Latest news from St Mary's 

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Recycling of SMoB used empty paper coffee cups 

Have you seen the new swing bin in the kitchen lobby?  It's for used, empty coffee cups!  These will then be recycled in the fruit juice box bank at Morrisons or Waitrose.  On Sundays you can return your used paper cup to the trolley and the serving team will sort them out.  But the 'greenest' option open to us, is still to bring your own cup!   

Thanks from Go! Team 

Thank you to everyone who supported the Making Mission Possible lunch on 20th May.  We had a great team of food bringers and preparers, servers, set-uppers, clearer-uppers, provide great company-ers, eaters, speakers, listeners.... the list goes on! Thank you to all.

There are still a few Making Mission Possible giving leaflets & envelopes available in church so do pick one up if you haven't already.  The closing date for returning these is 25th June.

Go! Team go walking  
Also Clare and Charley would like to thank everyone who sponsored them for their 25km South Downs Walk, they survived!  £351.59 was raised for CMS.

SMoB Guest WiFi access 

As part of the move towards the church being compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) we have set up a Guest Hotspot on our Wi-Fi network which is intended for use by visitors and non-staff members of the church. This access will be isolated and separate from staff access.
We’ve had to do this for a variety of reasons, not least of which is security of our data. It also supports the church's vision as we move towards being more open to visitors. Already I have had visitors come in asking if we have a guest Wi-Fi access. Now we do.
The new guest Wi-Fi is called SMOBGuest, search for it and connect as before on your phone, tablet or PC. The password is displayed on notices around the church. Effective from today please use this for all Wi-Fi access in the church. The original SMOBSecure Wi-Fi network will remain in place but the Wi-Fi key will shortly be changed so access is only available to staff.
Instructions on how to connect along with Wi-Fi password have been printed and will be posted around the church.
Phil Vale
IT Manager for St Mary of Bethany

Praying for Muslims during Ramadan 

The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan starts on 15th May.  This is a great time to pray for Muslims and if you would like some help to do so, there is a prayer guide entitled '30 Days' available from the pockets on the Go! Team mission board. ACROSS, cross cultural ministry in Woking, has provided us with these at no cost to ourselves. 

Half term fun! - Woking's Petting Farm and Ferris Wheel 

at Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22  7HA on Tuesday 29 (11am), Wednesday 30 (at 10am) and Thursday 31 May (10am - 4.30pm).  a- - animal encounter shows, ride-on tractors, lunches, refreshments, face painting and more..
Small admission fee - for further details go to

Woking Dementia Action week starting Monday 21 May 

for a range of local activities and informative events and talks, please go to


Vicarage garden makeover! 

Saturday 2nd June 9.30am - 12.30pm Mark and Eileen would be delighted if you could join them for an exciting fun filled morning to help tame the spring growth and get the garden under control.  Copious cake and coffee is promised as well as expert tuition.  Bring yourself, your favourite secateurs and hand fork(named please) and gardening gloves.  All other tools provided.  Please feel free to drop in for any part of the morning.  For more information contact John Brooks 01483 772216. 

Church gardening 

Saturday 9 June 9.00am Spring time hedge and shrub cutting to keep our church grounds looking good and welcoming to all who pass by or use our premises. For more information contact John Brooks 01483 772216.  
All welcome.

Woking Deanery Synod - Wednesday 13 June at 7.45pm 

at St Andrew's Church, Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking GU21 3LG.
Who's right: Evangelical, Charismatic, Anglo - Catholic or Liberal?
Join us with your home groups for the open part of this meeting which will end at 9.30pm. 

Summer Chill Wednesday 20 June 8 - 9.30pm 

Please join us and bring your friends to an evening to relax and chat over some pampering and craft activities - and also enjoy summery drinks and nibbles.  Hopefully the summer holidays will bring time to relax with a good book and a coffee, so we will have book and mug swap tables to find some new favourites.  Pre - loved books and mugs for sharing welcome!
Printed invitations are now available in the main entrance foyer of the church - to book places, sign up on the list in the worship area or email 

Upcoming dates for your diary  

Sunday 10 June adult baptism at 9:15AM service and possibly at 11:00AM,  ahead of the deanery confirmation service here on Sunday 17 June

Sunday 10 June at 6:30PM,  Praise and Prayer in church

Sunday 17 June at 6:30PM,  Woking Deanery Confirmation service led by Bishop Jo at SMoB. Do come and support our candidates.

