Services at St Mary's

Tuesday - Friday
9.00 - 9.30am
Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel

11.00 Said Service of Holy Communion

Sunday Morning
8.30am - 9.30am ‘Kid’s Klub’ (For children and families - Breakfast and a short service)
10.00am - Holy Communion (with a crèche for under 4’s)(Last Sunday of the month Family Service, Baptism Service)

Sunday Evening
Last Sunday of each month - 6.00pm Healing Holy Communion

Today (30th November) is St Andrew’s Day

and it is the first major saints’ festival in each new year. New year? It is still November and 1st January is still a month away. Well the church year starts with the season Advent which is four clear Sundays before Christmas day. Advent is the start of an annual journey for each of us, a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the events that have shaped our lives – the sad moments as well as the joys. It is also a time to look forward, to wait for, prepare and anticipate that all important event, the birth of our Saviour Jesus. The first six months of this journey are a very important period in the Christian calendar when all the major festivals are celebrated. It heralds the start of that very busy period in the Christian church moving through Christmas and Epiphany, to Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Strangely, the following six months cover the period of Trinity which seems lower key and to last forever but always culminates in the peace of Advent and the joy of Christmas once again.

This year, St Mary’s services for Advent and Christmas have been compiled into a single list and printed on a card showing Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. Shirehampton people from the church family will be posting these through letter boxes in the streets where they live to ensure that you have sight of what is happening and when. Hopefully, all Shirehampton folk will receive one of these cards. Our weekly “Link” is also available in the church and also contains this information together with other events in Advent. Do call into church to get information and maybe pray or a have a chat with friends over coffee.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing Advent and Christmas with you.

Roger Derrick.