Welcome to our Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, here you will find information about our church, its community and the services that we can offer. For further information and general enquiries please get in touch. You may also like to visit our Sister church, Christ Church Coseley : website details are http://ccc.infopage.org.uk
What’s on during the week, please see below.
Why not come along to any of our services at either parish, where a warm welcome awaits.
For enquiries about Weddings or Baptism’s at St Mary’s please see under BOOKINGS on main menu.
Home Communion. Please contact Priest-in- Charge, Reverend Emma Stanford or Reverend Tim Westwood If you would like to arrange a home visit. Please see under officials for telephone No’s.(Reverend Emma’s day off Mondays) Tel 01902 687283.
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We are desperately in need of £250,000 for repairs, restoration and improvements in church in order to ensure the survival and long term future of St Mary’s.
Our parish priest, the Reverend Emma Stanford says “the church opened its doors in 1872 and since then has touched the lives of countless individuals and families in the area. Children have been brought in to church for christenings and loved ones for their funerals; thousands of couples have come to begin their married life. The church has stood at the centre of community life for almost 150 years.
Despite the generous work of previous generations and the wider community in maintaining and supporting the church we find ourselves needing to spend a substantial amount of money on the building and we urgently need help. In the last 3 years we spent more than £25,000 on critical repairs to the structure of the building and since then we have had to close our Activity Centre. We have launched a fund-raising appeal to provide much needed facilities inside the church and we desperately need to raise £250,000.”
We are a relatively small but welcoming congregation and we are committed to ensure the church continues to be available to touch the lives of this and future generations. We have already raised nearly £20,000 but have a very long way to go.
If you have ever been a member of this church, or indeed if it holds special memories for you and your family, we urge you to make a donation. Any amount would be greatly appreciated, knowing that you have helped to secure the future of this lovely church.
Donations can be made via the PAYPAL link on the right. St Mary’s has always been there for us, it is now our turn to be there for St Mary’s during this financially difficult time. Thank you in anticipation.
Reverend Emma and Reverend Tim.
What’s on for week commencing Monday 24th February 2020 at St Mary’s (unless stated otherwise)
Monday 24th February 1-3 pm Place of welcome : Open to all for cup of tea/chat : OPEN
Tuesday 25th February 6.30pm Evensong Choir Practice at Christ Church
Wednesday 26th February 10.00am NO SERVICE THIS WEEK
7.000pm Ash Wednesday service
Thursday 27th February 10.00am Weekday Eucharist @ Christ Church
Friday 28th February ……..
Saturday 29th February ……..
Sunday 1st March 10.00am Parish Mass
6.30pm Evensong BCP [book of common prayer]
Readers for Ash Wednesday 26th February 1st Ann Clarke 2nd Kevin Smith
Readings 1st Joel 2.1-2, 12-17 2nd 2 Corinthians 5.20b-6.10
Readers for Sunday 1st March
10am 1st Kevin Smith : 2nd Nick Fanthom: Prayers : Amanda Thomas
Eucharistic Assistants : Alison & Helen
6.30pm 1st Paul Howell : 2nd Roy Targonski : Eucharistic Assistants Clergy
Prayers : Debbie Blackham
Readings am 1st Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-7 : 2nd Romans 5.12-19
Readings pm 1st Deuteronomy 6.4-9, 16-end: 2nd Luke 15.1-10
Forthcoming Events for your Diary
Stephanie Meek, member of Christ Church in Coseley came along to the ‘Praying for Dudley’ event in Priory Park as part of our Pentecost celebrations. Here she reflects on the experience:
Christ Church & St Mary’s Flower Tributes
Would you like flowers placed in church to mark a special occasion, like a milestone birthday, anniversary or other celebratory time? Or would you like to pay tribute to a departed loved one? if so, please contact Liz Mills or Margaret Simpkin, who will gladly arrange this for you. A suggested minimum donation of £15 can be made towards church funds, and the occasion / tribute will be marked in the Parish News. Remember your loved ones now, just place an order!
Would you like the wonderful bells of Christ Church rung out to mark a special occasion, like a milestone birthday, anniversary, or other celebratory time? Or would you like to pay tribute to a departed loved one? If so, please contact Jason in the Parish Office or, alternatively, Bell Tower Captain Gordon Birks (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will gladly arrange this for you. A suggested minimum donation of £15 can be made towards the Bell Tower, and the occasion/tribute will be marked in the Parish News.
Please Support St Mary’s
St Mary’s Centre Choir (date unknown) If anyone knows the date please let me know. Sadly over half of the choir are no longer with us. Happy memories.
Some of our choir members and ministry at St Mary’s and Christ Church
Do you have young children? Why not join the TODDLER GROUP. Ages 0 to 5 years. Every Wednesday 1-3pm during school term. See services for more information. All welcome.
Keyrings now available in church. Price £1.50. And also a selection of fridge magnets £2.00
APPEAL If anyone has any old photographs of St Marys Church or possibly school, can you please get in touch where we can copy them and put them in our archives! All photo’s will be returned. Please contact : Alan Hyde on 01902 679333 or at Church.
The most disadvantaged children rarely suffer on just one front. We work with these children to ensure that they are loved, valued and listened to. With them we fight childhood poverty, harm and neglect. Our network of programmes includes drop-in services for runaways, children’s centres and support for young carers. We support children who are refugees from violence, and we give those in care a voice. We transform children’s lives by pressurising central and local government to protect them, and we challenge attitudes that perpetuate harm and injustice. In hard times, children are among the hardest hit. We don’t just help them survive – we help them flourish. http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/
The parish church of St Mary the Virgin is part of the Deanery of Kingswinford in the Diocese of Worcester
Covering St Mary’s and Christ Church Parishes’
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Acknowledgements. Some photos in this website were taken by Richard Law. Photo’s untouched. Licenced under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/