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Upcoming events

Care for the Family - Tue 16th October

Left to their own devices? Confident parenting in a world with screens. 'Care for the Family' are running this session in Reading at LifeSpring Church on 16th October from 7:30pm-10pm. To buy tickets or for more information please look at their web site, or e-mail or call 029 2081 0800. If you are planning on going and would like to know of other St Mary's families going, please do contact .

Human Trafficking - Set Free Event - Sat 20th October

7pm, All Saints Church, Maidenhead. The fastest growing business in the world, 13,000 people in the UK alone fall victim to this criminal trade - Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. What are the issues? Would you be able to recognise slavery in your community? Your neighbourhood? Please come along to this FREE event to hear guest speaker, Suzette Jones from The Clewer Initiative. Tickets (for catering purposes) and more information available from .

Inaugural Organ Concert - Sat 27th October

David Goode will be playing the opening concert on our new organ at 7:45pm. The event will include some testimony / presentation of the gospel, so members of the church family are encouraged to bring interested friends. Interval drinks will be served. The event is free of charge but it would be helpful if those planning to come could sign up so we have an idea of numbers.  For more details and to sign up, please visit the special page.

20s & 30s Mexican Night - Sat 3rd November

6:30pm-9:30pm in the church hall. For the next 20s & 30s eve where we get together, enjoy some food & drink and chat around a topic, Will Stileman is going to be doing a Q&A. Fajitas are the food of choice. We'll provide the wine and soft drinks; if you prefer beer bring that along. Please see the 20s & 30s Facebook group for more details or contact . £5 food contribution; let Anna know of dietary requirements.

Book Sunday - Sun 4th November

Christian bookseller '10 of Those' will be visiting us Sunday 4th November. There will be a wide range of books available for purchase after the 9:15am, 11am, 4pm and 6:30pm services. A perfect opportunity to start thinking about Christmas gifts and your seasonal reading!

Women's Breakfast - Sat 10th November

Who do you think you are? Please join us from 8:30am to 10:15am for breakfast and a talk and discussion as we look at our identity in Christ and how that impacts how we see ourselves and those around us. Understanding our identity is at the heart of understanding ourselves and living as a follower of Jesus. This breakfast is particularly for members of St Mary's. Our next breakfast in February will follow on from this as we will think about the implications of this identity in our everyday lives. For more info and for tickets, please contact .

Bible Overview - Sat 17th November

Matt Searles, Director of Training for the South Central Gospel Partnership, will be giving an overview of the Bible here at St Mary's on Saturday morning 17th November 2018, from 9am to 12:30pm. Join us as we survey the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation and learn more about God's big plan for the universe and our place in it.

Christians In Sports Quiz - Fri 23rd November

Who, at the 2008 Olympics, became Britain's most successful swimmer for 100 years? If you know the answer to this you might be ideally placed to get a team or part of a team together for the Christians in Sport Quiz. The evening is a relaxed sports quiz plus an engaging talk about Jesus. To find out more contact . P.S. if you don't know the answer to the question above, you are still very welcome!

6:30pm Congregation Women's Weekend Away - 30th November - 2nd December

Please join us for a relaxed weekend looking at the book of Ephesians, and spending time having fun and praying together. Friday evening 30th Nov to Sunday 2nd Dec at The Pines, Pulborough, Sussex. Cost £40 plus a contribution towards petrol. For more information please speak to the congregational team or . To book: Click here

Notices

Flat For Rent

Flat 2 in Church House will be available for rental from the end of November for £900 a month. It is a two bedroom flat with parking for one car. If you would be interested and would like more info please contact .

Monthly Growth Group For Women

As a church, we encourage members to be part of a growth group, meeting weekly with others for study and prayer. However for any working women who are not able to make it to a weekly group, we will be starting a monthly Bible Study on Saturday mornings, to provide spiritual nourishment and fellowship. If you would be interested in attending such a group, contact .

Gender Recognition Consultation

The government has launched a consultation on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 which is open for response until 19th October at https://consult.education.gov.uk/government-equalities-office/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act/. This is a chance for everyone to let the government know their views on changing legislation to allow anyone to self-identify their sex.