Chloe’s Year Teaching in Honduras

On Sunday 2nd April at our 10.30 service we welcomed Chloe White from Woodrush Sixth form who told us about the project she’ll be working with during her year in Honduras.

Chloe writes,”The work of volunteers with young Hondurans is crucial in such a politically and socially turbulent environment, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. The average school leaving age is 11 and children suffer greatly due to the huge prevalence of gangs; a key aim of my year is to work with these at risk young people and increase engagement as well as attendance at school.

“During my 12 months I will be living with a Honduran family in a remote, rural area of the country; fully submersed in the language and culture. During the week I will be teaching a range of English, maths, science, humanities and arts in local schools. My students will be from impoverished families and therefore an education and ability to speak English is imperative to a brighter future.”

If you’d like to donate money to the project you can visit her fundraising page

Chloe has a facebook page if you’d like to keep up to date with her news and there’s also a flyer you can download



Holy Week and Easter

St Mary’s Church has a range of services and events over the Easter period, with something each day from 9th to 16th April, and all are welcome to come along!

The flyer below gives details of all these, but of particular note:

  • On Wednesday 12th April at 7.30pm our event “Witness” helps us experience Jesus’ last few hours on earth through the eyes of those who were there.
  • For 7-16 year olds we have a new event on Easter Saturday (15th April) 10.30am-12noon called “Create Space, Kids“. There will be a cost of £3 to cover craft materials.
  • Our Easter Celebration service is at 10.30am on Sunday 16th April, marking the most important day of the Christian year!

All are welcome to these and other events (below!). There’s no need to book but if you’d like more information you can email us at

Mother’s Day!

Thanks to all who helped with or supported our Celebration of Motherhood all age service on Mother’s Day! There were croissants, coffee and daffodils for the ladies plus wrapping the Vicar and Curate up as ‘mummies’ and decorating candles for the children! Thanks to the men for being waiters and helping with kids and candles. It was great to see Brownies, JAM children and Noah’s Ark families as well!


An excitable group of men assembled in Combat HQ on Saturday 4th March to play at being tank commanders whilst munching pizza and drinking beer (although other drinks were available).  Brett, ably assisted by Taine, managed the games, kept the 8 remote controlled tanks going and devised the often fiendish head to head challenges.  The competition was fierce but friendly and fittingly the final shoot off produced an epic game of cat and mouse before the winner was crowned.  It was great fun – thanks to all who contributed but especially to Tanx Commander Sirrell.

Confirmation with Bishop Mark Santer


Congratulations to the nine candidates who were baptized or confirmed by Bishop Mark Santer on 12th March!

Baptism marks the beginning of our Christian journey. It signifies our joining of the church and acceptance as sons and daughters of God.

Confirmation is another important point along the way, where we affirm for ourselves the faith we have been baptized into and our intention to live a life of commitment to Jesus Christ.

Each of our candidates has been preparing for today by exploring what that life entails and during the service each had the opportunity to explain why they wanted to take this step

Please pray for them, that the Holy Spirit will inspire and empower them as they step out in this new stage of their faith.