Latest news from St Mary's 

The latest news from St Mary's is below, use this link if you would like a RSS feed of our news.

Summer Sundays 

until and including Sunday 26 August 
8am Communion 
10.30 Combined worship. Do join us! There will be children’s activities (stories, choice of craft and games) available for 3 – 10 year olds and a self-service crèche for under 3s.
Coffee will be served at the end of the service.

Services revert to their normal pattern of 9.15 am and 11 am, with 8 am communion on the first Sunday of the month on 2 September.

Thank you! 

On Sunday 5th August the children raised £81.50 to support the work of Release International at their bake sale after the service last week. Thank you all for your support, and we hope you enjoyed the cookies!

Activities for children on Sundays during the summer holidays 

The fun never stops. During the summer holidays children’s activities continues at the combined 10.30 service throughout August with stories, choice of craft and games.

Staff leave and office hours

The church office will be open over the school holidays during advertised opening times of 9.30am  - 12.30pm Monday to Friday.
Many of staff team will be taking a break over the next few weeks for holidays or church camp events.  Please be patient when trying to contact team members and leave an email message whenever possible for their return.
The Clergy team can be contacted via the church  office. Happy holidays and thank you for your support this term.

"Cruising the Med" 

Holiday at Home this coming Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th August - Pray that God will be present and keep those attending well.  Please also pray for our amazing volunteers.  Good times will be had by all!  

Exciting news  

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Tapp will be joining us as our Curate from July 2019.
Sarah is married to James and they have two early teenage daughters. They currently live in Claygate and Sarah is training at St Mellitus College in London along with being placed at Holy Trinity Claygate. She plans to be with us for 3-4 years. Sarah will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to SMoB. She is particularly interested in outreach and evangelism and we think she will fit really well into the staff team and into church.
 Please do join us in praying for the family as they get ready to move to SMoB. 

Woking Red Box Collection during August

Whilst we take a break from our monthly Woking Foodbank collections, we shall be collecting for The Woking Red Box Project. This is a national project aiming to ensure that no young woman is forced to miss school during their period due to poverty and lack of sanitary products. The Woking branch of the Red Box Project is currently supporting young women at Winston Churchill School and communicating with two further schools to get boxes into those schools.

We are collecting:

Packs of any sanitary towels
Light or regular absorbency tampons
New packs of pants in adult sizes 8-18

Collecting crates will be available in the worship area on Sundays 5, 12 and 19 August. For further details go to
or catch Liz Edwards. Thank you very much for your support.

New Wine talks - watch this space! 

We shall be getting all the teaching from New Wine along with delegates' recommendations, and this will be available at the beginning of September. You may like to use some of the materials in home groups, discuss on WhatsApp etc.

Church Finances

We thought it would be helpful to provide a brief update on our church finances each month. In June the costs of running the church were £27056 (or £902 per day). Our income for the month was £29735 – 94% of which came from church members (69% from regular giving - the Parish Giving Scheme, standing orders - and 25% from one-off donations). It is wonderful to report that regular giving is in line with our 2018 budget. We are on track to break even this year, as per our budget, whilst at the same time we have been able to put £17k into the Associate Vicar fund. This fund now stands at £33k.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so generously to the running of the church and to the development of our vision for growth in ministry and mission. We are truly blessed! The Finance Team.

Mindfulness monthly drop in session

This months session is on 21 August from 8-9 pm for more details please contact Judith Sergeant email All are welcome!

Summer Spring Cleaning 

There are a number of jobs around the church that need doing regularly to help us keep the building in order, after the success of the Summer Spring Cleaning last year we felt this was a good way to keep on top of some of the annually needed cleaning and maintenance tasks.

How to help:  find a group to work with, perhaps your pastorate, family or some friends; Have a look at the board in church and choose one of the job cards, agree a time that works for you all, make sure you have the necessary equipment etc.   When you have completed the job, sign and date the back of the job card and place it in the envelope on the board.

