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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.

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

DIARY DATES

Wednesday 13th November        12.00 pm World Café in Church

2.00 pm 0 – 5 Club in the Magdalene Centre

7.00pm Alpha in the Magdalene Centre

Saturday 16th November              9.00 am Prayer in Church

SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2019 –  2nd SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

  9.30 am          Holy Communion – Moses: Reluctance - Exodus 4: 1 – 17

11.00 am          Informal Worship - Moses: Reluctance - Exodus 4: 1 – 17

  4.00 pm          Messy Church – Feast of Faith

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Our next Messy Church is Sunday 17th NovemberWe would like lots of cereal boxes or similar for a craft. These can be handed to Val or left at the back of church. If you would like to come and help on the team please speak to Val or just come along at 4.00 pm. Thank you.

Safeguarding: If you come to see Val during the week please be sure to ring the OFFICE bell, and not the Preschool bell. This has happened on a number of occasions and means a member of staff has to leave the children to attend to Office visitors, who then have to call the office bell anyway! 

The Christmas Journey: We will be inviting schools to come and join us to hear, watch and experience the Christmas Journey.  I am looking for people who would like to be part of this fabulous ministry during the first week in December. If you have free time then have a word with Barbara Yankah or Amanda and we'd love to include you.

Operation Christmas Child - Only one more week for this Christmas project - filling a shoebox with lovely gifts for a needy child living in a difficult part of the world.  If you have filled a shoebox please take it to a local drop off point by 18th November, the nearest one to St Mary's is Entertainer Toy shop in the Whitgift Centre (formerly BHS). This shop is closed on Sundays. Or see the website for a drop off point nearer your home.  Muriel Price or Mary Thomas can give you more information.

Missions Gift Day collection amounts to £4,060 before Gift Aid, which should amount to around £900, so we have reached our £5000 target.  Thanks to everybody who gave so generously. The fund is still open for further donations this year - please use a standard donation envelope, clearly marked "Missions Gift Day", or pay by bank transfer to our account, CAF Bank Sort Code 40-52-40 A/c 00028724 with reference "Missions Gifts", or use our card reader noting your name, time of transaction and "Missions Gifts" on the accompanying sheet.

CAFÉ MATINEE on THURSDAY 28th November at approx 2pm will be showing a 1994 heart-warming American Christmas fantasy film starring Richard Attenborough.  Tea & cakes are provided as well as comfortable seats.

My thanks to all those who helped to prepare the church for Fred's Funeral on Thursday. Amanda.

Christmas Fair November 30th 2019 - 11.00 am – 3.00 pmPlease sign the sheets at the back of Church to offer your help throughout the day with teas and cakes/mince pies, hot dogs, mulled wine, Messy Christmas corner, Welcoming, Clearing away and the Sound desk.

  • Contact Paul Teague if you would like to help on a stall or have things that can be sold at a stall: Christmas puddings; candles, cards, candle holders, jams/etc, Christmas decorations, glass, good books, gifts, jewellery.
  • Contact Val if you can help with a Messy Christmas corner.
  • Contact Ruth Johnston if you can help serve food part of the time

    Tombola Stall – If you have new items that would be suitable for the tombola stall these can be left in the box at the back of church. Please do not leave any food items in the box until November. Thank you.

    Book Stall – We are collecting paperback and hard back books that are in good condition to be sold at the Christmas Fair. If you have any to donate, please leave them in the ‘book’ box at the back of church. Thank you.

    St Mary Magdalene Talents Challenge - Do you have an idea to raise money at the Christmas Fair?  Do you need money to buy materials?  Whether it is baking cakes or making jam, making candles or building jewellery boxes, leathercraft or quilling; if you need some money to buy materials we will provide £20.  Write your ideas and what you will spend the money on a postcard/ old menu/ back of an envelope and give it to Christopher Hunt, or send it to treasurer@stmmm.org.uk.  If we are inundated with ideas there will be a Dragon's Den style challenge to select the best options.

In the process for clearing we found a number of 'lost items' just gathering dust. These will be placed in a box for next Sunday and those who know they have lost something here can claim it before it all goes to recycling.

The Mother's Union Cake & Book Sale made £132 towards their Away from It All holiday fund. Thank you to all those who contributed and supported us.


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