St Mary’s has achieved our bronze Eco Church award!
On Sunday 8th April (2018) we welcomed Godfrey Armitage from A Rocha to St Mary’s to speak to us and to present us with our Bronze Eco church plaque and certificate.
Over the last twelve months we have made a number of small but positive changes. Some have been made relatively easily: our tea and coffee is now Fair Trade, news sheets are printed on recycled paper and cleaning products are eco-friendly. We have stopped using disposable crockery and cutlery, and now have recycling facilities at church, thanks to the help and co-operation of the Coppice School (our landlord).
In some areas we already rate higher than bronze standard; watch this space as we work towards silver and gold standards!
Pictured below are Godfrey from A Rocha, Pam and Pete our Church Wardens and Lisa from the Coppice School, with the bronze plaque and certificate.
For more information speak to one of our Eco Team or have a look at the Eco Church website https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/
We’ve got a variety of special services coming up on from 25th March to 1st April. Come and join us as we follow Jesus’ journey to the cross, his death and resurrection.
All are welcome!
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Recycling bins are here! A big thank you to the Coppice School who now have mixed recycling and take our waste with theirs. As well as being good for the environment this helps with our Eco Church targets (more good news on this coming soon…)
If you’d like to see how the recycling is processed there is an interesting video at www.severnwaste.com/envirosort/the-process
Monday 19th February
& Tuesday 20th February
9.30am to 4pm
St Mary’s are running our ever-popular holiday club again this February half term and it’s open to any child from year 1 to year 6! The JAM Club team will be putting on a JAM Packed programme of high energy games, music, Bible stories, drama and craft activities! This year we will be exploring the Bible with ‘Guardians of Ancora’ from Scripture Union. There will be teams, points, prizes and a free app the children can download to play along.
Cost: £10 per day or £15 for both. Bring your own packed lunch; snacks will be provided.
To book a place: return the booking form (click here) along with your payment (cash or cheques made payable to JAM Club). If you are at the Coppice School then please return to the school office; otherwise return to St Mary’s Church, Shawhurst Lane B47 5JN
Pre-booking essential: Please book asap; the final booking deadline is Friday 9th February.
More info: Ria Taylor, St. Mary’s Youth, Children & Families Minister firstname.lastname@example.org 01564 823248
Services and Events for Advent and Christmas : All Welcome!
On Sunday 3rd December is our Christingle Service, a short, fun service for all ages. All are welcome to join us and make a Christingle to take home.
On Wednesday 6th December St Mary’s Church and the Coppice School are hosting Community Carols, which brings together local churches, schools and groups to celebrate as Christmas approaches. All welcome! Extra parking will be available behind the church.
Traditional Carol Service
Also called the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, this traditional service features Wythall Community Choir. Saturday 16th December at 6pm
Christmas Eve at 4pm
This year our family friendly Christmas Eve service ‘The Greatest Journey’ tells the Nativity story in the style of the children’s book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. Come and join in the fun as we celebrate Christmas!
On Christmas Eve at 11:30pm, join us to start Christmas Day with a service of Holy
Christmas Day Service
At 10am on Christmas Day a short service for all the family. Happy Christmas!