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.

Summer Term Card THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available for collection.



Thursday 22nd August                  Pastoral Lunch, followed by Approx. 2pm Café Matinee

Saturday 24th August                   9.00 am Prayer in Church


  9.30 am          Morning Worship – Luke 13: 10 - 17

            – Signs of the Kingdom – freedom and grace, not law

11.00 am          Holy Communion    – Luke 13: 10 - 17

           – Signs of the Kingdom – freedom and grace, not law

No Evening Services at St Mary's during August

Saturday 31st August                   9.00 am Prayer in Church


There will be No Wednesday Holy Communion and No evening Services in August

Alpha! A brand new Alpha course 

Alpha September 4th 

Be thinking and praying for people to give your invitations to and be prepared to bring them yourself to the first Alpha meeting on Wed September 4th. Please be praying for the organisation of the course and for Choi, their minister at Christchurch Methodists, Amanda and Brian as they oversee the course. We are joining with Christchurch to run the course. If you can offer to help one of the catering teams extra people are welcome. Let Amanda know.  Please use your Alpha invitations.  Please let Amanda know how many you will be bringing on

­Alpha Prayer You are all invited to THE Alpha Prayer Morning, with coffee and pastries/croissants on Saturday 31st August 9.30 – 10.45 in the café area of the church.  Please sign up for pastries in the back of the church.  Also, please sign up for the Alpha Prayer Newsletter by email.  This will be sent out weekly by Steve Cole to update you on how Alpha is going and what to pray for.

Alpha Training Training for Alpha will be held on Saturday 31st August at 11.00am – 1.00pm at the Vicarage.

First Fruits Offering 2019: As you may know, the StMMM PCC has decided to give a tithe (10%) from the First Fruits Offering to the diocese this year, following a reduced payment of the Pledge to the diocese in 2018.  Therefore, the final offering received, net of the donation to the diocese, is £5,295.47.  This is a great offering, Thank you for your generosity.

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 22nd August at approx 2pm will be showing a 2006 computer-animated musical comedy film about the adventures of a tap-dancing penguin. This will be shown after the Pastoral Lunch, so there will be no tea & cakes on this occasion.  If anyone has a DVD of a wholesome family film suitable for church viewing, please submit your suggestion(s) to Chris Rutter

OPEN GARDENS - If you would like to offer your garden on a weekend from now to the beginning of September, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church. You do not need to have an immaculate show garden: it’s all about enjoying fellowship together over a cup of tea, coffee and cake. You are welcome to these gardens. Addresses are in the Church Family List.

Sunday 25th August – 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm – Chris & Jennie Rutter

Sunday 1st September – 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm – Marion & Douglas Padgham

Saturday 14th September – 11.00 am – 5.00 pm Christine & Tony Heal

September 14th This is for YOU!

Take a look on the Board at the back of the church telling you all about an excellent day run by the diocese for you to explore, develop, think through your gifts and time at church. Set aside the time to go and make use of those well thought out opportunities to develop your gifts. 

Christmas Fayre Nov 30th 2019! We are beginning to plan. If you have any particular activity or would like a stall that could be used at the Fayre please let Amanda or Isabella Lisk know. 

New Toilets: they are on their way!

At PCC last week we agreed to pursue one of four possible plans to renew our toilets. The plans have been worked on carefully and extensively by Tony Fisher and Chris Gee. And discussed at length at Standing Committee and at the last two PCC meetings. We will hear about these plans in our services.

We have had a great response to our First Fruits Gift Sunday and will be putting most of this money towards the cost of the New Loos project. We will need to raise more. Please be praying for the tweaking of the plans, and for the presentation to the whole church. Be praying for the costs to be covered and about what you may be able to give. 


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 for more information.

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