Services and forthcoming events.  DECEMBER

We are here to worship God, welcome all and grow together in faith and love

Sunday 1st December                          8.00am            Holy Communion (BCP)

Advent Sunday                                  10:00am          First Sunday Eucharist

3.00pm           Christingle

Sunday 8th December                         10.00am          Parish Eucharist and Holy Baptism

Sunday 15th December                       10.00am          Parish Eucharist

6.00pm            Service of meditation in the Taize tradition

Sunday 22nd December                       10.00am          Parish Eucharist

3.00pm            Carol Service

Tuesday 24th December                    4.00pm            Crib Service

Christmas Eve                                   11.30pm          Midnight Eucharist

Wednesday 25th December               10.00am          Christmas Family Eucharist

Christmas Day

Sunday 29th December                       10.00am          Parish Eucharist

Please note

There will be no 6pm celebration of Holy Communion on Boxing Day, 26th December

There will be no Morning or Evening Prayer said in the church between 26th December to 4th January

 Morning Prayer (8.15am) and Evening Prayer (5.30pm) are normally said on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the Lady Chapel. When you hear the bell ring at these times, that’s what it’s for!  All are welcome to join us.

 Requests for prayer

There is a plate on which people can place their prayers which are then offered in our daily prayers in the church. This is in the Lady Chapel with the candles.

  Holy Communion

There is a service of Holy Communion on Thursdays at 6pm in St Mary’s church.

 Did you know that if you are sick or housebound, we can bring communion to you at home?

We usually do this on Fridays. If you would like this, please contact Judith 269390 or Tom 233786

 A list detailing the readings used in each service can be obtained from the website under Church rota.

It is often helpful to read the Sunday’s readings before you come to the service. These are the readings; the page number refers to the pew Bibles in the church

1st Dec

Advent 1 Isaiah 2.1-5 p.641 na Matthew 24.36-44 p.26
8th Dec Advent 2 Isaiah 11:1-10 p.650 Romans 15.4-13 p.159

Matthew 3.1-12


15th Dec Advent 3 Isaiah 35.1-10 p.673

James 5.7-10


Matthew 11.2-11


22nd Dec Advent 4 Isaiah 7.10-16 p.646

Romans 1.1-7


Matthew 1.18-25


24th Dec Christmas Eve na

Hebrews 1:1-4


John 1.1-14


25th Dec Christmas Day na

Titus 3:4-7


Luke 2.1-20


29th Dec Christmas 1 Isaiah 63:7-9 p.704 Hebrews 2:10-end p.216

Matthew 2:13-end



If you have a pastoral emergency (whatever day it is) please don’t hesitate to contact Judith. If your situation is not urgent, however, it would be helpful if you could avoid contacting her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The churchwardens are happy to assist with parish business on those days.


Church Warden contact details.

Win Normington: 01730 267926   Reached via:

Richard Marks: 01730 262599  Reached via


Members of the PCC

Our PCC consists of the following people. Please speak to one of them if you have any comments or questions

The Revd Canon Will Hughes, the Rev’d Judith Bee, The Rev’d Dr Sam Cullen, Win Normington and Richard Marks (Churchwardens), Moya Cozens, Vanessa Dowse, Greg Ford, Ian Johnston (Deanery Synod), Mary Owens (Deanery Synod), Alison Stevens, David Symmonds. James Dryden and Katy Schwarz, who has been appointed as our new PCC Secretary.


St Mary’s website.

Our new website went live in November, many thanks to David, Greg, Ian, and Matt from the diocese, who led us through the process.

Our new web address is

Please visit it! There are still things to add – it’s a continuing process. Our thanks to Kate and Heiko who are going to keep it updated


The church diary can be viewed on our website. On home page go to what’s on (at top of screen) then to church diary (on left of screen)


News from the pews.


Fly on the wall at the November PCC meeting

  • Katy Schwarz was welcomed as our new PCC Secretary.
  • Our safeguarding discussion was around safer recruitment.
  • The establishing of the Drop In, which came out of our Awayday in September, was discussed.
  • Some serious fundraising needs to be done to raise money to restore the outside south wall of the chancel.
  • The PCC, and the churchwardens in particular, are keeping a close eye on the plans to develop the garages abutting the east churchyard wall.
  • Following a recommendation from the Outward Giving sub-group, the PCC agreed this year to give to Salvation Army, Hampshire & Island Historic Churches, Vision Overseas, Tear Fund, Hampshire Air Ambulance, Kings Arms, Rowans Hospice, Canine Partners and Petersfield Food Bank
  • Vikki Mason is representing St Marys on the PACT Christmas day lunch group.
  • Our parish share, (the amount we give to the diocese, most of which goes towards clergy stipends and pensions, the costs of self-supporting and house for duty posts and clergy housing) is to go up again this year to £30,973.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

This annual meeting, which it is hoped all members of the church will attend, is on Sunday 26th April 2020 following the Parish Eucharist. Please put the date in your diaries now.

