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... 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

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Weekly Notices | 29th November 2015 – Advent Sunday

We continue our sermon series, this week:   “Life, Death & Resurrection. Note:  you won’t get the full story if you miss any of the four talks in the series, so do ‘catch up’ by listening on our website: www.stmaryschurchrushden.org

9.30am      All Age Fifth Sunday—Informal Service
11.15am     Morning Prayer
5.00pm     DEEP  meet in the hall
6.00pm     Advent Praise.
 Join us for this special service of readings and hymns to celebrate the beginning of Advent with choir and organ.

EVENTS THIS WEEK 30th November to 5th December

Monday 30th     10.00am          Bumps & Babes @ Church: worship followed by tea and play in the Church Hall. Contact Sue Merrifield: 358218

Monday 30th     6.30pm          Clued Up meets in the Church Hall. Contact Colin 358650 or Kate 412836. 

Tuesday 1st Dec     7.30pm          PCC meeting in Church

Wednesday 2nd     3.30 – 6pm          Fun, Faith & Food                                      

Wednesday 2nd     7.30 pm          Choir Practice      

Thursday 3rd        10.30am          Holy Communion.

Friday 4th      7.00pm          Bellringers Practice

Saturday 5th      2.30pm          Christingle Service (see left)             

Saturday 5th      4.00pm          Music Group Rehearsal          


Sunday 6th December 2015
Second Sunday in Advent

We continue our series, next week looking at  “What happens when I die?”  Note:  you won’t get the full story if you miss any of the four talks in the series, so do ‘catch up’ by listening on our website: www.stmaryschurchrushden.org

9.30am     All Age Holy Communion                                              

11.15am     Morning Prayer

5.00pm     DEEP  meet in the hall

6.00pm     Evening Worship


Come and join us after school for our monthly time of crafts, activities, learning and eating together.  (Please let Sue Merrifield know you are coming as we have some special catering this month!)

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE— 5th December—2.30pm
Please pick up your Gift Candle at the back of church in which to collect your offering towards The Children’s Society.

Come and join us for coffee, mince pies and to sing carols. Stalls include home-made cakes, last minute presents and stocking fillers. £1.50 donation will go towards the Organ Fund.  Tickets available from choir members

Abba Revival Night– fancy dress optional! At Rushden Town Bowling Club.  See www.swivelclub.co.uk for further details. Tickets £15. Contact Angela  by Nov. 30th (angielou524@btinternet.com or 01933 356202).

Next years Winter Glory Conference for ladies takes place on Saturday 30th January 2016 9:15am-4:30pm at Kettering Conference Centre. The theme for the day is ‘Dwelling’ –  exploring the theme of God’s promise; cost £14. If you want to know more or buy a ticket, please contact Kate Woodfield 412836.                                                                          

Please take home a Christmas card reminding you of our services this year.   If you would like to take extra cards to invite family, friends or neighbours to our Christmas services, there are more cards at the back of the church.

We will again be running the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) course entitled “Budget, Save, Spend”  for anyone who would like to attend. The first of the three course meetings will be held on Monday 7th December.  For more details contact Lynne Prior (353655)or Tony Smith (314292)

Please ensure notices arrive at the Church Office before 10.00am on Thursday by placing in the letter box outside the office, phoning: 412235  or emailing:  stmaryschurchoffice@btinternet.com

My Christmas Wish Event
The people of Rushden are invited to donate new (or good as new) gifts for 0-16 year olds so that those who use the Food Bank may choose some toys for their children. Please drop your donated gifts at Simpson and Weekley Estate Agent in the High Street, Rushden from the 30th November to 11th December.  Donations of money will also be accepted (last year this went for gas/electricity for families so that they could have a warm Christmas).  If you are not able to get to Simpson and Weekley, you may leave gifts at the back of church by the 6th December.

Thank you, one and all, for the surprise of a celebration last week of my birthday—and  my apologies for having to be elsewhere when I could have been celebrating!  Thank you for the cakes, cards, gifts and many greetings. I feel very blessed indeed to have such love and support.   Steve Prior

 Please Pray

For those who are Ill and those Caring for them:
Winifred Bateman, Jean Rootham, Jim Keech, Ron and Claire Pettit, Jim Bateman,  Peter Tingey.

