Each year the Church journeys through the year with Christ by observing the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter but the longest of all the seasons is Ordinary Time starting on Trinity Sunday. But there is nothing ordinary about ‘Ordinary Time’. It is not about being common or mundane. The word derives from the Latin word ordo from which we get the English word ‘order’. Thus Ordinary Time refers to the ordered life of the Church. In this season, which includes the whole summer season, we celebrate Christ’s life and teaching celebrating his presence amongst us even today transforming our lives.
The liturgical colour of the season is green which is expressive of creation. Like the foliage that is used to set off flower arrangements to best advantage, greenery is beautiful in its own right but is there also to highlight the beauty that surrounds it.
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Please click the image above to view the APCM Report for the years 2019 & 2020. The APCM meeting was held on Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm.
UNDER TREE SCHOOLS
This month we remember our charity that funds a school for girls in Malek, South Sudan. St Mary’s has supported UTS since it was first created by our then curate Rev Joseph Ayok-Loewenberg. He knew that girls did not get education in South Sudan. His creation has encouraged successive generations of girls in his home town to realise that they had alternatives to getting married and pregnant at age 15. The school is recognised as among the best in the region; and when girls graduate at age 15, some each year have gone on to secondary school and then to training for careers. Girls get academic teaching, but also training in useful skills – sewing, IT and agronomy, important in their agricultural economy. Do please consider donating to Under Tree Schools, as their normal fund-raising events have been decimated by our UK Covid precautions. You can give by:
– Cash in a church Gift Aid envelope, labelling it “UTS” and leave it in church.
10am Service on Sunday 25th July 2021with Rev’d Funke Ogbede preaching
Sermon by Revd Funke Ogbede 25th July 2021, click to read
Rev’d James Hutchings read the text of ‘Gratitude as a source of treasure’ by Brother David Steindl-Rast at a service recently. Here it is in video format.