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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.

THE BRIDGE our Diocesan newspaper is available for collection.

Contact Magazines – available pick up your copy.

Summer 2017 Term Card 

Diary Dates

ST. MARY’S NOTICES

First Fruits Sunday 26th June - Thank you very much for your love and care for one another, and for the way in which you have given your help and time in so many different ways. We are seeing so many gifts of our church family blossoming and being used in service to God and our community. Our ministry and work is growing. We have much we would like to do. On the practical side we would like to re new the toilets area, and in time renew the frontage on the church and provide storage for all the extra chairs and staging we have. We would like to invest in youth and children's ministry and in our music ministry and we would like to offer support to families, elderly, and those in debt. As part of our worship of God, our loving Heavenly Father, each year we make thank offerings which are used to further our ministry of love to others. We call this our First Fruits. Giving God a portion of the best we have and we take the opportunity to review our giving to increase it a bit if we can. Please take time this week to review your monthly or weekly giving and to pray about making a thank offering as you have done before. Envelopes are available for you to use for next Sunday, or the following week if you are away. Thank you very much for doing this.

BIG LUNCH - Very Great Thanks to all who helped to set up the BIG Lunch and to clear up on Sunday. We had great fun at our Sports day races and enjoyed eating in the sunshine with the band.

St Mary Magdalene Open Gardens, Summer 2017

We would like to invite as many as possible to take part in our 'open garden' scheme this summer. The idea is to open your garden to visitors for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the summer months (on a date of your choice), serve some refreshments and have an optional collection in aid of church funds. We would love more people to sign up! You don't have to have a Chelsea flower show garden to get involved. Just a willingness to open your garden and share refreshments with visitors. If you'd be interested in taking part please contact Hilary Gee.

Michael's retirement as Reader will be marked at a Combined Service on Sunday 16th July. At his service we will give thanks for Michael's ministry and he will be released from ministry by the Diocesan Warden for readers. There will be cake and refreshments after the service. Please do make every effort to come to thank him for his many years of wise and committed service.

Hospitality a note from Janet - Sharing the ministry

It would be really good if we could have a team of people that we can call on to organise and oversee events that involve catering at St Marys. We are looking for people who can take on the supervision of one or two events a year. There are approximately 9 a year ranging from Mince pies after the Carol Service, to Soup and bread after service. Church BBQ and Passover meal/Christmas Banquet etc

No cooking or shopping needed (unless you want to and we will always ask for further volunteers to form a team to help with set up and clear up on these occasions). This is likely to involve 2 - 3 meetings with Janet per year to discuss dates. If you are interested to know more or to offer to join this team let me know

Similar to the Billy Graham stadium tours of old, JustOne is an initiative headed up by J.John to share the Gospel on Saturday 8th July at the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, J.John is inviting 20,000 christians to come and worship and hear stories from special guests and to bring a friend, neighbour or relation with them that doesn’t consider themselves a christian.

 JustOne will include worship from Matt Redman, Hillsong London, Noel Robinson and a 1000-voice children’s choir and a message from J.John. Cannon Andrew White, Julia Immonen, Lord Michael Hastings and Linvoy Primus will share some of their stories of faith. To book tickets go to https://justone.co.uk/

Everyone is welcome to take part in the interfaith bike ride and to join the interfaith picnic which runs from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm at Parkhill Recreation ground on Sunday 9th July. 
The ride will be led by professional cycling instructors who will safeguard the ride.

10.00 am - Starting point for Group A: Croydon Arena, SE25 4QL for a route safety briefing.

10.30am - Starting point for Group B: Boxpark, CR0 1LD, Dingwall Road side.

1.30pm – arrive at Park Hill Recreation Ground, Fairfield Road, for the Big Get Together interfaith picnic.

5.00 pm - picnic ends

Places on the ride can be reserved via:

www.eventbrite.co.uk or www.faithstogetherincroydon.org.uk

A message from Dorothy -  It is a great blessing to be held in prayer especially in my recent illness. I praise and thank God for his Grace, Love, Mercy and Healing and for the encouraging uplifting messages and visits and support of so many when I needed it most. Thank you. Isaiah 40: 31a

Messy Church We are collecting small cardboard boxes for our 16th July session e.g. toothpaste or variety pack cereal sizes. Also used envelopes. Please hand these to Val or leave at the back of Church as soon as you can. Thank you.

The Adventure Cruise - St Mary Magdalene Holiday Club 2017 will be the week of 31st July. Application forms now available. We are collecting scraps of material suitable to make bunting. (No more egg boxes are needed). Are you able to come and help for all or part of the week? Please speak to Val.

Melanie Taylor is now back in Croydon University Hospital (Ward Purley 1). As Melanie is now local she would like to have visitors.

The Link is an evening drop-In for homeless and vulnerably housed adults that meets every Thursday evening from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm at East Croydon United Reformed Church. They are in need of additional help in the kitchen to prepare and serve refreshments to guests. The drop-in attracts guests from past night shelters and others.

If you are able to help once a month or more please contact Pauline Miller for more information.

Croydon Bach Choir Homo Sum by Mark David Boden and more on Saturday 1st July at Croydon Minister, Church Street, Croydon. Tickets £15, children £5 from www.croydonbachchoir.org

Advance Diary Notice

There will be a Harvest Barn Dance on Friday 6th October at 7.30 pm in Church.

Anyone interested in a Scottish holiday next year see notice on board in entrance lobby.

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.