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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.
This special service followed other anniversary events, including the our Magna Carta Festival in May, the Barnes Music Festival in March and the Medieval Ball in February, as part of the year-long celebrations of our 800th Anniversary.
Rev'd Richard Sewell, St Mary's Rector said: "I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our 800th anniversary than these creative and inspiring events. They are result of much hard work but the effect has been tremendous both for the congregation of St Mary's and for the wider community. Together we have deepened faith and made Christ known. Now we are looking forward to a bit of a rest!"
The bike sale on Barnes Fair day was busy as ever with people hoping for a bargain queuing outside the church long before the sale opened! This annual event raises funds for our church and our link charities.