Church based activities

Church Led Activities:

Breathing Space

Breathing space

 In a world full of stimulation, busyness and noise, we extend an open invitation to join us on Tuesday evenings at St Mary’s, in the words of Psalm 42, to Be Still and Know.  Meditation is an important part of Christian practice, largely lost in the West for many centuries.  In recent years there has been a growing interest in mindfulness and meditation in other traditions, so why not in our own?  Initiated two years ago by Ailsa Newby, this is an opportunity to learn to be still, to put aside for a short time each week all the cares and concerns of daily life, and to sit in silence in the presence of a loving God.  We do not promise the miraculous but over time you will notice a difference in your daily life if you are willing to give time to simply be present to God and to yourself.

We meet in the lovely candle lit Sanctuary at St Mary’s on Tuesday evenings from 9.30pm, we close the doors at 9.45pm when we begin the meditation, with a short prayer, 20 minutes silence and end at 10.15pm.  We take the silence home with us as we end our day.  Do join us for this very different prayer experience.  You would be most welcome.

If you have any queries please get in touch with the office:

Email Julie Craig

St Mary’s Adult Choir

St Mary’s Adult Choir sings every Sunday in term time at either the 10am service or 6pm Caritas in the evening as well as at special services and events.  They practice for an hour before the services and on Tuesday evenings and aim to enjoy making music together.

If you are interested in getting involved you can have an informal chat or audition with our Director of Music, Travis Baker, after service or arrange an appointment through the Parish Office:


Harmonic Minors – St Mary’s junior choir

The Harmonic Minors sing for services from time to time and is made up of children from year 4 +, they practice on Tuesdays, 6.30-7.30pm during term times with older singers being prepared for ABRSM exams.

For enquiries about Harmonic Minors please email Katy Silverman, the Assistant Director of Music,

Harmonic Minors and Ensemble.

First rehearsal of next term : Tues 10th September 2019


St Mary’s Toddler playgroup


The St Mary’s Playgroup meets every Tuesday during term-time between 9.45-11am at St Mary’s Church. The Playgroup is suitable for babies and toddlers and includes an interactive service followed by toys and singing. If you would like to volunteer please ‘phone our Curate, Rev’d Jono,  020 3903 4733 or 07841 908 382 or email him  CLICK HERE

Rev’d Jono would love to hear from you if you could help him run the group.  While he will be leading the group we have loads of easy jobs to suit all talents and time commitments – from helping welcome other parents and carers, serving refreshments, setting out the toys, clearing up…

*For the school year 2019-2020… During half term we won’t hold the group on 22nd October and the last session before Christmas will be 17th December*

Toddler Group

For further information email Julie in the office

Theology in the Pub

Come and tap into your faith

When: 8:00 pm on Mondays

Where: The Bricklayer’s Arms (SW15 1DD)


9                  Newman & Manning: Theology & Loving-Care (James Roche)

16                Church music & community (David Duval, Chair Wessex Royal School of Church Music

23                TBA (Paul Donnelly)

30                How can a loving God allow suffering? (Jeremy Marshall)


07                C17th theology in the UK (Revd Dr Melanie Clark)

14                Theatre, God and Peter Brook (our curate, Rev’d Jonathan Haynes)

21                Godly Plays: The Ark and the Tent which explores the pre-Temple period in Judaism (Caroline Donne)

28                Learning from the Church in Zimbabwe (Rev’d John Whittaker)


04                The Plight of Refugees (Rev’d Helena Whitaker)

11                A spiritual journey bringing professional and belief lives together (Surekha Aggarwal ACA)

18                Experiences in Palestine & his recent play “Ali & Dahlia” by Samuel French (Tariq Jordan, actor & writer).

25                TBA (Eric Simon)


02                A view of Coptic Christianity (our Parish Assistant, Jarel Robinson Brown)

09                TBA

16                Christmas Dinner

Godly Play

Imagine a peaceful, calm place where you are surrounded by objects and images both familiar and intriguing; a place where you know what is going to happen and are reassured, but also know there might be fresh surprises and new ways to see things; where there will be time for wondering, thinking, working with your own thoughts; where there will be no pressure to produce or perform, only to be open and ready. This is Godly Play. It is a way of exploring the stories from the Judao-Christian tradition by hearing a story using beautifully crafted objects; responding to the story with open questions and discussion; further exploration through a choice of art, quiet reflection, play, model building, writing, reading; concluding with a simple “feast” to promote sharing and community. Godly play has been influenced by the Montessori tradition of education. It is now an established and recognised method of teaching underpinned by academic research and used in churches and schools across the UK, Europe and the USA. It is integrated into the Parish of Putney Sunday Schools curriculum and children experience the room at least twice a term. The classroom is used by local schools to enhance their provision of RE and to help promote the Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social development of children required by the National Curriculum.


GODLY PLAY IN PUTNEY: St. Mary’s Church, Putney High street has a fully equipped Godly Play classroom which is available for:
• use by groups of children from schools and churches (up to 20 people).
• Groups or individuals who wish to see a demonstration of Godly Play.
• Insight days in to Godly Play method for teachers and FE students and teaching staff.
• INSET days
• Godly Play training

We can provide Godly Play trained teachers with a wide experience of working with children (CRB checked) to run your session.

For more details about Godly Play in Putney contact

For details about booking the room and hire costs contact: Berni Griffiths

For details about Godly Play in the UK:

What Am I Doing Here? 2018 series

Puzzled face

The 2019 What Am I Doing Here? series will resume in September.
A few answers to this particular question from some of our parishioners……….


Steve Emerson – 14.10.17


Natasha Klukach – 22.10.17