Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vacancy - Administrator Receptionist

Do you have the skills to help support a wide range of community groups do their brilliant work in the heart of Islington?

Would you like to work at St Mary's, a place where people have found encouragement, support and inspiration for centuries, working for our partner charity, SMICP?

Can you help fill our imaginatively renewed spaces with people, groups and activity?

SMICP are recruiting for Receptionist Administrator (25 to 32 hours). The role is paid at London Living Wage (£8.80 per hour), plus 8% pension. Find out more. Hurry and get your application in by noon on the 13 October and be part of something really special.

Poetry in the Crypt - 11 October 2014

Poetry in the Crypt returns on Saturday 11 October at 7pm with an evening of poetic ventriloquism!

Guest readers Peter Daniels, Emily Jeremiah and Paul McLoughlin will present work by poets they have either translated or edited – more details.

Admission £4 – all proceeds go to Hospice Care Kenya.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fruitfulness on the frontline

We may be old or young; healthy or infirm; rich or poor; employed or not. We may be busy or bored; optimistic or pessimistic; radically cutting-edge or relatively retro. Whoever we are, Christians have at least one thing in common: We each have a frontline.

Your frontline could be:

  • the place where you spend much of your time.
  • the place where you meet people, whether they have a Christian faith or not.
  • the place God has called you.
  • the place of possibility and potential.
Using materials and insights from LICC and as one of the pilot parishes in the Diocese of London's Capital Vision 2020 Ambassadors for Christ programme, St Mary's is shifting its perspective. Rather than putting church full centre in the life of our members, we're asking what it would be like if we put church at the service of people, making it an even better support for their frontlines? What would it look like if we shaped our church in ways that helped people in their work, in their neighbourhood and among the people they know?

Keeping an Open Door for Islington hasn't just enabled people to explore their church. It's deepened our commitment to a seven-days-a-week world and the teeming life outside. It's made us think about the way that we relate to the whole lives of people, not just to their Sunday mornings.

We've never believed that our church is made up of a handful of ministers and hundreds of members. Every Christian is called to be a minister for God. And you don't have to have your name on one of our rotas to be useful to God. You don't have to be ordained or have a degree in theology. We believe that gatherings in church are exciting because they bring together in the presence of God, the dramatically different experiences of a world that is beautiful and broken. Coming to church isn't the end of your week's faithful journey. It's the starting point for new ways of thinking about all your frontlines. It's a preparation for approaching your frontlines expecting God to be there and ready to partner with you.

In the coming weeks at 11am on Sundays, we'll be exploring fruitfulness on the frontline:
  • 5 October - Model Godly Character
  • 12 October - Make Good Work
  • 19 October - Minister Grace and Love
  • 26 October - Mould Culture
  • 16 November - Be a Mouthpiece for Truth and Justice
  • 23 November - Be a Messenger of the Gospel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Services on Sunday

Sunday 5 October 2014

9.00am BCP Holy Communion Bible reading: Ephesians 3.13-end; Luke 7.11-17

11am Holy Communion Ian Mylam preaching. Fruitfulness on the frontline 1: Model godly character Bible reading: Galatians 5.13-26; Matthew 5.14-16

6pm Evening Worship Mike Bartholomew-Biggs preaching. Bible reading: Isaiah 5.1-7; Matthew 21.33-end

Friday, September 26, 2014

Harvest Festival - 11am Sunday 12 October 2014

At our Harvest Festival service we will be giving thanks for all that God has given us and taking the opportunity to give something back.

We would be very grateful for donations of food from the following list which has been provided to us by Islington Food Bank so please take a look and donate whatever you can. These foods will be used to make up emergency parcels to help local people in crisis.

Tinned meat
Tinned fish
Pasta (dry)
Pasta sauce
Pot noodles
Instant mash potatoes
Tinned vegetables
Cup a soup
Tea bags
Instant coffee
Long life milk
Dried powdered milk
Breakfast cereal
Tinned fruit
Rice pudding
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Tinned fruit
Snack bars
Chocolate bars
Small bottles of water
Small cartons of fruit juice

Please bring your donation of food to the service at 11am on Sunday 12 October 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Peal of bells

It's rare to have a full peal of bells rung in our tower but yesterday, ringers from the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths rang a full peal of 5056 Bristol Surprise Major, composed by D W Beard, in 3 hours and 10 minutes. The peal was rung as part of the Ride and Stride event and London Open House Weekend.

It's a monumental achievement and our congratulations go to the whole band: 1 Christine M Carter, 2 Ronald F Diserens, 3 Janet E Menhinick, 4 John J Ford, 5 James M Hills, 6 Derek E Sibson (Conductor), 7 Peter J Blight, 8 Colin J E Wyld.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Open House Weekend 20-21 September 2014

Update 21 September 2014: Our best year yet - over FIVE HUNDRED visitors!

Thank you to everyone who came and looked around and to our amazing St Mary's volunteers who served free cups of tea, cake, and took tours of our tower, church and crypt. Thank you to our visiting organists and to the astonishing Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, who rang a full peal of our bells, taking over three hours to complete 5056 changes.

The Open House event is taking place all over London this weekend. 

Here at St Mary’s we will be welcoming visitors all day on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 with spiritual tours, children’s activities, tours of the tower and refreshments.

On Saturday we’re also pleased to be able to offer a busy musical programme of visting organists from 10am-1pm and bell ringers attempting a full peal from 1.30-5pm. Please do join us if you can.

More details of all the venues taking part are on the Open House website

Monday, September 15, 2014

Funeral of the late Comfort Adekunle - Tuesday 23 September

Comfort Adekunle, a member of St Mary's for over forty years, died suddenly on Sunday 7 September 2014. We are bereaved to have lost someone of exceptional faith and character, whose example of trust in the goodness of God has been an inspiration to generations of our church community.

Simon Harvey, vicar of St Mary's writes,

"Comfort's contribution to St Mary's has been immense. She has been an active member of the Parochial Church Council for decades, a key member of the prayer ministry team and a caring minister in our healing team. Comfort served the Diocese of London generously through its Diocesan Synod and local churches through the Deanery Synod. She regularly ministered the sacrament of Holy Communion at St Paul's Cathedral and counted it a great privilege to enable people commune with God. She truly encouraged people to 'draw near with faith'.

"But beyond these official roles we will treasure her for her inspiration. In meetings, Comfort ensured that all that we decided had been rooted in prayer. Her faith was keen and she was wonderfully clear that all that we do as a church should reflect our calling to be servants of God in Jesus Christ. She was a wonderful advocate of the radical refurbishment of our church crypt and would energetically support any proposal that furthered mission.

"Comfort embodied the way of living that Jesus encouraged when he asked that his followers be salt and light in the world. She was fearless and brave while also being tender, inclusive and welcoming.

"I shall miss her advice, her support and her deep commitment to pray for our church. While we mourn her passing and pray blessings of assurance for Victor, David and Elizabeth, we also know that heaven rejoices to welcome her home."

The funeral will be at St Mary's on Tuesday 23 September at 1pm and will include a celebration of Holy Communion. The Bishop of Sherborne and former vicar of St Mary's, The Rt Revd Graham Kings will preach. The service will be followed by refreshments and all are welcome to attend.