Little Footprints: Thank You

Little Footprints: Thank you to everyone who baked and came along to enjoy some cake at the Little Footprints ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 26th September.  Together we raised a fantastic £205 for MacMillan!  Little Footprints is St Mary’s Baby and Toddler group – we run during term-time on Fridays, 10 – 11.30am at the Barn (£1.50 per family) – all pre-school children and their carers are very welcome!

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Red Kneelers for Sale

Red kneelers that are in the pews at the back of church are available for a donation to church.  Please speak to Jane Gorrie or the assistant verger in church for more information.

Healing Service 12th October 6.30pm

“God Deals with the Destroyer” – Speaker: Revd. Paddy Beresford (Vicar of St John’s Church)

All are welcome to this Service of Christian Healing held in St Mary’s on 12th Oct 6.30pm.  We come together to seek God’s blessing and his healing of soul, mind and body.  We believe that he wants to make us whole.  The commission of Jesus to his followers to heal the sick is as relevant today as it was then.  There is no limit on the love and power of God and we should all open ourselves to the blessings which he wants us to receive.  We all need some measure of healing, either for ourselves or for someone else—in the form of inner peace, stronger faith, or the removal of physical symptoms.

We believe that everyone will receive a blessing and healing in one form or another in this service.  God is faithful and keep his promises and so we shall receive from him that healing which we need.

Carer’s Support Group

Being a carer can be a full-time job and, although very rewarding, can be both exhausting and frustrating.  A support group is an opportunity to give voice to some of our emotions, feelings and fears in a safe environment.  It is also an opportunity to learn from each other – there is nothing like practical hands-on experience!  The Pastoral Visiting Team may be able to enable you to come by being with the person you care for while you are out.  Meetings are on the second Monday of each month: 13th October, 10th November and 8th December 2.30pm in the Leslie Room in St Mary’s.  It is hoped that the meeting on 13th October will be attended by a speaker from the Carers Wellbeing Service.  For details please call the church office.

Night Shelter Coordinators – paid job vacancy

These roles are for up to five months (November to March) and can be flexibly divided to ensure seven day cover.  For full details of the role and an application form, please contact Ruth Hodgson on

Parenting Teenagers Course

Starting Wed October 8th 7.45pm: A 6 week group for parents and carers of teenagers. Sharing ideas, supporting each other and having fun in a friendly group as we explore the skills which help us connect with our teenagers, improve communication, and encourage responsibility. Wednesday evenings in the Church Centre starting at 7.45pm; cost £8 to cover the cost of a handbook. Please contact the Church Office for more information.

Courses: Pilgrim Course and Adult Confirmation

Pilgrim Course “The Lord’s Prayer” – if you are interested in attending this course please contact the church office. For more information please see The Thursday morning course is starting 18th Sept (in the Leslie Room 9.30-10.30am 18,25 Sept; 2,9,16,23 Oct). The evening group will start on Tuesday 30th Sept in the vicarage 7.30pm.

Adult Confirmation Classes – if anyone would like to explore the possibility of being confirmed please give your name and contact details to the church office. (The confirmation service itself is on 28th September at 6.30pm St Michael’s, Partridge Green.)

Home Group Eucharist now MOVED to Summer 2015

We’ve decided to move the Annual Home Group Eucharist Service to the end of the summer term 2015 (as an end of year celebration & recruitment drive for following autumn).

Natalie Loveless Leaving Present and Card

Rev Natalie Loveless Leaving Present and Card:  There is a card and collection for a leaving present for Natalie (which can be given in a sealed envelope to Morag Davies or via the church office) and a card is available to sign at the back of church.  Her Licensing service for her new post of Vicar of St. Leonard’s and Parish Missioner will be on Monday 6th October, 7.30pm at St. Leonard’s, Horsham. All are most warmly invited to be present.

EMERGENCY APPEAL – Christian Aid – Gaza Crisis Appeal

EMERGENCY APPEAL – Christian Aid – Gaza Crisis Appeal: 1.8 million people in Gaza are directly affected by the violence between Israel and Hamas.  Help us reach those in desperate need by donating via the envelopes on the pews or available at the back of church. Following a 72-hour ceasefire, Christian Aid’s partners on the ground are accessing areas previously cut off from any kind of humanitarian assistance. They aim to reach 20,000 people with safe water, and provide essential healthcare and treatment. As of 5 August, at least 1,312 Palestinian civilians, including 408 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s month-long offensive. An estimated 273,000 people have been forced from their homes and are sheltering in UN-run compounds.