Christingle service

Christingle is on Advent Sunday 1 December at 3pm

This is a service of light which is particularly suitable for children. A collection is taken in aid of The Children’s Society.


Buriton School

Buriton School will be in church during the week beginning 9 December for their Christmas production.

Dottie Tots Nursery will have their Christmas celebration in church on Monday 16 December at 11am

Please keep the School and the Nursery school in your prayers.



Posada 2019     

Once again, this year, homes in the village and surrounding area will take part in our Posada, playing host to the figures of Mary and Joseph for a night during Advent


The figures of Mary and Joseph will again travel around the village, staying in homes and at Buriton School, until Christmas Eve when they will be brought into church for the crib service at 4pm.

Please pray for all who are taking part in this, that through it, they will gain a deeper understanding of Christmas. If you are receiving the figures, please do invite those bringing them into your home and exercise hospitality.  Our thanks to Kirsty Thomas for organising this.





#follow the star

This little book of reflection and bible verses for use from Christmas Eve until the Epiphany has been produced by the Church of England.

Drawing inspiration from the well-known carol “We Three Kings”,  Follow The Star  offers daily reflections for each day between Christmas Day and Sunday 5 January.

Each one includes a picture, a short Bible passage, a simple prayer and a challenge to reflect or act differently.

Wherever you are on your own journey, Follow The Star will help you see your life afresh through the light of the Christmas star, a sign of God’s hope and promises.

Many of us enjoyed using this resource last year. They will be available in the church. Please do take one to help your own prayers. It is also available as an app. The app is free to download and does not offer any in-app purchases or subscriptions.


Stars for the tree

As usual, stars will be available at the back of church in the run up to Christmas for you to write prayers, or the name of someone you wish to pray for and will be hung on our Christmas tree.


Carols Round the Pond  

Tuesday 17th December at 7pm

With Liss Band

Mulled wine and mince pies. All welcome

Donations of red wine for the mulled wine will be gratefully received please leave in church by the Seward Room door


Carol-Singing for our less mobile residents…..    

As in previous years, a small group of carol-singers are offering to sing outside the homes of the less mobile members of our community, so they don’t miss out on their favourite carols! This will take place on Monday, 23 December between around 4pm and 5pm.

If you live in Buriton village, are one of the less mobile members of our community and you would like us to sing your favourite carols outside your home, just let me know. Or if you are a singer and would like to join our small group, then also let me know.

I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd

Daphne Gardner,

01730 264549 or



St Mary’s tots and toast

Tuesday mornings in term time in the Seward Room in St Mary’s church from 9.30am – 11am.

For new-born babies, toddlers up to 3 years and their parents, grandparents, carers, uncles, aunts! – everyone welcome

Tea and toast

Games and crafts.

Come and join in the fun!

£1 per family per session


Details from Jade Styles 07983201052


We meet on Friday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Seward Room. Some people bring their knitting, and others bring their small children, but we all natter…!

Many friendships have formed here over the years, a pattern we would like to continue.

Please contact Naomi for further details


Knit & Natter will meet at 2.30pm on Fridays 6th and 13th December in
the Seward Room as usual.  We will then take a long break while the
kitchen is being refurbished and start meeting there again in February.


Study group


Please contact Tom Cooper for details re the Study Group




Each month in church in our prayers for the community we focus on a different road, which is always advertised in this pew sheet.

This month we particularly pray for the residents of Heatherfield


Do let us know if there is something special you would like us to pray for. Leave your request in the lady chapel or ring Judith on 269390





Doug Banyard

We are sad to write that the Rev’d Doug Banyard, who at one time had the care of St Mary’s Buriton, died on 26 November. Details of his funeral when known will be on the church noticeboard. May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.


Meditative services in the Taize tradition

Our services of mediation in the Taize tradition continue. These services are quiet and reflective with lots of silence. Short readings and prayers are interspersed with chants from the Taize community. It is a very restful and peaceful service.


Sunday 15 December from 6.00pm to about 6.45

Future dates: 12 January, 9 February, 8 March, 5 April


Family Teatime service.

No Family Teatime Service in December


Epiphany Sunday

We shall celebrate the coming of the Magi to the Infant Christ on Sunday 5 January

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am          First Sunday Eucharist   for all ages


Sunday Readings

Many people have said they would find it helpful if they were able to read and think more about the Sunday readings beforehand. It’s not always easy to do this on your own so on five occasions between now and Christmas we are offering the opportunity to come along on a Friday morning and explore together the readings for the following Sunday in an informal way.   Depending on the response we may continue this into the new year.

6 December at 11am in the Lady Chapel for 30-45 minutes. Come and use the Post Office first and grab a coffee!

Holy Matrimony

There are no weddings during the month of December

Congratulations and warmest good wishes to all recently married couples as they embark on their marital life together; may it be long and happy.

