Our morning services for this Sunday, 3rd April and the Fifth Sunday in Lent, are part of a series of services this year that we are calling Inclusive Church Conversations.
If you have joined us for services in recent months, you may remember that the PCC (Parochial Church Council) made the decision to join the Inclusive Church Network and to make both a commitment to inclusion and to being on a journey of learning – to ask, what does it mean to truly welcome people and to create places of belonging for everyone in our community? Our service this Sunday will explore this.
Members of our congregation will share their stories and we will have the opportunity to reflect together on how St Mary’s can develop as a place of welcome. We hope you will join us at either our 9am or 10.30am services of Holy Communion in the St Mary’s Welcome Centre, with both services led by Revd Dave Edmondson and Revd Vanessa Conant preaching.
We will offer children’s groups in the Welcome Centre lounge at our 10.30am service this Sunday, with wonderful leaders creating space for stories, craft, games and friendship.
In order to enable our online community to participate in the service, and to respect the privacy of those who are sharing their stories, we will not be livestreaming the 10.30am service to Facebook as we normally would. Instead, we are inviting you to join via Zoom.
You will be able to watch the service as normal via Zoom, and there will be an opportunity to speak with others throughout the service. If you are joining by Zoom, please ensure that your Zoom name is something we will be able to recognise as you (First Name, Surname) so that we can admit you from the waiting room.
The link to join us at 10.30am is here.
In the evening, at 6pm, join us for an hour of prayer and worship as one of our ordinands, Sarah Moss, and Jonnie Barrow, a member of our congregation, lead us in a time of extended worship and reflection.
We hope to see you this Sunday at St Mary’s!