Groups & Meetings
We have regular groups that meet at St Mary’s. Both Church and Non-church based. Please follow the links for details:
AA – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Meet at in St Mary’s Centre on Wednesdays at 7.30pm
Bible Study Groups
Advent Group – Every year at St. Mary’s we organise study groups during advent which usually run for four weeks. Subjects vary widely. In 2011 we studied the doctrine of creation which proved to be one of our most taxing yet rewarding subjects yet. Members of the clergy produced notes which formed the basis for preparation along with recommended bible readings but in previous years Advent Groups have also read books together. The groups generally attract between 30 and 40 people overall. The evening groups meet in the homes of members of the congregation who provide a light meal. There is also a Thursday morning group which takes place during the Primrose Tea Rooms.
Confirmation Group – Every year in the autumn, a small, friendly and informal group of adults meets for 15 sessions on a Tuesday evening to explore the Christian faith. Those who wish to be confirmed, or baptised and confirmed, may do so in January on completion of the course. People who just want a refresher are also warmly invited, and so are those who are uncommitted and just curious about Christianity. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the Vicar on email@example.com. Children are not confirmed at St Mary’s. We offer preparation to receive Holy Communion from the age of seven up. We believe the decision to be confirmed is one that requires mature commitment, so the minimum age for confirmation is now 16.
Lent Group – Each group meets in someone’s home for a simple meal followed by a discussion. A lay member of the congregation chairs this part of the evening, based on notes provided by the clergy. For more information email the Vicar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday mornings at 10 am on Receiving Jesus in 5 Different Ways, starting 9th March in the Primrose Tea Room at church.
Men’s Forum – The Men’s Forum at St Mary’s is a friendly circle of men from the congregation who get together roughly once a month to listen to a speaker and share experiences. After an hour or so of talk and discussion we adjourn to a local pub for a drink and something to eat. It is a great way of getting to know other members of the congregation in an informal way. The Forum is open to any man from the congregation, and new participants are warmly welcome.
See diary for 2015 by clicking image above
Primrose Hill Tea Rooms – Every Thursday from 9.30am – 11.45 we host a tea room in our Parish Room at the back of church. All our welcome to come along to sit and enjoy some conversation. Many of our regulars also choose to stay on for our Noon service. We serve: Tea, Coffee and Juice. Fresh scones & biscuits. We only ask for a donation towards refreshments which you can pop into our basket.
Book Group – You are cordially invited to attend St. Mary’s Book Club! Sundays once a month at 6:00 pm in the Parish Room. The book club promises thoughtful and challenging discussions to strengthen our faith journeys, as well as fun and fellowship.
Faith at Work meetings take place usually on the third Wednesday of most months commencing at 7.30pm in the Parish Room. Sessions are not currently held during the summer holidays or December when time restraints are tighter for other social events. Meetings begin with a clear agenda for about an hour before heading off to a cafe or pub for a light meal/drink/social element. The topics for discussion vary but relate to experiences, issues or problems at work, and the background theme has been to query what the Bible says on the topic and “In what ways could the church (both nationally and locally) support you more effectively in living out your faith in the workplace?” as well as general group discussion.