Welcome to st Mary's church at horsell
Welcome back to St Mary’s (albeit in a very restricted way)
We are delighted that you can visit St Mary's, just for private prayer between 10am-1pm each day except Saturday. The church will be opened and closed by one of the Churchwardens or the Parish Administrator.
There is a one-way system from entering the church by the main door, and leaving, using the door on the North Aisle. The Trinity Chapel has been reorganised to allow access and the chairs provided are set out with due reference to social distancing. This will be the only part of the church that is accessible.
Instructions about entering, moving around and leaving the church will be clearly displayed within the church. If you wish to use a Bible, you must provide your own, and not the bibles in church. You will also be unable to use any of the normal printed prayer resources due to the Covid-19 guidance. Please take care and observe the rules about numbers and distancing.
Due to uncertainty over the current government guidelines, we have taken the decision not to open for public worship at the moment.
God bless you - Mike Couper and Pam Rowe (Churchwardens)
For any questions please email the church office, or call Mike Couper on 01483 770920 or Pam Rowe on 01483 761625
We will be publishing resources each week to help your private worship while we're unable to meet together (archive available).
Recent crafts from our Messy Church service
Resources for Sunday 5th July:
- Morning Prayer Service (including songs)
- JaM@Home - Learning from Jesus
- Live your faith from ROOTS - reflections and prayers on this week's readings
- Faith at Home - videos and resources for primary and secondary children - this week on the theme of Vulnerability (assemblies are up, resources follow later in the week)
- The National Service online at 9am Sunday will be first-ever online prison church service broadcast by the Church of England in which for the first time, prisoners and their families will be able to attend the same church service, wherever they may be. The service, with the theme of hope, will be led by Reverend Helen Dearnley, Anglican chaplaincy adviser for HM Prison and Probation Service. Recorded at three sites - HMP Stocken in Rutland, HMP Low Newton in Durham and HMP Pentonville in London - the service will include contributions from prison staff and chaplains, along with prayers, reflections and artwork written and created by prisoners. Tune in online at 9am or watch back afterwards
- Bishop Andrew has recorded a sermon on the theme "Come to me", or you can downoad a transcript
- This Sunday marks the anniversary of the NHS. The church has produced some prayers you may like to use.
- Both Open the Book and Rev Peter Brown (our associate minister) are publishing videos regularly. You can find their previous videos on the Open the Book channel and St Mary's channel respectively. Here are their videos for this week:
Bible Society: another of the charities St Mary's supports with its outward giving is the Bible Society. Kristin Stevenson, their Regional Development Manager for the South and East, has produced a talk on this week's gospel reading. Leaders from Bible Societies in Jordan and Palestine in the Middle East, from Africa and from the China Partnership share the challenges they're facing in their ministry for our prayers.
Collection for Peter and Elaine Brown: as many of you will already know, Peter and Elaine have decided to take up the offer of a house in Alton thanks to the Church Housing Trust. They hope to be moving early in September. Obviously we will miss them both a great deal and are very grateful for all they have done whilst being with us in Horsell. In spite of the Covid19 restrictions we can still show our appreciation by giving them a ‘virtual send-off’ with some financial help. They have to furnish their kitchen and we thought it would be appropriate to put any contributions to leaving towards that. Here are the different ways that you can contribute:
- By cheque payable to "Horsell PCC" posted or hand delivered to David Leach (Treasurer) at Holmer Bank, Bury Lane, Woking, GU21 4RR. Please write Contribution to Peter & Elaine on the back of the cheque
- By cash in an envelope marked Contribution to Peter & Elaine hand delivered to David Leach (Treasurer) at Holmer Bank, Bury Lane (the white house with a red door, third house on the right from the High Street)
- Pay directly into our account using BACS / online banking. The details are as follows:- CAF Account no. 00030023, sort code 405240, account name Horsell PCC; referencing “Peter and Elaine”.
We will bid them a fond farewell in the ‘new normal’ time, whatever and whenever that happens.
Facebook updates: You can now follow our Facebook page for the latest St Mary's updates as they happen. The same information will appear here as well, so you won't miss out on anything!
Resources for every day:
- Catch up on some previous St Mary's sermons
- Coronavirus liturgy and prayer resources, including for children
- Services of Daily Prayer to read
- Diddy Disciples - worship and storytelling resources for babies, toddlers and young children
- Use A Church Near You to find churches live streaming services
- Daily Hope phone line - 0800 804 8044 - a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers
If you need any assistance, or want to volunteer to help:
- For health advice, see the NHS 111 site
- Horsell Prepared can help if you are self-isolating, including meals, supplies, prescriptions and more
- Foodwise: for any in need of food due to the pandemic, locally operating out of Andy's Café at St Andrew's Goldsworth Park
- Surrey County Council have a helpline to direct you to services that can help
Registered Charity Number: 1128175
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11, St Mary's Verse of the Year
Making Jesus known : Getting to know Jesus better : Sharing Jesus' love in our world
- St Mary the Virgin
- Church hill
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