For our Mission Partners:   Langham Partnership UK & Ireland (LPUKI)
Give thanks for the new regional commentary that has recently been published—the South Asia Commentary.  Written in English, by 91 evangelical scholars from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh (including most of the Langham Scholars in the region) this 1824 page commentary also contains 90 specialist articles on South Asian realities.  Hindi and Urdu translation work has already started and one in Tamil is being considered.

Countdown to Christmas 2015 (and beyond!)

Here are some dates for your diaries. We are on Christmas countdown now!!!

Wednesday 2nd December: Fun Faith ‘n’ Food. 3.30-6.00pm. Children and families welcome for crafts, play, worship and a hot meal. £2 adults, 50p children. Carol is making a special Christmas Shepherd’s pie this time so let us know if you are coming so there is plenty for everyone.

Saturday 12th December 2.30 pm:  Christingle Service. This is a lovely service for children and adults. Do come; you will love it!

Monday 14th December: Bumps&Babes @Church Christmas Party. Please bring your little ones to Church at 10am dressed as a Nativity character (Mary, Joseph, Shepherd, King, Angel etc.) Afterwards play in the hall followed by party lunch and a visit from Father Christmas!

Saturday 19th December 9.30-12.00: Who Let the Dad’s Out Christmas Thing. It’s the same event for A monthly event for dads, stepdads, grandads, or male carers and their younger children! (£3 for the Adult) but with added Santa.

Sunday 20th December: 9.30am Nativity Service for all the family. Rehearsals take place on the Saturday 19th December from 3.15–6.00. (It ends with a party tea).

6.00pm. Service of lessons and Carols by candlelight. Beautiful choir led service; come if you can. Children welcome.

CHIRSTMAS EVE:  Thursday 24th December:
Christmas Eve Special
at 3.30pm and again at 5.00pm. A great service led by Matt and the team full of Christmas surprises! Do come. Refreshments served between the two services.
Christmas Communion at 11.00pm

CHIRSTMAS DAY:  Friday 25th December: Service for Everyone at 10.30 am. Come along and sing Carols on the day! Children are welcome to bring a present to show us all.

Monday 4th January 2016: Bumps & Babes @ Church re starts. If it is a school training day bring your school children along too!

Wednesday 6th January 2016: Fun Faith ‘n’ Food Epiphany special! Come and celebrate the wise men visiting Baby Jesus! Expect crowns, gifts and camels! It runs from 3.30-6.00pm including play, crafts, worship and hot meal. £2 adults 50p children.

So you see a great time for all has been planned; enjoy!


Don’t miss our Advent Sunday service of lessons and carols – the perfect preparation for the pre-Christmas season of Advent.

December / January Grapevine

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

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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.

Guess the Decade – Karaoke Evening

Fancy Dress

(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.

Sunday’s Sermon | 5th November 2017 by Revd Natasha Brady

This weeks’ sermon by Revd Natasha Brady.  The next in our sermon series on Men who make mistakes and God’s grace.  This week we look at Saul in Acts 6 and the mistake he made, but also how God turned his life around using him for God’s glory …


Click here to listen



This week’s sermon – 29 October 2017 – David

Ruth Compton continues our series on Men Who Made Mistakes, looking at David.



Weekly Notices | 19 November 2017

 26 November 2017

Sunday before Advent
9.30am           All Age Informal Service
10.30-11am                            Coffee in the Hall
11.15am                                Morning Prayer
2.00pm Short & Sweet
in Church and Hall

NOTE:   No Evening Service here but:
Higham Deanery Evensong – St Mary’s Higham Ferrers – 5pm
Guest Preacher: Richard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton.


27 November –1 December 2017

Monday 27                  10-12noon            Bumps & Babes @Church: Worship followed by tea and play in the Church Hall.

