Latest news from St Mary's 


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Felipe and Sarah Yanez and family will be visiting this weekend 17 - 19 November 

We are looking forward to welcoming our Mission Partners, Felipe and Sarah Yanez and family.  There will be an opportunities to hear from them and meet them:
at a cream tea, 4pm Saturday 18th November in the crèche.
in the services on 19th November
between the services at an Andalusian themed breakfast on 19th November
If you would like to know more, or invite them for a meal, please contact goteam@stmaryofbethany.org.uk 

  

Operation Christmas Child 2017

Please bring your filled boxes or other contributions to church THIS Sunday, 19 November, and leave them on the table at the back of the church.  Thank you for your generous support.
 

Sunday 26 November at 6.30pm - Desert Island Discs with Rev Mark Wallace 

Don’t worry, he’s not changing career just yet! This Sunday evening event in church will help us to get to know Mark better, what drives and inspires him, and will include some sung worship too. This looks to be a fun and informative time, and we do hope you’re able to come along. Drinks will be available as you arrive.

Our most fruitful time of the year? 

The next couple of months give us our best opportunities of the year to engage with people who don’t yet know Jesus. As we prayerfully look forward to Advent and Christmas, do engage with all the services and activities we offer at SMOB and think about who you can invite in. Vicar Mark.

Why not invite someone along to the Christmas Chill? Saturday 9 December 10am - 12noon at SMoB
An opportunity to have fun getting creative, relax over coffee and cake, reflect and give yourself a break from busyness.
Please bring greenery to share if you can.
All other materials provided. Donations to cover costs.
To book places, please sign the list in church or contact Judith Sergeant: 0794 132 6559 email judserg@gmail.com 

 

Christmas Choir sign-up

for the carol service on Sunday 17th December. Rehearsals start on Tuesday Nov 14th at 7.45pm, and run every Tuesday evening. A children’s group will also be running, rehearsing on Sundays 26 November, 3 December at approximately 12.30pm and 17 December, time to be confirmed.  These times needed to be changed from originally Wednesday afternoons.
Please use the sign-up list at the front of church, or text Daren on 07468 696405 (remember to state your name, or your child’s).

 

Peace of mind for you can bring benefit to St Mary’s!! 

Ecclesiastical, our church insurers, are celebrating their 130th anniversary by offering to donate £130 to St Mary’s for every new home insurance policy taken out. Please consider this as an option for insuring your homes, a quote at least will cost nothing, but each new policy will support our ministry at St Mary’s. To take advantage of this offer visit www.ecclesiastical.com/Trust130 or call 0800 783 0130 and quote TRUST130. Alternatively speak to Nick Mendham.

  

We have a new microwave! 

Many thanks to all who contributed towards a new microwave for the church kitchen.  This was delivered on Monday and we hope to have many years of use from it!  

Bible reading notes for 2018 

If you wish to change your Bible notes or start using them in the New Year - please see Helen Brooks.  There are now more choices than ever, including some on-line options.
There is 10% discount on notes ordered through the Church Bookstall! 

Church garden and gutters autumn tidy up!  Saturday 2 December 9am to 1pm. 

All levels of expertise welcome - on the job training can be given!!
Please come and join us even if you can only spare an hour.  Coffee and buns as usual.  See John Brooks for details

  

New Wine 28 July - 3 August 2018

The Super Early Bird price bracket for New Wine 2018 closes on 3rd December and Mark, Eileen and Family have booked to go. Do think about whether you would like to return or try out New Wine for the first time. A group from SMoB will be going to week 1 of the gathering at Shepton Mallet.  Please speak to Clare Mall if you have any questions or if you are thinking of going. More details at https://united.new-wine.org/week-1

National Interfaith Week event Sunday 19 November 

2 - 5 pm at Parkview Community Centre, off Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater GU21 5NZ.  Join Woking People of Faith for an afternoon programme to include speakers from the Armed Forces and Police, learn about the 'Role of Institutions' within diversity and inclusion, and chat over refreshments.  For more information, please go to www.wpof.org.uk

How to share your faith with your Muslim neighbour 

A Muhabba training event hosted by ACROSS Woking at Christ Church, Woking GU21 6YG,  on Saturday 25 November 9.30am - 1pm  - this event is for individuals and churches wanting to share faith and reach out in love to their Muslim neighbours.

Start Advent with a quiet day 

led by The Revd. Haydon Wilcox at St. Columba’s House, Woking on Monday 4th December. Book on line on http://stcolumbashouse.org.uk/event/advent-quiet-day/  or Tel. 01483 766498  Cost £25 inclusive of lunch.
 

Comedians and Carols at Christ Church,Woking Friday 8 December at 7.30pm

A Christmas comedy show, starring Paul Kerensa (writer for 'Miranda', 'Not Going Out', 'Top Gear' and 'TGI Friday'). tickets £12,  and available now at www.christchurchwoking.org

International Carol Service - Saturday 9 December at 7pm 

at Woking Christ Church. This is a key event in the ACROSS calendar, when we see a glimpse of Heaven as believers from all nations come together to celebrate the birth of our Saviour in over 20 different languages representing the various cultures living, working and worshipping together in the town of Woking. All welcome and seasonal refreshments will be served

Christmas prayer breakfast - Saturday 9 December at 8.30am 

in the creche.  Join us as we pray into the upcoming Christmas services and events.  This is a great way to start Christmas at SMoB praying for God's blessing as we prepare to open the doors to our community in Advent and over Christmas. For further details, please speak to Cesca.  

Could you host an international student over Christmas or the New year? 

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2
HOST UK is a charity whose mission is to give a welcome to international students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. We operate all year round including Christmas and New Year when being welcomed into a home is vastly preferable to lonely halls of residence.
Hospitality can be offered for one day (daytime only), three days and two nights at the weekend, or at New Year, or four days and three nights during the Christmas festive period.
The choice is yours. And remember...your offer can be made at any time of the year.
If you woould like to know more, please go to: www.hostuk.org or email info@hostuk.or telephone 020 7739 6292