Latest Notices

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.

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available for collection.

Aumtumn Term Card

Diary Dates

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

Wednesday 13th December        10.30 am Pre School Nativity in Church

            12.00 pm World Café in Church

              2.00 pm 0 – 5 Club in the Magdalene Centre

Thursday 14th December              1.00 pm Café Creative in Church

Saturday 16th December              9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church

                                                   10.00 am Decorating the Church for Christmas

SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2017 – 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                          9.30 am            1st Service Holy Communion

                          – God with us: Welcoming Him in – Luke 1: 46 - 55

                                                   11.00 am           2nd Service Informal Worship

                                      – God with us: Welcoming Him in – Luke 1: 46 – 55

                                                      6.30 pm          Carols by Candlelight

CONTACT Magazine – There are still a few bundles to be delivered if you can help please can you take a bundle today. Thank you.

Christingle Collecting Candles These can be returned today at the Christingle Service or next Sunday.

We will be arranging the flowers and putting up the candles ready for our Christmas Services on Saturday 16th December at 10.00 am. Please come and help - many hands make light work! Refreshments will be provided.

Carols by Candlelight - Volunteers are needed to serve refreshments, mulled wine, tea, coffee, and mince pies on Sunday 17th December. Please email or speak to Patrick, Trudy or Val. Please invite friends and neighbours to come. Please can the congregation bring along mince pies for this on the morning of 17th or before the Carol Service.

Thank you.

Christmas Journey: We had a great week:  Five schools came in and we had a full cast every session with different people dove tailing to fill in for each other where needed. Each session is an hour long. This is a vital ministry, so many of the children do not really know the story of Jesus' Birth. So a BIG thank you to all who gave their time to work so hard for this event to take place. 

Christmas Services – Inside your Notice Sheet today you will find a leaflet to hand to friends and neighbours inviting them to our Christmas Services. Thank you.

Carols in the Community 

We will be singing carols in three of our local pubs this year and need a good number of people to join in with singing at 

The Claret, 5 Bingham Corner, Lower Addiscombe Road on Thursday 14th December at 8.00 pm.

The Builders Arms on Wednesday 20th December

The Oval Tavern and come to be part of the Carols by Candlelight on Thursday 21st December.

We are looking for some more singers to join our church choir This is just for Christmas, and longer if you would like to. Please give this some thought and see one of us if you are interested or want to know more. We meet for rehearsals on Fridays at 8:00 pm in the Crypt. Thank you. Christine Heal.

Christmas Banquet – Due to lack of numbers unfortunately this event has been cancelled this year.

Thank you to those who have brought toys these will be sent to Christian Family Concern.

Mission’s Gift Day – The total collected so far is £5618.90 and we will collect a further £1127 in Gift Aid. Thank you to all. If you would still like to give there are envelopes at the back of Church.

Croydon Churches Floating Shelter Carol Singing will be on Saturday 9th December from 10.00 am – 5. 00 pm in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon. Our slot is from 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm but if it’s more convenient to sing earlier that is fine.

Café Creative – The next session will be 14th December at 1.00 pm.

Advance Note for your DiariesOur Holiday Club next year will be the week beginning 23rd July 2018.

GENERAL NOTICES

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.