Sunday, July 27, 2014

Services on Sunday

Sunday 3 August 2014

9am Holy Communion (Traditional Book of Common Prayer)
Bible readings Romans 6.19-end; Mark 8.1-9

11am Holy Communion. .
Bible readings Isaiah 55.1-5; Matthew 14.13-21

6pm Evening Worship. The Isaiah Vision 8 - Church: the People of God

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy 200th birthday to St Mary Magdalene's Church

Our friends and neighbours at Hope Church Islington have a weekend of celebration to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the building of the church of St Mary Magdalene on Holloway Road.

As Islington's population began to grow it became clear that the parish needed a second church. This was the first step in a remarkable period - over three dozen churches were built within St Mary's original parish over the course of the next eighty years.

We congratulate our neighbours on reaching this big anniversary and pray God's blessing on their ministry and mission.

Summer Playscheme 28 July to 22 August

Our partners at SMICP have put together a great programme for children this summer.

Full details.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vanessa Haruperi joins St Mary's Youth Club

We're delighted to welcome Vanessa Haruperi to work at St Mary's Youth Club in the role of Youth Development Manager, covering maternity leave for Rebecca Mills.

Vanessa writes, "Most of my work experiences have been in the local community with adults, children and young people. I have worked with young people in youth work, tutoring and mentoring roles across a range of settings such as youth centres, alternative provision (Pupil Referral Units), Saturday schools and the church. These experiences were great, as they allowed me to build relationships, provide educational support and guidance and encourage positive avenues for young people to pursue. I thoroughly enjoy building relationships with young people and providing opportunities to promote their personal growth and development. 

"I am excited about joining the team and look forward to working alongside you all and making a contribution to SMICP."

St Mary's Youth Club is run by SMICP, an independent charity formed by St Mary's Church as a local partner for serving the people of Islington on our premises.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

St Mary's Youth Club summer activities

If you go to school, college or live in Islington and are between 11 and 25 years old, take a look at the free activities offered by St Mary's Youth Club during August.

There's Go Ape, Cinema Trip, Go-Karting, Paintball, Theatre Trip, Driving Theory, and a day out at Thorpe Park.

Register your interest here.

General Synod meets to decide on women bishops

Simon Harvey writes,

The General Synod of the Church of England meets in York for a five day meeting from Friday 11 July until Tuesday 15 July. There's an understandable nervousness as well as excitement about what will happen.

I've written before about our hope that women as well as men may soon be able to share in the leadership of the church at all levels and it was disappointing that the previous legislation failed to pass in 2012. The new arrangements are simplified and have received support in all of the dioceses of the Church. But there's little room for complacency and it will be important for any unresolved differences to leave a legacy of trust and confidence rather than tension.

We'll be praying for the Synod as it considers all the issues on its agenda and I'll be hoping that we'll soon be looking forward to the first appointment of a female bishop in the Church of England.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

St Mary's Primary School Summer Fair

This Friday at 3.45pm, our friends at St Mary's Primary School are holding a Summer Fair.

There'll be a barbecue, stalls, raffles, cakes, books and lots more.

Entrance is 50p for adults, children free.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Does God wear trousers?

'Does God wear trousers?' is not a typical question you might find on a church website. Its actually the title of an article I wrote for the London Diocese on working with children in church. The article (below) is about encouraging children's natural curiosity, their search for God and the importance of these questions. Please feel free to read and comment on the article, all feedback welcome. One question that emerged from a child who went to our Kids Church this week was, 'in heaven, will pancakes talk?' Brilliant!