Thank you to everyone for your very generous donations to the Big Brew on Friday 28 Feb. We took a very generous £51.78 in donations which will be sent to Traidcraft.
After-School Service - this Wednesday 12th March 3pm
The church is open from 3pm for craft and snacks before the short service at 3.40pm. Lots of fun for parents and children!
Tea Time Service - Sunday 16th March
This service at 4.30pm is suitable for all ages. We begin with some refreshment in St. Andrew's room - drinks, cakes etc, and then go into church for a twenty minute service. For some it is a specially convenient time, and you get some food and a chance to meet others. Give it a go, or at least tell others about it.
Churches Together in Woking - Lent Lunches
The second of the series of Lent Lunches with Churches Together in Woking will be taking place on 14 March. The lunches will be in the Hall of St.Dunstan’s RC Church, Shaftesbury Road, Woking, between 12.00 and 1.30, with a Pause for Thought at 12.45 pm. The lunches are a time of inter-church fellowship around a simple meal provided by teams from participating churches.
Sarah Hayes will be giving the Pause for Thought on 28th March. Please do support this event if you can.The lunches last year raised over £2000 for Christian Aid.
Parish Lent Lunch - Wednesday 19th March 12-2pm
Come and enjoy soup, bread and cheese, tea or coffee and support - with your donations - the Women's Refuge Charity and "away from it all" helping needy families, a Mothers' Union charity. We look forward to seeing you! Any queries call Ruth on 762328.
Horsell Matters Committee
There are five members of the Horsell Matters committee and most of us have been members for a long time. Too long perhaps as we feel the need for fresh ideas. You don’t need to be a frustrated journalist, just someone who enjoys writing the odd article and is not adverse to asking other people to do the same. If you are interested, please give me a ring on 01483 766194 and I can tell you a bit more. Susan Denning
Collection and distribution of the Wey Newspaper
Can anyone offer their help in collecting the newspaper from St. John's Church about 7 times a year and delivering copies to St. Mary's and the church school in Meadway Drive. Please contact Helen in the Parish Office for more details.
Children’s Ministry at St. Mary’s
We are very excited that JAM (Jesus and Me), the St. Mary’s Sunday School is growing. We would like to run JAM every Sunday (during term time at least) apart from when there is an All-Age Service. The feedback from parents is that they would very much like to have JAM more regularly (and not just once or twice a month) as this encourages their children and the family as a whole to want to come to worship. Consequently please could you pray and consider whether YOU are the person who could help out at JAM either as a supporting helper or leading perhaps once a month. This is a really vital ministry for St. Mary’s as it grows and seeks to help children and parents come to know Christ and grow in their faith. Please let one of the churchwardens, Sarah Hayes or Shelley Tuohy know if you are able to help. Many thanks.
There will be a Lent course at St. Mary’s this year based upon the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2014 ‘Looking Through the Cross’ by Graham Tomlin. The plan is to discuss the book and the bible passages it considers so that we can become more ‘Cross shaped’ both as individuals and as a church. Even if you are not able to come to the group sessions the book is well worth a read! Sarah Hayes has a supply of this book available at a discounted price of £7 (RRP £9.99). Please let Helen know in the office if you would like a copy. We will meet in the St. Andrew’s room for five Daytime sessions at 10.30am on Monday 10th March, 11.30am (note different time) on Monday 24th March and 10.30am on Mondays 7th and 14th April
And for four evening sessions at 6.30pm on Mondays 24th and 31st March and 7th and 14th April.
Are you thinking about Baptism / Christening for your child?
If you are thinking about the possibility of baptism/christening for your child and would like to find out more about what is involved then do come to one of our ‘Exploring Baptism’ meetings. We plan to hold these three or four times a year. The first one will be at 7.30pm on Thursday evening 20th March. (toys provided for any children you need to have with you!) It will last approximately an hour and should give you all the background information you need to make the decision as to whether this is the right choice for your child.
Date for your diary
We are pleased to welcome back the Woking Wind Band for their third concert to be held on Saturday 22nd March at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £7, will be available from next Sunday.
Women's Day at Christ Church, Woking
Christ Church Women's Ministry warmly invite you to a day of worship, teaching and ministry for women on 15th March with guest speaker Lynette Brooks CWR. Booking forms with more information can be found at the back of church.
Invitation to the 20th Anniversary Celebration for SCAT (Schools Christian Action Team)
You are invited to join the celebration at 3pm on Sunday 23rd March 2014 for a service of celebration followed by tea/coffee & cakes at St Andrew’s Church, Goldsworth Park, GU21 3LG. RSVP. firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 762424. SCAt have been involved in our church for a very long time and their expertise is most valued by us at St. Mary's (e.g. helping with the After School Services, the Holiday Clubs and now the ‘Open the Book’ in both schools). Each year we make a financial donation to support their work.
Pastoral Care Team
Winter has arrived with its dark evenings and most probably cold and icy weather! It can be a lonely and difficult time of year for many people. Have you noticed any familiar faces missing from our congregation recently or do you know someone who might appreciate a telephone call or a chat. Please make a member of the Pastoral Care Team aware - posters with our names and numbers are on all the notice boards around church.
Are you concerned about any familiar faces missing around St. Mary’s recently?
Do you know someone who might appreciate a telephone call or a chat - please let one of us on the Pastoral Care Committee know. Small posters at the back of Church, the Prayer Room and St. Andrew’s Room with our contact numbers. Thank you.
During communion, or at the end of the All Age service, there will be someone available to pray with/for you in complete confidence, in the prayer room at the rear of the main body of the church.
Just to remind you that we have a prayer request box available for all, which is opened weekly. Found at the back of the church.
Woking Lions Club Concert
The Rushmoor Male Voice Choir will once again be performing at St. Mary's on Saturday 12th April and 7.30pm, raising money for LinkAble. Tickets costing £10 can be purchased from Mike Couper after 10am the service.
The King's Men, Cambridge Choir
The Choral Scholars of King's College, Cambridge are holding a concert in aid of Woking Hospice at St. Andrew's Church, Goldsworth Park on Thursday 27th March at 8pm. Leaflets are at the back of church on how to get tickets.