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  1. There are lots of events coming up over Advent/Christmas where we’d like to serve mulled wine, beginning with our Winter Market on Nov 25th. If you are able to donate a bottle of red wine we’d be really grateful. And would anyone like to serve mulled wine over the festive season?  Depending on who is available and when, we will be looking to offer this at weekends whilst the Christmas tree market is running. If you might be free, please write your name on the list at the back of church. 

  2. All Souls Service,

    7pm in the New Church

    Thursday evening


    Is there someone you love

    but from whom you are

    parted by death?


    Would you like them

    remembered at the service?

    If so, please come early enough to print their name

    before the service begins.

    If you cannot be there, cards for names to be written on

    can be found this week,

    on the prayer table outside the Epiphany Chapel.


    Though we need to weep your loss,

    You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,

    Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.


    John ODonohue

  3. You may have noticed that the Old Church has been shrouded in corrugated iron and scaffolding for the past 3 months. This was to enable us to do urgent repairs to the roof and the gutters and drainpipes. The work was made possible by a very generous grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repairs Scheme, who have financed 82% of the work.

  4. Seeking Soul Space’: a series of workshops exploring spirituality.

    The first is an afternoon of Circle Dance with Heather Williams, in the Old Church, on Sunday, October 22nd.  3 - 4.30pm. Come and join in dances from around the world.

    Circle dance is a form of social dance that uses simple steps and sequences. No knowledge of dance is needed; just a desire to experience the interconnectedness of movement and spirit.

    Heather is a dancer (and scientist), who is keen to make the links between dance and spirituality. She leads the monthly ‘Danced Liturgy' at St James's Piccadilly.

  5. Harvest Festival this Sunday.  New church, 10.30am. 

    All our harvest produce will be donated to the food bank, so please don’t bring perishable food, nor rice, nor pasta. Tinned fruit, tinned corned beef, toiletries are all good! There will be a sale of Palestinian olive oil after the service so do bring some extra money.



  6. Special Services coming up at St Marys:

    St Mary’s Patronal Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, September 10th, 10.30 am in the New Church.  A chance for all our congregations to come together and remember the woman to whom our churches are dedicated.

    Our Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, October 1st at 10.30am in the New Church.

    There will be perishable produce and Palestinian Olive oil on sale afterwards, so do bring extra cash. 

  7. This Sunday, July 9th is ALMA Sunday, when we celebrate our link with the church in Tete, Mozambique.
    Please don't forget that on this day we will have a Joint Service at 10.30am in the New Church and then a ‘bring and share’ lunch on the Rectory lawn.
    Several guests from Mozambique will be participating in our service and then sharing in our lunch.
    Please bring a blanket to sit on. 
    Everyone is welcome!

  8. Pop-up Food Market at St Mary’s

    Saturday 20 May 11-6 and Sunday 21 May 12.30-6

    We are launching our fundraising drive for the new community rooms with a pop-up food market. Please tell all your friends and neighbours and come along and support us!

    In addition, there is still a lot of help needed to make this a success. Please contact Claire Garrett (07880 867 444 / [email protected]) or the people listed below if you can help in any way.

    - Baking scones for the cream teas on the lawn. Helping serve the cream teas on the day – contact Julie Farley at [email protected] / 07780 051 530

    - Baking bread to sell on a church stall – contact Tamar at [email protected]            

    - Baking cakes, biscuits etc. to sell on a church stall – contact Karen at [email protected] or Sasha at [email protected]                             

    - Helping with set-up of the stalls on both days. This will mean being available from around 8.30 to help with setting up tables, possibly erecting gazebos for certain pitches, sorting electric where necessary… - contact Claire at [email protected]   

    - Helping with clear down of the stalls at the end of the market on both days – contact Claire at [email protected] 

    - Volunteering over the weekend at the market itself – we need people to staff children’s craft activities, to police a bouncy castle, to serve at various church stalls, possibly to man a bbq (still tbc) and to sell raffle tickets – please contact Claire on [email protected] if you are happy to make yourself generally available and have tasks allocated. If you would rather volunteer for a certain activity please contact the relevant person as listed above.

    - We also need people to take flyers and post through doors to advertise the market. We are liaising with Location Location estate agent to produce these and are hoping to have them available at church on Sunday.

    - Does anyone have a van or the ability to hire a van for an hour or so on Friday after school and again on Sunday evening once the market is over? We are borrowing stallholder tables from two local schools and need to transport them between the schools and the church.

    Please do join our enthusiastic team of volunteers!! The better the buzz we can create around this launch event, the higher the chances of success at getting community engagement in our building project.


  9. The Hackney Refugee Welcome Event will take place on Weds 26 April, from 4-6:30pm at Clapton Girls Academy, E5 0RB. The event will celebrate the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in Hackney and reflect on refugees issues more generally.  Speakers include Jonathan Freedland, Yvette Cooper, Diane Abbot and the Speaker of Hackney Council.

  10. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 2nd at 12 o’clock in the Old Church and will follow on from the Joint Service in the New Church. Please bring a plate of food to share for lunch.

    In addition to hearing what we have been up to over the past year and electing our Council, Wardens and reps, we will be spending a good amount of time hearing about and discussing the plans for the new St Mary’s Centre.

    Please don’t miss out on this! Put the date in your diary today!