Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cards for Good Causes on sale at St Mary's

St Mary's is open for you to buy Christmas cards and gifts from Saturday 1 November to Saturday 13 December (excluding Sundays). Opening hours are 10am to 5pm.

We're glad to partner Cards for Good Causes in supporting local, national and international charities.

Buying your charity Christmas cards from us means you can pick from a really wide range of designs and support more than one charity this Christmas. And not only that, you can choose which of the 34 charities you'd like to support with your purchase.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Services on Sunday

Sunday 02/11/2014

9.00am BCP Holy Communion Gloria Naylor preaching. Bible reading: Ephesians 5.15-21; Matthew 22.1-14

11am Confirmation Bishop Adrian preaching. Confirmation Bible reading: 1 John 4.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12

6.00pm Service for the bereaved Simon Harvey preaching. Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 2.9-13; Matthew 24.1-14

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Moulding the culture

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In our series of sermons on Fruitfulness on the Frontline, today we're looking at culture.

Every family, workplace, school and shop has a culture. There are ways of doing things, little patterns of behaviour, rhythms and rituals that form a culture. Listen carefully and you'll hear unofficial slogans and messages that reinforce the culture. These are rarely written down or talked about and agreed. But they're there and a culture is a powerful thing. There are good cultures and bad cultures but it's rarely as simple as that. More truthfully, every culture has its good aspects and its negative features.

In the service today we read Jesus famous sayings, "You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world." They're an encouragement to his followers to get out into the world, to participate and to mould the cultures of the places where they lived, worked and rested.

We've given everyone who came to church this morning a piece of homework. It's a list of provocative questions to help you discern the culture of your frontline and to consider your response. You can download it for free, here.

Fruitfulness on the Frontline is an excellent resource from LICC. Mark Greene is its Executive Director.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Islington Carers Hub

Many people in Islington are carers. Perhaps you or someone you know looks after a friend or relative who is ill, frail or disabled, suffers with their mental health or struggles with a drug or alcohol problem?  

If either you or they live in Islington, Islington Carers Hub may be able to help by offering free advice, support groups, debt counselling, training opportunities and a newsletter on a range of issues.

You can find out more about support and services for carers at or by calling 0800 085 1141 or 020 7561 5517 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Service for the bereaved - 2 November at 6pm

Photo Credit:iNafih's photostream on Flickr

In the weeks and months following a funeral of a loved one, it can seem as though the world has rushed on. We're especially aware that as Christmas approaches, many people are missing someone special. On Sunday evening 2 November at 6pm, we'll have a quiet service that will allow us to remember with thanksgiving, to hear the names of those who have died read aloud in the church, and to light a candle. All are welcome and you don't have to be a member of St Mary's to join us.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Aid collection for Syria - 2 November 2014

No one can fail to be moved by the plight of refugees in Syria. Following a long and bloody conflict between the government and opposition forces, IS militants have now begun to establish a rule of terror and barbarity that is unprecedented. This is a fast-moving situation. But we should remember that millions have displaced refugees and others have been struggling for years.

Last year, St Mary's gladly took part in a Big Winter Aid Drop organised by Hand in Hand For Syria. This year, the need is even greater than before. Please join us to bring relief to some of the most desperate people in the world.

We'll be collecting donations in church on Sunday 2 November 2014, at the 11am service and afterwards through to 5pm. We're sorry but we're unable to accept donations outside these times

There's a full shopping list on the Hand in Hand For Syria website. The list includes:
  • Clothing – NEW winter clothes, shoes, boots for children and adults
  • Blankets – NEW knitted/crocheted blankets and baby shawls
  • Newborn Packs — containing ONLY warm clothes + baby wipes + baby soap. We need premature packs AND 0-3 months.
  • Nappies – All sizes for babies and toddlers
  • Adult care – Adult incontinence pads
  • Women’s hygiene – Sanitary towels
  • Toiletries — Shampoo, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Food – Rice, tinned chickpeas, tinned broad beans, tinned sardines, tinned tuna
  • Stationery – Notepads, notebooks and plain paper; pens, pencils & crayons (for adult and children)
  • Bedding – NEW groundsheets, warm sleeping bags, duvets, heavyweight blankets
  • Infant formula milk – Instructions in Arabic will be glued to the tin before despatch to Syria. 

Hand in Hand For Syria works only in Syria, bringing relief to people regardless of their faith and culture through local partners. It covers 90% of the country.