Latest news from St Mary's 


The latest news from St Mary's is below, use this link if you would like a RSS feed of our news.
 

Mindfulness monthly drop in session 

Tuesday 19 February at 8.15pm to 9.15pm in the creche. Do join us!  For further details, please contact Judith Sergeant via the church office. 

Sensory Inclusion and Access

An evening for stewards, welcomers and others who help people move about the church.
Thursday 28 February at 7.30pm, St Mary of Bethany Church.
Tracey Wade - Sensory Inclusion Advisor at Guildford Diocese - is providing training for anyone interested in learning how to better welcome and support the less mobile in our churches so that all are included and have a sense of belonging. Please confirm your attendance at office@stmaryofbethany.org.uk 

Central Prayer Meeting - praying for the nation

The next Central Prayer Meeting is on Wednesday 20 February at 8.00 pm in church.  Do join us!

Ash Wednesday 

6 March - Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Join us at 10am for Holy Communion in church.

Want to know what Mark is thinking?

Read his blog on the church website, normally updated at the beginning of the month. 

Pastoral work 

If you would like to talk to one of our pastoral team in confidence, please contact Mark Wallace or Lynne Holder either directly or via the office.

Memorial Service Sunday 17 March 3pm

 A quiet service to remember those we have lost, whether recently or long ago, with tea and cake afterwards. Please put the date in your diary.

Woking Street Angels are looking for more recruits

Calling all angels! Can you help 'Woking Street Angels' by caring for individuals aged 18-80+, once a month in Woking town centre, 10pm-4am, Fridays & Saturdays? To find out more or to arrange a taster evening email wokingstreetangels@gmail.com or call 07827914714.

Woking Churches Golf Society 

Twice a year Woking Churches get together for a friendly Golf Society day for all standards. Hoebridge Golf club in the Spring and Cobham in the Autumn. If you would like to join a SMoB team then the date for your diary is Friday, March 22nd. It's followed by a dinner at the club in the evening with prize giving and after dinner speaker when you are also welcome to invite a guest to join us. Final closing date is March 14th for more details contact Phil Vale via email (Phil.Vale@Stmaryofbethany.org.uk). 

Please check road closures 10 March

Please be aware that the Surrey half marathon, which starts and finishes at Woking Park, will be using local roads. Check the following link surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk/road-closures/ so you know which roads to avoid on your journey to church.  Road closures apply 8 am - 12.30 pm.

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Transforming Church Magazine 

Have you picked up a copy of Transforming Church Magazine?  This publication from the Diocese of Guildford comes out three times a year, telling stories of life, faith and church from around the diocese, through the eyes of some of the extraordinary people working and living out their faith in our area.  There are copies in the worship area to take away - please do take one!

Zumba Gold

Saturdays at 10.30 to 11.15am start on 2 March 2019.  A fitness programme with Latin and international rhythms suitable for all ages.  Join us for fun! Suggested contribution £1.  To sign up contact Marta on 07930 407081 or via church office. There will not be classes on the 23 March or 6 April.

Easyfundraising

Take a look at Easy Fundraising. You could be collecting FREE donations for us every time you shop online!  If you’re planning to go on holiday, you can raise FREE funds for SMoB if you book via easyfundraising on most travel provider websites, you’ll raise free funds for us at no extra cost to you. 
It’s a really easy way to help us raise funds and we’d really appreciate your help so please register to support us at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmaryofbethany/ – It’s fundraising for FREE! You can download the app here.

 SMoB community weekend

Plans are underway for our St Mary of Bethany Community Weekend 20-21 July, when we plan to be a church without walls, to be a transforming community for local people to encounter. Please put the date in your diary and watch this space for more information! 

The Merry Widow

KASJOG (Knaphill and St Johns Operatic Group) are performing The Merry Widow at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre from 6 - 9 March with a Saturday matinee. Jim Lewis and Richard Langtree are in the cast. See Jim or Richard for tickets. 

Dates for your diary

 
27 Feb Woking Deanery Synod  - We have Bishop Andrew coming to talk on ‘Where the Church is going on same-sex relationships’. The open meeting is from 8 to about 9.30 at St John’s west Byfleet.
1 March World Day of Prayer - 'Informed Prayer, Prayerful action'.
10.00am service: The Salvation Army, Sythwood.
7.30pm Service: St Dunstan’s Church.
2 March Guildford Cathedral tower tours, 2pm every Saturday in March. tickets are available online or from the cathedral shop at £5 per person. To book, go to https://www.guildford-cathedral.org/events/boxoffice or phone 01483 547881
17 March 'Honesty over silence, it's ok to not be ok' is an evening of live music and talks at the Good Shepherd, Pyrford, 7-9.30pm.
19 April Good Friday Act of Witness - The biggest Christian event in Woking town centre is back this year and we would love to find some Christian actors and stewards. If you can help, please contact Mark or Jess. Please put the date in your diary – it’s a fantastic event and a great witness to our town.
15 June Reasons to Believe - Amy Orr-Ewing and team will cover how to talk confidently to others outside the church and helping us to answer tough questions. You can book free places at www.cofeguildford.org.uk/reasonstobelieve. The conference will take place from 10am to 1pm at St Paul’s Howell Hill, SM2 7HS and be followed by an optional networking lunch.