Monday 27                   6.30 pm              Clued Up—Club for School Years 1-6

Wednesday 29            7.30pm                Choir Practice

Thursday 30               10-12noon           T & C at St Mary’s

Thursday 30               10.30am              Holy Communion

Friday 1 Dec                7.00pm                Bellringing Practice

Saturday 2 Dec          2.30 pm                Christingle Service (see left)

Saturday 2 Dec          4.00pm                Music Group Practice




3rd December  2017
Advent Sunday
9.30am           All Age Communion  Service
10.30-11am                                   Coffee in the Hall
11.15am                                      Morning Prayer
2.00pm Short & Sweet
in the Church and Hall
6.00pm                                   ADVENT PRAISE

Readings and Carols for Advent
with choir, organ and congregation:
an evening service of worship.
Don’t miss it!

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE—SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER at 2.30pm Collecting candles in aid of the Children’s Society are available at the back of the church in preparation for the annual Christingle Service.

Newton Bromswold Quiz Night—SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 8pm  Quiz Night at The Swan, Newton Bromswold. Tickets £10 for a team of 4.

CHOIR COFFEE MORNING—SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 10.00 am-12   Come and enjoy a coffee or tea and a Higham Bakery mince pie. Join in carols with the choir. Stalls include home made cakes. Admission £2.

THANK YOU   Brian and Val Hodgkin want to say thank you for the financial support that our church provides for them and Wycliffe Bible Translators. (A tithe of our annual income is given out at this time of year to each of our mission partners.)

TRAVELLING CRIB—THROUGH ADVENT—SIGN UP AT THE BACK The Travelling Crib will journey round the town starting 1 December, arriving back in Church at the 4pm service on Christmas Eve. If you would like to have the Crib for a night please sign up on the sheet at the back of the Church.

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.

T & C at ST MARY’S—THURSDAYS—10-12noon        This ministry of refreshments and fellowship continues every    Thursday morning in the Church Hall. Open to all!

ADVENT PRAISE—SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER at 6pm Readings and carols for Advent with choir, organ and congregation: an evening service of worship. Don’t miss out!

GUESS THE DECADE—SAT 16 DEC—7.30-pm CHURCH HALL   Who Let the Girls Out! Karaoke Night! Open to All 16+. Tickets: £3. Dress as your favourite band from across the decades!   Contact Helen Smedley for more details 07495 304974.

MY CHRISTMAS WISH—CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN  Christmas presents of new or good as new toys will be passed on to children of needy families in the Rushden area through referrals (forms available at the back of church). If you are able to provide a gift, please bring it to the Estate Agents Simpson & Weekley, High Street Rushden before 8 December.

Old Ribbon needed  We are looking to make some new flags/streamers for the smaller children to use during worship. If you have any spare ribbon or fabric that you have no other use for then please can you put it in the box at the back of the church or pass it on to me.                  Sonia Stock

CHARITY BANQUET CHRISTMAS DINNER—SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER  Recovery House are holding a fundraising dinner the evening of 9 December in St Mary’s Church Hall. Tickets are £20 for a three-course meal. Please see Sue Prior for more details and tickets.


Please pray:

For those who are Ill and those in needMick Wadsworth, Julie Cox, William White, Rex & Jean Charles, Bob Trusler, Maggie Palmer, Marian Tillett, Sylvia Brandford, Brian Hodgkin, Michelle Smith, Eleanor Wadsworth, Stuart Gravestock, and Simon Kendrick and his family.

For the bereaved relatives & friends of:   Brian Savage

For Mission in our Local Communities:   Christingle Service   Pray for those reaching out to our local community through the Christingle service— for those who lead and those who greet. Pray for the children, who may be hearing the story of Jesus for the first time, and their parents.

 For our Mission Partners: The Church Army  Please pray for the Church Army Evangelists and Staff who work with the homeless, remembering especially the Residential Services in Cardiff,  providing a safe shelter for homeless people aged 16-21 and the Marylebone Project in London.




November grapevine

The November 2017 issue of grapevine is available here.  Grapevine November 2017 lite


Sunday 8th October Sermon | by Rev Natasha Brady

This week’s sermon looks at Christ the Cornerstone and the integral part Jesus plays in our lives.

Click here to listen to Natasha’s sermon.



This Week’s Sermon | Rev Ron Elverson

Here it is …. this week’s sermon by Rev Ron Elverson, enjoy!



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