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Update from the Vicar 

21 October 

Here's an update for this week

Ahoy Mateys, it’s half term next week and we have our free Shipwrecks and Treasure Hunters stay and play party at 10am til 11:30 at the church centre on Wednesday (for children aged 2-7). Come along if you can.
 
On the same day some of us might like to engage with the Amal event in Coventry around 3pm. She is a 3.5m tall puppet of a 9-year-old Syrian refugee, representing the thousands of displaced children tragically separated from their families as a result of conflict and war; she’ll be arriving in the city after a 14 week journey stopping in cities across Europe. The event is called Walk with Amal https://www.walkwithamal.org/events/through-coventry/
 
This Sunday there’s Holy Communion at 10:30am and the sermon is on being Rooted in Christ and being Word and Spirit led, such a core topic for us at St Mary’s. We’ll be looking at 1 Thessalonians 5. Our evening service starts at 6:30pm with refreshments from 6pm.
 
COP26 will begin on the 31st October and there are some great materials online to help us to pray. Why not be praying now in the run-up to the conference and during it. 24-7 prayer have made a COP26 prayer guide which you may find useful.
 
The importance of prayer has been resonating a lot this week, at our First Priority prayer meeting we were reminded of how the Spirit is a powerful wind and our prayers are like a river running through our town. Then during the week someone received this word for our church “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.” (Psalms 104:4 NIV). This psalm reminds us of how worthy of praise God is:
“I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.”
 
As we truly worship the Lord his joy comes as we reconnect with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We want what pleases him. 
 

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Hello! and a warm welcome to St Mary's church.
If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

We hope that you can visit and get to know us better, we would love to meet you!

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible-based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service. If you have any questions please ask!

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet in the Church centre.

Newcomers Lunch

We invite everyone to be a guest at a Newcomers Welcome Lunch normally held once a term after the 10.30 Sunday service. The venue is either The Vicarage or in the Church Centre depending on numbers.

As well as an opportunity for us all to get to know one another better, you can hear more about the life and ministry of St Mary’s and how as a committed Christian you may be able to get involved.

Christmas inside church

What about my kids?

Children's groups run on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of every month (except school holidays) and your kids are very welcome to join them.

Each group (excluding Crèche) includes, sung worship, Bible reading, prayer, listening to God, games, craft and food! 

All groups are led by wonderful volunteers from within the church family who have completed a DBS check and are safely recruited.

Creche (0 months to 2 years). Parent supervised.
Sparklers (2-4 years)
Flames (5-7 years)
Rockets (8-11 years Junior School)
Youth (Secondary School age) 

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs), together for the first part of the morning. At some point someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups at first and register them as part of our child safety policy.

For more information about what happens in the children's work please visit the Children's Ministry page. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

St Mary's has lots of children and families, we love having kids around and try to make them feel welcome and at home. 

Hope kids pic

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 
Leadership 
bECKY IN HIGH VIS    
Rev'd Becky Jones    
Vicar of St Mary's    
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

Becky