Latest Notices

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Please see our Coronavirus page for latest udates

Current Situation for Public Worship remains unchanged
THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available to read or download.

If you are coming to the church building for a service - please read these guidance notes

November 1st All Saints Day Sunday Services in church and live streamed and available to watch on our You Tube Channel

09.30 am Holy communion

11.00 am Informal All Age

4pm Service of Lights – Annual Memorial service

NHS Covid-19 App

The NHS COVID-19 track and trace app is available to download on smartphones. We strongly encourage you download this and upon arrival at STMMM scan the displayed QR codes to help us keep safe and open as a church. Please view the video if unsure how to download the app.

If you don’t have the app yet you will need to sign in as before.

Audio recordings of all our recent sermons can be found on our Audio Media page

Videos from St. Mary's 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.

There is 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.

Notices Sunday 25th October 2020

Diary

The Light Weekend:

Saturday Oct 31st 4-4.45 pm Children’s Light Party

This is an online only event this year, Val can give you the Zoom details. Email her on childrenswork@stmmm.org.uk.

Saturday 31st Oct 5-5.30pm Pumpkin Lighting - Church Forecourt

Pumpkin Lighting, we invite everyone in our church family, individuals, children, families to bring a carved pumpkin to the church. We would like you to carve either a cross or a heart shape into your pumpkin. We would like five pumpkins to have a letter of the name JESUS carved into each one. We will set these pumpkins along the front of the Church building and light them to spread the news that Jesus is our Light. There will be treats and a small book for all the children who bring a carved pumpkin. All church members are invited to come and join in the lighting. Please let Val know if you would like to carve one of the letters of ‘JESUS’.

November 1st All Saints Day Sunday Services.

09.30 am Holy communion

11.00 am Informal All Age

4pm Service of Lights – Annual Memorial service

All are welcome to come to this very special service for remembering those we have loved who have died. You are encouraged to invite others you know who have been bereaved. There will be music, prayers, and an Act of Remembering. We can seat at least 60 people safely and with ease in church under the current restrictions.

Tuesday November 3rd 8 pm PCC meeting by Zoom ZOOM Login details to be sent out soon.

Worshipping and praying together

It’s so good to see over 60 members of our church family at one or other of our services each week. And it’s really good to know there are other church family members watching online. We are together by the Spirit and by prayer

Please remember at this cold time of year to phone or email those who live alone and cannot now easily meet with anyone indoors,

Cars

It would be so much safer and easier for everyone coming to live services to be able to see one another after the service and leave safely at 2m distance if the forecourt is kept empty of cars. If you drive to morning services please would you park on the road nearby, unless you are dropping off someone or have a blue badge yourself. That would be a great help to keeping us all safe. Thank you .  

Remember when you arrive to go straight to a seat to avoid crowding the aisles. Thank you so much.

Current Situation for Public Worship remains unchanged see Covid Information full details.

Missions’ Gifts

We give thanks as we have received over a quarter of our target so far. If you have not yet made your gift then please leave your Missions contribution in an envelope clearly marked ‘Missions Gift’ in the box on the giving Table. When paying in to the Church account online please reference ‘Missions’ on your donation. Thank you very much indeed.

Get crafting for Christmas - Cafe Creative!

Now that we’re all stuck indoors a bit more, what better way of spending that extra time than to make something useful or pretty (or both!) to brighten up your home or bring a smile to someone’s face at Christmas. Although the Café Creative Group have not been able to meet since Covid, we have not been idle, and we thought this would be a good time to give all of you the chance to show off your creativity. So do join us for a Zoom Meeting next Thursday, 5 November, at 2.30, to discuss ideas, patterns, resources etc. Contact the Office for Zoom details if you have not received them by email.

Services November 8th  Remembrance Sunday

10.30  Combined Service of Holy Communion

We will be joined by one of our Councillors Sean Fitzsimons

Save the Date November 29th after the morning shared service

We are now in a position where we can hold a meeting for us all to reflect on the year past and look forward to the years ahead. We will hold our Annual Meeting (APCM where we appoint new PCC members and Church Warden on November 29th directly after the morning service.) Please do consider attending in person, if you are unable to attend we will live stream via Zoom. Should we need to take a vote on any matter only those present and are on out Electoral role may vote, this is unlikely, but nevertheless we must plan for it as a possibility 

Gilroy Court

If you can help in any way with those who are housed at Gilroy Court please do be in touch with Ron Striebig or any one in Ruth and Mike Johnston’s house group.

Food banks

There is a basket in church for you to donate foods and toiletries via Purley Foodbank

Our services will be live streamed and available to watch live on our You Tube Channel. If you are taking part but done want to appear on the live stream please let Andrew know before the service starts.

We cannot lead services in the way we have been used to but we can worship our loving heavenly father.

  • Please note that Gov’t guidelines are that we must not sing. We may have  singers socially distanced from  each other and from the congregation. We have decided to continue with recorded songs at the 9.30 and where possible a singers  and musicians appropriately distanced  at the 11 am.
  • We are advised to wear masks, and as you know there are a number of reasons to be exempt for wearing them. Please familiarise yourself with the Government advice on this.
  • We cannot offer refreshments yet and are advised we need to leave the building as soon as the service ends.
  • However, we can join together in worship through our presence together, our prayers together, and listening to God, giving time and space to hear him.
  • Toilets are open in the Magdalene centre. There are hand sanitisers on the wall outside the men’s and the women’s toilets for your use before entry. There is a one way system. Please follow the arrows.

Financial Giving: you are now able to leave your offerings on the plate at entrance to church or to use the CARD READER also as you enter church

The church will be cleaned where necessary between the services. We have enough distanced seating for 60+ people, although a family can sit together. There will be no Children’s groups just yet but there will be a children’s focus at the 11 am.

This is really important:

Coming on site

It remains the case that anyone coming on site for whatever reason, they must clear the day and time and purpose with Amanda first, let Amanda know on the day that they have arrived and when they leave. Thank you very much.

Safeguarding

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

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.