Latest news from St Mary's 

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Vision Sunday this week

This Sunday is Vision Sunday, where we will be launching our new vision statement for SMoB as well as our plan for 2018-19. 'This is an exciting moment in our church life', says Vicar Mark, 'so we are looking forward to being together in worship and prayer.'
Join us to pray for our vision in the morning on the 2nd Feb.

Alpha every Wednesday!

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Our next Alpha session is on Wednesday 23rd January, anyone is welcome to join us, even if you didn't attend the first week so do share with friends! You can sign up via our website or by emailing the office.
We would really appreciate if you could spare a Wednesday evening with a team preparing, cooking and serving a meal to our Alpha guests - if you're interested please let Marie Clare Jarman know.

Christmas quiz answers 

The Quiz winners were Andrew and Anne Vernoum with 36 out of 39 answers (question 22 was eliminated from the Quiz due to an omission), who were the fastest to send in the all correct solution to the Tiebreaker questions. There were four runners-up and all contestants will have their submissions returned to them in the pigeon holes at the back of the Church. Refer to the noticeboard for the answers.

Pastoral work 

If you would like to talk to one of our pastoral team in confidence, please contact Mark Wallace or Lynne Holder either directly or via the office.

Funeral arrangements

Very sadly John Fawcett passed away on the 3 January. As you know he had been seriously ill for some time and suffered another steep decline just before Christmas. Please pray for Di and all the family. The funeral will be at 2.30pm on Thursday 31st January here at St Mary of Bethany.

It is with great sadness to inform you that Cyril Pawley has passed away. His funeral is on Wednesday 23rd January, 2.30pm at St. Mary's Church Horsell.

Magazines for Kate     

Kate Clarke our Children’s Minister is looking for magazines that show colourful pictures of nature and gods provision e.g the National Geographic. Please can you pass these on to Kate? 

Surrey Half Marathon 10 March

Please be aware that this event, which starts and finishes at Woking Park, will be using local roads. Check the following link so you know which roads to avoid on your journey to church.  Road closures apply 8 am - 12.30 pm.

Woking Deanery Synod 27th February

Our next Deanery Synod is on the 27th Feb 2019 at St John’s west Byfleet, and we have Bishop Andrew coming to talk on ‘Where the Church is going on same-sex relationships’. 
The open meeting is from 8 to about 9.30 after which there will be an opportunity for those not involved in Synod to leave, and the business meeting will take place. Doors open and coffee from 7.45. 

God is working amongst Syrian refugees 

Hear how over breakfast:  The O'Carrolls will be telling us how Christians can bring hope and support through prayer. Across Prayer Breakfast. Saturday 2 February, 8.30am at St Andrew's Church
Goldsworth Park, GU21 3LG.

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Basic Spanish Course

continues from 30th January 20-21:20. Ten lessons are £75. To find the content of the lessons go to

Zumba Gold 

A Fitness Programme with Latin and international dance rhythms. Seniors, adults & teenagers can do it. Some moves are done ½ tempo so that everyone can follow. Join us for fun! Starting Wednesday 30th January 18:45-19:30. Cost £5.

Influence tour - Guildford 

Thursday 24th January, 7.30pm at Guildford Baptist Church. The event is a part of Christians In Politics Influence tour and will include guest speakers, prayer, inspiration and equipping for Christians considering more engagement with politics and political parties. Please book via the Eventbrite page.

Woking Street Angels annual Commissioning Service

Sunday 10th Feb 2019, 4PM at Emmanuel Church, Saunders Lane, Mayford, GU22 0NR. There will be teas, coffees and cake after the service! There are only 10 spaces at Emmanuel Church. If all those spaces are full, there is a small garden centre with a further 10 spaces 150 yards beyond the church which we can use. 

World Day of Prayer 

All are welcome to join for 'informed Prayer - Prayerful action' on Friday 1 March 2019. Prepared by the women of Slovenia. 
10.00am Morning service: The Salvation Army, Sythwood, Goldsworth Park, GU21 3AF.
7.30pm Evening Service: St Dunstan’s Church, Shaftesbury Road, GU22 7DT. 
Please note this is NOT a women’s only event.

Can faith institutions save our planet?

Woking People of Faith invite you to learn about environmental issues from a faith perspective, held by Revd Andrew Watson (Bishop of Guildford) and Shaukat Warraich (CEO Faith Associates.) The talk will be held at HG Wells Conference Centre at 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th February. RSVP is essential, please book tickets via Eventbrite

Christmas quiz answers 

1. Bacon & eggs; 2. eggs & chips; 3. toad in the hole; 4. roast beef & Yorkshire puddings; 5. Irish stew; 6. Welsh rarebit; 7. custard pie; 8. liver & bacon; 9. baked beans on toast; 10. spotted dick and custard; 11. bangers and mash; 12. spaghetti bolognese; 13. chilli con carne; 14. bread and butter pudding; 15. coq au vin; 16. cheese bake potato; 17. tripe & onions; 18. lemon meringue pie; 19. faggots & mushy peas; 20. chicken tikka masala; 21. kedgeree; 22. cheese and biscuits (deleted from the quiz); 23. shepherd’s pie; 24. jam roly poly; 25. chicken corn marsh; 26. boiled beef & carrots; 27. prawn cocktail; 28. black forest gateau; 29. rice pudding & jam; 30. lamb shank; 31. tiramisu; 32. jelly & blancmange; 33. beef burger & onions; 34. mince pies & custard; 35. Christmas pudding & brandy butter; 36. jugged hare; 37. pigeon pie; 38. lasagne; 39. scotch eggs; 40. beef stew & dumplings.