We used to print and deliver our parish magazine to every house in the parish. Covid-19 precautions mean we cannot do that at the moment, so we’ve moved it online.

If you or your neighbours and friends would like to be on our list to receive the mag by email please let us know. We can also send a paper copy if anyone has no internet just let us know.

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St Mary’s invites you to celebrate Christmas 2021

St Mary’s invites you to celebrate Christmas 2021

Mon 6th Dec. St Nicholas Lantern Walk 4-6pm Celebrate Advent with a lantern walk from The Chapel (Wharf Rd) to the church garden at St Mary’s (Vale Rd), where you can meet St Nicholas, enjoy the bonfire and taste Rev Neil’s famous home made pizza! Text to book a start time: 07730 609446

New for 2021! Sun 12th Dec. Christmas Market 4pm-6pm Come and enjoy the atmosphere at our outdoor Christmas Market. Mulled wine, food, raffle, shop local for unique and beautiful Christmas gifts, and stay on afterwards for Carols at 6pm.

Sun 12th Dec Carols by Candlelight (outdoors) 6pm Our first  ever open air carol service! Enjoy your favourite carols and keep warm with hot chocolate and mulled wine. Join us outside St Mary’s after the Christmas Market. All welcome, no need to book.

Sunday 19th Dec. Sunday Service 10.30am  This is also the last chance for Food Parcel Donations for Christmas hampers for local families. Thank you!

Friday 24th Dec The Christingle Journey 3-6pm It’s like Christingle, but more interactive! Join us at St Mary’s to see the Shepherds, make a Christingle to take home, sing carols, taste beer at the “Inn”, and meet Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the stable. (Do dress for the weather!)  We will be collecting for the Children’s Society.     Text to book your arrival time  07730 609446

Friday 24th Dec: Midnight Mass 11:30pm A special Church Service to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. (In church or on Zoom)

Fri 25th Dec: Christmas Morning Service 10:30am This is our main Christmas Day Service on Zoom and in Church.

St Mary’s Church, Vale Rd, GU12 5JE

All events subject to change as covid restrictions evolve. Donations are very welcome, our online link is here:  Merry Christmas!   

A Letter from the Vicarage

By Revd. Neil Lambert

The British have a long relationship with the Nepali people.  Over 200 years ago, the British East India Company was at war with Nepal, fighting battles in the Himalayas that eventually led to a mutual respect.  Both sides decided they would be better as friends than enemies and subsequently Gurkha regiments began to be established within the army—we’ve been friends ever since.

And now—praise God—we are not just friends but neighbours!  


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