St Mary’s – Fundraising-Christmas Market – Saturday 7th December between 1 and 4pm

£1 stall and Cake and Home Produce

St Mary’s will be running a stall at the Christmas Market which will mean the return of the ever popular £1 stall and the equally popular ‘Home Produce’ stall.

So… please clear out ‘tabletop sized items’ for the £1 stall, and look out for the sheet (at the back of the church) for volunteer cakes, jam (etc) providers….. Thank you, as ever, so much!

(Any enquiries: Vanessa – 710459 or Sarah 26259)

All proceeds in aid of St Mary’s Church.

Monthly Afternoon Drop in 

This is an initiative coming out of our awayday.

As a church we are going to offer a Drop In at the function room in the Five bells on Monday 27 January, Monday 24 February and Monday 30 March from 2.30-4pm. If successful, we’ll make it a regular event.

We NEED:      someone to coordinate and oversee the arrangements

People to offer to drive those who need it to and from the event

People from the church to be present and act as hosts (not necessarily the same people every time)

This Drop In is for anybody; we are particularly anxious to make sure anyone on their own or who struggles to get out a lot is able to come if they want to. In the first instance, please would you let Judith 269390 know of any people in the community you think we should especially invite




Our PACT foodbank in Petersfield is as necessary as it ever was. Many thanks to all who contribute via the basket at the back of church.

Following a reorganisation and stock take of the food bank we are currently low on:

  • Tea bags
  • Porridge
  • Biscuits, both sweet and savoury
  • Tinned fruit
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste


In order to comply with food storage guidelines, we are sorry we cannot take homemade jams and preserves.

For further details of the Petersfield Churches Together Food Bank see:


Christmas Day lunch

Could you help with lifts to and/or from the PACT Christmas Day Lunch at Petersfield?

Drivers would need to have a current DBS and to have checked that their insurance covers doing this.

Please contact Katie Wigley  on  if you can help



Plastic milk bottle tops

Please keep collecting clean plastic milk bottle tops for the Rowans Hospice; and leaving them in the container at the back of the church. They are taken to the recycling plant at Portsmouth

If you are in any doubt as to whether a plastic top is suitable, the eagle eyed amongst you can check inside the lid. There should be a triangle with a number 2 inside it. It is fairly easy to see on the milk tops not so easy on the fresh juice cartons.                             Monica Stokes

Recycling help

How many tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes and empty toothbrush or toothpaste packages do you throw out? These are recyclable, but not recycled locally. The St. Laurence Youth Group in Petersfield is collecting these and raising money for charity.

any brand of toothbrushes,

any brand of toothpaste tubes and caps (empty),

any brand of toothbrush outer package,

toothpaste cartons,

any brand of electric and battery toothbrush heads.

We cannot collect other dental care products or other packaging.

Please bring your used clean, dry items and place in the box at the back of St Mary’s church and they will be collected regularly.

Money raised from this will, this year, go to the Petersfield Food Bank.


Post Office

The Post Office is in the Seward Room every Friday   from 9.30 – 11.30 and not as stated in the current Parish Magazine

Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some company

Also, on sale: fair trade coffee, biscuits, chocolate etc. tea towels, postcards.


Please note the following Post Office opening times over the festive period.


Friday 6 Dec. No Post Office

Saturday 7 Dec. Post Office open from 1-3 pm during the Christmas Market

Friday 27 Dec. No Post Office


In January, while the kitchen is being transformed, the PO will be closed Friday 10, but will open 3 and 17 January without being able to offer tea or coffee, etc.


Seward Room

The kitchen in the Seward Room is to be refurbished in January. The Seward Room will be out of action during that time. The details next month. All enquiries to JM Nixon please



The total raised by the Buriton area this year was almost £900 from the door to door poppy collection.

Final figures for the Petersfield area yet to be published but my understanding is that all previous records have been well and truly smashed

Many thanks to all the collectors who volunteered to do the door to door collections in Buriton area; it wouldn’t happen without you!



We take safeguarding seriously at St Mary’s. Moya Cozens is our safeguarding officer. Do talk to her about how we ensure children, vulnerable adults and all of us are kept safe at St Mary’s. If you have a concern about safeguarding here, please speak to her, or to the Parish Priest.    We have some pocket-sized cards with contact numbers on if you would like one




Summary of services over Christmas



Tuesday 17th December             7pm             Carols Round the Pond



Sunday 22 December                 3pm             Carol service



Christmas Eve                           4pm             Crib service (for children of all ages!)  We invite you to come dressed as a shepherd or an angel!


11.30pm       Midnight Eucharist



Christmas Day                           10am           Christmas Day Eucharist



That’s  all folks!

Next edition beginning of January 2020


The clergy, Reader and Churchwardens wish you all a holy and blessed Christmas

Any opinions unless otherwise stated are purely my own and do not reflect the views of St. Mary’s Church or a member of the Church Council.

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