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.

Diary Dates



6.30 pm          Refuel Contemporary Service

Monday 14th January             7.50 pm PCC Meeting in the Crypt

Tuesday 15th January           10.30 am Morning Prayer in Church

                                              12.00 pm Mother’s Union Meal at Coombe Lodge

Wednesday 16th January      12.00 pm World Café in Church

                                                2.00 pm 0-5 Group in The Magdalene Centre

Thursday 17th January            2.00 pm Café Creative in Church

Friday 18th January                6.30 pm – 8.00 pm Brownies, Rapids Junior Church & Holiday Club Members
                                                New Year Party

Saturday 19th January             9.00 am – 10.00 am Prayer in Church


 9.30 am           1st Service Holy Communion – Luke 2: 1 - 11
                           - Epiphany 3

11.00 am           2nd Service Informal Worship – Luke 2: 1 - 11
                           - Epiphany 3

  4.00 pm          Messy Church – Where I belong

Church Family List – We are updating this and under the GDPR we must have consent to hold your details, if you have received an email please reply asap. If you have an amendment of an address, email or phone number, or would like to be on the family list and have not been on it before please complete the slip on the Welcome table and hand to a Church Warden or Val. Thank you.

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.

You are invited to attend the Croydon Churches Prayer Meeting on Wednesday 16th January from 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm at New Life Christian Centre, Cairo New Road, Croydon, CR0 1XP.

The Good Read Group is meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 17th January at Pat’s house to discuss ‘The Wife’ by Meg Wolitzer. The book for February is ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. All women are welcome. Contact Jennie Rutter for further details.

New Year Party for Brownies, Rapids Junior Church and Holiday Club members. This year we are having a combined groups party with entertainment. This will be on Friday 18th January 2019 from 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm. Light Refreshments and drinks provided.

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

Messy Church – For those of you who came to the Christingle Service you will have experienced being surrounded by families from Messy Church. This is a thriving part of our Church family. It reaches to the families we have contact with who have Sunday morning commitments for their children and to families beyond. Not all families come every time, sometimes there are 55+ people, sometimes 12 families there, I would like to encourage you to come along and experience Messy Church to meet others and to see if perhaps you would like to come and help in some way. Let Val know you would like to come next Sunday 20th at 4.00 pm, or if you suddenly find you are free to come on the day just come and join in.

With love Amanda. 

Addiscombe Churches Together Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – ‘Only Justice’. Sunday 20th January, 6.00 pm at St Mildred’s Church, Bingham Road, Addiscombe, CR0 7EB.

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

CAFÉ MATINEE on Thursday 24th January at 2.00 pm will be showing a 2004 romantic drama of a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man. Extra tissues may be needed, but you’ll love it! Tea & cakes are provided as well as comfortable seats.  If anyone has a DVD of a wholesome family film suitable for church viewing, please submit your suggestion(s) to Chris Rutter.

Advanced Diary Note – Our Summer Holiday Club will be the week beginning 29th July 2019. We will need lots of helpers. Please let Val know if you are able to be part of the team for part or all of the week. Thank you.

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Given the organised nature of this crime, we believe that the only way to combat it is through intelligence-led prevention. As such, we collect data and stories from around the world and build intelligence. With this, we can target human trafficking and modern slavery at its source and defeat it for good.

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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