Our weekly pewsheet has announcements, news, collects and thought for the week.
This year we celebrate over 800 years of Christian presence and witness in our community. 2015 marks a significant anniversary for St Mary's. Following the sealing of Magna Carta on 15th June 1215, Archbishop Stephen Langton returned to London and tradition says that he stopped in Barnes to consecrate the newly enlarged parish church of St Mary's.
St Mary's 800th Anniversary service took place on 15th June with a special service at which the preacher was Rowan Williams, previous Archbishop of Canterbury. There is a full report of this moving event with photographs and a link to a recording of Rowan William's sermon.
Barnes Charity Bazaar was a great success with lots of people coming in out of the drizzle to enjoy all that was on offer – handbells, face-painting, tombola and raffle and lots of enticing things to buy both in Kitson Hall and the Church. The first ever Barnes Charity Bake Off was won by Trisha Hawkins and Carys Smith with very impressive entries. The competition was judged by Rev'd Richard Sewell and Ena Woolward, who masterminded the Cake Stall. The day raised at least £7,500 for St Mary’s and its benefitting charities.
Our Christmas cards are now on sale – click here to see the lovely new designs available this year.
Barnes Charity Fashion Show, this year on two nights in October, was again a sold-out event showcasing latest fashions from the boutiques of Barnes and raising considerable funds for local charities. Two great nights for the fashionistas of Barnes as you can see from the pictures of the shows and after-party here.
Ted Cullinan, architect of the re-built St Mary's after the fire in 1978, gave an illustrated talk about his design vision for the church on 22nd September - see the film of his talk here.
Barnes Charity Ball 2016 is on Friday 5 February 2016 with the theme The Great Gatsby and ticket applications can be made through the Ball website.