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3rd Sunday of Epiphany, 23rd January 2022


This Sunday at St Mary's we are celebrating the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany, and welcome you to join us.

Find out more about our upcoming Services here, or if you can't make it in person, join us online via our YouTube Channel


3rd Sunday of Epiphany

Join us Sunday 23rd January for our 8am and 10am services.

Hymns: 565, 629, 319

Eucharist setting: David Thorne, "Mass of St Thomas"


Living in Love and Faith

How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church?

From Sunday 6th February we are hosting 5 short sessions in church where we can have these discussions and feed back to the Church of England our views.

You don't have to commit to all of the sessions, but please express your interest using the button below. It is so important that we share our views and have these discussions.

You can view a video introducing Living in Love and Faith below, or click here to learn more.


Placement News for Ben

Ben has been invited by the Very Revd Geoff Miller, Dean of the Cathedral, to serve a placement at the Cathedral beginning from 1 May 2022 until the end of August 2022. After reflection with Rachel (Training Incumbent) and with Jennifer Cooper (Director of IME), and with the full support of Bishop Mark, Ben has taken up this invitation.

Jennifer Cooper writes: "It is common for curates to undertake a placement in the final year of curacy in order to broaden their ministerial experience prior to their first post of responsibility, and the Cathedral placement will give Ben the opportunity to further his priestly ministry in a new context while still a curate."


A message from the Wardens

David and Sue, the Wardens, would just like to reassure everyone that St Mary’s will continue to function much as it is at the moment, despite the news regarding Clare and Ben. The service pattern will continue as currently, but some services will have visiting clergy presiding and preaching. Oversight will continue from the Wardens and the Area Dean, Tim Mayfield - who we have already met with. Please do speak to the Wardens or Liz Hayes as Lay Chair if you have any comments or concerns.

David Tompkins

Sue Johnson


Candlemass, Sunday 30th January

Each year the church celebrates a festival called "The Presentation of Christ in the Temple", otherwise known as "Candlemas". This festival remembers the occasion when the infant Jesus was brought to the Temple by Mary and Joseph. The service has often been associated with light, hence the name Candlemas.


A Collect for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal you to the world. Forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Office Reopening Monday 24th January

The office will be open again from Monday 24th January, 10am - 12pm week days.

Thank you for your understanding across the last few weeks.


Hymn Books and Orders of Service

Please could you collect your books in church from the counter in the vestibule, and where possible, return them before you leave. This will save the Wardens having to move them all when the church is used for other service


New Sound System

The PCC have agreed to fund a new sound system for the church. Most of the money has come from a grant. A small team lead by Kate Stobart will be taking this forward so, in time, the sound quality will improve noticeably, especially for those who use the loop system.


Funeral Services at St Mary's

The following funerals are taking place at St Mary's to which all are welcome.

Heather Rivers RIP

Friday 21st January 1pm

Richard Stokes RIP

Tuesday 25th January 1.45pm

Some of these services are also being live streamed, so if you cant attend in person you may be able to watch online here



Friday 21st January


1pm Funeral of Heather Rivers

Saturday 22nd January

5.30-6.30pm Young Notes

Sunday 23rd January

3rd Sunday of Epiphany

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

Monday 24th January

Francis de Sales

9am Morning Prayer

9.30am Toddler Group

Tuesday 25th January

The Conversion of Paul

8:45am King's Priory Chapel Service

No Morning Prayer

1.45pm Funeral of Richard Stokes

Wednesday 26th January

Timothy & Titus

8:45am King's Priory Chapel Service

9:30am Morning Prayer

10:30am Holy Communion

6pm Choir practice

Thursday 27th January

Holocaust Memorial Day

8:45am King's Priory Chapel Service

No Morning Prayer

Friday 28th January

Thomas Aquinas

8:45am King's Priory Chapel Service

Saturday 29th January

5.30-6.30pm Young Notes

Sunday 30th January


8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist


For Your Prayers

Your Prayers are requested for

  • Rhona and Douglas Lawrie

  • Martin Cooper

  • Alison Young

  • Ron House

  • Maggie Hollis

  • Daniel

Rest in Peace

  • Heather Rivers

  • Richard Stokes

  • Margaret Adams

  • Pat Baker

  • Georgina Grand

Rest in Peace Anniversary

  • Lynn Dodds

  • Edna Harrison

Don’t forget, you can add someone to the prayer list by emailing or phoning as usual, but you need to get their permission before adding them to the sick list.

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Remember that News and notices from previous weeks are all available to read by clicking "notices" at the top of the page.


Vacuum cleaners needed

The various vacuum cleaners in church and the hall are all very much past their best, despite our best maintenance efforts. If anyone has a spare they don’t need, in good working order, could you let either David Tompkins or John Charlton know, and we’ll be delighted to take it off your hands. Alternatively contact the office. David Tompkins, Warden.


100 Club

Congratulations to all the January winners from our 100 club:

  • £50 Hazel Howliston

  • £30 David Tompkins

  • £20 Edith Smeatham


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