26 May 2015

Services on Sunday 31 May 2015

3pm Soul in the City celebration service
Simon Harvey preaching. Soul in the City Bible reading: Philippians 2.1-8

No evening service

25 May 2015

Classical concert 29 May 7-8pm

This year's classical concert offers a wide range of music, spanning several centuries.

From Haydn to Hindemith, from Mendelssohn to Bernstein, we hope to take you on a journey away from the everyday hustle of London life and maybe even inspire you to dust off the instrument hidden in your own wardrobe!

Performers include:

  • Cleo Savva and Greg Bush, trumpet
  • Sian Robinson, oboe
  • Sian Maddock, piano
  • Gisela Meyer, piano and voice
  • and members of the St. Mary's classical choir
This event, like all others at our Soul in the City neighbourhood festival, is completely free of charge.

22 May 2015

Soul food in the city

During our Soul in the City neighbourhood festival, we're making a unique addition to the street scene of Islington with a cafe serving home-made cakes, food donated by our wonderful sponsors and lots and lots of tea.

Upper Street isn't short of places to dine. When the sun comes out, the pavements fill. But where can you get a coffee and something to eat for free?

The forecourt cafe will run Friday to Sunday. See the full programme.

15 May 2015

Be a Soul in the City Festival Maker

We're excited about Soul in the City 2015 and looking for more volunteers to make it all happen. The dates are confirmed - Wednesday 27th May to Monday 1 June. We're building a team of church members and would love many more to join in. If you belong to St Mary's, do get involved.


We need Festival Makers of all ages and abilities from our church - no one is excluded or should feel they have nothing to offer - this is a Neighbourhood Festival for all, so please find below a list of volunteering opportunities - as you can see there are plenty of them, so please take a look and sign up for at least one activity. This way, it makes it lighter work for everyone. 

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If you can help, please let Jennifer Harvey know by signing up in Church on Sunday 17 May, or by replying to jennifer@sjharvey.org.uk.

We also need your unwanted books/DVDs to give away on the bookstall so please bring them along to Church before the Fun for All day on Saturday 30 May. And we need plenty of Cakes, so get baking! However, if you can't make it to the Festival, you can always pray for it - your prayers are very important too!

To whet your appetite, you can go to the website and take a look at the video of last year's Festival: http://www.stmaryislington.org/2014/08/soul-in-city-2014.html.

14 May 2015

Ministry team

We wholeheartedly believe in the ministry of all believers. Baptism is the essential qualification and commission for ministry.

Of course, most Christians spend most of their time outside the church. We are all called to be fruitful on the frontline, whether that's at work, home, neighbourhood or among friends. Perhaps these are the most important roles we have.

But just now we have stopped to count how many ministry roles there are inside St Mary's and who's involved. It's a revelation.

There are 54 different ministry roles at St Mary's, from Administrative Assistant to Welcomer. Some people have two roles, or more.

Among all the ministers in our team, we have:

  • 43 Bible readers
  • 22 leaders of prayers
  • 19 church council members
  • 16 musicians/singers
  • 15 communion assistants
  • 15 sidespeople (stewards)
  • 14 children's work leaders
  • 12 hospitality volunteers
  • 6 home group leaders
  • 4 mission giving committee members
  • 1 vicar, 1 curate, 1 children's and youth minister
...and one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

06 May 2015

Ian Mylam walks the length of the Thames

Ian Mylam is walking 180 miles from the Source of the River Thames to Greenwich from Tuesday 12 May to Saturday 23 May.

Listen to Ian talk about the challenge of walking the whole length of the Thames and about his passion for Mary's Youth Club, for which he's raising funds.

Ian would love people to join him on any of  the 12 stages, especially the last one where you can join at Putney Bridge tube station at 10.00am or from the north side of Westminster Bridge at 1.30pm. The best way to sponsor him is at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IanMylam . Cheques made payable to SMICP or cash donations are also gratefully received.

If you would like to join Ian on any stage of the walk please contact him on 07771 604338 or ianmylam@blueyonder.co.uk. You can follow him on Twitter @iansmylam.

02 May 2015

Revival of the See of Islington

The Bishop of London has announced the revival of the See of Islington.

This paves the way for a new Bishop of Islington.

Unlike diocesan bishops and area bishops, the Bishop of Islington's responsibilities won't be defined by a particular place. Islington's parishes and clergy remain under the oversight of the Bishop of Stepney.

Instead, the Bishop of Islington will have a role in the national church, drawing on the capital's experience and enabling other dioceses to replicate the kind of growth that the Church of England in London has seen for two decades.

We don't know when the appointment of the Bishop of Islington will be announced but look forward to working with him or her to ensure that the very best models of healthy church growth are shared more widely.

Pop-up Opera perform at Soul in the City 1 June 2015

We're delighted once again to welcome our friends, Pop-up Opera, to première their production of Rossini's sparkling comedy L'Italiana in Algeri.

The performance begins at 7.30pm and like all elements of our Soul in the City Festival is completely free.

Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian girl in Algiers)

Rossini meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, against a backdrop of glitz and grit at the Algiers Hotel, Nevada. Hotel employee, Lindoro, is down on his luck and in debt to the Algiers' corrupt and extravagant owner, Mustafa. Lindoro's Italian-American girlfriend, Isabella, arrives in Vegas under the pretence of auditioning as a show-girl to try and get Lindoro out of this mess. Mustafa, bored with his faded starlet wife, Elvira, is enraptured by the headstrong Isabella: but will she be seduced by his power and money? The surreal and dangerous world of Las Vegas breathes new life into Rossini's absurd exotic comedy, as love and fidelity compete against the city's tantalising promise of endless wealth and sensory gratification. Cast.

Language: Italian Captions: English

About Pop-up Opera
Pop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. They aim to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate.

"A two-hour explosion of beautiful music, top-class singing, and exceptional acting... I honestly cannot imagine anyone, of any age or class or tastes, who would have been bored or unmoved." The Times
"If any group can make opera converts, this one can" Broadway Baby
"Basically, book tickets now" The Public Reviews
"There can be no better introduction than a Pop-up Opera production" The Daily Express
“They’re serious about opera but know opera isn’t always serious” Performance Reviewed

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