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.

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available for collection.

Autumn 2018 Term Card

Diary Dates


Saturday 15th December 9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church

                                                 10.00 am Decorating the Church for Christmas


 9.30 am           1st Service Holy Communion – Advent 2 - Luke 3: 7 - 18

11.00 am           2nd Service Informal Worship - Advent 2 - Luke 3: 7 – 18

6.30 pm            Carols by Candlelight followed by Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Monday 17th December              8.00 pm PCC Prayer in Church

Tuesday 18th December             10.30 am Morning Prayer in Church

            2.00 pm Mother’s Union in the Crypt

                                                    Wychcroft Experience and Carols

Wednesday 19th December        10.30 am Pre School Nativity in Church

Saturday 22nd December            9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church


 9.30 am           1st Service Morning Worship – Advent 4 - Luke 1: 39 - 45

11.00 am           2nd Service Holy Communion - Advent 4 - Luke 1: 39 - 45

We will be arranging the flowers and putting up the candles ready for our Christmas Services on Saturday 15th December at 10.00 am. Please come and help if you are able to. Thank you.

A Christmas Concert with Croydon Symphonic Band – Saturday 15th December, 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm. Tickets in advance for discounts or on the door. More details from Sylvia or

Mince Pies Please bring mince pies tonight for Carols by Candlelight on 16th December and Midnight Communion on 24th December. 

Do invite family and friends to our Carols by Candlelight 16th December, the Crib Service at 4.30 pm on Christmas Eve, Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve at 11.00 pm, Holy Communion Christmas Morning at 9.00 am and All Age Christmas Celebration on Christmas Morning at 10.00 am.

Carols by Candlelight in the Pubs – Do come and join us as we share the hope in Jesus at The Claret December 19th at 8.00 pm and The Oval Tavern band based evening December 20th.

Christingle Collecting Candles please bring your filled candles back to Church as soon as you can. Thank you.

A Big Thank you to all who took part in the Christmas Journey which has been a great success.

THANK YOU very much for all the delivering you have done for the Contact magazine. 

Boxing Day Walk - Please join us for a walk on Boxing Day morning around the heath and woodland of Shirley. Meet at 10.00 am at Forest Academy School, Bridle Road, Shirley, CR0 8HQ where there is ample parking and buses 194 and 198 stop outside. The walk will last about an hour and you are then invited for light refreshments at 22 Palace View. Chris and Jennie Rutter.

Coffee Rota – Are there 2 or 3 volunteers to join the coffee rota for the 4th Sunday of the month after the 9.30 am service. If you are able to help with this please let Val or Patrick know.

Missions Gift Day – The total so far without Gift Aid is £3,963.90. There is still time to give your donation in if you have not been able to do so yet. Envelopes are available as you come in the front door.

Night Shelter – We will again be hosting the shelter here in March 2019. Watch out for a signup sheet in the New Year to offer your help. Thank you.

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Christmas Services at St Mary's 2018

Sunday 16th December at 6.30 pm

Carols by Candlelight

Monday 24th December at 4.30pm

Crib Service for all the family

Monday 24th December at 11.00 pm

Midnight Communion with Carols

Tuesday 25th December at 9.00 am

Christmas Day Holy Communion

Tuesday 25th December at 10.00 am

Christmas Day All Age Christmas Celebration

Children are invited to bring a Present to show

Southwark Splash – a Messy Celebration of Baptism with activities for all the family on Saturday 19th January 2019 from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at Southwark Cathedral. Free but please register at


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