Services and forthcoming events.   JANUARY 2020

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


Sunday 5th January                             8.00am            Holy Communion (BCP)

Feast of Epiphany                             10:00am          First Sunday Eucharist



Sunday 12th January                           10.00am          Parish Eucharist

Baptism of Christ                             6.00pm            Taize Service



Sunday 19th January                           10.00am          Parish Eucharist and Holy Baptism

Epiphany 2                                       



Sunday 26th January                           10.00am          Parish Eucharist   

Epiphany 3                                        4.30pm            Family Teatime Service


Please note

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 normally 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


5 Jan


Isaiah 60:1-6   p.700   


Matthew 2:1-12   p.1 

12 Jan

Baptism of Christ

Isaiah 42:1-9  p.680

Acts 10:34-43 p.126

Matthew 3:13-end  p.3

19 Jan

Epiphany 2

Isaiah 49:1-7  p.689

1 Cor 1:1-9  p.162

John 1:29-42  p.88

26 Jan

Epiphany 3

Isaiah 9:1-4 p.647

1 Cor 1:10-18 p.162

Matthew 4:12-23 p.3


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. Our new web address is


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.

Many thanks to everyone who decorated and prepared the church building for our Christmas services. It looked beautiful, as always!

Many thanks to our musicians for all the extra work required at Christmas time

Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Christmas services.


A Happy New Year to us all!


Collections during the Christmas period. 

The collections at the Christingle service and the Crib service, both for The Children’s Society, raised £135.80 and £400.10 respectively

The collection at Carols Round the Pond raised £325 for Naomi House.

Many thanks to all who contributed


Christmas market, church stall

A huge thank you to all involved whether manning the stalls or tea making. Thank you to the amazing cake and produce makers and to those who provided items for the £1 stall an incredible amount of money was raised for St Mary’s.


 #follow the star

Our apologies that the little booklets for #follow the star did not materialise. I hope many of you managed to download the app and use that instead




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.



Kitchen refurbishment

The kitchen in the Seward Room is being refurbished during January and the Seward Room will be out of action during this time. Tots and Toast is transferring to the Village Hall, there’ll be no after church coffee and meetings will take place in venues to be announced.

The Post Office will be open on 3rd Jan and 17th January but NOT on 10th January. Please bear with us! Tea/coffee facilities will not be available on the 3rd or 17th January


Forthcoming meetings. Due to The Seward Room being out of action for a few weeks, venues for theses meeting yet to be arranged.


Standing Committee 9 January at 10.30 venue tba

PCC meeting Thursday 16 January at 7pm venue tba

Worship Group Monday 20 January at 10.45am venue tba




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 is taking a break while the kitchen is being refurbished and will start meeting in The Seward Room again in February.



Study group


Please contact Tom Cooper for details re the Study Group



Doug will be travelling to Dominase at the beginning of February to deliver another 2,000 reading books for children in all the schools and to discuss next steps for the Village-to-Village Group’s ideas to help families there with health education. The money raised at the recent Christmas Market will help the Group’s projects and a healthy interest was shown in the community’s link with Ghana.




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 Ditcham including Coulters Dean Farm


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


Martin Smith

The funeral of Martin Smith is on Monday 13 January at 1.00pm in St Mary’s. Please keep Gill and the family in your prayers


The Rev’d Doug Banyard

A memorial service for the Rev’d Doug Banyard will be held at St Mary’s on Saturday 8 February,2pm at St Mary’s Buriton


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 12 January from 6.00pm to about 6.45

Future dates: 9 February, 8 March, 5 April


Family Teatime service.

Sunday 26th January at 4.30pm

Singing, crafts, prayers, tea, all welcome


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

Some of us have been meeting to think about the readings for the coming Sunday on Friday mornings. We are continuing this into January

On 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st at 11am in the Lady Chapel for 45 minutes. All are welcome- just turn up


Holy Matrimony

There are no weddings during the month of January

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


Monthly Afternoon Drop in for Tea coffee and cake

This is an initiative coming out of our awayday and the first of these takes place this month at The Five Bells

As a church we are going to offer a Drop In at the function room in the Five bells from 2.30-4pm on


Monday 27 January,

Monday 24 February

Monday 30 March


If successful, we’ll make it a regular event.

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.


Catherine Ford has taken on the role of coordinating this – thank you Catherine!

Please will you let her know (267490) if you are able to act as a host or a driver for this month’s on Monday 27 January,



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.


Thanks to your generosity we received sufficient Christmas goods to continue supplying families and individuals throughout the Christmas period

We are now collecting everyday tins and packets for the new year

For further details regarding the Food Bank see:

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


The annual Petersfield Area Churches Together service takes place   on Sunday 19 January at 3pm, at the United Reformed Church in College Street Petersfield   All welcome



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


Post Office

The Post Office is in the Seward Room every Friday   from 9.30 – 11.30


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 during January. The Seward Room will be out of action during that time. All enquiries to JM Nixon please




That’s  all folks!

Next edition beginning of February



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