St Mary's Church, Marshalswick

St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You

Sunday 29 November        ADVENT SUNDAY

St Mary's is in vacancy as Fr Grant Holmes retired on 25 October 2020. The process of finding a new Vicar has started but it will take time.  We are very grateful to members of the clergy who have offered to help with services during the vacancy.  Sadly, the current lockdown means no more public worship for the time being. 

We are delighted that this Sunday the Revd Canon Ruth Goatly is with us to preside. Paul Wiggins, our Reader, will preach.

Today, is the second of a series of five sermons about Advent - Christ the King and Introduction to Advent (22 November) ) plus the theme for each week of Advent as it comes - Patriarchs (Paul Wiggins), Prophets (Fr Richard Watson), John the Baptist (Ruth Goatly) and Mary (Bishop Michael).  See the Advent Sermons page for videos of the sermons.

Click here for this week's Pewsheet which contains the collect and readings for the service, notices and the parish prayer list.

Get the service book as a pdf here   Service booklet 

Video (unedited) of the service from St Mary's 

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Sadly, lockdown means that people from the six member churches of CTM cannot physically meet up for this annual service hosted by St Saviour's. Instead it will be online from 6.00 pm on Advent Sunday.   Thank you to St Saviour's for putting the service together, to CTM churches whose members did readings and to St Saviour's Virtual Choir for their hard work!

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APPEAL FOR HELP - St Mary's Church, along with many churches, charities, businesses and people, is struggling financially in this COVID-19 period. We still have nearly all our outgoings but have lost some of our sources of income; for example, we cannot hire out our hall or use it for our own fundraising events. We realise that this is a tough time for many, but if you could make a donation, it would be very much appreciated.   Just click here to go to our giving page. 

 St Albans Cathedral - from 10.00am

 Church of England - from 9.00am

Choral Eucharist for the First Sunday of Advent

Mark the First Sunday of Advent with this online Comfort and Joy service.  From St Martin in the Fields with Rev Sam Wells, the service observes the start of Advent with music, reflection and prayer.

 Order of Service

Order of Service

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 Use video player below or Watch on YouTube

Link to Cathedral website

 There is also a link  to this and other services from the Church of England media webpage 


Check out the Diocesan website for other material

For the full text of today's Morning, Evening and Night Prayer plus Prayer during the Day go to Daily Prayer  on the Church of England website (scroll down that page). 

For links to other local churches and sources for services go to Other Ways to Worship