5 March 2021


Change in Church Office Hours
The Church Office is currently closed to visitors, but the phones are manned at these times:
Mon: 10.30am – 12pm
Wed: 9am – 12pm
Thurs: 9am – 12pm
Fri: 9am –12pm
If you have an urgent pastoral need when the office is closed, please phone Phil or the Churchwardens. Otherwise, telephone messages left on Tuesdays will be answered on Wednesday.

New Mission Partner – The Message
We are delighted to be announce that The Message has become our newest Mission Partner. The Message is a Christian organisation committed to sharing the love and good news of Jesus with the hardest-to-reach young people throughout the UK.

New email address for Prayer Requests
If you would like to request prayer from our Prayer Team,
please email
All requests are treated with confidentiality.


Heart & Soul Creative Workshop – Prayer Cards 
This workshop will lead you through the process of combining images and words, on paper or card, to create decorative and encouraging prayer cards. You could choose to draw, paint or collage images from magazine and newspaper cuttings, to decorate and personalize your prayer cards. We know not everyone thinks they are arty, but this really is for everyone. There will be people leading each breakout group with suggestions on what to do, how to do it and lots of general help. Please sign up by responding to the email invitations
or contact the Church Office for help with this.

Heritage Fund Grant
We are really delighted to say that St Mary’s has been awarded a Heritage Fund Grant of £25,000 from the government’s £1.57 billion Covid-19 Recovery fund. This is specifically for the repair of the buttress on the north west wall. As many of you know, St Mary’s is a grade 1 listed Church and the grant is only available to Heritage buildings. This makes a massive difference in enabling us to continue to care for the building we all love, so we’re grateful both to the
government, and to Hazel Black and Chris Puddle, who put
so much work into the application.

Health & Safety Leader
We need someone to take on the role of Health and Safety leader for St Mary’s.
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Caroline Titford.

Sleep Well with the Daily Hope Phone Line
Last year the national church launched a freephone, 24 hour, telephone service called Daily Hope, where people can ring in for daily encouragement, prayers, music and exercise. They have now added ‘sleep well with daily hope’, it is a series of gentle and relaxing reflections to help you sleep.


APCM Electoral Roll and PCC nominations Notice
Prior to our APCM on Tuesday 20th April, we need to update our Electoral Roll. This is the Church of England’s membership tool, so if you have joined us over the last year and consider St Mary’s to be your church, please complete an Application Form available from the Church Office.

Completed forms should be returned to the Church Office by Monday 22nd March.

There will be three places on the PCC coming available. If you are interested in finding out more about the roles and responsibilities involved, please speak with the Phil.

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