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Life at St. Mary's

Prayer and Spirituality

Central to our life and work at St. Mary's is prayer. The church is open daily to allow people sacred space for contemplation and prayer. Our Peace Chapel is a space for all people - of any faith or none - to find quietness and calm. During Lent, we run a popular drop-in session of study, discussion and prayer, using the Pilgrim Study books.  We invite you to join us in prayer.

God of all creation, we thank you for the everyday blessings that we take for granted: for the warmth and love of family and friends, the availability of food and water, the advantage of education and for the wonder of nature and our freedom.

We pray that you will help us appreciate your abundant gifts and give us the wisdom to preserve our wonderful planet and to give thanks for the blessing of every moment that we live.

In and Out of Church

Every week is busy here! Many activities are organised by members of St Mary's church family or supported by the church, such as the examples here. In addition, we host lots of community activities, from weekly lunchtime concerts to sessions for young unaccompanied refugees, run by the charity Paiwand.

Tots on the Hill

On Friday at 10AM  our lively toddlers' group take over the Church Room, for an hour and a half of games, crafts and play. There's a baby zone, a book corner, rhyme time and a break for biscuits and juice (coffee/tea for grown-ups) a precious chance for parents to socialise.  Each session costs £1 per child and £1 per adult.

If you would like to chat about joining or visiting, please contact Naj (07429 199 750) or email: totsonthehill@outlook.com.

Gardening

The gardeners meet on the first Saturday morning of each month to work on the upper churchyard. A mixture of trees and shrubs share space with banks of wild flowers, set among well cared-for lawns and some ancient and interesting gravestones.
 
Help is always welcome- if you would like to try some outdoor exercise that does good as well as feeling good. To find out more, contact the Parish Office.

Flower Arranging

From the spectacular displays at Easter, Harvest and Christmas to flowers for weddings and the delicate posies given out on Mothering Sunday, flowers are a reminder at St Mary's of the beauty of creation.

 

The flower-arranging team welcomes new members. You don't have to be an expert, so if you'd like to know more, contact Lynne via the Parish Office.