St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You
As we celebrate our Patronal Festival we give thanks for all those who have served St Mary's in any way over the years and for all who worship in this place. We give thanks for the arrival of Kate Pearson, our new Vicar, her husband Richard and daughter Zoe and for all the love and friendship of the church family at St Mary’s - may we extend that love to others. Guide us mall as we move forward into this new phase in the life of this parish and help us reach out to make you known in our community.
We give thanks to all clergy and staff in diocese and deanery for their support over the past year, helping us through both lockdown and our time of vacancy. We pray that the Diocesan Conference this week will be a success.
We pray for those with Coronavirus especially in places where health services are at breaking point or and resources are limited. We pray for all those affected by natural disasters and the results of extreme weather. We pray for all those in areas of political turmoil and war zones particularly Afghanistan at this critical time.
Sam Wick, Ed Garvey, David Muskett, Charlotte Howarth, Julia Ward, Michael Fleming, Alan Creasey, Ivy Sherman, Beryl Steele, Tyler Lynch, Howard Hopkins, William (Bill) Edge, David Brooks, Isabel Turner, Michael Hardy, Molly Russell and Phil Rodway.
Jean Menniss, John Cousins, Ken Rankin, Darren, John Foster, Vittoria Rickard, Bryan, Beryl Kidman, Nicole Veness and Jean Barlow;
All who have died and especially Jill Priseman and we remember those whose anniversary falls at this time especially Irene Smith.
The Church of England website has prayers and resources to help those who struggling to find words at difficult and stressful times, and to enable Christians to worship with one another if they are not able to attend a service.
Click here for other ways to worship
CALL TO PRAY FOR THE NATION The Archbishops of Canterbury and York call us to pray daily for our country.
Daily Prayer - Morning, Evening and Night Prayer (Compline) and Prayer during the Day - "Church of England Join us in Daily Prayer" - scroll down that page to select the service you want. It has the full text including the readings and psalms for the day. The Daily Offices are also provided by the Church of England, in a handy Smart Phone App, downloadable here. You do not need to buy a subscription.
There is a free phoneline DAILY HOPE from the Church of England set up with those who do not have access to online services during lockdown.