Latest Notices


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

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available to read or download.

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.

Notices Sunday 5th December 2021
The Church is open for Public Worship. Our services are In-person & Live Stream on You Tube

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.

Dates for the Diary
Guidance for those attending services in person

Services Sunday 5th December (Toy Sunday)
Sunday 5th December is Toy Sunday at both services. We would like you to bring a brand new toy for a young child between 6 months – 3 years old to the service. These will be sent to Christian Family Concern. Thank you.
9.30am Holy Communion - In-person and Live stream on YouTube
11am Informal All Age Worship - In-person and Live stream on YouTube

Services Sunday 12th December
9.30am Morning Worship - In-person and Live stream on YouTube
11am Informal Holy Communion - In-person and Live stream on YouTube
4pm: Christingle - An informal service for all the family with Carols 

The Christingle Service – Sunday 12th December at 4pm with activities, carols and a story. Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope.

Seating in church
We want to continue to offer the same opportunity to be seated as we have been for the past year and a half, whilst allowing for those who would now prefer to be seated as was the norm in the past. So this Sunday we may continue to sit at a distance using the seating on the north side of the church building, those who would like to sit closer with one another are asked to use the seating to the south side of the church which has been returned to its former layout. Our Welcomers on the door will direct you if you are not sure which side to go to.
We cannot require you to wear masks, and so leave that to your discretion, but urge you to consider others in making that decision. We do request that you take a lateral flow test before coming to church, especially if you would prefer not to wear a mask. Thank you so much for respecting the needs of others around you.
Movement around the church remains as it was, with a one-way system.

Weekly Morning Prayer times on Zoom week beginning 6th December
This week we are meeting on Zoom to pray together Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9.00am – 9.30am

Morning Prayer words for Advent

If Attending Church in person, Masks must be worn unless you have an underlying health problem. Thank you very much for considering one another as you take care.
Christmas Leaflets distribution: There are leaflets at the back of Church that must be delivered this week to the Parish giving details of our Christmas Services. If you can help please take a bundle or two. Thank you.

Christingle Collecting Candles in aid of the Children’s Society – There are still a few of these left at the back of Church. Please take one home if you would like to and fill it with your small change or a note if you prefer. These can be brought back to the Christingle Service on 12th December or any Morning Service after this in December. Thank you.

Cupcakes for Christingle – We would like to give everyone who comes to the Christingle Service a cupcake to take home. If there are any volunteers who could make some please let Val or Ruth know. Thank you.

COULD THIS BE YOU? We are looking for someone within our church family to be our Health and Safety Representative. Ashley Mills has served us so well over many years and it is time to pass on the baton. Ask Rev Amanda for further details if you are interested. Thank YOU

Christmas Journey: We are running the ‘Christmas Journey’ this year from 6th – 10th December with morning and afternoon sessions for the local schools. 

New Toilets We have built four brand new unisex individual toilets!
There is a delay on materials from our suppliers so the flooring and Magdalene Centre doors will be put in place later in December.
We have the gift of a legacy that will go a long way towards the cost of this big project. At the moment we are looking at a cost of £40,000. We will be using gifts from the First Fruits Gift day towards these costs. If you can would you make a contribution towards these works? Let Helen know : and give via bank transfer noting your gift as ‘Toilets gift’ or discuss with Helen who best to make our donation if you can’t do so electronically.

Carols in Croydon: This is an opportunity for Churches to come together and bring the hope of Jesus to Croydon this Christmas! The event will take place on THURSDAY 16th December 2021, 5pm - 7pm in North End, central Croydon, where we will have a programme of Carol singing, short testimonies and gospel presentations as well as giving out information flyers, chocolates and also a table of free tinned food/packets of biscuits for people to take away.

Music Group: This time last year members of the music group and friends made a Christmas CD 'Light in the Darkness' to raise funds for the church.
We now have a second CD 'Together in Harmony' which celebrates the other seasons of the year. Special thanks to Hilary and Sam Gee for their skill and dedication. We'd be delighted if you would buy our CDs - for yourselves and to give as gifts. Only £10 each! Contact Hilary Gee or Lois Leeming.

