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Our calling is to share the loving hospitality of God, seeing Christ in friend and stranger.

April 2016

Thanks to Mark...

... for all his work over these last nine years as St Mary's Parish Administrator.

A presentation was made to him on Easter morning.

We wish him well!
An arts festival inspired by the evocative sound of the wind harp (erected in the New Church) formed the basis for a creative three weeks in February and March. It was the first major festival imagined and delivered by The Old Church (Arts Space) and drew people from all across our community. St Mary's contribution included two interfaith events to which we welcomed a number of people from local faith communities.
Sculptures in the New Church

We are delighted to announce that the first of Adrian Powell’s stone sculptures have been placed in the New Church. When complete there will be a set of eleven, each depicting a scene from the Passion of Christ. If you are interested in commissioning one, please speak to Dilly.

A Special Time in February
Harriet Proudfoot writes:

Dilly had proposed for women from the 9.30 congregation a weekend at Little Gidding, a sacred retreat centre since the seventeenth century, founded by Nicholas Ferrar, great friend of the poet George Herbert. Thirteen of us arrived in the cold to the drifts of snowdrops. In the warm house we met for night prayer.

On Saturday the dark pond was full of reflections and bare trees but the garden was full of promise - scent of daphne and plum blossom just beginning. As promised, Dilly opened a morning of creative activities which could become part of sacred worship. In the afternoon the hardy went for a walk in the woods with great banks of snowdrops.

There was circle dancing (The Bells of Norwich), singing, meditation with clay and embroidery. The group was warm and friendly - very alive. Karen climbed up high to light the candles and in the fine but chilly old church we shared beautiful candle-lit compline.

On Sunday the work shared together created a powerful and lovely Eucharist. We sang and danced, with room for all offerings. Sue's violin, Claire and Roxane reading George Herbert's poem Love (Bade Me Welcome) and we ended with part of T. S. Eliot's Little Gidding - his quotation from Julian of Norwich:
All shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well.
Opportunity to spend time in the garden!
Can you spare a couple of hours once a month (or less)? If so, how about mowing the lawn or doing a bit of weeding outside the New Church? More volunteers are always welcome. Please contact John Guest on: 020 8802 4921.
What's Coming Up?
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
... and lunch!
This Sunday (24th April) is our annual church meeting where we hear and discuss a little of what has been, what is and what will be. This is for everyone who is part of St Mary's (that's you!) and we'll be choosing new members of the church council and churchwardens as well as discussing important future plans for St Mary's.

Please come at 10.30am for the service in the big church (replacing our 9.30am and 11am services this week) and then to the smaller Old Church over the road for the meeting and a shared lunch afterwards. If you can, please bring something cold to share for lunch (if you can't don't let that stop you being there - your company is the most important part).
Auction and Social

6pm, Friday, 20th May in The Old Church.

An auction extravaganza to raise funds for both St Mary’s and our link parish in Mozambique. Tickets available from the office (between 12.30 and 3.00pm) or after any church service. £5 (includes finger buffet), 12yrs and under are free.

Do you have a skill or interest you could auction? Could you give someone a computer lesson? A massage? An hour's cleaning? There’s still time to submit your offer! Please email the parish office.

Breakfast Club
For 10+ year olds - meets once a month on a Sunday morning for breakfast. The next one is at 10.15am (after the All Age service) on 1st May in the New Church Rooms.
St John's Patronal Festival
We are warmly invited to join our friends at St John the Evangelist for their Patronal Festival celebrations on Sunday 8th May at 6pm as they give thanks for the life of both St John and the parish.
Babysong
Music for 0-3 year olds (and their carers). Every Wednesday morning at 10am in The Old Church.
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