Sunday 20 December Fourth Sunday of ADVENT
St Mary's is in vacancy as Fr Grant Holmes retired in 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.
We are delighted to have the Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley, Bishop of Hertford, with us to preside and preach at the 9.00am and 10.30am services in church. Bishop Michael will confirm Michael Attree during the 10.30am Service/
Today is the last 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 (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 9.00 am service at St Mary's (available from 10.30 am)
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.
Check out the Diocesan website for other material
For links to other local churches and sources for services go to Other Ways to Worship
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).