"It's the first time I've been to church and St Marys is not what I expected"

... If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.' 2 Chronicles 7.14-15

Our Building

St Mary’s Church has a picturesque building with many interesting and ancient features …

This week’s sermon | Revd Natasha Brady

Here is this week’s sermon … Natasha is opening God’s word in the second week of Advent on the Gospel of Mark 1. 1-8


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Christmas Services 2017

We will be holding two services on Christmas Eve and two on Christmas Day.

Do join us!






Our Christmas Services

Christmas Eve      4.00pm – All Age Christmas Eve Service         

Christmas Eve     11.00pm – Christmas Communion

Christmas Day       8.00am   Holy Communion (BCP)

Christmas Day     10.30am Joint Service of Christmas Communion


Lessons and Carols for Christmas | 17 December 6pm

Do join us on the Third Sunday of Advent for our traditional candlelit service of nine lessons and carols with choir, organ and congregational singing.   17th December at 6.00pm

Weekly Notices | 10 December 2017

10th December  2017

Second Sunday of Advent
9.30am                                        All Age Service
10.30-11am                                   Coffee in the Hall
11.15am                                   Holy Communion
2.00pm Short & Sweet
in the Church and Hall
6.00pm                                   Holy Communion





11-16  December 2017

Monday 11               10-12noon            Bumps & Babes @Church: Worship followed by tea and play in the Church Hall.

Monday 11                 6.30 pm              Clued Up—Club for School Years 1-6

Wednesday 13          2.15pm               St Mary’s Ladies’ Group:   Christmas Afternoon

Wednesday 13          7.30pm                Choir Practice

Thursday 14            10-12noon           T & C at St Mary’s

Thursday 14            10.30am              Holy Communion

Friday 15                   7.00pm                Bellringing Practice

Saturday 16              9.30-12                 Who Let the Dads Out?

Saturday 9               4.00pm                Music Group Practice

Saturday 9               7.30pm                Christmas Party with Karaoke



 17th December  2017
 Third Sunday of Advent
9.30am                                    Nativity Service
10.30-11am                                   Coffee in the Hall
11.15am                                   Morning Prayer
2.00pm Short & Sweet
in the Church and Hall
6.00pm                    Nine Lessons and Carols

WHO LET THE DADS OUT? SATURDAY 16 December—9.30-12 noon   This monthly event for dads, stepdads, grandads or male carers and their younger children [0-6 yrs] will be in the Church Hall. Children enjoy a range of toys including bouncy castle, sit-on cars, inflatable ball pool and large train set. Dad’s relax together over coffee and newspapers.  Adults £3: children free! Just turn up!

Community Support for Refugees—MEETING THURSDAY 14 DEC     The next meeting of the East Northants Refugee Support Group will take place at the Rushden Full Gospel Group this Thursday at 7.30pm.


CHRISTMAS PARTY—SATURDAY 16 DEC—7.30-pm CHURCH HALL     Who Let the Girls Out! are hosting an open evening in the Church Hall for All 16+.   It will be a Christmas party and karaoke night! Tickets: £3. Dress as your favourite band from across the decades! Bring a plate and your own drinks. Contact Helen Smedley for more details or ring 07495 304974.

CAROLS AT REDCLIFFE RESIDENTIAL HOME – Wed 20 DECEMBER    Anyone who could come to sing carols with us at the Redcliffe Residential Home at 2.00pm would be appreciated.       Steve Prior

 OUR BIG CHRISTMAS CARD TO ALL OUR MEMBERS!    The Sunday Club has made us a large Christmas card which is on a table at the back of church, open for anyone to sign as a greeting to all the members of our congregations. Give a donation to our Christmas charities in the box nearby.

CHRISTMAS CARDS to GIVE AWAY   Christmas cards with details of our Christmas services are at the back of the church—please take one for yourself and as many as you wish to give to friends and neighbours to invite them to attend.

CHURCH OFFICE   The Church Office will be open this week Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 12noon.  Please have all notices for next week’s bulletin at the Church Office by 10am on Thursday by placing in the letter box outside the office, phoning: 412235 or emailing: stmaryschurchoffice@btinternet.com.

THANKS     The Children’s Society Committee would like to thank all those who helped in any way at the Christingle Service last Saturday. £488.98 has been forwarded to The Children’s Society for their work among disadvantaged children and young people.                                       Mary Hadley

Thank you everyone who has given me ribbon and material for new streamers,  I now have enough to make them.                   Sonia Stock

CHRISTMAS NATIVITY—17 December      Our Christmas Nativity will take place next Sunday morning in our All Age service. All children who attend will be invited to take part in the Nativity Play. (It would be a big help if you could wear a costume as an angel, a shepherd or a king!) Come along and join us!

WINTER GLORY LADIES CONFERENCE—SAT 27 JANUARY 9.15-4.30    The annual ladies conference “Winter Glory” will be held in Kettering again this year entitled “Planting the Heavens” with speakers Amy Orr-Ewing and Tanya Walker. Leaflets are at the back of church or see Kate Woodfield.

Please pray:

For those who are Ill and those in need:

Jose Smith, Louie Kirk, Ruby Willmer, Anna Kingsmill-Vellacott, Julie Cox, William White, Rex & Jean Charles, Bob Trusler, Maggie Palmer, Sylvia Brandford, Brian Hodgkin, Michelle Smith, Eleanor Wadsworth, Stuart Gravestock, Simon Kendrick and his family.

For Mission in our Local Communities: WLTDO?  Please remember our WLTDO? Team this Saturday as they open our Hall to dads in the community and seek to serve and witness to those who come.

For our Mission Partners: Langham Partnership UK & Ireland (LPUKI) We give thanks and pray for the work of Langham, working in the majority world to train church leaders who will preach God’s Word, strengthening seminaries, fostering evangelical writers and publishers, and distributing theological books and literature.




Talk 3 December 2017 | Rev Stephen Prior

Rector: Rev Stephen PriorThis week’s sermon “Jesus – the Place is now a Person –  where we meet God”

Steve preaching from the Gospel of Mark 1.24-end.


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Sermon 19th November 2017|Revd Stephen Prior

Rector: Rev Stephen PriorHere is the last in our sermon series on ‘Men who made mistakes and God’s grace’ by Steve.  It is all about John Mark, whom many of you know as just Mark.  The writer of the Gospel of Mark.


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St Mary’s Nativity

St Mary’s Nativity

Sunday, 3 December 2017

at 9.30pm

All are welcome to attend the Nativity Play which will take place on Sunday morning at our normal All Age Service.  All children who attend will be welcome to join in the Nativity Play on the morning.  Please come early to take part!

December / January Grapevine

The Advent – Christmas – Epiphany issue of grapevine is now available here.

Grapevine December January 17 18

Who Let the Girls Out! Open Night

Who Let the Girls out are holding an open evening on 16 December at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall.

CHRISTMAS PARTY   with  Guess the Decade – Karaoke Evening

(dress up as your favourite band from across the decades!


For more details, contact

Helen (07495 304974)


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This week’s sermon – 12 November 2017 – Peter

Mick Bantin continues our series on “Men who Made Mistakes – and God’s Grace”   –  looking this week at Peter.

Our Regular Services

All Visitors can be assured of a warm welcome at any of our services, see also our weekly notices for more details, festivals etc