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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.

Spring Term Card now available 

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available for collection.

DIARY DATES 

Thursday 20th February             12.30 pm Pastoral Lunch

Saturday 22nd February               9.00 am Prayer in Church

SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2020 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT

 9.30 am           Morning Worship – Hearing God’s call – Exodus 3: 1 - 17

11.00 am          Holy Communion – Hearing God’s call – Exodus 3: 1 - 17

  6.30 pm          Service of Prayer and Reflection

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Over the next Six Sundays and leading us into Lent we will hear from six different people from our church family, or connected with St Marys, about the work they are involved with in our community. There will be an opportunity for us to respond at the joint service on March 29th

Schools

On Monday last week we had a visit from 90 students (year 3) from Ark Oval school to look around St Mary's church. I gave them a short talk about our beliefs and why the church is set out as it is. Barbara Yankah and I then took them in two separate groups to different parts of the church and helped them to understand more clearly the many ways our building is used and the Christian message of hope and love its features convey. Eileen and Sheba supplied coffee and biscuits for the staff and other adults who came with the students.

On Tuesday I spent the afternoon at Robert Fitzroy Academy. I was asked to talk to year six in four different groups about what a vicar is and what a vicar does. No mean feat in 15 minutes! I was very warmly greeted by members of year 6 who had made survival bags for all of us taking part. (A biscuit, a bottle of water and an apple!) I explained what a calling is, and how prayer is part of the process of deciding to become a vicar. I explained what we do together at St Marys and what worship is all about. I had some great questions. They were very interested in Messy Church!

There will be a pastoral lunch on Thursday 20th February at 12.30 pm in the Magdalene Centre. Please ask for an invitation letter from Marion or Gillian if you would like to come. Everyone is welcome but we do need to confirm numbers for catering purposes by Sunday 16th February please.

CROYDON CHURCHES FLOATING SHELTER comes to St Mary’s on the weekends of February 29th, March 7th, 14th and 21st. There is a rota at the back of the church for you to sign up for the duties shown. For more information, please contact either Ron Striebig or Chris Rutter.

Coffee Rota –To enable us to have coffee on the 3rd Sunday of the month after the 2nd service volunteers are needed asap to start in March. Please let Val or Patrick know. Thank you.

The Good Read Group is meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 20th February at Pat’s house to discuss 'Milkman' by Anna Burns. The book for March is 'Arms of Nemesis’ by Steven Saylor and for April, ‘Old Baggage’ by Lissa Evans. All women are welcome. Contact Jennie Rutter for further details.

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 27th February at approx 2pm will be showing a 2004 American made-for-television biographical drama film about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas (1910–1985) and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock (1899–1964), the "Blue Baby doctor". 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.

Advanced Diary Note – Our Summer Holiday Club will be the week beginning 20th July 2020. As usual we will need lots of helpers. Please let Val know if you are able to be part of the team for part or all of the week. Theme TBD. 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

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.