Doing our best to make a difference.
The St Mary’s Pastoral Care Team was formed in the Spring of 2011. Its purpose is to provide practical and spiritual support to those in need. The team’s objective is to provide pastoral care to everyone at St. Mary’s Church, to the parish family and to reach the whole community. Team members bring their life experiences and learnt skills to the role.
The team will provide a non judgemental listening ear and confidential support. Practical help is available in the form of shopping, letter writing/form filling, walking the dog or calling in for a cup of tea and a chat. Spiritual support is provided through home communion, prayer requests, confession and the laying on of hands with prayer for healing. We always do our best to provide and support what is needed.
Wednesday Welcome: Members of our congregation and people from the wider community meet on the afternoon of the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. We meet in the Octagon at the rear of the Church between 2.0 and 4.0 to enjoy good company, light hearted conversation with tea and cake. We have settled into knitting for charity and making items, including cards to sell in aid of Church funds. Come and join us – you will receive a warm Wednesday Welcome.
The Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator: Dawn Mundy 01621 85406
The local branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Octagon of St Mary’s Church.
For more information contact Maureen Raven on (01621) 851473
The Mother’s Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. She was inspired to do this when her daughter, Margaret, herself became a mother, believing that mothers needed a support mechanism in order to avoid feelings of inadequacy. More importantly, she believed that mothers needed support to bring their children up within the love of God.
In 1896, the organisation had grown sufficiently large that a central council was set up with a constitution and a national union. Mary Sumner was the first president. The Mother’s Union spread rapidly around the British Empire and by 1900 had 170,000 members.
The Mother’s Union now has 3.6 million members worldwide, all of who continue the work of supporting mothers within the love of God. With so much poverty, strife and hardship around the world, this work is as important now as it was in 1876.
The Mother’s Union is based at Mary Sumner House in Westminster. Visit www.themothersunion.org for more information.
The Committee is a practical and creative group that works together to provide Social events and activities for the enjoyment of the congregation and of the wider community. Our aim is to provide opportunities for the members of St Mary’s to share social time together whilst inviting friends and neighbours from the local community to join us.
Our most recent event was a Garden Party held in the beautiful garden of our Church members. We were fortunate to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, laughter and conversation during a glorious afternoon of sunshine. This happy occasion helped raise a substantial sum of money for Church funds.
St Mary’s Festival of Flowers is to be held during the first weekend in August. The Church will be open for visitors on Friday 31st July, Saturday 1st August between 10.0am and 6.0pm and Sunday 2nd August between 12noon and 6.0pm. Morning Coffee, Afternoon Teas and lunches will be served in the Octagon during these times. The St Mary’s visitors’ book is the inspiration for this year’s Festival theme. Visitors to the Church come from local areas, across the UK and the World. Many kindly sign the visitors’ book and write down their impressions of the Church. The visitors’ home counties, countries and thoughts will be depicted in colourful floral displays arranged by members of St Mary’s, friends and members of other local churches.
A Coffee Morning is held on the first Saturday of each month (10.0-12.0) in the Octagon.