Christmas Services for 2021
Sunday December 12th at 4.00 pm: Christingle
Saturday December 18th at 4.30-5.00 pm Carols around the Tree 
Sunday December 19th at 6.00 pm: Carols by candle light
Christmas Eve at 4.30 pm: Crib Service
                           11.00 pm: Midnight communion
Christmas Day at 9.00 am: Holy Communion
                           10.00 am: All Age Christmas Celebration
Sunday December 26th 10.00 am: Worship together

Update on the Homeless (Winter 2021) Croydon Churches Floating Shelter (CCFS) operates from November – March to assist the homeless during the winter months. There will be no floating shelter at St. Mary’s in 2022 as Local Council and Government policy for provision for the homeless has changed and dormitory shelters are no longer acceptable. The homeless will be housed in hotels and single room accommodations. As an alternative to the Floating Shelter last year, St. Mary’s volunteers made 8 loaves of sandwiches, delivered to Nightwatch each Saturday night for 6 weeks from February. A request has been received for St Mary’s volunteers to make 10 loaves of sandwiches from mid-February 2022 and also to provide 5 hot meals for the homeless to the Croydon Hub. Further information will be provided early in 2022 with the opportunity to volunteer help.

Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. That single mission drives a huge range of activities. In some parts of the world, bringing the Bible to life focuses on translation and distribution projects. Elsewhere it focuses on leadership training, or literacy programmes, or interfaith dialogue.
Closer to home, in England and Wales, it focuses on advocacy effort, schools outreach and devotional resources. “Rooted Juniors” is Bible Society’s brand-new club for 7 to 11-year-olds. “Rooted Juniors” will bring together children who love the Bible and want to share its message with the world. Members will be able to journey through the Bible and around the world, exploring different biblical themes.
 Please pray for Bible Societies that remain badly affected by the pandemic.
 Pray for wisdom and strength as Bible Societies consider creative ways to distribute the word of God.
 Pray for Bible Societies as they embrace new models of ministry and ask for resilience for all those serving the Bible cause.
 Please pray that Bible Society is able to continue to meet the need for the Bible around the world.

Onslow College Housing Charitable Organisation OCH - helping homeless families at the Gilroy Court hotel complex. OCH have a Newsletter which highlights what we have been doing. If anyone wants a copy of the Newsletter /and or / how to make a small donation, please contact Ron Streibig.

Thank You for Your giving 
Thank you for all that you give and for your financial giving. It is part of our discipleship and following of Jesus. Your generosity and willingness to give enables the church building to remain in good condition, and for the ministry and work of the church family to continue. Particularly, during lockdown we have been able to host the Food bank drop off, we’ve been able to support Young Roots working with young asylum seekers and refugees, as well as ensure that the Preschool is safe. Thank you. You can find alternative ways of giving via our giving pages on the website. Please do consider starting to give if you haven’t up to this time.  

Food Drop at St Mary’s every Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 2pm throughout 2021

The Addiscombe Food Drop Off is open two days a week at St Mary’s Crypt; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am – 2pm. There is a rota for volunteers from our community. You are welcome to help. Bring your donation of dry or tinned food and toiletries to the crypt door and leave them on the table inside the door. Please wear your face covering. Hand sanitiser is right by the door.

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

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 Freewill Offering envelope scheme.
Our bank details are:
St Mary Magdalene with St Martins PCC
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account No: 00028724
These details can also be used for one-off transfers.
Other methods of giving are available.
St Mary’s has a card reader. We can accept contactless donations of 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.
Gift Aid
If you are a UK taxpayer and would like the church to claim the tax on your giving, please complete an enduring Gift Aid declaration.
For more information please contact Helen Koukoulis (PCC Treasurer) at or Jennie Rutter (Gift Aid Secretary) at

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