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News & Updates

Here’s what we get up to at St Mary’s. Activities, news, notices – lots to interest and inform. You can also take a look at the Today sheet (pdf) and selected articles from our Together magazine.

Collation of Canons’ Service

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On Sunday 27th September, at our 10am service, we are privileged to have the Right Reverend David Njovu, Bishop of Lusaka with us along with Prebendery Stephen Lynas who is the Bishop’s Chaplain representing the Bishop of Baths & Wells for the Collation of Canons – when Jenny Humphries and Reverend John Kawanga will be made Canons of Lusaka Cathedral.

There will be a celebratory cake with our coffee after the service.

We do hope many of you will be with us for this very special service.

Computer Problems

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The office computer is still out of action and in the meantime we are struggling. We cannot print in colour, and we cannot access the Upper Room/Social calendar. Apologies if dates are missing from the calendar on the back of these notices.

Bunting into Blankets

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Do you remember the knitted bunting we had up outside the church in July? Well, they have now been recycled and made up into blankets for us by Cheryl Partridge Pywell.

A huge thank you to Cheryl and to all who knitted all those rectangles for us.

Open Door Harvest Appeal

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OPEN DOOR continues to support the ever increasing number of homeless folk sleeping rough, and gratefully appreciates our harvest offerings.

There is a copy of their harvest appeal for you to take away for your kind consideration.

Christianity Explored

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The Christianity Explored banner has gone up outside reminding us that another course is about to start. It begins on October 1st at 2.00pm in the Upper Room and you would be most welcome to join us. It is a great way to discover or rediscover the basics of the faith. It will be led in an informal fun way sand no small group work is involved. Why not give it a try and sign up at the back of Church?

Choral Evensong

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CHORAL EVENSONG on Sunday 11th October will be at St John’s at 4.30pm and not here at 6.30pm.

Church Wardens Need Help

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We are looking for Church members who would like to help at 10.00am services on Sunday Morning. It would mainly be help with putting in the rail prior to Communion and guiding people to the altar rail during the service. Occasionally help is also needed at concerts , weddings and funerals. If you feel you could help , please speak to Caroline, Derek or Valerie. Thank you.  Additionally, a sidesperson is required for the 8.00am service. Please contact one of the wardens if you feel able to help. This would mean one Sunday in every four weeks.

Harvest Festival

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Do remember our Harvest Festival service. It will include traditional Harvest hymns and there will be a bring and share lunch afterwards.

Long live our noble Queen

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This week we have witnessed the longest reign of a monarch in British history. The ringers marked the occasion by ringing all of the twelve bells. Our Queen, Elizabeth II, has served our country and the commonwealth with unbounded dedication and grace. Her wisdom and charm have enabled many a tricky situation to be overcome. We thank God for the answered prayer expressed constantly in our National Anthem: “Long live our noble Queen … Long to reign over us”.

Harvest Festival

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HARVEST FESTIVAL 4th OCTOBER

There will be a bring and share lunch after the service. Please sing up on the sheet at the back of church, and there will be a £2 charge on the day to cover additional costs (drinks etc).

Collation of Canons’ Service

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We have been asked to host as special service for the Collation of Canon’s on behalf of Lusaka Cathedral. This will take place on the 27th September at 10am and we are thrilled that Jenny Humphreys is being made a Canon. The other person is The Revd John Kawanga who is head of Anglican Mission in the UK. Jenny has been a great friend to St Mary Magdalene’s helping us to forge a link with Lusaka Cathedral and helping to arrange for staff from the Cathedral to come over and for parties from our church to visit Zambia. Jenny is about to retire from her post and this is a fitting tribute to her. Bishop David from Lusaka is to preach and preside and we will enjoy a special celebratory cake at coffee time.

Service of Healing

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Last Sunday we held a Service of healing in the evening which was very well attended. The presence of the Holy Spirit was felt very strongly indeed. We are planning to lead a non Eucharistic healing service soon and then review. Healing is a vital part of the church’s ministry.