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Shirley Mason


“I am sad to report that Shirley Mason has died. Shirley gave inspiration and hope to all she met and rejoiced in worshipping God with all her heart. She inspired so many people and will be missed so much. Please pray for Roger and their sons and daughters. A thanksgiving service for Shirley’s life will be held at St Mary Magdalene‘s on 7th November 2015 at 12.00 noon.”


Young People’s Confirmation Classes


These are held in church on Thursdays at 4.30pm, continuing on October 8th, 15th 29th (or November 5th).

The confirmation service is on 22nd October at 7pm at St John’s Staplegrove.

New Social Group ~ “Wednesday Break Away”


“Fancy a breather? A new social group is starting at St Mary’s. We shall be meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.30 am in the children’s corner to take part in a variety of activities over tea and cake.

Here is what we have to look forward to over the next couple of months:

  • Wed October 7th – Get to know you session and children’s corner tidy up;
  • Wed November 4th – Card Making;
  • Wed December 2nd – Joint Advent Service with Mothers Union Group at 10:00 am in the Chancel

So, if you have done the school run, have some spare time in the working week or just like chatting over cake, come and join us.

You will be very welcome!”

Sasha Collard and Sandra Daw

New Service ~ “5 O’Clock Worship @ St Mary’s”


Richards Clock“Another exciting new venture is going to take place at the start of next year.  On Sunday 17th January 2016 a short, casual and contemporary service will be launched in St Mary’s.  It is proposed that this service is repeated each month on the third Sunday.

The 5pm start enables people to lie-in for the morning, or cook a Sunday roast, or go out for the day, or take children to their sporting activities.  It will also allow folk to have the full evening free for preparing for work the next day!  This service is geared to the busy soul who also wants to worship God and be strengthened for the week that lies ahead.

Tea and coffee will be available for those who want from 4.45pm onwards, and then we move into worship at 5pm.  The wording, songs, talking and praying will take no more than ¾ hour, so we can start to leave from 5.45pm onwards.  This will also enable the Evensong congregation to arrive in time for their 6.30pm start.

What do you think, is this for you?  Or maybe it is suitable for some of your friends, neighbours or workmates?  Do think about it and spread the word.”

The 5 O’Clock Team