We would like to run this throughout August, but it would be best to avoid the Holiday at Home and its preparations on 14-16th August!

Thank you for your help! 

Church Administrative Vacancy

We are looking for a full time PA to the Vicar/Office Manager to fill the gap left by Lois and to take on some additional responsibilities.  Our administrative support is fewer hours than generally considered necessary for a church of our size so the new post will be full time (35 hours per week).   
The PCC decided to increase the hours and level of responsibility for reasons which include:
Increased complexity in national legislation (in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety and employment law)
Changes in employment patterns and family commitments of the retired had led to a lack of availability of volunteers
A need for better communication within the membership and outside
A need for administrative professionalism if the Church is to be taken seriously in today’s society
Vicar and other front-line workers diverted from what should be their priority roles if the church is to be effective in mission
The need to build a vertical dimension into the staff structure
Details on the Church Website or from the Church Office email tel:  01483 723424.  Contact the Vicar or Clare Mall if you think this might be for you and would like to have a chat about it.
Closing date 20 August

Exploring SMoB’s History 

The first wedding after St Mary's became a parish in 1923 was that of Frederick Phillips Raynham, a very early aviator.
Richard Langtree has researched him and has put together the latest Woking Hero in the “Woking Story” at the Lightbox.  Please do call in and have a look

Diocesan administrative vacancy 

The Archdeacon of Surrey is looking for a part-time PA, based at Church House Guildford.  Further details are available from the Diocesan website: The closing date is 30 August.

Zumba and Beginners Spanish 

Classes have been suspended until 5th September.  They will then resume for the final 3 sessions on 5th September.

Also, another course of Beginners Spanish lessons will start on 31st October 2018 on Wednesdays 8 pm-9:20 pm.  Enrolments will start at the beginning of September.
Anyone interested can either talk to Marta or send her an email at Thank you 

Partition Doors 

Correct operation of doors - to avoid damage and user injury, the doors should not be left swinging freely, they should either be fully closed or open against the retaining magnet. 
All doors apart from the pass door should be locked into the upper and lower tracks by means of the key, except when they need to be moved. This is particularly important for the panel that the pass door closes against, this needs to be double locked, the key needs to be turned even further than the first locked position. 
Mike Smith (church warden) will take the opportunity to instruct on operating procedure. 

Woking People of Faith (WPOF) 

Peace Day event: Saturday 22nd September, the annual peace day event,12.00 pm—1.00 pm, Mercia Walk. Woking.
For more information please contact Kerry Barry:  

Heritage Open Days at SMoB 

St Mary of Bethany will be open on Saturday 8 Sept 10.00am until 4.00pm
and Sunday 16 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm. There will be children's activities and refreshments available.
Please let your friends, neighbours and families know. A few cakes would be good to have!
For more details see Heritage Open Days 2018 website
Richard Langtree will be on duty.
If you would like to join him for any amount of time that would be great. 

St Mary of Bethany presents
An Evening of Classical Music performed by some of Woking’s finest young musicians

29th September 2018 at 7.30pm
Admission: £3 (all proceeds to go to church funds)
Join some of Woking’s most talented musicians for an enjoyable evening of classical music making.  The programme will contain some exciting pieces of piano repertoire, including the first movement of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata, as well as music for clarinet, violin and trumpet.
Performers will range in age from 14 to 17 and many are music scholars from surrey schools and colleges.
The concert will last for approximately one hour and refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Woking and Sam Beare fundraiser 

Going South with Shackleton, a talk by Robert  Caskie, Professional Story - Teller on Wednesday 26 September at 7.30pm  at St Andrew's Church, Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking GU21 3LG. There is no ticket price, just a suggested donation of £15 per head, seniors £10 and up to 18 years, £5. To register please email or register names and add a donation at addingt the reference ANTARCTICATALK.  All monies received will go to the hospices.