Please note that the monthly Family Eucharist will be held on the second Sunday of each month from October onwards.
SPECIAL VISITOR ATULA WALLING We will be welcoming Atula Walling to our 09.30am Service on 15th September. Atula will be telling us about the most recent work of Shiksha Rath which provides high quality free tuition to kids of Delhi's Outram slum community, where most inhabitants are impoverished families displaced from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Great St Mary's has been sponsoring some of their work for several years and it's a wonderful opportunity for us to hear about it firsthand. Shona
BIKE `n HIKE - Saturday 14th September - participants in this event will be stopping at our church for refreshments, so we shall need a small band of volunteers to welcome them. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet if you are able to spare an hour or two. Many thanks. Rev Debbie and Di Kitson
CONFIRMATION CLASSES - we shall begin confirmation classes in September for those wishing to be confirmed on 23rd October at All Saints, Hockerill. Please see either me or Di for further information. Rev Debbie
CELEBRATION - 29th September, Feast of Michael and All Angels. and celebration of Di Kitson's 25 years of service. Archdeacon Janet will be celebrating and preaching and there will be lunch and entertainment.
The Parish is in vacancy, or interregnum, until a new Vicar is appointed. Until then, the Churchwardens are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Church. If you wish to speak with a priest, please contact the Associate Minister. For other matters, please contact the Parish Office (contact numbers on the back page). It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Shona Passfield, in the first instance. Churchwardens
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Our Vision (part of the Mission Action Plan or MAP,
in humility with God~
loving one another and
with the wider community .
PATRONAL LUNCH - Our Bring & Share Patronal Lunch was enjoyed by everyone last Sunday It was a great opportunity for the congregation to come together, especially this year, as Robert and Elizabeth joined us.Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this such a lovely occasion.
CELEBRATION - On 29th September, I will be celebrating 25 years in the ministry. It happens to be the feast of Michael and All Angels. Archdeacon Janet will be coming to celebrate and preach at our 9.30 am service. I do hope as many as possible will join with me in this celebration and also join me for a celebration Buffet Lunch afterwards with perhaps a little entertainment thrown in!! Di Kitson
First thanks for your generosity in providing the huge amount of food we took to the storehouse after our last collection. At our last sale we made a great amount of £39.89 thank you for that. Thank you to all who put their blue tokens into the MRCT slot in Tesco's we were up against tough competition but came second and were awarded £2000. Due to our Patronal Lunch, the next collection will be 15th September, but contributions can be put in the red and black topped boxes at any time, and we will have a sale on 22nd September. Thank you for your continued support it is hugely appreciated by the Trust and every penny, tin, packet and jar make a difference. Ann and Cathy
PRAYER GROUP Thursday Prayers 11am in Church - Do you have a favourite prayer? Please let us have your favourite prayer so we can include them on Thursdays - simply let Shona, or Anne Smith know. Anyone is welcome to join us at 11 am in the chancel. Note: from August the first Thursday of the month will be for silent prayer only. Shona
LIGHTING THE PATH FOR OUR NEW INCUMBENT - Researching our Needs. The Vacancy team met last Sunday and identified representative constituencies that make up our Town. We are looking for help from congregation members to take part in our research and to help with asking some of the questions. This will be completed by 17th August so we can analyse the response and prepare an advert for the Church Times. Please prayerfully consider if you can assist in any way, if you can, please speak with Anthony or Shona. Anthony & Shona
HELPING WITH TASK & FINISH INITIATIVES - Please see the list below. Please prayerfully consider if you can assist with one or more important outreach events in any way. Thank you. Anthony & Shona
GREAT ST MARY'S 'TASK & FINISH' INITIAL PROJECTS
PLEASE SELECT ONE OR MORE PROJECTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH VIA THE SIGN UP SHEET AT THE BACK OF CHURCH -THANK YOU!
IDENTIFYING AND EXPLORING `YOUR CALL' - Please pencil in the 2nd and 9th November when we will be holding a 2-part workshop to help us identify and explore the Call that God is placing on us in this season of lives - however old or young we are! Further details from Anthony & Shona
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK is one of our top priorities as a Church. However, the Ministry Team needs contact with the relative or friend who has asked for a person to be included on the list of those we pray for by name, so that they can keep in touch. If you are someone who has asked for a relative or friend to be prayed for by name, could you please confirm to Revd Debbie, Di or Chrissy in the Parish Office by 12 May whether that person should remain on the list. After 12 May (or the date you have already specified whichever is later) we will start to remove names if there has been no contact. Churchwardens
Chrissy lives in
opening hours are normally
9.30am – 2.30pm on Mondays & Tuesdays,
It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Anthony Heard, in the first instance.
Please note that notices for the PEW LEAFLET should be submitted to the Parish Office by 1pm on Thursday for printing on Friday morning. Please send copies to the Churchwardens. PLEASE INDICATE (IN THE SUBJECT BOX) THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET. There is limited space. Please try to keep them brief. Thank you.
DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/prayer-diary/
E-News will replace SEEROUND as a fortnightly e-mail roundup of news from the diocese and from parishes, forthcoming events, people notices and vacancies. Do make sure you are signed up to receive this by signing up at www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/signup-see-round-online
Alban Life is a new quarterly printed magazine. To be published at Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Harvest, each edition will give you encouraging, informing and inspiring stories about current issues and themes relevant to the life of people and churches in St Albans Diocese. The first few copies of Alban Life are distributed free of charge so we can get to know it. Please take a copy today. A short survey will be available after the magazine has been released, and the diocese would be grateful for any feedback as planning and writing future editions begins.
Jez Hirst Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser