14 April 2015

Christians and social media - 22 April

Join us on Wednesday 22 April for a one-off session on Christians and social media.

We'll be exploring together how technology is changing the way we share our ideas, with all the potential and pitfalls that brings. Is social media changing us? In particular, we'll be asking how Christians might use social media creatively, responsibly and in ways that fit with the Bible's encouragement to let our speech be gracious, seasoned with salt.

The workshop is free, open to everyone over the age of eighteen. It's suitable for those who are experienced in social media and those who are completely new to it.

Please arrive promptly at 7.30pm. The session finishes around 9pm and there's an opportunity to continue the conversations over a drink in Upper Street afterwards. If you use Twitter, our event hashtag is #SMISocialMedia.

St Mary's has a presence on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. What other platforms should a church use?

King David - a series of six evening sermons

In our quieter evening services, we're exploring the life of King David. The Bible tells the story of a man of great gifts with a character that was courageous, daring but flawed. It's a great study if you're wondering about the way God calls people into service for lives of blessing.

  • 12 April - Chosen
  • 19 April - Proven
  • 26 April - Friends and enemies
  • 3 May - King!
  • 10 May - His house
  • 17 May - Failure

Annual Report 2014 now available

Our Annual Report and accounts for 2014 are now published and available for download.

The report is much more than a formal account of the work of the church. It tells the story of a community in mission. Looking back on a year of growth and challenge, we're thankful to God for his faithfulness and for the generous service of church members. We have almost fifty different ministry roles in the church and well over a hundred people regularly volunteer. St Mary's is a great team.

The report will be discussed at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 26 April 2015 at 11am. We invite you to email any questions to anita.sunraj@stmaryislington.org.

13 April 2015

Services on Sunday 19 April 2015

Sunday 19 April 2015

11am Holy Communion
Ian Mylam preaching. The disciples' disbelief, wonder and joy Bible reading: Acts 3.12-19; Luke 24.36b-48. Children's groups are available for ages 4-16.

6pm Evening Worship
Liz Salmon preaching. David - Proven Bible reading: 1 Samuel 17.1-11, 32-37

31 March 2015

Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester

We're delighted that Rachel Treweek has been announced as the first woman diocesan bishop in the Church of England.

Rachel has been a great support and help for us at St Mary's. In her role as Archdeacon of Hackney, she has given senior leadership to the Diocese of London's resourcing of Ambassadors for Christ. Much of an archdeacon's role takes place behind the scenes, ordering the life of the parishes and the diocese not just for compliance but for mission.

Rachel began her ordained ministry in Islington, serving her title as curate in the Parish of St George and All Saints, Tufnell Park. She will continue in her London role until June and her consecration will take place in July.

We're thrilled that the Church of England has gained a bishop of such vision, generosity and devotion to the gospel.

30 March 2015

The Devil's Passion - a divine comedy in one act


Several members of St Mary's have already been moved to see this drama, written and performed by Justin Butcher.

33 AD. Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him. A cosmic battle begins for the soul of humanity.

Award-winning playwright Justin Butcher, author of the world-famous "Scaramouche Jones", starring Pete Postlethwaite and directed by Rupert Goold, the hit anti-war satire "The Madness Of George Dubya" and the controversially acclaimed "Go To Gaza, Drink The Sea", now turns his pen to the greatest story of all.

"Justin Butcher's gloriously elegiac prose  reverberates in the memory" (Irish Independent)

By turns comic, gripping, poetic, pungent and heart-stirring, The Devil's Passion offers a radically fresh perspective on the timeless narrative by renowned satirist, playwright and actor Justin Butcher, an audacious hell's-eye-view of the Passion of Christ from a master storyteller. Directed by Olivier-Award winner Guy Masterson ("Morecambe", "Twelve Angry Men", "Animal Farm"), with a haunting and evocative new soundscape by Jack C. Arnold ("War And Peace", "Holy Flying Circus", "The Woman In Black"). 90 mins.

"Butcher's use of language is sensational  every line dances like dynamite" (Bristol Evening Post)

The next performance is at St Luke's Church, Hillmorton Road, West Holloway, N7 9RE on Good Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets £12, Concessions £8. More details.

26 March 2015

Get up early for church this Sunday

With the clocks going forward an hour this weekend, don't forget to get up early for our Palm Sunday service at 11am.