notices for Week of 21st May

The BIG Five: the call to pray for five people you know for these ten days

TKC - Thy Kingdom Come

  • As we join in with the call to pray for five friends, neighbours, family members to come to know Jesus, we can join  together at stmmm with daily morning prayer by zoom, and another time in the afternoon/evening according to age group.
  • For your convenience the timetable and the codes have been sent by email again.
  • Reflections for the day Ascension Day to Pentecost: TKC has provided an excellent series of daily personal bible readings and reflection time which you have already been sent by post or on your sheets of TKC links. So for these 10 days we encourage you to use them as your Thought for the Day. This means that next week there won’t be a recorded Thought for the Day coming from the church.
  • We will resume that service on Monday June 1st.

Giving food: the excellent work going on at the Food drop off at St Mildred’s Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 2 pm providing most of the food for some of the food banks and Salvation Army to deliver to people in need. Please do consider donating as much as you can: dry and tinned foods etc. Toiletries - loo rolls, toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel/soap, shampoo washing up liquid etc

Gilroy Court: be in touch with Ron Streibig for any particular needs we can help with for those having to live at Gilroy court right now

Services and our buildings: At the moment only I the vicar can go in to our church buildings. It is possible that later in July we will be open to open the churches for private prayer only.  Meeting together for worship at social distances in our church building later in the year should be achievable as we have the space. We are continuing to record all our services. We have a fourth addition to our team of editors, Andrew. So our team comprises Isabella Lisk, Peter Welby, Emma Barlow and Andrew Payne. At the moment it takes me, for example, two days to properly record a service, and the editors 14 hours, sometimes more, to put it together. We need to purchase some suitable equipment and software to make this a much simpler process. A lap top, a microphone, a camera. We are most likely to continue to get our service online when we return to the church building for worship. This is because there has been a great take up from people logging into services around the country.

Income: Our income is down as we are not receiving gifts given on a Sunday to the plate, nor some of rent for use of the buildings. If you would like to give by direct debit to our church bank account please would you do this visit the giving page and links to the giving page on our website. If you are a tax payer please consider gift aid. All the information is on our website.

If you do not have internet, please consider setting up a direct debit or giving as you usually would and contact Val in the office to sort out a way passing on your offering to be banked.

First Fruits We are coming to the time in the year when we have a short focus on First fruits as a gift day this will take place towards the end of June.

Thank you so much for keeping in touch with each other and for the blessing you bring to those you encourage and support.

In God’s love

Amanda

Share our stories

It would be good to hear each other's stories of encouragement over time, and to hear how we can all best support each other in prayer. Please email anything you can share for encouragements to Val. Many thanks .

Spring Harvest Home - this event has finished but the content is avaiable until the end of May to access from our webpage links.

Spring Harvest available to you online this year!

This resource is available until 30th June so there's still time to enjoy Spring Harvest from home including lots of resources, activities, teaching worship and talks.

See our Spring Harvest Home 2020 page for full details

Safeguarding matters

The National Safeguarding Team has issued useful information to help us to maintain our focus on safeguarding during this lockdown period.  

In addition, Bishop Christopher and the CTG is very aware that this period can be a difficult one for some households and the Metropolitan Police have asked us to share these numbers which we are pleased to do.   The message is that we should all be vigilant in our care for others at this time.

· The 24/7 National Domestic Abuse helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247.

· The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call 0808 8024040

· Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and those supporting themwww.mensadviceline.org.uk

· Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247 Mon to Fri 9am–5pm supporting victims of honour based abuse and forced marriagewww.karmanirvana.org.uk

· Hour Glass: 0808 808 8141 challenging the abuse of older people in all its forms www.wearehourglass.org

· Galop LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk

· Childline: 0800 1111 If you’re a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship.

For more information about support services that are available, go to https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/
In addition, the National Safeguarding Teams Guidance on Domestic Abuse can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Practical support We are currently working on how to provide practical support to our church family, including telephone calls for a friendly chat and assistance in shopping etc.  If your personal and family circumstances mean you are currently able to help us do shopping etc, please let Jen Welby know. Please do also link up with your neighbours and local groups where you can so that we both support our church family and our neighbours. 


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

How can I support this Church financially?

 If St Mary’s is your spiritual home, please consider giving regularly by Standing Order, or through the Free Will Offering Envelope Scheme.

 Our bank details are: St Mary Magdalene with St Martins PCC. Sort Code: 40-52-40.  A/c No: 00028724.

These details can also be used for one-off transfers. If you are a UK taxpayer, please give your name as a reference, and complete an enduring covenant that will enable us to recover Gift Aid. Other methods of giving are available.  

Please speak to Christopher Hunt, or email treasurer@stmmm.org.uk for more information.

St Mary's has a card reader.  We can accept contactless payments up to £30, or larger amounts via chip and pin.  When donating, please write your name and accurate time of donation on the sheet accompanying the card reader.

If you are a UK taxpayer, and have not already done so, please complete an enduring GiftAid declaration.