"It's the first time I've been to church and St Marys is not what I expected"

... If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.' 2 Chronicles 7.14-15

Our Building

St Mary’s Church has a picturesque building with many interesting and ancient features …

Sermon 22 April 2018

Steve Prior talks about Acts 4 – Peter and John in the dock:  speaking up for our faith.

grapevine – May 2018

For the May ’18 edition of grapevine click here:

Grapevine May 2018 – lite

Weekly Notices|22 April 2018

22nd April 2018
4th Sunday of Easter

9.30am – Fourth Sunday Informal Service
11.15 am Morning Prayer
6.00 pm   Evening Prayer

29th April 2018
9.30am – All Age Service
11.15 am Morning Prayer
No evening service 29 April but everyone is welcome to go to Newton Bromswold for the 6pm Songs of Praise service.


Monday  23   10-12noon   Bumps&Babes@Church Worship followed by tea and play in the Church Hall.                   

Monday 23    6.30 pm       Clued Up – Club for School Years 1-6

Wednesday 25  7.30 pm       Choir Practice

Thursday 26   10-12 noon T & C at St Mary’s

 Thursday 26    10.30 am Holy Communion

Thursday 26   12 noon   Funeral of Joan Boucher 

Friday 27           7.00 pm     Bellringing Practice

Saturday 28      4.00 pm       Music Group Practice

Saturday 28     7.00 pm       WLTGO—Movie Night


FUNERAL PLANNING WORKSHOP—2pm WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL, LOWER HALL   Led by Steve and Natasha, this is a workshop for all ages! It is an opportunity to think about the type of funeral you would like to have. It is also an way to spare our loved ones wondering what we ‘would have wanted’ for our funeral. It is an act of kindness – not at all morbid (and this workshop will be anything but!!)

GIFT AID PAYMENTS   From 5 April 2018 the income tax threshold increases to £11,850. This could have implications on whether you will continue to pay sufficient tax to cover your gift aid payments. If you have any queries please contact me on 01933 358005. Bob Bates

Weekly giving envelopes   If you use the weekly envelopes, the new ones (which begin on 6 May) are on the table at the back of church. Please collect yours.

CHURCH OFFICE    The Church Office will be open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 12 noon. Please have all notices for next week at the Church Office by 10am Thursday: phone: 412235, email: stmaryschurchoffice@btinternet.com or place in office post box.

LENT COLLECTION FOR TEARFUND:  LAST CALLS   Thanks to all who have been collecting for our Lent Appeal. Please return your collection jars and boxes over the next week or two so that we can send the moneys collected off to TearFund before the end of April.

THANK YOUS!   Our Good Friday Collection raised £344.60 and will go to CMJ.    The Lent Lunches raised £546.48 and will go to Christian Aid. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these causes.   Georgina and Lauren would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported their cake and biscuit stall last week. They raised £75 for the Night Shelter.

80th BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS!   Warmest Birthday wishes to Jean Childs who celebrated her 80th birthday on Friday 20 April and to Tony Smith who will celebrate his on Wednesday 25th April. Very Many Happy Returns!

CHURCHYARD GARDENERS    Now that the better weather is here the weeds are growing in the church grounds, so if you can spare an hour or two to help maintain our beautiful churchyard please come on a Wednesday morning from 9am. The gardeners would be very pleased to see you.

2018: THE YEAR OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE CHURCHES    A campaign to promote the beautiful and historic churches of our county was launched in March this year. Visit the website ‘NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: BRITAIN’S BEST SURPRISE’ (www.northamptonshiresurprise.com) and share what you find and enjoy. NB: A video of the launch is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhhonqRGsr4.

BAKE SALE, SUNDAY 15 April  After the 9.30 am service, some of our young people will be selling cakes in aid of the Sanctuary Night Shelter as part of their community project.

FOSM CONCERT—7.00pm SATURDAY 21 APRIL   Friends of St Mary’s invites you to a concert of the superb Northants Music & Performing Arts Trust, with wind, strings, guitars plus Jazz Matters. Tickets £10 (member £8) available now from Friend’s Trustees or 01933 652222      Please note the start time of 7.00pm!

CMS EVENING AT ST PETER’S RUSHDEN 6.45 for 7.00pm on 26 APRIL    An evening of “Potatoes and Posh Puds” with Sally Botteley from CMS Africa Forum speaking on Peace Building in East Africa. Tickets £7 available from Edna.

WHO LET THE GIRLS OUT! BIG MOVIE NIGHT IN at 7pm SATURDAY 28 APRIL   WLTGO presents a FREE evening out for everyone over 16.   An in-church movie—The Greatest Showman (to be confirmed) will be shown. Bring your own snacks and comforts (pillows, etc). Invite your friends and family (under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult). RSVP to Helen on 07495 304974.

Children’s society coffee morning Saturday 12 may 10.00am-12 noon   This will take place In the church hall. Admission 50p Everyone welcome!

CHURCH FETE—2.00pm SATURDAY 9 JUNE   In the grounds of St Mary’s Church.  This year there will be a beach theme.

Please pray:

For those who are Ill:   Lily Grace Curry, Mandy Capewell, Debbie Mitchell, Inge Lewis, Charlie Watts, Claire Pettit, Ruby Willmer, Avril Bird, and Tom Milligan.

For the recently bereaved family and friends of Ron Pettit;  Joan Boucher, whose funeral will take place this Thursday at 12noon in church; and Miles Cornwell whose funeral will be 4 May 12noon.

For our Local Mission:   Clued Up— for the children of Clued Up and their families that they will come to know the joy and safety of Jesus Christ.

For our Mission Partners: Brian and Val Hodgkins (Wycliffe Bible Translators) Pray for the team that Brian leads and their work in translation to bring the New Testament to Muslim parts of the world; pray that God will work in the hearts of those who read it.

Sermon 15 April 2018 – Steve Prior

Rector: Rev Stephen Prior   Click here to listen to Steve’s sermon on Act 3.12-19.

8 April 2018 – Sermon by Mick Bantin

Mick Bantin  Mick Bantin encourages us in his sermon on John 20.19-end.


Easter Sunday Sermon

Here is the Easter Sunday talk by Rev Natasha Brady

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Good Friday 9.30 talk

Here is Natasha’s talk from the morning service on Good Friday.


grapevine – April 2018

Here is the April edition of grapevine.

Grapevine April 2018 PDF lite

Palm Sunday Sermon | 25 March 2018

Rector: Rev Stephen Prior

This is the sermon preached on Palm Sunday by Rev Steve Prior

18 March 2018| Hearing God’s Voice: Take it to heart

Rector: Rev Stephen Prior

Our Regular Services

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