Sunday 8 July at 11:00AM All age service
6:30PM Praise and Prayer in church

Saturday 28 July – Fri 3 August,  New Wine at Shepton Mallet Saturday 28 July – Fri 3 August, New Wine at Shepton Mallet is now fully booked, unless you are willing to serve on the NW site team. For details,  go to

Woking People of Faith (WPOF) upcoming events 

Refugee Week Event: Tuesday 19th June 6.30 pm till 8.30 pm at HG Wells, Woking
Football tournament: Saturday 30th June at Winston Churchill School, starts at 10.00 am.
The Last Post: Sunday 5th August,  3.00 pm. A Multi faith service and tour around the Brookwood Military Cemetery 
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:  

York Road Project Curry and Quiz Night 

Saturday 30 June 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Join us for a fun filled evening with all profits going to the YRP, at Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, GU22 7HA. £10 per person including supper.  Grab your clever friends and get your tickets now!email

Can you help Woking ACROSS ?

The community of Woking is diverse and Across exists to celebrate and reach out to the the many nationalities and cultures that live in the area.
Due to the success of last year’s launch of the ‘Across Adult Craft Tent’ we are repeating the initiative this year, to reach out to the many families who visit the local summer events. While children are entertained, we offer a space for adults to gather together, often the local Muslim families, and we engage with the mums and grandmas over a simple craft. 
If you can spare just an hour of you time, then we would love to hear from you and invite you to come and bless the community we serve.

Lark in the Square, Woking town centre Wednesday 30 May, any hour from 1pm to 4pm

Lark in the Square Thursday 31 May - any hour from 1pm to 4pm

 Lark in the Square Friday 1 June - any hour from 1pm to 4pm

 Lark in the Square Saturday 2 June - any hour from 11am to 4pm

 Hope Fun Day, New Monument School Saturday 23 June - any hour from 12 noon to 4pm

 South Woking Fun Day, St Peter's Recreation Field, off Rydens Way Saturday 30 June - any hour from 12 to 3pm 

Please email

Be prepared to give an answer 

Tuesday 26 June  7:45 - 9.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Knaphill GU21 2SX.
An evening aimed at all Christians who want to become more confident in talking about their faith and sharing it with others.  Led by Alan Hulme, Director of the Diocesan Parish Development and Evangelism Team. Why not go with your home group?

Data protection update 

You may have heard that new Data Protection Regulations come in to force later this year.  These will apply to churches just as they do to businesses and other charities.  Given that these new regulations are likely to be given more publicity in the coming weeks, we wanted to assure you that we are  looking at what SMoB needs to do. This is being investigated by Phil Vale as IT Manager and John Keelty representing the PCC and they will be bringing an action plan forward for agreement with PCC.

The new regulations give more rights and protections to individuals on how their "personal data" is used (rest assured that SMoB uses information only for the purposes of running the church - we do not sell what we hold which some charities have been doing and which has led to these new data protection rules).  Most of the changes are likely to be behind the scenes admin matters but one area has already been identified where we would like your help.  The new regulations mean that we will need your specific consent to continue to contact you about church events, news, activities, etc.  You will need to complete a form to give this consent.  Phil and John are getting advice about the content of this form and we will let you know more about this in due course.  If you want more information before then, please speak to them.




Save the date! 

Sunday 1 July: Tea and cake at the vicarage, 2.30 - 5.30pm - everyone welcome! 

Holiday at Home 2018 - can you help?

We now have outline plans in place for this year's holiday at home "Cruising the Med" on Wednesday 15th  and Thursday 16th August.

Our HAH has always been for our older folk, and a means of outreach and showing love to people in our parish, friends and relatives.  Please think if there is anyone in your neighbourhood or family or contacts who may like to come for the two days of friendship and fun, invitations can be found in the church entrance or from Gill Langtree or Sue Rogers.

Even a small two day event like this requires lots of help from the church family, please check your diaries and be thinking and praying whether you may be able to help in any of the following ways: catering (cooking, serving, clearing and washing up) transport (morning and afternoon on either or both days). We also have opportunities for anyone interested in crafts, meeting and greeting and especially if you have any performance skills. Please contact Sue for more information. There will soon be a sign up list available for volunteers.

We would love to have a group of people praying for the organisation of the two days and sometimes for specific needs. There are no meetings involved in this undertaking just an occasional short email, let Sue Rogers know via the office if you would like to help in this way.

On the table in the church entrance you will find booking leaflets for the Holiday at Home. Please take and distribute them to anyone (relative, neighbour, friend) who you think might like to join us.

Advance notice - Summer Sundays - change in Sunday service pattern 

From Sunday 29 July - Sunday 26 August inclusive, the weekly service pattern will change to:
8am Communion 
10.30 Combined worship
As in previous years, a supervised DVD and colouring sheets will be available in the top hall for those under 11 years of age and under.
Services revert to their normal pattern of 9.15 and 11am, with 8am communion on the first Sunday of the month on 2 September.