Regular Sunday Services

8.00 am Holy Communion

A quiet and reflective service following the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).   Breakfast is served after this service on the last Sunday of the month.

10.00 am Parish Communion

Our main service of the week when all ages come together to worship God in words and music. Refreshments are served after the service.

11.30 am Informal Family Service

Takes place twice a month and is a short informal service for families with young children. Baptisms are included in this service once a month.

6.00 pm Evensong (said)

Every week except monthly Healing service, and occasional Choral Evensongs.   See calendar.
Weekday Services

Morning Prayer (said)

At 9.05am Monday to Friday, using the Common Worship prayer book

Weekday Holy Communion (said)

Noon on Thursday using Common Worship liturgy preceded by Quiet Time at 11.15am.
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Pewsheets & Service Calendar

Pewsheets
Services Calendar
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Courses

Rough Guide

St Mary’s Rough Guide to Christianity is a short course that allows adults to explore or review some of the basics of our faith. Meeting on Wednesday evenings for supper, teaching and discussion the Rough Guide is led by our clergy over 5 weeks and aims to be informal and friendly, as well as insightful and informative!

Topics covered include; God & Faith, Jesus & Salvation, Holy Spirit & the Church, Sin & Evil, Ethics & Morality. Naturally each week is just a starting point for each subject, and participants are encouraged to explore further for themselves, either with recommended reading or another learning group.

We strongly encourage adults seeking baptism and confirmation to complete this course (and the course is in itself a preparation for both), but you do not need to be a candidate to join in. If you would like to take part in our next rough guide course please contact us by clicking here.

Rev’d Ann Lynes, Team Curate

Confirmation

For older children and teenagers, St Mary’s provides a series of four classes to prepare them for Confirmation by one of the Bishops in Southwark. It is important that every candidate feels able to answer the questions asked of them at Confirmation and so the classes also go through what is involved in the service so that every candidate knows what to expect.

Topics covered are similar to the rough guide but tailored to a younger audience. Each session lasts for about an hour and includes opportunities to discuss ideas and ask questions.

Confirmation Services are organised centrally in each area and rotate around different churches. They usually include candidates from a number of church communities and are a real cause for celebration. So even if we are not hosting the service, we would encourage members of our congregation to go along and support our candidates.

Rev’d Ann Lynes, Team Curate

First Communion

In 2006 the Church of England approved the process of admitting children into Communion before they have been confirmed. The Diocese of Southwark requires all parishes to have a policy on children and Holy Communion and St Mary’s approved the practice of welcoming children to receive Communion some years ago.
I am very pleased to follow this practice too as I believe that it more clearly demonstrates our unity in Christ. It also enables children to experience the joy and the power of the Eucharist at an age where they are very receptive and when they are keen to be included.
Children to be welcomed into Communion need to have been baptised. They also need to have been regular worshippers in church for at least six months and must be at least seven years old. There is a series of 4 classes for children to attend in preparation for them being welcomed into Communion at our 10am service (plus a rehearsal to help the service run smoothly). These will help the children to explore the meaning of the Eucharist and what it means to them. It is very important that parents make a priority of these classes to enable their child to attend every session. If you have any questions about your child and Communion please do not hesitate to ask me or Rev’d Ann Lynes.
Rev’d Richard Sewell, Rector of St. Mary’s

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Sermons & Writings

Sermons
Other writings
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Faith in Action

Serving others

The church exists not for itself but to serve others. We strive to contribute to a more just and compassionate world. We are committed to serving the needs of people locally, nationally and internationally by supporting groups and organisations, financially and with our time.
St Mary’s is currently supporting the following charities with prayer, funds and practical support:

Under Tree Schools

Under Tree Schools has built, and runs, a school for 350 girls in South Sudan. Children aged 6-15 are given primary education and it also provides a nursery for over 100 younger siblings. St Mary’s has been a key donor to this project from its earliest days, and has helped to fund the building of classrooms and a kitchen/dining hall, installation of solar electricity and the farm.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities’ meeting held on June 17th 2014 was a stimulating and thought-provoking evening. We will be co-operating with Christian Solidarity Worldwide to work on this initiative and with people who can make our voice heard. Given ongoing events in Iraq and the Middle East their work is now more important than ever.

Zimbabwe Diocesan Link

St Mary’s area of Southwark diocese is linked with the Anglican diocese of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe. The link can inspire both dioceses as we deal with our different challenges. We can learn from their faith, hope and love as they work in poor suburbs and rural parishes. We can send funds that help support clergy in their 40 poor suburban and rural parishes, and build wells for farming in their arid countryside.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid is an international development charity, supported by the churches in Britain and Ireland, that insists that the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. It works globally for eradication of the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.

FiSH

FiSH stands for friendship, independence, support and help. It is a voluntary community care scheme offering help with practical tasks, support and friendship to anyone in need in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen. It provides a helpline; transport door to door for hospital and GP visits, weekly shopping trips and outings; and a befriending and social listening service.

Castelnau Community Centre

The Castelnau Community Centre aims to promote a vibrant, self sustaining community in the Castelnau area of North Barnes. The Project manages a large programme of community development projects
from a playgroup through after-school clubs and substantial provision for teenagers, to training for adults; and including social activities for all ages.

Age UK Barnes Green Centre

The Barnes Green Centre has nearly 400 members who always receive a warm welcome from the staff and volunteers. There is a wide range of activities on offer. Members meet new people, take up a hobby or just have a cup of coffee, learn new subjects, maintain or improve their fitness, have a delicious lunch and become part of the Barnes community through events or volunteering.

Glass Door

Glass Door relieves poverty among homeless people by providing accommodation, advice and support. It provides London’s largest winter night shelter, with 35 to 70 bed spaces every night between November and April, provided by churches of different denominations. All year round it offers day time services including laundry, clothing and washing facilities from its base in Chelsea, as well as advice, advocacy and practical support.
North Barnes Foodbank
This is based at the Castelnau Centre and serves local families in need.   At present the Foodbank gets its regular supplies from St Mary’s congregation.  We welcome donations of the appropriate sorts of food to church, and we will transport them to the Foodbank.

Home Groups

Intercessory Group

This group meets in the church after morning prayer on the first Monday of every month. Prayers are said for those in particular need and those who request them. Anyone is welcome to join or to request special prayers. There is also a black book at the back of the church where requests for intercessory prayer may be put. Contact Fiona Barnett 020 8878 6975.

Bible Study Home Group

Meets on Thursday mornings from 10-11.15. New participants very welcome. Email Fiona here for details of venue.

Exploring the way

A home group which is studying the Gospel of Mark on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. For details of venue contact Christabel or Lucy or email here.