This Sunday, July 9th is ALMA Sunday, when we celebrate our link with the church in Tete, Mozambique.
Please don't forget that on this day we will have a Joint Service at 10.30am in the New Church and then a ‘bring and share’ lunch on the Rectory lawn.
Several guests from Mozambique will be participating in our service and then sharing in our lunch.
Please bring a blanket to sit on.
Everyone is welcome!
This Sunday, July 9th is ALMA Sunday, when we celebrate our link with the church in Tete, Mozambique.
Celebrating the children of our church! Wonderful event: BBQ, campfire and camping on the Rectory lawn. Let's do it again next year.
Pentecost Sunday June 4th. We’ll be celebrating it with a Joint Service in the Big Church at 10.30am. And do add a dash of red, yellow or orange to your attire - get into the spirit of celebration!
Election Hustings at St.Mary's this Thursday. Come and hear the candidates hoping for your vote.Bar available. Starts at 7:30 pm.
Pop-up Food Market at St Mary’s
Saturday 20 May 11-6 and Sunday 21 May 12.30-6
We are launching our fundraising drive for the new community rooms with a pop-up food market. Please tell all your friends and neighbours and come along and support us!
In addition, there is still a lot of help needed to make this a success. Please contact Claire Garrett (07880 867 444 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or the people listed below if you can help in any way.
- Baking scones for the cream teas on the lawn. Helping serve the cream teas on the day – contact Julie Farley at email@example.com / 07780 051 530
- Baking bread to sell on a church stall – contact Tamar at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Helping with set-up of the stalls on both days. This will mean being available from around 8.30 to help with setting up tables, possibly erecting gazebos for certain pitches, sorting electric where necessary… - contact Claire at email@example.com
- Helping with clear down of the stalls at the end of the market on both days – contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteering over the weekend at the market itself – we need people to staff children’s craft activities, to police a bouncy castle, to serve at various church stalls, possibly to man a bbq (still tbc) and to sell raffle tickets – please contact Claire on email@example.com if you are happy to make yourself generally available and have tasks allocated. If you would rather volunteer for a certain activity please contact the relevant person as listed above.
- We also need people to take flyers and post through doors to advertise the market. We are liaising with Location Location estate agent to produce these and are hoping to have them available at church on Sunday.
- Does anyone have a van or the ability to hire a van for an hour or so on Friday after school and again on Sunday evening once the market is over? We are borrowing stallholder tables from two local schools and need to transport them between the schools and the church.
Please do join our enthusiastic team of volunteers!! The better the buzz we can create around this launch event, the higher the chances of success at getting community engagement in our building project.
The Hackney Refugee Welcome Event will take place on Weds 26 April, from 4-6:30pm at Clapton Girls Academy, E5 0RB. The event will celebrate the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in Hackney and reflect on refugees issues more generally. Speakers include Jonathan Freedland, Yvette Cooper, Diane Abbot and the Speaker of Hackney Council.
‘Music for a May evening’ a collection of English and Czech light choral music, with Cantus and Intimate Voices. May 6th, 7pm at St Thomas the Apostle, N4 2QP. Admission £12 /£10 concessions
Visit of Sr Lucy Kurien. Friday May 5 at 6.30 pm at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
A rare chance to hear from a woman of deep wisdom and compassion, about what it means to live in service to the whole. Sr Lucy works with destitute women and children in India.
To catch a flavour of the evening, here is a video of Sister Lucy speaking:
Please come and join us on Sunday, 26th March at 10:30 am to celebrate Mothering Sunday!
...and please do not forget that the clocks go forward!
Take a look at our new Spring e-Newsletter!
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 2nd at 12 o’clock in the Old Church and will follow on from the Joint Service in the New Church. Please bring a plate of food to share for lunch.
In addition to hearing what we have been up to over the past year and electing our Council, Wardens and reps, we will be spending a good amount of time hearing about and discussing the plans for the new St Mary’s Centre.
Please don’t miss out on this! Put the date in your diary today!
The PCC meets this Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Old Church.
At the AGM in April we will be electing 4 new representatives to our Parochial Church Council (PCC).
It is important that our Council is a true representation of our various congregations.
With that in mind we are looking especially for greater representation from our 9.30 congregation and from BME members across our congregations.
Might this be you? Or if not you, who would you like to encourage to stand?
‘Citizens’ are holding a rally in the evening of March 9th in York Hall. This is to celebrate all that has been achieved and to plan for the future. What are the issues that really matter to us and our community? All are welcome.
Choral Evensong next Sunday is being sung by the Assumption Singers. 6.30pm in the Old Church.
Women’s World Day of Prayer: Friday, 3rd March 2017, 2.15pm at Green Lanes Methodist Church or 7.30pm at St Olave’s, Woodberry Down. The focus this year is on the Philippines.
Hello! My name is Tamar and I’m delighted to be a new Communications, Administration and Hospitality Coordinator at St Mary’s. Please get in touch if I can be of any assistance to you, just drop in/phone/email the Parish Office. I look forward to meeting you at a service.
The Women’s Group from Finsbury Park Mosque send out a warm invitation to all women from St Mary’s to join them on a visit to the House of Commons. Do take a leaflet at the back of church if you might be interested in going.
If you want to travel with others for Matt's licencing we meet at 5.30pm at the church or 5.50pm at Canonbury station…..or see you at St Nick’s, Poplar for 7pm.
Lent begins on March 1st with a service in the Old Church at 7pm. Our theme for this year is ‘Testing Times’. If you are interested in joining a study group please sign the list at the back of church.
Everyone is welcome to join us at St Mary's this Sunday as we celebrate the beginning of Advent together.
We have a joint service at 10.30am (so no 9.30 or 11am services) in the big church, suitable for people of any age.
Then we hold our Advent Carol Service in The Old Church at 7.30pm with readings and music listen to and carols to join in with.
Find the latest newsletter here.
Designer Makers, Christmas Decorations, Mulled Wine & Festive Food.
Come to our Winter Market in The Old Church, 10am-5pm, Saturday 26th November.
‘Buen Camino!’ are the two words that have been ringing in my ears for the last 5 weeks. Walking across northern Spain (beginning in the French Pyrenees), following the ancient medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago, I clocked up nearly 500 miles. Every time I passed a fellow pilgrim we would exchange those words, ‘Buen Camino’ which roughly translated means, ‘safe travelling’ or ‘go well’. Since returning from Spain I find myself musing on what it was all about; indeed why did I choose to make the journey in the first place?
I first heard about the Camino to Santiago de Compostela about 10 years ago from a friend in the Yorkshire Dales. ‘It clears out all the rubbish and puts you back in touch with what’s really important to you’, I remember her saying and her words came back to me when I was considering what to do on my sabbatical. It seemed a good plan. So having done a minimal amount of research on what the route was like, what to take, key spanish phrases and the like, I set off.
The physical route took me through four regions: Navarra and Rioja, with mountains and forests, crops and vineyards, then Castilla y Leon with the relative wilderness of the Mesata and finally Galicia with its mountain streams and lush pastures. I walked in temperatures of high 30’s through numerous medieval villages and a number of imposing cities. But alongside the physical route there was the mental and spiritual journey to be made. This, so they say, falls into three sections: you spend the first part of the journey concerned with your body - obsessed with the state of your feet - counting the blisters and the aching muscles. Then (if you haven’t given up and gone home) your attention shifts more to the mind: why am I making this journey? What am I needing to focus on? What am I needing to get out of this? But the third part of the journey is perhaps the most crucial - the journey of the heart. Having relaxed into your body, having given up on attempting to ‘sort’ your life (I speak only for myself of course!) it becomes a journey of trust and acceptance. I found myself experiencing an inner freedom that I have only glimpsed before; a way of being in the world that enabled me to delight in it and see it as though for the first time. In a strange way I felt I was being stripped of all my usual preoccupations and felt a deep sense of being at peace or you might say, ‘in tune’ with myself.
St James, Patron Saint of Spain, in whose honour the pilgrimage is made, makes many appearances along the way. Tradition has it that he landed on the west coast of Spain shortly after Christ’s death intending to take the Christian message to the people of Spain. But he received a hostile reception and ended up returning to Jerusalem, only to die a martyr’s death. His body was carried back to Galicia and according to tradition he was buried in a field near Santiago. It was fascinating to see how his name and his image has been moulded, re-moulded, used and abused through the centuries. In some places he is the gentle pilgrim, bearing his scallop shell ( the symbol of pilgrimage), a staff and a gourd (to hold his water), offering encouragement to present day pilgrims. In other places he emerges as the aggressive 9th century Moor slayer - the knight in shining armour, spearheading the re-conquest of Spain for christianity.
The story of St James, my story, the stories of the many thousands who walk this route every year, all converge in Santiago. What an amazing moment to stand in that cathedral at the end of the journey surrounded by fellow travellers and pilgrims, adding my prayer to the prayers of so many who’ve made that same journey over the centuries. The swinging of the giant thurible, originally used presumably to fumigate the sweaty and disease ridden pilgrims, makes an appearance at the end of the mass as 6 men take hold of the ropes and swing it across the cathedral. What a sight to behold!
Walking the Camino was 5 weeks very well spent! I have no doubt that I will continue to muse on all that it has meant to me and will enjoy chatting with anyone who thinks they may just be interested in making the pilgrimage.
(To read as a pdf, including images, see here.)
Last Sunday we were celebrating how God is at work in St Mary's for our Patronal Festival.