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Upcoming events

Looking At The Life Of Jesus - starts Mon 20th January

Four Bible discussions from the Gospel of John. A safe space to consider the big questions of life and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ. You don't need to know anything about the Bible. You can ask any questions you want, or just listen. Starting 20th January 2020, every Monday evening for four weeks. 7:30pm to 9:30pm including a meal. For more information, please contact the church office.

Christian Foundations - starts Mon 20th January

The new term starts on Monday 20th January looking together at the book of Philippians. Dinner in the hall from 7:30pm. Not too late to join! Contact .

9:15am Congregation Walk - Sun 26th January

The walk will leave St Mary's at 11am, returning in time for people to join the World Focus Sunday lunch in the church hall. Please contact  for more details.

World Focus Sunday - Sun 26th January - Lunch 12:30pm-2pm

26th January is our annual World Focus Sunday. Luke Foster is our mission partner from Chile and is preaching at all services. ALL congregations are invited to a lunch in the hall to learn more about all our mission partners around the world, write cards of encouragement for them and to come to meet Luke and several of our other mission partners. This is a family-friendly event with a hearty lunch of soup, bread and cheese, fruit and cake. A suggested donation to cover costs (any surplus goes to mission) is £5 per person over primary school age, free for children of primary school age and under. To give us an indication of numbers for catering, please sign up online or on the sheet in the foyer.

20 & 30s Evening - Sat 1st February

Join us in the church hall for food and teaching from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. We will be considering, with Simon Eves, how we engage with popular culture as Christians and how that can lead to helpful conversations with friends and family. Please RSVP via FB or , so we can co-ordinate so everyone doesn't bring the same thing and account for dietary requirements.

11am Congregation Dads' Curry Night - Fri 7th February

Inviting dads from the 11am congregation to a curry night on 7th February from 7:30pm at Maidenhead Spice, 117 Bridge Road, Maidenhead SL6 8NA. It's a great opportunity for dads to get to know one another over a meal. To book in or for further info please contact .

Annual Quiz - Sat 8th February

7:30pm in the church hall. Tickets on sale now at £7 per head; all profits to mission. Book a complete table or sign up individually and we will place you in a team. Contact Brian Jones or Joanie Jones for more details - .

Real Lives Week - 25th February-1st March

From a Cambridge professor to a former violent criminal: we have a fabulous line up of people who will be interviewed by Glen Scrivener in Real Lives week. Why not get excited by reading and watching the materials on our special page, pray about guests and put the dates in your diary?

4pm Ladies' Time Away - 24th-25th April

All ladies from the 4pm are warmly invited to join us for a night/day away 24-25th April. We will be going to St Katherine's Parmoor, near Marlow, from 5pm on the Friday until 5pm on the Saturday. Cost for the stay is about £80-£90 for the full 24 hours, or £15-£20 if you can only come for the Saturday (cost dependent on how many of us go). We will spend time studying God's word, having fun and enjoying the countryside together. More details and online booking available from next month.

Colin Buchanan Concert - Wed 29th April

Colin will be here at St Mary's on Wednesday 29th April at 6pm. Save the date, plan to bring the family and be with us for a fabulous evening singing along with Colin ('On that very first Christmas', '10, 9, 8 God is great', 'Who's the King of the jungle', 'Super Saviour' and many more). Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Notices

Sabbatical

Will Stileman our Vicar is on sabbatical between Christmas and Easter of this year. For pastoral help while he is away, please contact Jon Drake, Rachel Meynell or any member of the team.

Parenting Matters

Thanks to all those who came on Monday. It was wonderful to have more than 80 people come to think about how we raise the next generation for Christ. If you weren't able to be there the recording is available in the media library. The date for the next session is 27th April.

Apprentices From iServe Africa

iServe Africa have expressed interest in having two of their young people do a year of apprenticeship training with us at St Mary's starting in September 2020. Our apprenticeship training program is recognised as being very good and living and working in the UK for a year would be great experience for the students from Kenya. We would need to provide accommodation for these two students. The church will pay £100 per month to assist you with the costs of accommodating a student. If you can provide accommodation for a student for all or some of the year, please let the church office know as soon as possible as we can't proceed to offer these apprenticeships until we secure the accommodation. Thank you.

Weekly Activities Restart Dates for 2020

3rd JanFriday Morning Prayers
5th JanSunday Children's Groups
6th JanStepping Stones
7th JanWomen's Daytime Bible Study
8th Jan7Up
8th JanWednesday Toddlers & Baby Café
9th JanThursday Fellowship
9th JanMen's Daytime Bible Study
10th JanFriday Toddlers
10th JanX Focus, Minor Key & Shift Focus
20th JanChristian Foundations
20th JanLooking at the Life of Jesus