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  1. Don't forget to sign up for The Open Table next Thursday (18th) - we're excited to announce that we get two speakers for the price of one:

    Robin is a lay service leader, music leader and Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher at Kehilla North London who meet in St Mary's rooms every Saturday.
    Sheila Melzak's relationship with Jewish thought is rooted in her parents experiences of the Holocaust and her interest in philosophical and historical references to the subject of community responses to strangers.

    Sheila and Robin will speak on the theme of 'The gift of the stranger: hospitality from a Jewish perspective.'

    Please contact Matt if you'd like to attend - everyone welcome (curate@stmaryn16.org).

  2. big thank you to the many people who have offered time, skills or items for the Grand Fundraising Auction. Unfortunately, due to slow sales of the tickets the organising committee has decided that the Grand Fundraising Auction set for 20th Feb will be postponed.

    However, you now get two for the price of one!

    1. Mini Auction of Perishables.
      After the Mothering Sunday service on 6th March (joint service starts at 10.30am) where time-dependent items and some gifts will be auctioned alongside a healthy dose of great coffee, nibbles and soft drinks.
    2. Musical Social.
      In May (date to be confirmed) in The Old Church where the majority of items will be auctioned. Keep your eye out for more details soon.
  3. There is lots going on over Lent this year at St Mary's - be sure to see one of the postcards at the back of church or look at What's On.

    We will be looking at how we live out - as individuals but primarily as a church community - our mission statement: Our calling is to share the loving hospitality of God, seeing Christ in friend and stranger.

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  4. Saturday 20th February in The Old Church; Doors Open at 7pm

    Auction items to date include:

    • an evening of entertainment for your party guests by St Mary's talented musical directors Iwan and Michael
    • pottery workshop for children
    • two tickets for an Arsenal home match
    • an electric sewing machine

    What can you offer? An unwanted Christmas present, an evening's babysitting, a crochet lesson, your holiday home even. Please use this form to email your offer to the address on the form by 6th February 2016

    Tickets for the auction @ £8,  which includes a drink and finger food will go on sale, from 24th January.

    All proceeds from the auction will be shared between

    • support to the community of our twin church in Tete, Mozambique
    • our building fund to improve facilities for the many community organisations that use St Mary's buildings.
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    The prayers contained in this booklet are from the heart, some of them are raw with grief or sadness; some are doubtful and despairing, others bubble over with thanks and joy. All of them are offered by those who’ve wandered into the church and found it to be a safe and sacred place where they can be honest with themselves and God.

    These inspiring and moving little booklets make great gifts for others or for yourself. They're only £2 each to cover costs (but feel free to give more if you'd like). If you'd like to buy any then see Matt.

  6. A wonderful service of carols, music and readings by candlelight last night... photography hampered by the record congregation of over 500 people, so no images to show you. Standing room only after 6.55pm. Apologies if you ended up without a seat, candle or service sheet!
     
    Great fun was had by all at the Christingle & Nativity service on Saturday afternoon. Here are a couple of photos.
     
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  7. A message from Michael White:

    Once again, Iwan and I would very much like to invite you to sing in the choir for the carol service which will be held on the evening of Sunday 20 December. Rehearsals for this will take place on Sundays 22 and 29 November, and 6 and 13 December at 4.30pm in the New Church. There will, of course, be a final rehearsal on the day of the carol service. Ideally, we would like you to attend all the rehearsals but please try to come to as many as you can remembering that the final rehearsal is compulsory.

    We are holding an Advent carol service on the evening of Sunday 29 November but are intending to include mainly solo items so that the choir can concentrate on the carol service music.

    We have not yet finalised the repertoire but will let you know as soon as we can.

    Please could you let me know if you are able to sing in the choir at the carol service and also if you are planning to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve because, depending on numbers, we would like the choir to sing at that service too if possible. It would also be useful if you could give me an indication of which rehearsals you are unable to attend.

    So just to recap, dates are: Sunday 22 November, 4.30pm Rehearsal
    Sunday 29 November, 4.30pm Rehearsal
    Sunday 29 November, 7.00pm Advent Carol Service
    Sunday 6 December, 4.30pm Rehearsal
    Sunday 13 December, 4.30pm Rehearsal
    Sunday 20 December, 4.30pm Rehearsal
    Sunday 20 December, 7.00pm Carols by Candlelight
    Thursday 24 December 11.30pm Midnight Mass

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    There was a huge response to the call for donations for refugees in Calais via St Mary's and the Rose & Crown. This was all taken over at the end of October to some of the people who need it. This is a photo of Flossie sorting it all out at the back of church.

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    Saturday 28 November 10-5: Winter Design Market, St Mary's Old Church N16 (Stoke Newington Church Street next to Clissold Park) - design stalls, mulled wine and mince pies, foodie gifts, music. Get in the mood for the festive season!

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    We held a moving service for All Souls in The Old Church yesterday evening. Remembering our own loved ones who have died; that they are held by a loving God. We particularly remember George Mills, long-standing member of St Mary's, who died recently.

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    Hackney Winter Night Shelter is a project run by volunteers that provides basic accommodation in church halls around Hackney for up to 25 homeless people during the coldest months of the year. We aim to provide a warm welcome, a hot evening meal, a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning for our homeless guests. In addition, the Night Shelter employs workers to help our guests find more long-term accommodation. The Shelter will open on the 2nd November this year. Many volunteers, both church members and from the wider community, will help to run the shelter. Our contribution at St Mary’s is to host the Shelter in our church rooms each Wednesday night from late December to the end of March. We need volunteers in various roles: to help set up the shelter, cook and serve supper, stay overnight, and to cook breakfast and clear up in the morning. Could you help? If you are interested, please get in touch with our volunteer team coordinator, Jonathan Gebbie at jonathan.gebbie@hwns.org.uk or on 07949-169583. We particularly need people who could help in the morning or volunteer to occasionally do an overnight shift.

    There are also opportunities to help at other Shelter venues around Hackney on other nights of the week from the beginning of November - please get in touch if you’re interested. There is more information about the Night Shelter on the web site here.

  12. Many thanks to Jane Pryce! Her sale of pickles over the last two weeks or so have raised a total of £202.41 for St Mary's. And thanks to all who bought some!

    Our Harvest collection raised £307 for the Africa Educational Trust - many thanks to all who generously gave.

    And finally... the Bishop of Stepney's Discretionary Fund grew by £294 during the Confirmation service last week.

  13. An 'Arts, Crafts, Christmas Produce Fair' is being considered for 28th November to raise money for St Mary's. If you want to get involved in the planning of this event please come along to the Rose & Crown at 8pm on Wednesday 14th October.

  14. 20151004_170641_resizedHere's Dilly speaking at the Hackney Alevi Centre in Ridley Road, joining with them in celebrating the British Alevi Foundation being granted charitable status. This is something they've been working hard towards for a number of years.

    Politicians and community and religious leaders were there to celebrate with them.

    As always, the afternoon ended with true Alevi hospitality and a delicious spread of food. 

     

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    Even more celebrations than usual this morning at St Mary's! Bishop Adrian led a service of Holy Communion with baptism, confirmation and reception into the Church of England.

    Congratulations to Daniel, Sakir and Samantha who Bishop Adrian baptised and confirmed; Joanna, Jade, Alexandra and Michelle who he confirmed and Kaarina who was received into the Church of England.

    Almighty and ever-living God,
    you have given these your servants new birth
    in baptism by water and the Spirit,
    and have forgiven them all their sins.
    Let your Holy Spirit rest upon them:
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding;
    the Spirit of counsel and inward strength;
    the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness;
    and let their delight be in the fear of the Lord.

  16. img_0106A wonderful evening of classical, folk, jazz, musical theatre and music hall tunes last night in The Old Church.

    Sarah Warren's voice, Iwan Davies' piano and Sam Elwin's guitar combined to raise money for ALMA and the Church of the Epiphany in Tete, Mozambique.

    St Mary's has a long relationship with the Church of the Epiphany in Tete and has helped them to build a new church that was completed this year with some St Mary's folk visiting Mozambique for the dedication ceremony. Funds will also assist in their outreach and community work.

    Many thanks to Sarah, Iwan and Sam for a great evening's entertainment!

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    Wondering what to do with the scores of plastic carrier bags you have stuffed in a draw or hanging on the back of your kitchen door? Feel bad throwing them away? Want to see them used again?

    The Hackney Migrant Centre give away a significant amount of donated food to users of the centre each week and they need carrier bags to put it in. Supermarkets will soon be charging 5p for each carrier bag (which is a great way of encouraging recycling) but that means HMC need to start collecting donated bags.

    If you have bags you can donate then please bring them to the church office during the week or give them to Matt on a Sunday morning.