What goes on midweek at St Mary’s

On the last Tuesday of month, from 2.00 ‐ 3.30 a small group meets to pray. The emphasis is praying for church members (and former ones), for those who have asked for prayer, and for world wide things, ie Christians in Middle East. It’s a safe environment, where it’s easy to raise personal things.

At 10.00am every Wednesday, there is a social time, over coffee, tea and cake. It began as the refreshments following a service, but proved to have a life of its own. There are usually 8‐12 present, and anyone is welcome. There is no charge. There was a time when the local police/PCSOs used to drop in. Rachel Maclure will after half term, be extending this to include play, ie place for parents/carers to drop in with children, 10.30‐11.30.

Most Wednesday evenings (but NOT the 5th) at 7.45, people gather to pray. There are different emphases, ie the 1st Wed it’s healing; 2nd, informal intercessory prayer; 3rd Justice and Peace; and the 4th as inspired by a Bible passage (although we always read the Bible together). Singing forms an important part.

Every 3rd Thursday in the month, at 8.00pm there is an open meeting. Most recently, Liam spoke to us about the life of a bee, revealing how the dances the bees perform communicate to the others where pollen can be found. Maggie Lawrence will tell us in June about Westminster Abbey (she helps out there) and July is a wine and cheese evening. There have been talks about Canine Partners and the work they do with the disabled, and Hope Price last year gave a marvellous and inspiring talk on angels.

The group was originally an MU group meeting in the hall. There are refreshments at the end. Around 20 people normally come. There is a £3 charge.